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Among the snow-covered towers - from Baita Bai De Dones to the Scoiattoli Refuge

The close-up view of the 5 Torri takes everyone’s breath away and a walk around this beautiful natural monument on snowshoes is a priceless experience.

This easy route takes around two and a half hours* and leads through one of the most fascinating areas of this region. It is also ideal for those who undertake their first snowshoe hike. This route is a section of longer tours that lead to the Averau and Nuvolau refuges.

* Estimated walking time

** If you don't have snowshoes and poles, you can rent them at the Sports Equipment Rental Pocol. The equipment will be provided to people who book the snowshoe hike with the accompaniment of Cortina’s Mountain Guides.

© Alessandro Campo

Difficulty: easy
Total duration: 2,5 hrs
Departure point: the parking lot of the 5 Torri chairlift next to the Baita Bai de Dones refuge
Arrival point: Scoiattoli refuge
Total descent: 550
Total difference in height: 550
Altitude at starting point: 2255 m.
Altitude at arrival: 1889 m.

Start at the Baita Bai de Dones refuge, at an altitude of 1,889 m, with the 5 Torri hooded chairlift. In a few minutes, you reach the Scoiattoli refuge with its wonderful terrace overlooking the 5 Torri, Cortina's most famous crag, from 2,255 m of altitude. A stop at the Scoiattoli refuge is highly recommended, ​​if only because of Claudia's chocolate salami with vanilla cream and Scoiattoli meringue. ​From here, follow the marked path that leads towards the 5 Torri without any positive difference in altitude.
Then continue to the left towards the Torre Inglese tower and begin the descent.


Passing the Quarta Alta and Quarta Bassa towers, turn towards the Cinque Torri refuge (2,137 m.). Well known for its excellent cuisine, this refuge is one of Cortina’s mountain huts steeped in history. Even if it is closed in winter, it is a popular stage for snowshoe hikes and ski tours, as it offers a privileged panoramic view of the Croda da Lago and Lastoi de Formin mountains. ​Then follow the signs towards the north and return to the parking lot in Bai de Dones on a beautiful forest path. Here it is worth stopping at the Baita Bai de Dones refuge to enjoy the homemade cakes and admire the image of the Anguana, a mythical creature linked to the legends of the place and the nearby lake.


Gear: snowshoes and poles **, snow clothing, gloves and hat, warm footwear.
Best time of year: from December to March