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Averau Refuge

Opening dates: December-Easter / mid-June-end of September - Always check the opening and closing dates

The Averau refuge is located right on the slopes of the 5 Torri area and is easy to reach on foot, on skis (Lagazuoi 5 Torri ski area) or by taking the Giau chair lift. Furthermore, the Refuge is situated on the skiing circuit Super8 Ski Tour. This Ski Tour is extremely panoramic. It winds around the mountains in the shape of an 8 on easy slopes and has several entrances: the lifts at Bai de Dones, Giau pass, Falzarego pass or Armentarola.

This mountain hut is a popular stop along the Alta Via No. 1. which runs through the eastern Dolomites.

The Rifugio Averau hut belongs to the Siorpaes family and is managed by Sandrone and his children Margot and Matteo.
This gives the hut a particularly cosy atmosphere and you instantly feel at home.  
While Margot takes enthusiastically care of the bar, Sandrone and Matteo take turns at cooking and are well known for their extremely refined cuisine, to be enjoyed on their wide terrace with a stunning view on the mountains Civetta and Marmolada.

In the spirit of Paola, the cuisine is of the highest standard and includes expertly re-appraised traditional dishes from the valleys of the Dolomites, exquisitely prepared and served.

Prestigious certificates, both Italian and international, attest to the refuge’s renown. Some of the recipes were published in the new edition of the "Accademia della Cucina Italiana". The Sunday Times lists the Averau Refuge among the 10 best mountain restaurants in the Alps, with these words:"... the Averau Refuge is known as the Restaurant at the Edge of the Universe... while you eat, you have a stupendous all-round view of the far-off peaks of the Dolomites. The fresh home-made pasta is first-rate, and the deer with port, apples and pine nuts is one of the most popular dishes. The quality of the service is extremely high: even on a terrace at an altitude of 2416 m., real tablecloths are considered essential..."

If you want to spend a very special evening, you definitely shouldn't miss a moonlight dinner, organized on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the winter season. The program includes an ascent by snowmobile, chairlift or on foot and, after dinner, a fascinating nocturnal descent: the starry sky at high altitude will give you a unique emotion. Please note: by reservation only.

The Averau refuge boasts a brand new mansard offering delightful double bedrooms in the loft with views to the Civetta and the Marmolada, or to the Tofana di Rozes. For groups, the refuge offers dormitory style rooms with 6 or 10 beds.

The Averau refuge organizes dinners including transport with an all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile, lunches with arrival by helicopter, weddings and events.

The Averau refuge also provides an excellent snack bar service.

The story of the Averau refuge continues here.

The Delicious Cortina team, which also includes the refuge Averau, organizes all kinds of events throughout the year:  from high altitude concerts, parties on the panoramic terraces, exhibitions and meetings in the cultural centres of the area, historical re-enactments in the museums of WWI, sports competitions, themed dinners and photo competitions to solidarity events.

The complete list of all these experiences is published in the events calendar.


About the accommodation


Rifugio Averau
Località Forcella Nuvolau,9
32020 Colle Santa Lucia (BL)


Altitude: 2.413 m

Rooms: 4

Bunkrooms: 3

Beds: 41

Access: it is easy to reach on foot, on skis (Lagazuoi-5 Torri ski area) or by taking the Giau chair lift

Parking area: free, unattended parking at the valley station of the 5 Torri and Giau chiarlifts

WiFi: free Wi-Fi

Rental: ski rental next to the chairlift 5 Torri

Pets: pets are not allowed in the bedrooms

Other services: dinners with transport by jeep/snowmobile, lunches with arrival by helicopter, weddings and events



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