After another kilometer or so the sled trail ended and the route was now covered with deep virgin snow. No human footprints, only rabbit and fox prints. The snowshoes sank down only mid calf- deep, making walking much easier than sinking to your waist. The trail skirts around Col Spizzat, ascending a bit but not too steeply. At 1400 meters I reached an opening in the faggio (beech) forest and the sun briefly lit up Monte Cavallo. After taking its portrait I turned around and retraced my steps. The snow meadows were now obscured by dense low flying clouds in a 360 degree white out. Without following my snowprints I would have had no idea where to go.
Will come back soon and try some of the many variations- the snow should be here another month at least.
|Sign to let you know sled dogs are training and |
not to bring any other dogs on the trail
|The dog sled trail through the snow|
|The dogs and their musher in the snowmeadow|
|The view north; note the incoming cloudbank|
|Dangerous abyss along the road- just stay in the center|
|Monte Cavallo (2251m) through a clearing|
|Virgin snow trail; the pillow shapes are from|
partial melting when it's sunny