Going towards the sun: Dolomiti Superski, ski touring and paths of reflection
The Sextner Dolomiten ski area is, together with the other 11 regions, one of the largest and probably most spectacular skiing networks the world. With a single ski pass, the Dolomiti Superski, you can use 450 ski lifts and 1200 km of pistes that are always covered in snow and afford views of the rugged towering rocks and colossal massifs of the Dolomite peaks. Winter sports enthusiasts must not miss the famous Sellaronda (4-pass tour) that winds around the mountains of the Sella group, going over 4 Dolomite passes connecting four Ladin valleys (Alta Badia, Fassatal, Gröden and Livinallongo), and can be done both clockwise and anticlockwise. The ‘Great War Tour’ on the other hand focuses on the Col di Lana, the mountain that became a symbol of the First World War, with its finds from that war, trenches cut out of the rocks, walks along the fortifications and forts. During the tour, which takes a day to do, you can make a detour to the Marmolada Glacier (3,342 m).
In addition to the pistes, ski-tour enthusiasts will still find the ideal conditions for unforgettable excursions in spring temperatures, for example to the Dürrenstein or to Großen Jaufen in the Pragser Tal valley, to Pfannhorn or to Marchkinkele above Toblach and Innichen, or to Kreuzspitze or to Gaishörndl in the Villgratental valley.
Easter is the ideal period for excursions and meditative walks on the sunny side of the upper reaches of the Pustertal valley that are very relaxing and are particularly suitable for families. History and culture meet on the path of reflection to the Waldkapelle (‘chapel in the woods’) in Sexten, which has 14 Stations of the Cross where one can rest before reaching the destination of the wooden chapel in the woods that is also known as the Friedenkapelle (‘peace chapel’).
It was built in 1917 when the parish church of Sexten was seriously damaged by bombing. In 1917 and in 1918 masses was held there; during the Fascist period the Waldkapelle was used as a hiding place where religious services in German could be held.
On the Eggerberg mountain in Niederdorf, you can reach the little church of ‘Sankt Magdalena im Moos’ in less than half an hour on foot. This church is a fine example of the rural Gothic church style and has fine paintings by the maestro Simon von Taisten. Passing the old peasant dwellings, the ‘stöckl’ (small chapels for the scattered communities that were mainly built in the eighteenth century) and enjoying a marvellous view over the Dolomites, after another hour we reach the viewing point.