International Youth Ice Climbing Camp. Dolomites. 9-13 February, 2017

This ice climbing event will take place in the Dolomites a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2009. We will stay in the Falzarego Pass area, surrounded by the stunning view of the Tofane and Lagazuoi peak and the Fanes range.

dolomites_ice3_youthIn the three days when we will climb we will visit three different sites:

  •  Armentarola falls: below the Fanes range in the Lagazuoi valley, on the way from Capanna Alpina to Scotoni Hut and the above peak with the same name.
  •  Colfosco falls: in Val Badia, above Colfosco village, they are situated at the bottom of the north side of the Sella range.
  •  Sottoguda falls: nearby Malga Ciapela, at the base of Marmolada.

The Sottoguda gorge it’s a 2 km canyon dug by the Pettorina creek.

During winter time, the canyon becomes a main attraction for ice climbing lovers: its numerous falls at the side of the road are unique and offer several climbing routes.

The event’s goal is to learn the basic ice climbing techniques starting from the easiest falls, in a friendly atmosphere of sharing and friendship with boys and girls from all over the world.


9 February
13.00 – Meeting of participants arriving by plane at Venice Airport “Marco Polo” 13.30 – Meeting of participants arriving by train at Mestre Railway Station 14.15 – Meeting of participants arriving by plane at Treviso Airport “Sant’Angelo”.

Transfer by private bus to our accommodation in the Dolomites. Participants arriving by car will arrive directly at the hotel no later than 17.00.

In the late afternoon: program presentation and introduction of the Youth leaders and Instructors. (All the Instructors are from CNSASA : CAI National Alpinism School) Class on the technical equipment and check of each participant personal equipment.

10 February
Armentatola Falls

-Morning: first approach with ice falls and first technical/practical lesson -Afternoon: theoretical class and group activities

11 February
Colfosco Falls

-Ice climbing day. Climbing on easy and medium level falls.
-Evening: Visit to the San Cassiano museum: here are exhibited the remains of the “Ursus Spelaeus” , an ancient bear skeleton found in the Conturines Cave, together with a great collection of fossils from the Dolomites. Another part of the museum is dedicated to the ancient culture of Val Badia and the Ladins heritage.

12 February 
Sottoguda Falls

-Ice climbing day. Climbing on easy and medium level falls. -Evening: Farewell party with all the participants.

13 February
-Trip back home.


The event is for young boys and girls from 15 to 19 years old. 10 Italians and 10 foreigners are admitted.

The accommodation is still to be defined and will be in the Falzarego Pass or in Val Badia area. The location will be communicated with the final details.

The cost is 240 Euros per participant, including full board and local transfers.

Technical Equipment

Climbing harness, winter mountaineering boots, crampon, helmet, two ice axes, ARTVA equipment. The missing technical equipment will be provided by the organization. (Communicate to the organization which technical equipment you need no later than 15 January)

Heavy winter clothing, sun screen and sunglasses, free time clothing, personal medicines.

The registration deadline is on 15 January, 2017.

Registration Form

To register, please complete and sign in the form available here.

The full programme can be downloaded here.

After the registration, the participants will receive detailed communication about:

Accommodation address, payment method, definitive plan, meeting points.

UIAA – Youth Commission Representative for Italian Alpine Club (CAI)