Zehner from Refugio Fanes — Better Skiing and still Classico

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Whew, we’re busy travelers. I’m reminded of a flock of migrating birds, pouncing on grain fields when hungry but forever traveling in the general direction of their chosen season. Our trip to Europe was short this time, just about 5 ski days, a tourist day or two, a couple days of Euro driving, three days of flying (due to a delay on the way back). But like those winged feeding machines finding a fresh cornfield, we were blessed with some good weather in the Dolomite, and powder north of there. Here is our other Dolomite day. It was good for photos, so in the grand internet tradition of way too many images in one TR, here you go.

lou beauty

Lou skis down Zehner Peak in the breathtaking Dolomite, Italy. (Prononce Zehner as 'Zaaner'). On the new Dynafit Cho Oyu ski, they're an effective 'one choice' plank that would be excellent for traveling, and most certainly are the upgrade for the do-anything Seven Summits.


After a leisurely breakfast at cozy Fanes Hut, Lisa gets moving. Zenher means '10' and is said to allude to the farmers noting where the sun is at around 10:00 in the morning, presumably during summer chores.


Our destination, Zehner Peak


Sas Dla Crusc range, St. Anton peak (2466 m), Medesc (2584 m). We assume the numbers indicate hours for hiking.


Lou about halfway up.

view down

View down Zehner. Yesterday's tour is behind him, mostly hidden by intervening ridge. One of those big peaks is perhaps the famed Tofana di Rozes, or nearby?


A classic shot of two alpinists.

gabo adamec

The Green Stenmark flies by while we climb -- Gabo Adamec, Dynafit regional sales manager for Eastern Europe.


Paparazzi on the peak.

Lisa top

Steps away from the top.


The outstanding Dolomites.


Lou working for a living.


Another bella vista.


As we near the bottom, Fanes Hut comes into view.


The route up Zehner Peak.

Map below shows Fanes Hut location as well as Zehner.

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9 Responses to “Zehner from Refugio Fanes — Better Skiing and still Classico”

  1. palic January 22nd, 2013 11:40 am

    Haha, I am not a paparazzi! BTW, the weather and snow were excellent!

  2. Louie Dawson January 22nd, 2013 11:51 am

    Wow, looks beautiful!

  3. Tom Gos January 22nd, 2013 12:26 pm

    Zehner Peak – they have much more interesting, practical, and dexcriptive names for the mountains than we do in Colorado – I’ve yet to hear of an Alp summit named after a person, or heavens forbid a university.

  4. Igor January 22nd, 2013 1:07 pm

    The numbers on the signs are not the hiking hours but just the path numbers. Walking paths are marked all over the Dolomites so that trekkers just need to follow the path number to reach the next hut or peak they want to hike ;-)

    About the peak name: The right name of the Zehner Spitze is “Piza dales Diesc” (ladin name). Many peaks have their names based on numbers that are simply the hour where the sun is during the summer solstice. More infos about Dolomites history and traditions and languages is available here:
    Have a nice read!

  5. kevin January 22nd, 2013 2:18 pm

    Hmmm, looks like you a had a lot better snow on your trip around the Pacific Northwest.

  6. Rob January 22nd, 2013 2:19 pm

    Reminds me of our own Uncompahgre peak, which I guess is an ironic statement.

  7. mariusica January 22nd, 2013 2:57 pm

    Excelent report and we love Dolomites…probably the most beautiful mountains in the world

  8. Lou Dawson January 22nd, 2013 5:49 pm

    Mariusica, I’ve had 3 trips in the Dolomite now, and yes, they have a transcendent place in the world’s mountain ranges. I’ve never seen anything that comes close to the colors and shapes, along with providing the rock climbs and ski tours — as well as classic accommodations. I’m now an extreme fan of this part of the Alps.

  9. Silas Wild January 23rd, 2013 11:24 am

    Great that you got to Zehner (right next to Neuner, the rock climbing slab) it is such fun from Fannes. No summit photos from the fun little ferrata. :(
    Take Louie next time, it’s so fun with the family:

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