Italian Dolomites

The Italian Dolomites are home to spectacularly-steep terrain. But all that rock means features rarely fill in. During the winter of 2012-13, early season snowfalls set up the base and mid-winter storms kept it rolling through spring. Three trips through the Dolomites with Matt Georges and Absinthe Films.

…The Italian mountains are not as famous as the Swiss or Austrian Alps to the north. But if you ask a climber they’ll tell you that the Dolomitis (“Dolomites” in English) a sub-range on the eastern edge of the Italian Alps, are the best place on earth. They rise to nearly 11,000 feet and are known for steep summits, enormous cliffs and long couloirs, all serviced by wild mountain roads full of grinding switchbacks. Wedged in between all of this heavy terrain, we always found what we were looking for: pillows, kickers, drops—terrain made for backcountry freestyle…

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