For most people the name “Paganella” is associated with an imposing system of ski-lifts and downhill ski runs which over the last few years have reached a high level of excellence in terms of manmade snow and piste preparation. In addition, the Paganella-Gazza massif offers visitors not just the chance to ski but also to go on high altitude excursions.
The all-pervading feature of these itineraries is the vast, surprising and wonderful 360 degree panorama: from the Brenta Group to the Maddalene, the distant peaks on the border, the eastern Dolomites and the Lagorai, the Adige Valley, the Tre Cime del Bondone peaks, the Laghi Valley, the Giudicarie plain, Monte Baldo and Lake Garda.
Numerous itineraries along marked paths enable hikers to walk for miles over the vast mountain ridges. From east to south-west, without any great changes in height, you can go deep into the vast fir and mountain pine woods on Doss Negro, and Cima Canfedin. Naturally you are advised to set out fully equipped for the snow conditions: the Alpine Guides office not only offers a range of excursions with a guide but also offers useful information about safety precautions.
Just wander one hundred metres from the ski-lifts and you find yourself in another world: the silence is absolute and in the snow you can see the tracks of deer, hares, foxes and the many birds that live here. Near the fir trees, facing south you will often find a grassy clearing where you can take a break to have a snack or lie in the sun.