Spectacular off-piste skiing adventure along the popular and striking Joel couloir in the Sella Range, a location offering many freeride itineraries. This is a thrilling and coveted steep-skiing experience unfolding from the top of Sass Pordoi along a challenging and technical itinerary in an incredibly beautiful environment with striking sections within the vertical walls of the couloir.

  • Dolomites, Sella Group
  • 5 hours
  • High difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the off-piste skiing to Joel couloir

We begin our off-piste skiing to Joel couloir by boarding the Sass Pordoi cable car that takes us to Rifugio Maria at an elevation of 2950 meters, one of the most panoramic points in the Dolomites. Once we reach the summit we negotiate a first warm-up descent along the couloir starting from Forcella Pordoi and taking us back to the start of the lift. Back on top, we ski down to the beginning of the slope leading to the pass reaching the start of the Joel couloir.

After a short climb, with the skis on our back we reach the access point of the couloir facing the Marmolada and the north Face of the Gran Vernel. The start often includes a characteristic aerial section on a very steep wide cornice, a great photo opportunity. The itinerary continues along the couloir through a narrow natural arch formed by the mountain’s vertical faces to the exit leading into gentle slopes leading to the Pordoi Pass or Arabba: there we are ready to face more off-piste runs.

The freeride ski excursion to the Joel Couloir has an elevation loss of about 2100 meters in the off-piste skiing section. It requires good training and great technical skiing skills because of its OS (Excellent Skier) rating. Maximum incline is 45 degrees.

Price for the off-piste skiing to Joel couloir

€ 330 - Price up to 2 persons

€ 360 - Price up to 3 persons

€ 390 - Price up to 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide for the off-piste skiing to Joel Couloir

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Pordoi Pass
    Start of the Sass Pordoi cable car
    SS 48 – Strada del Pordoi
    38032 Canazei, TN
  • Meeting time 8.30 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°29'17.8"N 11°48'38.5"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

  • Freeride skis
  • Freeride ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Ski helmet
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a mountain guide for the off-piste skiing to Joel couloir in the Sella Group, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the freeride skiing excursion.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide and all the contact information.