The Hotel Post Tolderhof amidst the "pale mountains" - Hiking, mountaineering, and climbing – the ideal itinerary to discover the Dolomites! Start from the Hotel Post Tolderhof in Valdaora/Olang at Plan de Corones
Every year, mountaineers from all over the world take the challenge to mount each of the Three Peaks of Lavaredo, while hikers explore the mystical world of the Dolomites around Fanes, Sella, Saslonch, and Odle, and enjoy the magnificent views of this spectacular mountain region, which, in 2009, became an official site of the UNESCO World Heritage.
The origin of the Dolomites
250 million years ago, the Adriatic plate and the Eurasian plate collided and pushed the coral reefs of the Tethys Ocean upwards. This is the geological explanation of the birth of the Dolomites, and the birth of some interesting rock formations with very different characteristics. The Sciliar and Sella massifs are shaped like table mountains, between the summits extend vast green plateaus and Alpine pastures. By contrast, there are jagged massifs such as the Three Peaks of Lavaredo and the Rosengarten massif. Some rocks are of volcanic origin and are thus more vulnerable to erosion and other changes.
In summer, one can explore the unique and bizarre Alpine world of the Dolomites and enjoy the spectacular views on hiking, climbing, and cycling excursions. You can even make a tour along the mountain passes by motorbike! In winter, the snow-capped peaks provide the ideal setting for cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoe trekking!
Ladin – A language island
The two valleys of Gardena and Badia in the very heart of the Dolomites are the homeland of the Ladin people. Being the third linguistic group of South Tyrol (next to the German- and Italian-speaking population), there are about 30,000 native Ladin speakers, a language based on extant nonstandard Latin sociolects. Also, the neighbouring valleys of Gherdëina and Badia (Fascia, Fodom, and Anpezo) speak “slightly different” Ladin dialects, which are collectively called Ladin Dolomitan.