A tough start with quite a steep ascent awaits the cross-country skier at the southern end of San Bernardino. The trail winds up to the Alp de Pian Doss mostly through a fairy-tale forest. Always within view: the striking pyramid of Piz Uccello, the landmark of San Bernardino.
From the alpine pasture, a slight up and down track leads to the shores of Lake Doss. Dreamlike, this small, postglacial moor lake lies nestled in a peat hollow, surrounded by a sparsely-treed mountain forest. It is almost unbelievable that in the immediate vicinity of the heavily travelled north-south axis, peace and quiet reign so profoundly; and keeping quiet is worthwhile: for with some patience and a stroke of good luck, wild animals can be observed, especially from February onwards, protected from snow storms and spoiled by the sun they spend the winter here. A unique experience, typical of the southern Alpine region.
From the lake you can reach the district of Fornas, south of the village, in a few minutes. In the cozy bar, tired legs can relax and cold, clammy fingers can be warmed with a hot drink. It all comes with a shot of Italianità.