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Pont Nef - itinerario con ciaspole

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  • Vista sul Pizzo Uccello dalla Capanna Genziana
    / Vista sul Pizzo Uccello dalla Capanna Genziana
    Photo: Christian Vigne, Ente Turistico Regionale del Moesano San Bernardino, Mesolcina, Calanca
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A beautiful, typical southern alpine landscape surrounds the probably most beautiful and varied route in San Bernardino. The panoramic winter hike takes you along the old pass road to Pont Nef.
moderate
Distance 4 km
1:28 h
175 m
175 m

The majority of cars speed by the village on the A13. They’re missing out: San Bernardino, dominated by the angular Piz Uccello, has plenty to offer. Here are some impressive moor landscapes, which can also be explored during wintertime.

Following the old road to the pass, we walk by the Capanna Genziana. Here the actual winter hiking trail starts. The tube of the San Bernardino tunnel lies beneath us, buried deep below the mountain. The highpoint of our winter hiking trail is the so-called "Pont Nef“, or new bridge. It was built in 1864 as a substitute for the dilapidated arch bridge Vittorio Emanuele, named after the Sardinian king. Between 1819 and 1823 his empire participated in the financing of the bridge, which represented the centerpiece of the old trade route connecting the economic centers of Lombardy and Piedmont with the north of Europe. Above the Pont Nef, you can see the course of the old road. An information panel reminisces about the so-called „king’s bridge” from the past.

But this comfortable hike is not just a pilgrimage into history: there is plenty of time to admire the grand panorama dominated by Piz Uccello. We can delve into the impressive mountain landscape with its snow-covered high moors, with the tips of dwarf pines peaking out and occasionally spot wild animal tracks. Shortly after the Pont Nef, the way leads back to the village through Gareida and the prominent residential complex of Albarella. Back in San Bernardino we can enjoy a hot chocolate or revitalize with a fine slice of cake.

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Christian Vigne
Update: January 21, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,784 m
Lowest point
1,609 m
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Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'734'586E 1'147'187N
DD
46.462488, 9.190780
DMS
46°27'45.0"N 9°11'26.8"E
UTM
32T 514648 5145452
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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'734'586E 1'147'187N
DD
46.462488, 9.190780
DMS
46°27'45.0"N 9°11'26.8"E
UTM
32T 514648 5145452
w3w 
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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4 km
Duration
1:28 h
Ascent
175 m
Descent
175 m
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