“Staunies” Vertical Ski.
Forcella Staunies piste, just known as La Staunies, can be reached from Rio Gere, 6km from the centre of Cortina, or directly from the centre of Cortina by the Faloria cable car until the refuge (11 minutes). With your skis on you go down the normal Faloria piste as far as Rio Gere, where you head uphill again on the Cristallo slope in the Rio Gere-Son Forca chairlift and then the Valgrande-Staunies chairlift which takes you up o an altitude of 3,000m, with a breath-taking view of the Dolomites.
The main piste runs NE-SW with a drop of from 3,000 to 2,100m, on the south-eastern slopes of Monte Cristallo. Overall, the piste covers nearly 3km taking you down to Padeon (at a height of 1,982m).
The first part of the piste has the steepest slope, hurtling down a drop of 900m with a 64% gradient.This is the steepest stretch of piste in the whole of Dolomiti Superski.
If you would rather not tackle the whole of this drop, you can take the chairlift halfway up.
The Staunies piste and lift were built for the 1956 Winter Olympics as a reserve venue in case of snow-cover problems on other pistes.