MEN'S JOURNAL – The Italian Spring Skiing Safari

It used to be impossible to cross the Dolomite Mountains on skis. There were no roads connecting its alpine villages, let alone chairlifts. The peaks (18 of them at more than 10,000 feet) are mostly sheer cliffs and menacing steeples, housing deep, narrow valleys that are difficult to traverse without a little help. In fact, it wasn’t until the first chairlift went up in Alta Badia in 1947 that anyone imagined the area as a ski destination.