Mount Faloria

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Mount Faloria

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Faloria ski area
Highest point
Elevation 2,123 metres (6,965 ft)
Coordinates 46°32′53.2″N12°11′41.7″E / 46.548111°N 12.194917°E / 46.548111; 12.194917 Coordinates: 46°32′53.2″N12°11′41.7″E / 46.548111°N 12.194917°E / 46.548111; 12.194917
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Mount Faloria
Parent range Dolomites

Mount Faloria is a mountain in the Alps of northern Italy, located in the Dolomites near Cortina d'Ampezzo. It has an altitude of 2,123 metres (6,965 ft) and lies in close proximity to Sorapiss. It hosted the men's giant slalom event of the 1956 Winter Olympics, won by Toni Sailer of Austria, the first of three wins in his gold medal sweep. [1] There is a mountain refuge at the summit, Rifugio Faloria. [2]

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Funivia Faloria
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View of Cortina from Mount Faloria
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Faloria-Path N°213

A cable car, which runs from Cortina through thickly wooded territory and grass land, reaches a station at the mountain. The site is also approached by a four-seat chairlift from the Rio Gere on the Pian de ra Bigontina-Costa Faloria line. [3] At this location there are ski slopes which run for a total length of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), a snow park, a slow-ski piste, and two refuges and ski bars. From the terrace of the bar at Faloria station, there are views of the mountain and other peaks to the north. [4]

A bar and restaurant existed on top of the mountain as early as 1939, and in 1941, plans for Rifugio Edda Ciano Mussolini were approved. It was built on the initiative of the Funivie Aeree Italiane Turistiche (FAIT) di Cortina d’Ampezzo. The building is situated close to the upper station of the cable car. After World War II, the structure was renamed Rifugio Faloria. [5]

Trekkers can take easy trails along the slopes from the Mount to reach the valley. However, treks to Lake Sorapis need some effort. The lake, which is set in the midst of vertical rock cliffs, has white sand on its shores and the lake water is emerald in colour. [6]

Michelangelo Antonioni directed a documentary film in 1950 titled La Funivia Del Faloria (The Funicular of Mount Faloria) on the cable car between Mount and the Cortina d'Ampezzo, which has a run time of 10 minutes. [7] [8] [9]

Michelangelo Antonioni Italian film director and screenwriter

Michelangelo Antonioni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI, was an Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story author. Best known for his "trilogy on modernity and its discontents" — L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and L'Eclisse (1962)—as well as the English-language films Blowup (1966) and The Passenger (1975), Antonioni produced "enigmatic and intricate mood pieces" that rejected action and plot in favor of contemplation, image, and design. According to AllMovie, he "redefined the concept of narrative cinema" and challenged traditional approaches to storytelling, realism, and drama.

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References

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  2. Draxler, Alois (1999). Alpenvereinshütten (in German). Bergverlag Rother GmbH. p. 311. ISBN   978-3-7633-8090-9.
  3. "Skiing:Lifts & Slopes Faloria – Cortina". Conference of International Society for Skiing Safety. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
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  7. Trujillo 2014, p. 8.
  8. Cowie 1963, p. 8.
  9. Chatman 1985, p. 5.

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