Normal route to Cevedale
I did it all alone in a clear and fresh morning. A lot of marmots all around you till you take the camera. Then, one second before shooting,..... well this is an old story. After a coffee break at Rifugio Pizzini, continued to the road till the Cedec lakes ( small lakes reflecting the sky like steel blades ) and started to find a lot of snow. The summer path to Cevedale Pass and Casati Hut was dangerous because the risk of avalanches. I followed a poor trail on the right in direction of the winter route. At approximately 3000m. the snow layer was 50cm. and the route a bit steep ( close to 40° in some parts ). Before arriving to the pass there is a very short traverse (maybe 10m.) pointing right a bit exposed, then you can relax : the trail becomes flat and you arrive to Casati Hut (3255m.) From Pizzini to Casati it took about 1:30 but, due to the snow that made it very tiring, it seemed to climb for many hours.
Then the easy and not stressing walk on the glacier covered by a lot of snow. I was a bit worried for crevasses pretty covered by fresh snow but I confidently followed the trail made by a couple of teams leaded by local Guides.
The climb was easy for more than one hour as the glacier is nearly flat then you have to reach the ridge. This part isn't long but the quote ( approx 3700m. ), the steepness and 80cm. of fresh snow made it demanding for my lungs. On the ridge a couple of clouds welcomed and went with me till the mountaintop so that, once on the summit, I could easily take a picture of my boots, drink some water, think that, to see fog, it is easier to stay in Piazza del Duomo in Milan, then turn back.
In approximately one hour I was back to Casati hut where I could eat and recovery a bit the energies. People running Casati Hut are very friendly. After resting I started the descent to Pizzini and to Forni Huts.
Fortunately the sun melted a lot of snow under 3000m. and was possible to go down to Pizzini on the easy summer route.
All together the round trip took 10 hours ( including the stops at the huts and some time for shooting pictures and talking with people )