The panoramic mountain called Monte Lira, or Lawinenspitze in German (Avalanche Peak), is a popular starting point for paragliders
Between the Mendola Pass and Mt. Roen, with 2,116 m a.s.l. the highest peak of the Mendola Ridge, there’s Mt. Lira (Monte Lira, in Italian). In German, this 1,650 m high summit is called Lawinenspitze or Lavinaspitz, that’s to say Avalanche Peak. Here, high above the village of Caldaro (Kaltern), paragliders start their flight into the valley - if wind and weather permit - to the landing place at the southern shore of Lake Caldaro.
A hike leads in a little more than 3 hours from the valley station of the Mendola Funicular via the Prazöllersteig path to the summit, with return by the Mendola Funicular. In the valley you can see the Oltradige and Bassa Atesina areas, Bolzano and Lake Caldaro, whereas the mountain world includes the Sarentino, Ötztal and Ortles Alps as well as the Dolomites. Mt. Lira, however, is also a popular destination in the cold months: A winter hike leads from the valley station of the Mendola-Ruffrè Skiing Area via the Rif. Mezzavia mountain hut (1,585 m a.s.l.) to the summit.