Gran Paradiso Ski Tour
The Gran Paradiso national park is a short drive from Chamonix through the Mont Blanc tunnel. Its natural topography and protected wildlife really lend itself to being a top ski touring region. The view from the Gran Paradiso itself is one of the best panoramas in the alps. 90% of the climb to the top of Gran Paradiso is on skis and there is a short, easy rocky scramble to the very top.
Every day we have chosen peaks with top quality skiing down to some of our favorite mountain huts - afterall, the hardwork put in going up should be rewarded!
Who is it for?
This Gran Paradiso ski tour is ideal for those fit offpiste skiers who are keen to try their hand at multi day ski touring. Some previous experience of day tours is a good idea. The days are not too long, the packs are relatively light and the ski descents are excellent and there is a welcome hotel night in the middle! This tour will also appeal to the more seasoned ski tourer, as the terrain offers great skiing and great views, with the bonus of skiing the highest peak entirely in Italy.
Saturday: Arrive in Chamonix and settle in to the chalet. We meet in the evening to discuss the plans for the week.
Sunday: Warm up day tour in Chamonix's Aiguilles Rouges. Overnight in Chamonix.
Monday: Early start and drive to Rhemes in Italy (75mins). Ascend Punta Pallato (3050m) and descend to Benevalo hut.
Tuesday: Ascend the Gran Vaudale (3400m) and ski to Rhemes - a great descent! Overnight in a hotel in Rhemes - restaurant, shower...
Wednesday: A well earned easy day. Drive to Pont and ascend to the Vittoria Emmanuel hut (2.5 hrs uphill).
Thursday: Ascend the Gran Paradiso (4061m), the highest mountain completely in Italy and a classic ski mountaineering peak. Ski to the Vittoria Emmanuel hut.
Friday: Ascend la Tresenta (3600m) and ski to Pont. Return to Chamonix.
When staying in Chamonix, we stay in one of our comfortable Adventure Base Chalets, literally 6 minutes walk from the town centre's restaurants and bars. Breakfast and packed lunch are included leaving the evenings free for you to explore the delights of Chamonix.
What to expect from mountain huts
They are basic but comfortable. They can cater for vegetarians. Food is usually on a set menu basis (3 course in the evening, hot drink and bread/jam/cereal for breakfast). Often there is no running water and so you have to buy water to drink and wash with (no showers). You can usually buy tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, chocolate bars and snacks. Sleeping arrangements are normally dormitory style bunkbeds (eg 6 people on the bottom, 6 on the top) with blankets or duvets. Slippers are provided by huts to wear inside. You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!
Download the Info Pack for more information and please get in touch with any questions.