Ski Tour  gran paradiso - 4061m
Valsavarenche -, italy

The Gran Paradiso ski tour offers confirmed ski tourers a fantastic opportunity with numerous challenging uphill sections along with some absolutely stunning downhill runs. It remains one of the best kept secrets of the Alps without the crowds of some of the more well known tours. 

Each day will offer the possibility to reach a summit including the highest peak in Italy - the Gran Paradiso at 4,061m.

The scenery, summits, skiing, huts and of course the food are all above average. Only our Italian friends can provide such warm hospitality coupled with their know how in the kitchen.

Course Highlights:

  • ski a 4000m peak
  • a week in one of the Alps unique national parks
  • authentic huts
  • enjoy exquisite, hearty meals
Included

Cost Includes:

  • Guide fees
  • accommodation and half board based on dbl occupancy or in huts
  • assistance for travel logistics and planning


Cost Exclusions:

  • lift fees 
  • lunches, snacks or drinks
  • personal equipment
  • travel to or from the course departure point
  • rescue insurance
Program

Ski Tour Gran Paradiso Details

Day 0 - Evening meeting and course briefing at your hotel.

Day 1 CHAMONIX - VITTORIO SELLA HUT
Morning pick-up at your hotel in Chamonix and then we drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel into Italy. The real start of the trip is from the Cogne valley and the small village of Valnontey. From here we commence our long skin up to the Rifugio di Vittorio Sella. (2584m).
vertical climb = 3300 ft. vertical descent = 2,245 ft.

Day 2 VITTORIO SELLA HUT - CHABOD HUT
An early alpine start and we start our skin up to the Tour de Grand Serraz (3552m) and then over the Col du Grand Neyron (3441m). Finally we ski down to the comfortable Chabod refuge (2750m).
vertical climb = 3,150 ft. vertical descent = 2,650 ft.

DAY 3 CHABOD HUT - LE GRAND PARADISO - VITTORIO EMMANUELE HUT
Another early start as we have a big day in store - climbing the Grand Paradiso (4,061m). Summit vistas are impressive and so is the reward for all that uphill. The ski back down to the Vittorio Emmanuele Hut is equally fantastic!
(2732m).
vertical climb = 4,247 ft. vertical descent = 4,305 ft.

DAY 4 VITTORIO EMMANUELE HUT - PONTESE HUT
Today will be a little easier than the previous days, we start by skiing up to the Col de Teleccio (3345m), then onto the Col du Becchi (2990m), before a savoury run down to the Pontese Hut(2200m).
vertical climb = 2,008 ft. vertical descent = 3,710 ft.

DAY 5 PONTESE HUT - COL DE TELECCIO - CHAMONIX
Nothing like saving some of the best for last, we start with another pre-dawn early rise and skin up to the Col de Teleccio (3304m). From here it's all downhill into the Valaille valley and finally to the viallage of Lillaz (1615m). Return trip via minibus back to Chamonix in the evening.
vertical climb = 3,577 ft. vertical descent = 5,472 ft.

* Actual course details may vary due to safety reasons and the guide may modify the itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions

    Dates

    Length:
    5 days, 4 nights

    2018 COURSE DATES
    April 29-May 4

    Custom dates are also available - please contact me for more information

    Skills

    Required Level:
    Excellent base fitness
    Expert skiers - flawless standard off-piste skiing level capable of turning in any type of snow
    Previous multi-day ski tour experience a must

    Skiing/Climbing Grade:
    Skiing may include sustained 40 degree slopes. S3/4

    Technical Level:
    4 out of 5

    Fitness Level:
    4 out of 5

    Price

    2,195 € / pp with min 2 guests
    3,995 € private arrangement

    Group Size:
    Maximum group size is 4 : 1

    Local links

    Course Base:
    Pont, Italy (Valsavarenche)

    Local Airport:
    Geneva Intl Airport, Switzerland - GVA

    webcam Chamonix Arrête de l'Aiguille du Midi - Vallée Blanche
    Map
     
    Equipment List

    Remember that keeping the weight to a minimum on your back will absolutely add to your pleasure and enjoyment.

    Clothing

    • Waterproof Jacket/shell lightweight and breathable GoreTex or Sympatex style
    • Shell pants w/ side zips so they can be taken on/off on the go
    • Synthetic thermal top and bottom (or soft shell ski pants)
    • Fleece or mid weight top
    • Lightweight down or primaloft type jacket
    • Socks - like the Smartwool ski sock type
    • Thin inner gloves
    • Warm ski gloves or mittens
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat

    Personal Items

    • Water bottle thermos (best) 1 liter
    • Personal toiletry kit, compeed and painkillers
    • Ski goggles
    • Sun glasses rated minimum Cat 3
    • Sunscreen and lip cream
    • Spare shirt, undies, socks
    • Silk sheet liner (no sleeping bags needed)
    • Ear plugs
    • Wallet (with some cash), passport, Alpine Club card if you are a member and proof of insurance

    Technical Gear

    • Pack 35l as lightweight as you can find - minus all the fancy gadgets....
    • Digital avalanche beacon/transceiver no analogue models
    • Shovel with metal blade
    • Avalanche probe that's at least 2,00m long
    • Ski mountaineering boots like the Salomon MTN, Scarpa Freedom, etc  see my links page for ideas
    • Skis with touring bindings pin type or otherwise
    • Ski poles that have a decent sized basket on them they don't need to be telescopic
    • Climbing skins that match your skis and that are in good shape
    • Ski crampons - yes you need to have them
    • Harness, with 120cm sling and a carabiner
    • Boot crampons alloy are fine
    • Ice Axe light and short-ish 50-60cm

    All the other group items such a safety kit, first aid and survival equipment, I will have with me.

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