Ski Touring the Gran Paradiso

The Gran Paradiso is the highest mountain entirely in Italy. At 4061 metres, it is the highest point in the national park of the same name. The Gran Paradiso National Park was established in 1922 and is the oldest in Italy. This course is ideal for those new to ski touring (or with some experience) and would like to learn the skills required to move through the mountains on skis as well as climb a beautiful 4000 metre summit. It is suitable for all competent on piste skiers.

Season: March and April

7 day program

  • Day one. Arrive at Gite Mont Joly. Meet the Guides in the evening to discuss the program and check equipment.

  • Day two. The day will be completed at Les Contamines Montjoie ski area. The focus of the day will be learning the essential skills for ski touring such as; the use of an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe, skinning and the use of ski crampons.

  • Day three. The day will be based at Les Contamines Montjoie. We will aim to complete the traverse of the Rochers des Enclaves (2465m). This is a full day ski tour putting into practice the skills learnt yesterday.

  • Day four. The ascent of the Col d’Entreves (3527m) and the descent of the world famous Vallee Blanche in Chamoinx. The route will be completed from the Aiguille du Midi telerpherique. The focus of the day will be on the use of mountaineering crampons and glacier skiing skills.

  • Day five. We travel through the Tunnel du Mont Blanc to Italy before making the approach to the Refuge Vittorio Emauele. Time will be spent on this day looking at the construction of ski belays and hoist systems.

  • Day six. The ascent and descent of the Gran Paradiso (4061m) before returning to Saint Gervais le Bains.

  • Day seven. Depart Gite Mont Joly.

Cost

1 Skier

£1720.00 per person

2 Skiers

£885.00 per person

3 Skiers

£607.00 per person

4 skiers

£468.00 per person

Cost excludes;

  • Valley accommodation.

  • Food in the valley.

  • Personal ski passes.

  • Personal lunches and drinks.