Gran Paradiso Ski Tour

​The Gran Paradiso is one of the most beautiful national parks in the Alps and home of the Gran Paradiso (4060m) the only 4000m peak to be solely in Italy. The region is famous for its herds of ibex and chamois which are remarkably tame and approachable.

Level 3 Guiding & Coaching

5 days, 6 nights

Prerequisites: Ski Touring Skills Or equivalent

Price: £1245*

* Fully inclusive price

 Course Dates

We aim to complete a tour over the Gran Paradiso region from the Val de Cogne to Val Savrenche. This is a ski mountaineering tour as the three peaks that we climb en route all involve a certain amount of mountaineering with ice axe and crampons. Three quality alpine peaks one of which is a 4000'er are climbed during this week.

Course Highlights

  • This trip offers a great variety of skiing and some fantastic summits
  • This classic pilgrimage to the Gran Paradiso 4061m (highest Italian peak solely in Italy) is a must do
  • Warm Italian hospitality with great food and wine in the hotels and huts
Is This Course For Me?

Ski ability required: This is a demanding tour at altitude. Prior ski-touring experience is essential and you should have effective turns off-piste in a variety of snow conditions. A high level of fitness is very important and you should be able to comfortably sustain a climb at a rate of 300 vertical metres an hour. A typical day will involve up to 5 hours of uphill skiing (up to 1200m of ascent).

Sample Programme

Sunday evening the course convenes at the Grand Chalet hotel with welcome by ISM guides at 6.45pm and course briefing followed by evening meal.

Day 1
We drive from Leysin to the Val di Rhemes in Val d'Aosta. From here we skin to the Benevolo hut (2280m, 2.5 hours). This charming hut is famous for the quality (and quantity) of the food and wine, and is an excellent base for us to warm up and acclimatise.

Day 2
There are many exciting ski peaks to climb from the Benevolo hut. The Pointe de Galise is an excellent ski peak and its north facing glacier often provides excellent powder skiing. We have amazing views of the Gran Paradiso chain across the valley. We ski the glacier back to the Benevolo hut. Other possible ascents are the Pointe de Calabre 3445m, the Grande Traversiere 3496m and the Pic de Golette 3291m.

Day 3
Today we start our ski ascent of the Gran Paradiso. We climb to the Refuge Fredrico Chabod (2750m, 3.5 hrs). The first stage of the approach takes us through an alpine pine forest, until the mountain opens out to give superb views of the Gran Paradiso and its north face. This hut is very modern and comfortable. This valley is home to many Chamois and Ibex, sightings are usually frequent and at close distance

Day 4
The traverse of the Gran Paradiso (4060m, 5hrs). Our route takes us through a complicated glacier under the north face of Gran Paradiso, we then join the more normal route from the Vittorio Emmanuelle hut. For the last 100m to the summit we have to cache our skis and rope up as the summit ridge is rocky and exposed. We now have a well deserved 1300m descent either skiing the glacier back to the Refugio Chabod or down to the Refugio Vittorio Emmanuelle.

Day 5
After climbing the Col de Tresenta we ski under the north face of the Ciarforon (3640m) heading towards the top of the Val Savrenche until we bypass a band of cliffs and ski to Pont (1960m, 6hrs) 1700m of descent. This avoids having to carry the skis down the steep rocky path below the hut as well as giving a fitting climax to the week and 'hero ski' to the restaurant terrace for the celebratory drink and lunch. Return to Leysin.

Maps: Valgrisnenche Val di Rhemes Hiking Map 3 and Valsavaranche Gran Paradiso Hiking Map 9 1:25 000 (there is no specific ski map for this area)

Course Dates

Week Start Finish Price  
17 23 Apr 2017 29 Apr 2017 £1245