Italy, Gran Paradiso Ski Tour - Adventure Base
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Italy, Ski Gran Paradiso (4061m)

Ski the Gran Paradiso (4061m), the highest peak entirely in Italy, and tick off your first 4000m ski descent. That's right, there's a whole load of downhill for all that uphill effort.

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    Duration

    1 week

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    Start Location

    Chamonix, France

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    Date(s)

    March - April

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    Price

    From €1950.00

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SKI YOUR FIRST 4000M PEAK

Skiing the Gran Paradiso (4061m), the highest peak entirely in Italy, is an incredible experience and one that should be on every skiers hit list. This is the perfect mountain for your first 4000m descent with just the right amount of challenge and natural topography that really lends itself to being a top ski touring region.

The view from the Gran Paradiso itself is one of the best panoramas in the Alps and the descent on skis is one to remember. 90% of the ascent to the top of Gran Paradiso is on skis and there is a short, easy rocky scramble to the very top. This is a great progression from skiing the Haute Route or those with good ski touring ability as it requires a little more mountaineering skills and skiing at altitude.

Our summer clients from our Mont Blanc + Gran Paradiso mountaineering program will know all about the final rocky scramble, it definitely gets the heart beating a little quicker than normal with its airy final step - but the views from the summit are definitely worth it!

If you're worried you're not quite ready yet then you can take our test below. You can also join us on one of our intro trips or our 'entry level' hut to hut ski tour below.

Gran Paradiso Ski 'Readiness' test

Intro Hut to Hut Ski Tour
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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This Gran Paradiso ski tour is ideal for skiers with previous ski touring/off piste experience who are keen to try their hand at multi day ski touring and a 4000m peak. Some previous experience of day tours is recommended. The days are long and the packs may be heavy, but the descents are excellent.

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. Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you. If you're worried you're not quite ready yet then you can take our test below. Gran Paradiso Ski 'Readiness' test

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    1 week

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    Start Location

    Chamonix, France

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    Date(s)

    March - April

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    Guide Ratio

    6:1

  • Ability

    Level C

    Level C

    You have a fair amount of experience climbing, hiking or skiing more technical terrain. You’re comfortable on sustained adventures and you call yourself a ‘hardened’ adventurer. You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it there' attitude.

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    Price

    From €1950.00

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'Better Business' page.

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LIVE THE ADVENTURE

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Our Ski Touring Intro Trip

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Are you tired of the same old ski slopes, crowded lifts, and grumpy chairlift operators? Do you want to add a little excitement to your ski holiday? Well, my friend, it's time to try something new - a ski touring trip in Chamonix!

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Ski Time with Adventure Base

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Skis, powder, skins, crampons... are there many things better than a ski adventure?

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Ski Touring

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We have a rule that every month we get out of the office, away from the noise and in to the great outdoors. This month Olly decided ski touring was the ticket, so we headed off to the Refuge d'Argentiere. Very hot for February but a great way to escape the noise of office life. Enjoy.

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Meet The Team

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Introducing our crack squad of mountain lovers and adventure junkies. We spend most of our days plotting, planning and building some of the very best trips out there for you all to enjoy.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS SKI TOUR

Certain items can be rented from Adventure Base such as crampons, ice axe, helmet and harness. You are able to add these to your cart at checkout. We use the latest kit from Black Diamond meaning you'll be using quality equipment and our rental options are much cheaper than if you were to rent it from a local shop when you get here. Win!

(Note: Your kit might vary sightly from the images below) Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary. For the full downloadable Gran Paradiso Ski Tour kit list please click here.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE

On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow climbers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.

What's Included?

  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Ski a 4000m mountain
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  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 6 days of ski touring in France and Italy
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Welcome dinner on the first night
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 3 nights in a Chamonix hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 3 nights in mountain huts with half-board
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 1 night accommodation in a hotel in Rhemes-Notre-Dame with half-board

What's not Included?

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This Trip is running on the following dates

march 2025
1 Date
Depart

Sat 29 Mar, 2025

Return

Sat 05 Apr, 2025

Availability

6 spots available

march 2026
1 Date
Depart

Sat 28 Mar, 2026

Return

Sat 04 Apr, 2026

Availability

6 spots available

What to expect from your accommodation

When not skiing the mountain we know the importance of having a comfortable base. That's why we've chosen this mountain lodge with it's super comfortable rooms and warm atmosphere. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stays in the mountain huts. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!

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Chamonix

The lodge is an excellent base for our Gran Paradiso ski tour. With stunning views of the mountains, it's well placed and just a few minutes walk from Chamonix centre. Rooms are on a twin share basis with en suite bathrooms. There is a bar and restaurant for the evenings, with some lovely outdoor space to relax in after the climb. You will spend your first, second and last night of the trip here. 

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    Duration

    3

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Twin share en suite

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    Food

    Breakfast

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Italy

Whilst in Italy, we will stay in the Vittorio Emmanuelle refuge, the Benovolo Refuge and a lovely 3* hotel in Val de Rhemes in the middle of the week. 

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    Duration

    3

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    Internet

    Not included

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    Beds

    Dormitory rooms

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    Food

    Half board

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

On arrival day you meet your guides and fellow ski-tourers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. We'll also cover your equipment and the current weather and mountain conditions.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day

    Arrive in Chamonix and settle in to the accommodation. We meet in the evening to discuss the plans for the week with your guide and fellow skiers. Followed by a welcome dinner.

  • Day 2:
    Ski Tour Les Aiguilles Rouges

    Warm up day ski tour in Chamonix’s Aiguilles Rouges mountains. Dust off the cobwebs and enjoy some stunning ski touring terrain opposite the Mont Blanc massif. Overnight in Chamonix.

  • Day 3:
    Head to Italy and approach Benevolo Hut

    Early start and drive to Rhemes-Notre-Dame in Italy (75mins). Ascend Punta Pallato (3050m) and descend to Benevolo hut.

  • Day 4:
    Ski touring in the Gran Paradiso National Park

    Ascend the Gran Vaudale (3400m) and ski to Rhemes-Notre-Dame – a great descent! Overnight in a lovely 3* hotel in Val de Rhemes.

  • Day 5:
    Approach the Gran Paradiso Hut

    A well earned easy day with a beautiful ascent to our base for the Gran Paradiso. Drive to Pont and ascend to the Vittorio Emmanuelle hut (2.5 hrs uphill). Overnight in the hut.

  • Day 6:
    Summit and ski Gran Paradiso (4061m)

    Ascend the Gran Paradiso (4061m), the highest mountain completely in Italy and a classic ski mountaineering peak. Ski back down to the Vittoria Emmanuel hut for some well earned beers and a lovely 3 course dinner.

  • Day 7:
    Last ski tour and return to Chamonix

    Ascend la Tresenta (3600m) and ski to Pont. Return to Chamonix.

  • Day 8:
    Departure

    Depart

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Frequently asked questions about this adventure

MB: What Insurance Do I Need?

Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments Read more

Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments but also environments that carry an element of risk with them. In order to protect yourself adequately you will need a specialist travel insurance that caters for the types of activities you will be undertaking. It is a condition of our agreement that you are covered by adequate travel insurance for your arrangements. Click here to understand which one is for you.

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What equipment will I need?

Please read the kit list above.

Please read the kit list above.

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What will we do if the weather is bad?

If we experience bad weather on the ski tour, we will be able to escape into one of the many Read more

If we experience bad weather on the ski tour, we will be able to escape into one of the many valleys and be collected by car if necessary. We will then look at our best options there and then based on the weather forecast and snow conditions. Our aim is always to provide you with the best ski experience and we will drive to other areas in the Alps if necessary to find better weather and make the most of your trip with us.

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What’s the weather like?

The weather in the Alps is always changeable, but generally we are confident to say that fast forward to March, Read more

The weather in the Alps is always changeable, but generally we are confident to say that fast forward to March, April and May the weather is generally sunnier and we experience warmer temperatures around the 0 mark.

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When is the best time?

March until May is the best time for ski touring Gran Paradiso. By this time the crevasses are quite well Read more

March until May is the best time for ski touring Gran Paradiso. By this time the crevasses are quite well filled in, meaning a safer ascent is possible, and the days are longer to allow for more time out in the mountains. Plus the sun normally shines a little warmer at this time of year, perfect for catching a tan on the terrace of the mountain huts after a good days skiing.

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MEET THE GUIDES

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Miha

IFMGA Guide

Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.

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Pablo

IFMGA Guide

Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.

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Roger

IFMGA Guide

Roger has spent over 15 years guiding around the world. He is a Guide instructor at the Spanish School of Guides and is fascinated by discovering mountains with clients. Roger has a big passion about showing people his beloved mountains and sharing climbs and descents with skis.

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Lars

IFMGA Guide

Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.

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Fede

IFMGA Guide

"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"

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Jon

IFMGA Guide

"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".

Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This Italy, Gran Paradiso Ski Tour trip is rated Level C, for accomplished adventurers We recommend you only book a trip that reflects your ability.

Level A

For beginners and newcomers

  • You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure
  • Little / no prior experience
  • Shorter time duration
  • No technical skills required but keen to learn
  • Basic level of fitness

Level B

For those with some prior experience

  • You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing, and are keen to build on that
  • You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more challenging environments
  • Some basic skills
  • Moderate fitness

Level C

For accomplished adventurers

  • You enjoy challenging yourself physically and mentally
  • You’re comfortable on multi-day adventures and you call yourself an avid adventurer
  • You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it is there' attitude
  • Strong level of fitness
Think you've got this?

This trip is at this level

Level D

For the pros

  • You're ready to test your skills on the next challenge
  • You're comfortable in most types of alpine environments
  • Some level of technical skills
  • Strong level of fitness

Level E

For the experts

  • You’ve been on multiple adventures and have built up a solid skillset to tackle most challenges out there
  • Good technical skills and knowledge
  • Experienced in alpine/mountains environments
  • Very high level of fitness

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