Grand Paradiso Ski Tour

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Introduction

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 ski descent. The natural topography and protected wildlife of the Gran Paradiso national park really lends itself to being a top ski touring region and is more unspoilt than some of the more popular areas in the Alps.

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. 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!

WINTER 2019 DATES
23 March – 30 March
30 March – 06 April
06 April – 13 April
13 April – 20 April

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Course Details

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Further Information.

What's included
  • Guides fees and expenses
  • 7 nights accommodation with Bed and Breakfast
  • Mountain huts at full-board
What's not included
  • Transport to/from Chamonix
  • Equipment rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Uplifts according to itinerary
  • Evening meals when not in mountain huts
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 helpful but not essential. The days are not too long, the packs are relatively light and the ski 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.

Accommodation and huts

They are basic but comfortable and 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 so you have to buy water to drink and wash with (no showers). You can 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 always expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view.

Typical Itinerary

Typical Itinerary

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.

Day 1:
Warm up day ski tour in Chamonix’s Aiguilles Rouges mountains. Dust of the cobwebs and enjoy some stunning ski touring terrain opposite the Mont Blanc massif. Overnight in Chamonix.

Day 2:
Early start and drive to Rhemes in Italy (75mins). Ascend Punta Pallato (3050m) and descend to Benevalo hut.

Day 3:
Ascend the Gran Vaudale (3400m) and ski to Rhemes – a great descent! Overnight in a hotel in Rhemes.

Day 4:
A well earned easy day with a beautiful ascent to our base for the Gran Paradiso. Drive to Pont and ascend to the Vittoria Emmanuel hut (2.5 hrs uphill).

Day 5:
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.

Day 6:
Ascend la Tresenta (3600m) and ski to Pont. Return to Chamonix.

Day 7:
Departure

Training

To maximise your chance of success and enjoyment during this trip it is important to get as fit as you possibly can. So we have partnered with Uphill Athlete, specialists in strength and conditioning for peak mountain performance.

Read an Introduction to Uphill Athlete by Steve House, accomplished climber and IFMGA guide here

Mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 5 to 12 hours) and your training should reflect this. Balance is important too as you will spend many hours walking in crampons. For this a good chore strength is important.

Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury.

We highly recommend this 8 Week Ski Touring Training Plan to get you in shape for the trip.

Kit List

Pre-Book with Adventure Base:
Black Diamond Saber-tooth crampon rental 6 days €45.00
Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe rental 6 days €35.00
Black Diamond climbing harness rental 6 days €30.00
Black Diamond Half Dome helmet rental 6 days €25.00

Select which extras you would like to pre-book at check-out. Please note we have limited stock so pre-booking is advised.

1. Skis with ski touring bindings.Your skis should be a minimum of 90mm underfoot and should be off-piste specific.
2. Ski poles
3. Skins and ski crampons
4. Ski boots and boot crampons – these must fit and be comfortable as we will spend time ascending throughout the week.
5. Ski Helmet
6. Rucksack – 40-50l. with ski straps
7. Transceiver, probe, shovel, harness with 1 screw gate karabiner (can be rented in Chamonix)
8. Sunglasses, goggles, sunhat, sunscreen, lip salve/block
9. 3 sets socks and light coloured thermal tops
10. Lightweight Gore-Tex top/bottoms, warm hat, thick gloves, thin gloves
11. Insulating layers.
12. Personal first aid – blister kit, ibuprofen.
13. Cash for additional hot drinks / snacks on the mountain
14. Water bottle (minimum 1l)

Download our Clothing & Hardware kit recommendations here

Remember: Kit should be lightweight but functional – you have to carry it. You can rent ski kit from our partners in Chamonix – Concept Pro Shop Chamonix.

Booking info

To find out more about our course, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +44 (0) 845 527 5812.

We take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, and we ask for the balance to be paid 8 weeks before the course start date.

Insurance

We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.

Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/ skiing up to 4061m.

Getting to Chamonix

British Airways, Swiss Air and Easyjet offer regular flights to Geneva International from all over the UK and the rest of Europe.
Booking a place on a minibus airport transfer service is by far the best way to get from Geneva airport to Chamonix (1hour). We recommend CVT Transfers and you can book directly by clicking here: http://adventurebase.cvt.ski

Fabio Levi
“I love this classic ski touring itinerary – the highest peak in Italy. The highlight? Getting to the summit and knowing you can ski all the way down.”
Fabio Levi, IFMGA Guide

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