The Grand Paradiso national park, created from the private game reserve of Victor Emmanuel II and donated by his grandson, Victor Emmanuel III in 1920, is Italy’s oldest national park. There is a multitude of wildlife, including large herds of ibex (for which the game reserve and park was created) and chamois.
The skiing and mountaineering are great, with a multitude of options and itineraries to suit experienced ski alpinists. Previous ski touring experience and solid technique both ascending and descending are prerequisite. The gear used on the trip cannot be changed along the way, so some practice days with the specific equipment is recommended highly. Good physical fitness and familiarity with hut to hut touring also add to the margin for enjoyment.
This tour is a traverse of the Grand Paradiso National Park, finishing with an ascent of the Grand Paradiso, the only 4000 meter peak in Italy not bordering another country. An excellent ski touring peak, this tour offers steep, wild, and complex mountain terrain accessed from a series of relatively comfortable huts.
Technical level and experience
This trip is for intermediate to advanced ski tourers. You have to have the following skills.Good and efficient skinning technique, solid kick turns on steep and icy terrain Experience using boot and ski crampons, ice axe Experience in basic level roped climbing and scrambling using boot crampons and ice axe
You can expect up to 9h ski days with up to 1300 vertical meters climbs per day. You have to be very fit and strong, be able to skin uphill 400m/h for up to 4h per day without being exhausted the next day. As a preparation, you should regularly do about 4 hours od cardio training per week – either biking, hiking or running.