Welcome meeting in Chamonix
The evening before the start of the course, you will have the chance to meet your guide and the other course members to discuss the itinerary, mountain conditions and ask any questions.
Your guide will also use this time to check over your equipment and help you prepare what you will need for day 1 of the course. Those who have reserved rental equipment will be accommanied to our partner shop to pick up what they will need for the duration of the course. It is a good idea to bring with you any clothing or technical gear that you would liked checked over prior to the start of the course.
Day 1: Ski touring & skill refresher in Chamonix
Warm up and practice day in Chamonix. Our guides will use this day to check eveyone's equipment, ski touring skill set and teach you the basics of avalanche beacon and crevasse rescue, on an introductory tour accesible from the local ski lifts. You will then return to Chamonix in the evening for any gear changes or additional equipment requirements in preperation for the following 3 days.
Day 2: Gran Paradiso national park
An early start and a taxi from Chamonix to the Grand Paradiso National Park in Italy, and a 2-3hh climb up to the beautiful Benevolo Hut, in the Valle di Rhemes, which will be our base for the follwing 2 days. You will be able to enjoy a traditional Italain lunch , before embarking on a short 2h tour from the hut to practice your ice axe and crampon skills.
The day will typically invlove around 450m to 800 elevation gain, depending on the route chosen by your guide. There are many different itineraries options available freom the hut to suit all levels and skill sets.
The Gran Paradio reserve is tranquil, wild and unspoilt, offering stunning views and great skiing. You definatley wont be fighting against with the crowds here, but may well be lucky enough to have the odd encouter with the local wildlife.
Day 3: The Punta Calabre
A bigger tour today lasting around 5-6h and returning back to the hut. You will cover around 800m elevation again and decent 1000m meters. There are many varied options to choose from along the Grand Paradiso chain.
With some help from the weather you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views and great skiing along range. A nice late Italian lunch will be a welcome reward and well needed fule to keep you on track for the final day tomorrow.
Day 4: Grand Vaudala
This is the big day and final push! Around a 7-8h tour and possibly a summit (Grand Vaudala, Granta Parei). We will leave the Benevolo hut early and cover roughly 1200m elevation gain, but the ultimate reward will be lovely long 1600m descent back down to the trail head, where a taxi will be waiting to bring you back to Chamonix for a cold beer, a hot shower and your own bed!