With 2 nights in mountain refuges, this 4 day tour will give you the opportunity to get a feel for real hut to hut touring, to consolidate and build upon your existing skills, and to develop the endurance required to help you find longer and more challenging tours ultimately more enjoyable.
This is a great introductory trip to hut-to-hut ski tours for those who just started ski touring, and is the perfect preparation and precursor for more committed ski touring trips such as the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.
To be able to join this course you must have had some previous day touring experience, be a confident off piste skier on all types of snow (powder, crust, heavy wet and wind blown), and have a good level of fitness. You will be ski touring for up to 7 hours per day including 4-5 hours of ascent.
Our guides will start the course with an orientation day spent practicing some basic skills and avalanche awareness whilst exploring one of Chamonix's classic ski touring itineraries such as the Col du Passon or Col du Tour Noir, before transferring to Italy for 3 days of hut-to-hut touring in the beautiful Gran Paradiso National Park.
Ski touring in the Alps requires a broad skill set, not only fitness and stamina. To be able to safely navigate the varied terrain of the backcountry, our guides will teach you crucial ice axe and crampon techniques, basic rope work, glacier navigation and avalanche awareness. These skills really are the golden key that opens the door to the unlimited skiable terrain on the other side of the lift system...
This trip is absolutely perfect for those aspiring to take the next step towards becoming more independent in the mountains, and will serve as meaningful training to help you aspire towards more challenging future touring goals.