Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/01 to 31/03
Departure:SAINT-PIERRE: Vetan (1780 m)
Arrival:Punta Leysser (2771 m)
Difference in level:991 m
Duration coming back:1h30
How to get there
Aosta Ovest highway exit. Follow the signs for Courmayeur until you reach Saint-Pierre: turn following the sign for Saint-Nicolas. Pass the town on the right following the signs for Vétan. Leave your car at the end of the road.
Classic mountaineering ski climb that is also suited for snow shoes. The route is popular but the views from the top are worth the lack of solitude!
Description of the route
From Vétan, climb the beaten slope to the isolated Chatelanaz house. Continue climbing the slope with alternating steep and gentle sections, following the route beaten by the snow mobiles. After a couple of turns you’ll gain altitude nearing some watersheds well-loved by snowboarders. Continue leaving the Grandes Arpilles houses on your right and climb the unmarked slope where the vegetation slowly disappears. The climb becomes steeper until it reaches the ridge at the forepeak. Descend the ridge until it starts to climb towards the peak where you’ll find a wooden cross.