Aosta Valley is a favourite destination with ski mountaineering enthusiasts, as it is possible here for seven months a year, from November to June, and the region hosts a number of major competitions, such as the legendary Mezzalama Trophy.
The large variety of routes present means everyone is sure to find a trip suited to their particular skiing and athletic skills: from climbs of a few hours on open slopes to routes on the glaciers lasting two or more days. A number of peaks can be reached on skis, including the Gran Paradiso, the only one of the Four-Thousanders entirely on Italian soil.
Recommendation: before your ski mountaineering trip always check the weather conditions and the snow and avalanche bulletin and set off equipped with avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe.
Skiers are strongly recommended to tackle routes with the help of a professional alpine guide.
A beaten path from Les Suches to the Belvedere pass allows ski mountaineers to reach the French side of the ski resort.
Groomed and signposted slopes, dedicated to ski mountaineers, also in Pila ski resort: both start at the end of the car park upstream of the tunnel.
At Plan Maison, reachable by cable car or gondola from Breuil-Cervinia, there are two well-signposted routes.
One of the most suitable valleys for skimo is the Grand Saint-Bernard valley, on the border with Switzerland, with more than 40 routes.
Three routes and a ski pass for skimo in the MonterosaSki area: in Val d’Ayas from Ciarcerio to Colle Bettaforca, in the Gressoney Valley from Sant’Anna to Colle Bettaforca and from Gabiet to Passo dei Salati.
Excellent bases for many ski mountaineering routes, they are open specifically for this sport.
Mountain huts located on the ski slopes or in their immediate vicinities, which are open throghtout the ski season and can also be bases for ski mountaineering tours.
Aosta Valley alpine guides: a reference for ski mountaineering. Click on the link to book a guide from one of the associations on the list.