Ski touring: smugglers' raid (Aosta valley)

Duration : 6 days

France, Northern Alps, Italy, Alps

Level : intermediate

from 950 € / p. from 4 to 6 persons

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Go for a 6-day ski tour in Aosta Valley mountains in Italy, between Valdigne, Grand-Saint-Bernard Valley and the central valley above Aosta, or, to be more precise, behind the Mont Fallère.

These 6 days will allow you to learn to manage the important parameters in ski touring: weather, avalanches, group management, physical fatigue, stress, etc.

The goal is to deepen risk and group management as an introduction to subsequent and higher levels. You will also learn to use maps, GPS and 3x3 method.

During this raid, I will introduce you to the world of "Ski touring High Routes" where the management of various parameters becomes more complete and complex.


D1: Planaval de la Salle (1762m) - Col Serena (2546m) - Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses (1550m).
First day to assess the physical and technical level of each participant. Introduction to group and risk management.
Ascent to the pass by regular slopes with a steep part, descent on the other side.
½ board at the hotel.
Total duration: 5 to 6 hours, positive altitude difference: 725m, negative altitude difference: 1000m.

D2: Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses (1550m) - Mont Fourchon (2901m) - Grand-Saint-Bernard Hospice (2469m).
Long ascent to a summit on the Swiss border. Short descent to the road and ascent to the  Grand-Saint-Bernard Hospice.
½ board at the Hospice.
Total duration: 4 to 5 hours, D+: 1400m.

D3: Grand-Saint-Bernard Hospice - Tête de Barasson (2729m) - Saint-Oyen (1373m).
The day begins with a descent followed by a climb to the Tête de Barasson. This is followed by a descent into the valley of the same name to Saint-Oyen.
½ board at the hotel.
Total duration: 5 to 6 hours, D+: 450m, D-: 1350m.

D4: Saint Oyen (1373m) - Mount Vertosan (2821m) - Vetan (1697m).
Another long day of climbing in a beautiful valley with a steep section (careful analysis of the slope) to access the ridge that leads to the summit of Mont de Vertosan. This is followed by a steady, not steep, descent along open slopes to Vetan.
½ board at the hotel.
Total duration: 5 to 6 hours, D+: 1500m, D-: 1125m.

D5: Vetan (1697m) - Pointe Leysser (2771m) - Vens (1750m).
Beautiful run on open, south-facing slopes. The view of the mountains of the upper Aosta valley is magnificent (Gran Paradiso, Grivola, Monte Emilius, Ruitor, etc).
½ board at the hotel.
Total duration: 5 to 6 hours, D+: 1075m, D-: 1000m.

D6: Vens (1750m) - Col Fetita (2600m) - Morge de La Salle (1720m).
Reasonable height difference but important development. After a first uphill section follows a descent along a summer road, then another climb on a steady slope to the Fetita pass, then a final beautiful descent to Morge.
End of the raid.
Total duration: 5 to 6 hours, D+: 850m, D-: 880m.

Educational content of the internship:

  • Deepening ski techniques on different types of snow and on steep to very steep slopes.
  • Choice of equipment for raids.
  • Study of the route (map, ski touring guide books, GPS, etc.).
  • Multi-day bulletins (weather and avalanche forecasts).
  • The group, the course, the trace and the passage.
  • B plan, C plan, etc.
  • Deepening the elements that influence risk and group management with the basic use of the 3x3 method.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain guide.
  • Half board at hotels and Grand-Saint-Bernard Hospice.
  • Insurance.

The price does not include

  • Anything not specified in "The price includes".


  • Half board at hotels and Grand-Saint-Bernard Hospice
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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