Mount Colle Grand Etret is a particularly fascinating and evocative mountain. The ski mountaineering excursion to its summit offers a very beautiful itinerary that develops marvelously immersed in the absolute quiet of Gran Paradiso National Park.

A relatively easy itinerary featuring, though, a notable development. It provides the hikers with very beautiful slopes and it gives them the chance to divide the excursion in two days by spending the night at Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele. The descent from the summit provides a priceless and thrilling ski ride and unforgettable emotions.

  • Gran Paradiso, Colle Grand Etret
  • 2 days
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults and boys

Information about the Colle Grand Etret ski mountaineering tour

Day one of Colle Grand Etret ski mountaineering tour

From Pont Valsavaranche to Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele
Start: Pont Valsavaranche (1956 meters)
Arrival: Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (2735 meters)
Elevation gap: 779 meters

The excursion starts from the little village of Pont Valsavaranche, from the parking lot of a hotel. Going up heading south the path skirts creek Torrente Savara all the way to Rifugio Tetras Lyre. Through the summer trail, then, the hikers will cross a very beautiful larch wood. Once they reach the ruins of Chanté they will leave the trail and they will keep going on a steep slope until they will reach a wide couloir that leads directly to Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele, at an elevation of 2735 meters.

Day two of Colle Grand Etret ski mountaineering tour

From Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele to Colle Grand Etret
Elevation gain: about 700 meters
Elevation loss: about 1500 meters

From the rifugio the path goes up heading for the base of the north-west spur of Mount Ciarforon and it keeps going through glacier Ghiacciao di Monciair. The hikers will, then, cross the north-west buttress of Mount Becca di Monciair and they will pass under the Denti di Broglio before reaching the edge of glacier Ghiacciaio del Grand Etret and going up south all the way to the summit of Colle Grand Etret. The spectacular descent ski ride develops on very beautiful, north facing slopes that will lead the hikers back to Pont.

From Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele the descent offers three options: through the climb route, through the itinerary of Grand Etret, or heading south to cross creek Chanté before going down on wide slopes. After crossing the creek again, the path connects to the climb route.

The two day ski mountaineering tour to Colle Grand Etret from Pont Valsavaranche with overnight at Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele is rated as BS (good skier). It covers a total 1500 meter elevation gap.

Price for the Colle Grand Etret ski mountaineering tour

€ 600 - Price up to 2 persons

€ 660 - Price up to 3 persons

€ 720 - Price up to 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Albergo Gran Paradiso
    Località Pont, 25
    11010 Valsavarenche, AO
  • Meeting time to be defined
  • Geographic coordinates 45°31'27.9"N 7°12'02.0"E

What to bring

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners

What you need to know

  • Participants Anyone over the age of 16, with an adequate level of training and fitness, can participate in this experience.
  • Under 18 Minors under the age of 18, if unaccompanied, require a waiver of liability from the parent or guardian of the child, that must be given to the guide before the excursion begins.
  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed.
  • Price includes The price shown includes the following services: mountain guide, transfers, technical equipment.
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Rigid terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are rigid. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a mountain guide for the Colle Grand Etret ski mountaineering tour, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the Colle Grand Etret 2-day trip from Pont Valsavaranche.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide or the mountaineering school, and all the contact information.