The ski mountaineering excursion Traversata della Provvidenza, together with the Traversata Alta and the Traversata Bassa of Corno Grande, is one of the most classic traverses in the Gran Sasso area. The itinerary develops in a silent, solitary and majestic environment, before the highest peaks of the whole mountainous range.

The path crosses the wide hump of Campo Pericoli, the hump of Venacquaro and the very beautiful valley Valle del Chiarino and it reaches lake Lago della Provvidenza, northern border of the Gran Sasso Range. A long path (more than twenty kilometers) among evocative cols and valleys, passing through majestic peaks: Mount Corno Grande, Mount Pizzo Intermesoli and Mount Corvo.

This itinerary does not feature any particular technical issues and it is a high class path, among the most beautiful in the Apennines Range.

  • Gran Sasso
  • 6 hours
  • Low difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the ski mountaineering to Gran Sasso

The ski mountaineering to Gran Sasso starts from Campo Imperatore at an elevation of 2130 meters. The path goes up straight through the ridge that leads to Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi from where the hikers can enjoy a grand view on Campo Imperatore.

Going down north the path enters the underlying couloir. After a short steep stretch (35°) the slope gets milder and the path enters hump Conca di Campo Pericoli. Passing sweet hills and beautiful valleys the path gets under the couloir that comes down from col Sella dei Grilli, at the beginning of valley Val Maone, at an elevation of 1870 meters.

Through the wide couloir the path goes up straight until just under col Sella dei Grilli from where, through some easy slopes, the path goes down to the underlying hump Conca del Venacquaro and to the base of the wide couloir that comes down from col Sella di Monte Corvo.

The itinerary, then, passes Sella del Venacquaro and Forchetta della Falasca. At an elevation of about 2300 meters the skiers will take off their seal skins for the last time and they will go down to the underlying valley. The path keeps going passing the fold of Solagna (shelter for shepherds) and Rifugio Fioretti, at an elevation of 1503 meters.

Following the street, then, the hikers will pass the last clearings and they will enter the Chiarino woods; among high beeches the path passes little church Chiesetta di San Martino and it reaches the Cappelli farm. Following the road the route reaches the Provvidenza dam.

The ski mountaineering to Gran Sasso (Traversata della Provvidenza) is rated as BS (good skier). It features a 1100 meter elevation gain and a 1900 meter elevation loss until the Masseria and a 2100 meter elevation loss until the dam. The path can be done in about 6 hours and it covers a total development of 25 kilometers (about 20 until masseria Cappelli) of which about 6,5 climbing up. It features maximum declivities of 30°/35° and the path mostly faces west. The return will be done with a second car or taxi service

Price of ski mountaineering to Gran Sasso

€ 360 - Price up to 2 persons

€ 390 - Price up to 3 persons

€ 420 - Price up to 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide for a ski mountaineering to Gran Sasso

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Funivia del Gran Sasso d'Italia (Cable Car Station)
    Loc. Fonte Cerreto
    67100 Assergi, L'Aquila - AQ
  • Meeting time 8.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 42°25'35.4"N 13°31'42.7"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Crampons
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack

What you need to know

  • 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, if available or for hire.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moderate terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are moderate. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To book the ski mountaineering to Gran Sasso (Traversata della Provvidenza) with a mountain guide, 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 excursion.
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.