Mount Gran Zebrù, in the Ortles Cevedale range, with its spectacular and evocative pyramid shape, is, maybe, the most beautiful and attractive mountain of this enchanting mountainous area. For every ski mountaineer this is one of the most sought after destinations. Its peak offers spectacular and very wide views from north to south.

In the fall of 1940 mountain guide and ski teacher Stefano Sertorelli performed the first ski descent. He came down from the summit to the base of the mountain in three minutes holding a pick in one hand and a ski stick on the other.

  • Gran Zebrù
  • 7 hours
  • High difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the ski mountaineering to Gran Zebrù

The ski mountaineering to Gran Zebrù starts from Rifugio Forni, reachable from S.Caterina Valfurva along the road that goes up to Val dei Forni.

The path climbs up through a very nice mule track that starts very steep before getting flatter. After going round a ridge that leads to valley Val Cedec, the ski mountaineers will keep climbing until Rifugio Pizzini. The path develops through a wonderful environment and it is always very easy to locate. The itinerary keeps climbing towards the evident rocky island at the foot of the south side of Mount Gran Zebrù that will have to be bypassed. A deep turn will, then, lead to the start of the couloir that heads to the ridge. Once on the shoulder of the south-east ridge, the ski mountaineers will face the very steep stretch that leads to a sloping ground just before the final part. A last very beautiful stretch on the ridge leads to the summit Cross. A few beautiful variation to the climb route are possible; the best itinerary can be defined together with the mountain guide.

The ski descent from the summit is just for expert skiers; for all the others it is better to leave the skis at the base of the couloirs. In both cases the ski ride to the valley floor is really beautiful and rewarding.

The ski mountaineering excursion to Gran Zebrù can be done in about 6/7 hours and it leads to a maximum elevation of 3851 meters. It is rated as OSA (very good ski mountaineers). It features a 1673 meter elevation gain and loss. Part of the path develops on glacier or on demanding ground and it is, then, advisable to bring the complete ski mountaineering and first aid equipment.

Price of Gran Zebrù ski mountaineering excursion

from € 500 - for 1 person

from € 600 - for 2 persons

The price of the excursion is subject to the conditions of the route at the time of the excursion

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

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Rifugio Forni
    Località Forni, Santa Caterina Valfurva
    23030 Valfurva - SO
  • Meeting time 8.00 am
  • Geographic coordinates 46°25'12.6"N 10°33'17.8"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
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners

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 excursion to Gran Zebrù 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.

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