The Grand Saint Bernard pass 2469m, between the Swiss Valais and the Italian Val d'Aosta, offers a large number of passes and mountains to ski on its two sides. Generally the slopes are not too steep, and very adapted to the initiation to ski touring.
Relaxed ski touring on moderate slopes away from the lifts, light rucksack
Historical and mystical place with legendary hospitality & gastronomy, offering contemplation & meditation.
Interesting tours including wild summits, mountain passes and open valleys
The Col du Saint Bernard is a unique location, perched on the boarder between the Switzerland and Italy, which in recent times has become more synonymous with the famous alpine rescue dogs, but in fact has a long and rich history spanning back to 1800 when Napoleons troops used it as a primary route through the Alps in a quest to conquer Italy.
Some may have already heard of the famous hospice located just above the col which was built by the Chanoines in 1050, and continues to attract many pilgrims and travellers crossing the Alps today. You will get a good chance to sample the warm hospitality and soak in the atmosphere of the hospice, as this is where we will be spending the first night of our 3 day ski tour.
There are many different ski touring itineraries to enjoy form this wild and remote location, with not ski lift in sight! Your guide will select the best tour depending on the snow conditions.
Day 2 of this itinerary will take us to our second accommodation, radically different to the last, but just as interesting! The "Plan du Jeu", cabin is an old sheepfold, that has been transformed into a small but super cosy refuge. The hut guardian Vincent is an outstanding chef, and will prepare our evening meal using only local products from the surrounding villages.
You will have understood that this program does not offer a simple ski touring itinerary, but much more. This place invites to contemplation, some will see it as a space for meditation, beautiful meetings are possible and of course skiing is king from January to April. We recommend this program to all those for whom ski touring is practiced calmly, without any notion of performance, in short, here we take the time to live well!
You are a confident off-piste skier in all snow conditions. You’re comfortable on slopes of up to 35°. You have practiced companion rescue, and are familiar with basic traveling methods in avalanche-prone terrain. You have already done some ski touring, and are somewhat familiar with the equipment and the techniques used (skins, touring bindings, ski crampons, kick turns).