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Grand Paradiso – Speed Ski Touring

Route:

Grand Paradiso – Italy

Category:

Speed Ski Touring

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Route description:

The Grand Paradiso is a great ski mountaineering peak, and we've done it both as a stand alone two days, as well as part of a longer hut to hut tour.

This speed tour by passes the hut night, and goes right from the valley. We do stop in at the hut for a quick coffee, but basically, it's a long old climb all the way to the summit.

The ascent involves over 2000m of skinning, before the final boot pack and rocky scramble. As with all ski ascents of big peaks, the snow can be variable so you need to be able to ski this variable snow on legs that have just done a lot of uphill work!

Lightweight gear, good skiing ability and a very high level of fitness are required.

A two-day booking is normal, giving us a shake down day in Chamonix (often around the Aiguille du Midi for acclimatization) before the Grand Paradiso the next day.

Required experience/skill level:

Advanced – good rock climbing and alpine ice experience required.

Length (in metres):

See route description

Time/duration:

2 days (One day on tour)

Starting point/base:

Meet in Chamonix

Maximum guide ratio:

1:3

Normal season:

March - May

Lifts/huts etc:

Comments/notes:

This is also good training for longer speed tours, such as our Express Haute route trip.

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First day out for our #Matterhorn week. Scrambling on the Grand Montet ridge before rock climbing in the valley.

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Fred striking the classic Entreves pose.

Alpine climbing before the rain arrives this afternoon.

📷: @skiascent

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2 days ago

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Summit of the #Eiger this morning with Sarah.

Good conditions on the south ridge from the Monchjoch Hut, and we had the top to ourselves. Being patient with the weather paid off in the end. ☀️

Lots of teams on the other nearby classics: Monch, Jungfrau, Fisherhorn etc

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3 days ago

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Eiger plans on hold for 24 hours. Waiting for the snow to burn off a bit. Instead we traversed the Monch, via a verglas encrusted SW ridge.

Now resting before tomorrow’s early start for the Eiger south ridge.

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Our #MontBlanc team were successful on the Grand Paradiso yesterday. Currently on route back to Chamonix.

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