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Grand Paradiso – Normal Route - PD

Route:

Normal Route – Grand Paradiso - Italy

Category:

Mountaineering – Ski Touring

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Route description:

The highest peak wholly within Italy set in a wild and unspoilt national park.

The Grand Paradiso has a special place in the hearts of Italian mountaineers and ski tourers, and the routes from both the Emmanuele and Chabod refuges are popular.

The route from the Chabod begins by a zig zagging track up moraine and scree. Once the glacier is reached the route weaves it's way past several crevasses before climbing more steeply to reach a junction with the West Flank route coming from the Emmanuele refuge

The final summit ridge is reached after crossing the bergshrund, and most teams aim to reach “The Madonna” which is perched on a wide block after a short scramble. This section is a bit of a bottle neck, and it can get quite busy in high summer.

The descent is made by the same route, or onwards to the Emmanuele refuge. See comments below.

Although technically easy, the Grand Paradiso is a high altitude route, where you will feel the altitude and weather. Good fitness and weather conditions are essential.

Required experience/skill level:

Summer conditions: Beginner with good fitness.

Ski touring - Intermediate

Length (in metres):

1360 from Chabod refuge. (800m ascent to refuge)

Time/duration:

2 days

Starting point/base:

Valsavarenche, Italy. Around One and half hours drive from Chamonix.

Maximum guide ratio:

1:4

Normal season:

Summer mountaineering: June – October. Ski touring: March – May.

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Comments/notes:

Making a traverse of the Grand Paradiso is satisfying and aesthetic. Ascending from the Chabod refuge and a quick descent past the Emmanuele.

There are other peaks and climbs (and ski tours) from both huts.

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7 hours ago

Vertical Frontiers Ltd

After plenty of avalanche chat and multiple burial scenarios this morning... we went skiing.

A varied couple of days teaching avalanche awareness to ski tourers / split boarders around #chamonix.

And always good to finish the course with some untracked powder ❄️

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1 day ago

Vertical Frontiers Ltd

A good day to be skiing - day 1 of avalanche course for ski tourers.

We dug some pits, talked about snow and skies some pretty nice powder away from the crowds.

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We have a two day avalanche awareness course for ski tourers/split boarders running in Chamonix this Wednesday & Thursday.
More details and booking online here:
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Up (very) early for a ski tour in the fresh snow this morning.
Bucket loads of snow and superb skiing before any lifts opened. 50cm due at 2000m I think.

Skiing by head torch in a snow storm is a mini adventure in itself.

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5 days ago

Vertical Frontiers Ltd

Another nice day ski touring around Combloux - acres of untracked snow on the summer meadows.

We need a bit more snow to pin the scrub down a bit, but it looks like that’s coming tomorrow 🤞❄️❄️

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Great ski touring conditions in Chamonix and neighbouring areas at the moment.

Powder on a (very) firm base. And more due in the next few days as well.

I’ve been keeping track of my meters climbed this season, and yesterday ticked over the 40,000m mark. Looking forward to getting out guiding again today.

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