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Grand St Bernard to Ollomont


A bad weather option, positioning for a big mountain day the next day

Ski Touring Easy

29 km
765 m
1.9 km
1 day +
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
2.5 km
Grand St Bernard to Ollomont Map

Clearly this is not the route choice you would take if you had stable slopes and a good forecast. In the event we had a howling N wind and temperatures that were -17C in the hut in the morning, so inevitably digit-threatening frostbite conditions. We were keen to keep moving, hence positioning ourselves in this way to Ollomont, to enable an excellent mountain day, the following day. By preference you would take the route, well described elsewhere on FATMAP, from the Grand St Bernard to the Valsorey Hut, from where you are into the standard Haute Route. Fit people can then easily link the Valsorey to the Vignettes Huts. Indeed, with the Chanrion Hut closed, it has been commoner to do this recently. The Chanrion Hut is being renovated, so hopefully will be open, giving another accommodation option, from spring 2021 onwards.


If you are unlucky enough to have to take the same route as us, then it is quite straightforward. You are broadly descending into Italy, through to the village of Etroubles. You can do this almost entirely on ski, but there onwards walking on the road becomes inevitable. We managed to miss out a couple of short sections of road, doing a little skinning and skiing, which added variety and interest, avoiding the need to drop down all the way to Valpelline.

The final section is a short skin up to Ollomont, which is a remote and charming small village, well placed to access the big mountains from the S. This valley is dominated by the bulk of the Grand Combin, on the nearby Swiss/Italian border.



Wide gentle slopes at around 20 degrees or less.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between February and April


  • Alpine

Equipment required

  • Skins

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