Guidebook

A Quick Hit in Gran Paradiso : Ski Tour the Benevolo Hut

A trip up to the famous Rifugio Benevolo and 2 high mountain ski tours to do from it!

Description

Given its status as the highest mountain completely in Italy, Gran Paradiso attracts climbers and ski tourers for much of the year, and is one of the most popular summits in the Alps. What most visitors to the area never discover is that the Gran Paradiso itself is just one of the countless fabulous mountains that the greater Gran Paradiso National Park is home to. This guidebook showcases a wild mountain hut and 2 of these "lesser" (only in height, not quality) summits at the end of a peaceful valley.

The Rifugio Benevolo is a typically welcoming and rustic Italian hut and, like most gastronomic establishments in Italy, it serves fabulous food. Be aware when staying in the hut that in Italy, the pasta course is followed by the main course and then desert- many ski tourers are unaware of this and gorge on pasta, only to find that they still have 2 courses to go. A First World Problem if ever there was one, but something to consider nonetheless!

Spending a night in the Rifugio Benevolo is worth the trip in itself but the 2 ski tours described here which start from the hut are excellent as well. Neither is particularly technical but if you're into fun ski terrain and huge views, you're likely to enjoy them.

So next time you're trying to think of somewhere off the beaten track for a few days of peaceful ski touring, give the Rifugio Benevolo a call and head up into the majestic Gran Paradiso National Park.

Punta Calabre
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Punta Calabre

Rhemes Notre Dame
7 - 8 hrs
15.5 km
1,265 m
1,265 m
23 °
A great, long and mellow angled glaciated ski touring peak.
Moderate
Private
Punta Galisia (Pointe de la Galise)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Punta Galisia (Pointe de la Galise)

Rhemes Notre Dame
5 - 6 hrs
12.5 km
1,138 m
1,138 m
33 °
A classic ski touring peak on the Italian/French border
Moderate
Private
Rifugio Benevelo
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rifugio Benevelo

Rhemes Notre Dame
3 - 4 hrs
7.2 km
603 m
49 m
33 °
A popular hut and the ideal base to discover the ski touring in the area.
Moderate
Private