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Backcountry Skiing in Italy

Discover some of the Alps most iconic scenery and on your skis!

From the slopes surrounding Courmayeur on Italy’s eastern border to the iconic Dolomites out in the west, there is plenty to see and even more to ski when you head here for a backcountry expedition. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Backcountry Skiing trips in Italy. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Robert McConachie

5.00

April, 2022

Porta Nera ski touring trip in Cervinia

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Marko Umicevic

5.00

April, 2022

Dolomites 3-day guided ski touring

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Johan Lundsjö

4.00

April, 2022

Cervinia Ski, Backcountry skiing from Breuil Cervinia

First time for us backcountry with guide. Nicolas really made the best of it despite difficult spring conditions with only little snow left on the slopes. He even found some powder for us. He is really nice company too. Booking was smooth too with fast responses from both admin and our guide Nicolas.

William White

5.00

April, 2022

Porta Nera ski touring trip in Cervinia

Loved the day out, the guide (Nicholas) was knowledgeable and we felt very safe in his hands. It was our first time ski touring and overall it was a superb experience. We will certainly be doing more in the future! The communication was also excellent. Silvia was in contact with us through email and WhatsApp and it was very easy to ask questions.

Oliver Schmid

4.00

March, 2022

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

We had a great weekend skiing with Elis close to Valgrisenche. We stayed in a really nice mountain hotel from which lots of tours were accessible. Food and welcome was great. Elis is a great guide, kind and always cheerful, he makes sure you feel safe and have a great tour. Sun was out, snow wasn't amazing but then you're in Italy so ambiance makes up for it. Highly recommended!

Andreas Kyllingstad

5.00

March, 2022

Courmayeur Guided Backcountry Skiing trips

Although the weather wasn't the best on the day of our backcountry skiing trip, it was still the highlight of our stay in Courmayeur. Alberto was very helpful and overall an excellent guide. We highly recommend Alberto for any one in need of a backcountry skiing guide in Courmayeur.

Joerg Weber

5.00

March, 2022

4-day Ski Mountaineering Course in the Aosta Valley

We had wonderful days and a lot fun. All arrangments were perfect and easy! Our guide Paolo has been not only an excellent mountain and skiing guide but also he is very nice and empatic person who shared his love and knowledge of the Aosta valley! Wonderful days and skitouring, well organised, we will come again!

Eric Davids

5.00

February, 2022

3-day Ski mountaineering tour in the Fanes (Dolomites)

Renato was a fantastic guide! He brought us to beautiful, challenging terrain. He adjusted our trip on the fly based on snow conditions to ensure it was the best experience possible. He calibrated for our experience and fitness in the routes that he selected. He took care of all the logistics seamlessly, giving us an authentic experience. And we really just enjoyed spending time with him!

Tate Crenshaw

5.00

February, 2022

Heliskiing day in the Aosta Valley (2 Flights, 2 Runs)

While it was not a great snow year, the helicopter experience and our guide Paolo in particular were phenomenal. Would recommend Paolo to absolutely anyone.

Bauke Bennema

4.00

February, 2022

Heliskiing day in the Aosta Valley (2 Flights, 2 Runs)

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Erik Ribbhammar

4.00

February, 2022

Cervinia Ski, Backcountry skiing from Breuil Cervinia

Nicolas was very professional and helpfull, we'd ride with him any day of the week :)

Nicholas and Digby

5.00

January, 2022

Monte Rosa, guided freeride ski

I just wanted to thank you very much for all the help in the difficult snow conditions.  The primary aim of teaching Digby and reminding me of avalanche protocols and about skinning have been fully achieved.  You made it all fund, clear and precise. Too bad we had poor conditions, but we still found some reasonable snow and mashed an awesome couloir, so we did really well considering. So thank you very much and only sorry that we could not make full use of you for the full five days.

Hannah Lennett

5.00

January, 2022

Avalanche course at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

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Sophie Bufton

5.00

January, 2022

3-day Ski mountaineering tour in the Fanes (Dolomites)

Renato went above and beyond in all aspects of this trip to the dolomites. this was my first ever ski-tour. through our correspondence renato guided me to a hotel and town i could stay at leading up to the ski-tour in order to hit some resort skiing between christmas and new year. he met me in the indoor-bouldering room in campitello, several days before the tour, so i had a chance to meet the person in whose hands i‘d be putting my life for three days! several locals approached me in the days after, and would tell me how renato had taught them how to climb and summit mountains. turns out renato is quite the local legend and that certainly helped me know my trust was in the in right place. renato helped me coordinate the refuge, and even paid a deposit for me to secure the spots. he lent me a lot of his own equipment for the tour, and showed me where i could rent a pair of ski-touring skis for a single day solo-trial up val duron a few days before we started. he not only picked me up and drove me to the refuge but on the last day offered to drive me all the way to bolzano so could catch my train home in the most convenient manner possible. we summited two mountains, sasso delle dieci and col bechei si sopra, that’s no.2 and no.3 in my life. renato was patient, tremenously knowledgable, good humoured and encouraging, a fascinating storyteller, ever so kind and really looked after me. without me even asking him to, renato took some of the best photographs anyone’s ever taken of my in my life and shared them with me each day so i had a live diary on my strava account! i must say that without a doubt this has been the best holiday ever in my life - so much beauty, such interesting challenges and new accomplishments. i surely am the happiest debutant ski-tourer! renato is the most exemplary guide. i could not recommend him highly enough. thank you explore-share!

Ciara Lucey

4.00

January, 2022

Freeride day at La Thuile

Paolo made the ski trip a total success in difficult conditions. His knowledge and enthusiasm are worth the investment to get the max from this ski area. Thanks again

Celia Vivanco Biderbost

5.00

December, 2021

Guided ski tours in Dolomiti Superski

Bruno was great! We had so much fun with him and he show us the dolomiti perfectly! We went with him our first day and it was super helpful for the rest of the days ! Thank you!

Georg Stoffer

5.00

March, 2021

1+ day Ski touring on Adamello Glacier (Italy)

We very much appreciated Giorgio’s professionalism and knowledge of the Adamello area. Giorgio was very thorough with his directions and making sure we were all safe. I had a 17 and 23 year old with me and he gave me a lot of confidence with his skills without being patronizing. We all had a great day ski-touring and the descent of Pisgana glacier was really exciting. Happy to recommend him for or offer other intel.

Jill White

5.00

March, 2020

Freeride day at the Dolomites

Great day with Renato, he looked after us well and took us down some great off piste. We were very lucky with sunshine and fresh powder.

Mark

5.00

February, 2020

Freeride skiing at Marmolada, Dolomites

We had a great day skiing off piste with Etienne on Marmolada. He is a superb off piste mountain guide and having grown up skiing on the mountain with his father who is also a mountain guide, he has a vast knowledge of the Mountain and the conditions, together with the local history. The communication and advice in advance of the trip was also excellent, particularly regarding the best places in the area to hire skis and avalanche equipment. In summary, I have no hesitation in recommending Gauthier and Etienne - we had a superb day and would very highly recommend this trip.

Dmitry Cherednikov

5.00

February, 2020

Freeride skiing day for experts in the Sella Group (Dolomites)

Excellent adventure! Etienne made my best day in this year. Will remember this event for a long time!

David Wellman

5.00

February, 2020

Arabba-Marmolada guided freeride ski

Enrico was extremely knowledgeable of the area and was able to put us in great snow despite the lack of snowfall over the past few weeks. Wonderful day!

Kent Fasiang

4.00

February, 2020

3-day Fanes ski mountaineering tour (Dolomites)

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Matthew Campbell

5.00

February, 2020

5-day Dolomites ski touring traverse

Renato looked after my son and me well, especially problems we encountered including a broken ski binding

Peter Mildon

5.00

January, 2020

Freeride day at La Thuile

We had a fantastic day with Alesandro in La Thuile. It had not snowed much for over 3 weeks, so he recommended that we go Ski Touring, and we managed to find fresh tracks. Could not have gone better!

Sietske Hoving

4.00

January, 2020

Freeride skiing in Sestriere, Italy

We really enjoyed the trip. As well the group, the skiing as the guide. A good hotel with enough facilities and very guest friendly. Thank you for your service and organization

Ju P.

5.00

January, 2020

Heliskiing day in the Aosta Valley (2 Flights, 2 Runs)

Great place to start off-pist without anybody. Elis Martis was super patient. Thank you.

Ken Banta

5.00

January, 2020

3-day Ski mountaineering tour in the Fanes (Dolomites)

Renato is a superb guide who adapts quickly to individual’s capabilities. We did several tours in the areas around Madonna de Campiglio. He is great at finding good snow, on safe terrain. He is also fun to ski with and has a great sense of humour- in English and several other languages, as well as Italian. Renato is one of the top guides in Europe. We recommend him with enthusiasm!

Zoe y Myles

4.00

December, 2019

1+ day Freeride skiing in the Aosta Valley

Nicolas was very friendly, punctual, and very professional. We had a great day skiing off piste and felt in safe hands. Would highly recommend Nicolas as a an amazing guide. Thank you for what was a great day! All 7 of us loved it.

Tim OBrien

4.00

April, 2019

Freeride skiing day trips in Passo Tonale, Adamello Range

The tour to the Pisgana glacier was great, even though the snow conditions were icy & challenging. We’d definitely recommend Renzo, the guide, and the Explore Share website. The costs were v.competitive and an incentive to book. The only drawback was the website made it difficult to swop some details like email addresses (e.g. for sending photos). Anyway, we intend using the service & guide again next time we’re in Passo Tonale!

Sarah Lowthian

5.00

April, 2019

5-day Dolomites ski touring traverse

Etienne was our guide for 3 nights 4 days - he provided a fantastic few days which had bit everything, skinning, climbing, great powder, amazing views away from other groups. Etienne is very experienced and considered for his young age and I had total faith in his decisions and ideas. He created a safe but adventurous trip and catered for everyones needs. Also a great guy to spend time with in huts very easy going - but watch out he is a demon card player! Really enjoyed it, fully recommend him and would use him again.

Anthony

5.00

March, 2019

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

Claudio is a great guide. He was careful to select objectives that matched our ability, and showed us a great time in beautiful Valpelline. Bravo.

Lisa Thomann

5.00

February, 2019

1-day Heliskiing Tour on Monte Rosa

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Sigrid Martinet

5.00

February, 2019

Monte Rosa Heliskiing Weekend in the Aosta Valley

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Thomas Söderlund

4.00

February, 2019

Freeride skiing day trips in Passo Tonale, Adamello Range

Great guide with great knowledge of the area. Freeride in Passo Tonale is not really good for snowboarders as the "way out" fro many runs are long and flat

Bruno Carulli

5.00

October, 2018

Val di Fassa Guided Ski Touring

The perfect guide to have fun and learn how to ski as a pro, just trying to imitate him... If you can

JJ

5.00

June, 2018

Vincent Pyramid, Pennine Alps, 2 Day Guided Ascent

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James Skeate

5.00

April, 2018

1+ day Ski touring on Adamello Glacier (Italy)

Giorgio was a great guide, who knew how to go at our pace and was flexible about changing the itinerary based on the conditions. Really friendly and relaxed but very professional

Patrick & Michael

5.00

April, 2018

Freeride skiing day trips in Passo Tonale, Adamello Range

We booked the "Freeride skiing day trips in Passo Tonale, Adamello Range" through Explore-Share.com The booking procedure was very easy and our mountain guide Renzo took us on 2 perfect freeriding days, finding untouched powder even after 1 week of last snowfall. If we go back to Passo Tonale for freeride skiing we would definetly go with Renzo again.

Jens Assur

5.00

April, 2018

Freeride skiing at Marmolada, Dolomites

Awesome day with the very skilled and nice guide, Etienne. He had a great approach and made it challenging for the both of us. We highly recommend a back-country day with Etienne!

Davie

4.00

April, 2018

Ski touring in Mount Adamello, Lombardia

Everything was perfect! The two-day traverse is amazing, and our guide Francesco did an excellent job, tailoring the activity to our capabilities. Highly advisable! David

Sergei Didur

5.00

March, 2018

Freeride skiing at Marmolada, Dolomites

We had great time skiing with Etienne. He not only guided us down some of the best Freeride runs, but also gave powder skiing lessons.

Einar Otto

5.00

March, 2018

Courmayeur, Toula Glacier, Guided Freeride Skiing

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Sergiy Didur

5.00

March, 2018

Freeride skiing in the Dolomites

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Arielle Falcone

5.00

March, 2018

Monte Rosa, guided freeride ski

Our guide was Pietro and not marco like we initially thought. Pietro was awesome, it is all about his clients and most importantly safety. We did two runs and it was an incredible experience. Guide is a must to explore the hidden spots because Monterosa ski is massive.

Jak

5.00

March, 2018

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

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James Miller

5.00

February, 2018

Monte Rosa, guided freeride ski

PAOLO was an amazing guide. This trip was the “craziest” experience of our groups lives. We saw incredible terrain, had great snow, and challenged ourselves. Highly recommend

Fredrik Shaw

5.00

February, 2018

Arabba-Marmolada guided freeride ski

Enrico treated us to a fantastic and thrilling day exploring the wonders of the Dolomites - his knowledge and tips made for an unforgettable day

John Shaw

5.00

February, 2018

Arabba-Marmolada guided freeride ski

Enrico took us for a fantastic tour with plenty of tips and masses of local knowledge to help us make the most of our day out. Definitely recommended.

Lorne Brown

5.00

February, 2018

Monte Rosa, guided freeride ski

We had a fablupus day. We were initially booked with Marco but due to the weather we went later in the week and Marco wasn't available. We had another guide called Paolo Tombini and he was very good, very professional and good company.

Peter Malmström

4.00

February, 2018

Courmayeur, Toula Glacier, Guided Freeride Skiing

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Pun Kosolvijak

5.00

December, 2017

Arabba-Marmolada guided freeride ski

Had a great day with Enrico. We were a group of 2 snowboarders and a skier. Enrico was very patient with us. Will return again.

Nicolas Vouilloz

5.00

December, 2017

Chamonix Guided Splitboarding Tour

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Jo Holmsen

5.00

August, 2017

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

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Jo Wilhelm

5.00

March, 2017

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

We had a fantastic day with Elis doing ski touring in the Aosta Valley. He was easy-going, yet very professional, and had a good knowledge of the area. He made safe route choices on a day with considerable avalanche risk and shared some nice tips and tricks along the way. He was able to communicate well in both Italian, French and English. We would not hesitate with using him for future trips

Catrin and Jeremy

5.00

March, 2017

Freeride skiing at Marmolada, Dolomites

We chose Etienne because of his unusual qualities of being a qualified as a ski instructor as well as an IFMGA mountain guide, and we were not disappointed. The combination of his knowledge, experience and friendly enthusiasm enabled us to enjoy a variety of conditions in the Dolomites while improving our technique through fun and innovative approaches. I would have no doubt about hiring Etienne again and highly recommend him as an instructor and/or a guide.

Corentin

5.00

February, 2017

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

We had a wonderful day with Elis in Courmayeur. Despite the bad weather and strong snow conditions, Elis bring us freeriding during one day in the woods and found the perfect spots.Elis is a super enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable guide I would highly recommend for your upcoming trips in Courmayeur.

Raymond

5.00

April, 2016

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

Nous avons passé 4 jours en montagne à notre entière satisfaction et bénéficié des excellentes prestations d'Elis, guide que je recommande sans réserve. La météo nous a perturbé le déroulement initial du tour mais des solutions de remplacement ont été trouvées. Avec mes salutations les meilleures. Raymond Jaquet

Louis Hubert

5.00

April, 2016

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

We had a very exciting trip in Valle d’Aosta with Elis. A first day of free-riding for warming up, followed by three days of ski-touring in the beautiful valleys between Courmayeur and Aosta… Being also in contact with other guides, Elis has been able to find the best spots considering the changing weather and the quality of the snow. He is always keen to share his knowledge of the mountain and of the Valle d’Aosta’s back-country, where he grew up. Also therefore, we had a lot of pleasure in sharing with him well deserved meals at very nice places he would recommend… I would highly recommend him for discovering this region.

Oliver

5.00

April, 2016

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

Val d'Aoste is such a fantastic destination for skitouring. Overlooked by many, it offers stunning valleys to explore as you pass one charming village after another up a mountain road. Elis was the perfect guide to explore his native backcountry: deep local knowledge allows him to make the best of any weather and snow conditions - and book the best table for a well-deserved recovery and some fine Italian pasta. He's a super nice, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide I would highly recommend

Charles Antoine

5.00

March, 2016

Aosta Valley Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips

Elis took us to various places around Aosta for four days. We had varying weather conditions and he was able to navigate those and get us to great snow every day even though there hadn't been a snow fall in 10 days. The routes were adjusted to the team's abilities and he took good care of us and the motivation of the troops, in particular in light of my fear of heights. Given his excellent knowledge of the region, Elis was spot on in his choices of places in terms of scenery, wilderness and isolation from any nuisance. He is also a fantastic companion with whom we enjoyed endless meals, espresso's and drinks. I'd highly recommend him.

Jean-Jacques

5.00

March, 2015

Ski touring and freeride in Chamonix

De magnifiques journées, parfaitement organisées par Romain. Une parfaite connaissance des massifs de Chamonix pour trouver des itinéraires originaux, adaptés aux participants. Un vrai talent pour trouver les belles pentes et la bonne neige. Après la très belle expérience Alpinisme avec Romain quelques mois auparavant (Triangle du Tacul ), de nouveaux moments mémorables en ski free ride sur le versant italien et français de l'aiguille du midi et du Mont Blanc.

Carine

5.00

March, 2015

Ski touring and freeride in Chamonix

23/20 pour Romain le deglingo... des journées fantastiques toujours super bien orchestrées. Que ce soit en heliski, randos, ski sur tous les versants de Cham, rien n est jamais laissé au hasard ! Un expert hors norme ... pour des souvenirs à vie ! :)))


 

There are many reasons for choosing Backcountry Skiing in Italy

The Italian Alps are gorgeous. Stunningly scenic mountains, the karst features of the Dolomites and the alpine lakes and forests all make for a spectacular backdrop to any backcountry skiing adventure. Head out for a day or a week into these spectacular landscapes, you won’t regret it.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+39

Currency:

Euro

Language:

Italian

Best time to visit:

December to April. Some guides offer trips in May as well

What’s the weather like?

During the winter months, the north of Italy is generally quite cold with mean daily temperatures of -7ºC. Temperatures increase a bit in the spring, but not by much. While the area receives plenty of snowfall, there are also many clear days; ideal conditions for ski touring

How to get there:

This depends on where you’re headed. For the Aosta Valley and Piedmont, flights into the Geneva International Airport (GVA) or the international airport in Turin (TRN) get you there most quickly. If you’re headed to the Dolomites, then flying into the Venice airport (VCE). From each of these, the most popular starting points can be reached by bus, train or airport shuttle

More info about Backcountry Skiing in Italy:

Running across the entirety of northern Italy, the Alps and their subranges offer plenty of backcountry skiing opportunities. From hut-to-hut treks across the Dolomites to single day adventures on the Monte Rosa massif, there is something for everyone in this iconic Mediterranean country. Heading to places such as the northern Dolomites, Courmayeur or Monte Rosa also make for great jumping off points to iconic parts of Austria, France and Switzerland. Tyrol, Mont Blanc and Zermatt are also easily reached from northern Italy, adding another dimension to your backcountry skiing adventure. However, staying in Italy offers plentiful fun and excitement. Prior to or after your backcountry skiing adventure explore some of the local culture. Turin, Venice and Milan are all near certain spots in the Alps and offer some spectacular sightseeing of their own

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