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1+day ski touring in the Maira Valley, Cottian Alps, Italy


Ski tour in the marvellous Maira Valley in the Cottian Alps with aspirant guide Giovanni on a 1+day trip in northern Italy.



1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec




  • Explore the pristine terrain of the Cottian Alps at the border with France.
  • Based in the beautiful Maira Valley, home to wonderful wilderness and snow.
  • The deep diversity of the valley offers a variety of great slopes to explore.


The Maira Valley is one of the most famous and fascinating areas for ski touring in the Cottian Alps.

Located in the south-west of Piedmont, stretching 45 kilometres from west to east, the Maira Valley hosts some notable alpine summits.

If you’re searching for fresh deep snow, wild wooded areas, and the remoteness of natural, then the valley is your ideal location.

The Cottian Alps stand in the southwest between the border of Italy and France, and is home to a number of 3,000m-plus peaks.

This means that the valley offers an almost endless supply of slopes which we can fully customise to your own level of ability and experience. From the simplest and shortest of slopes to long crossings landing several days, we’ll create the right itinerary for you.

We will base ourselves in one of the inns along the valley, before meeting in Dronero, the final commune that rests before the entrance of the valley. It’s from here that we leave each day to discover the mountains set in our itinerary.

Based on the weather conditions and snow cover, our regions of ski touring may be modified to maintain the highest levels of safety as possible.

Streams carve through the rock, towering mountains guard the valley, and endless meadows carpet the alpine floor.

The diversity of the valley’s terrain means that you only need to have a medium skiing level to be able to join this trip. In addition, potential participants need only a minimum experience of ski mountaineering, as well as a good level of fitness. 

Get in touch now to reserve your place in the Cottian Alps along the Maira Valley for an incredible 1+day ski touring trip.

Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

EUR 300 Each

Group of 2

EUR 170 Each

Group of 3

EUR 150 Each

Group of 4

EUR 110 Each

Group of 5

EUR 75 Each

Group of 6

EUR 70 Each

Group of 7

EUR 65 Each

Group of 8

EUR 60 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip


More info

Recommended equipment: ski mountaineering material (boots, skis, binding, skins, poles), safety kit (ARTVA, probe, shovel), technical ski mountaineering clothing, helmet, sunglasses.

Meeting point

The commune of Dronero.

About the guide

Raised in the Piedmont mountains, in parallel to the degree in physical education, I conclude the path to become an Alpine Guide, an activity that I start full time and 360 degrees around the Alps.
My favorite activities are ski mountaineering, high mountain and rock climbing.


Italian | French | English




Cherasco, Italy

What people are saying about Giovanni Stecca

Fabio Cirandi


September, 2021

Breithorn occidentale , a perfect day whit the Alpin guide Giovanni. The guide was very professional but at the same time friendly. The experience was perfect đź‘Ť.



September, 2018

Let me start by saying that we had an amazing trip to Gran Paradiso and one that Jasper and I both look back on with a great feeling. We initially set out to go climbing a mountain and aim for two things: 1) climb a 4000+ mountain and 2) gain experience with mountaineering in the first place. We found the Gran Paradiso as it was advertised to be a good mountain for beginners and one that’s not overly touristy. Normally, one would take 2 days for climbing Gran Paradiso but since we had an extra day to spare we thought it’d be nice to make it a 3 day trip and climb another, but smaller, peak after Gran Paradiso. Unfortunately, once we got up to Chabot on the first day (Thursday) we realized we had to change our plans as the weather forecast for Friday wasn’t that promising and our guide, Giovanni, recommended taking it easy on Friday, traverse to Vittorio Emanuele II and summit Gran Paradiso on Saturday. Rule number one is trust your guide, and so we chose his plan. Now, nothing can be as unpredictable as the weather in the mountains as Friday (especially the morning) turned out to be a great day weather wise! Alas! Though good for traversing to the other hut. After a short, 2 hour, hike we got to Vittorio Emanuele to chill out for a bit, after which we tried on our crampons for the first time. No problem at all walking with these on! We spent the rest of the afternoon drinking espresso, eating pasta and drinking a Moretti before heading of to bed. Well rested on Saturday morning, we headed out to summit Gran Paradiso just before 5am. With stars aplenty, the first two hours, though steep and rocky, were amazing and we walked up in a big group of people. Soon however, we split up from the rest as Giovanni had decided that the Via Ferrata would be a better / nicer way to go up than over the glacier. Never having climbed a Via Ferrata before this was a big bonus and we thoroughly enjoyed hanging on some irons watching down on the valley beneath us! I guess it took about on hour before we got off the Via Ferrata and after putting on our crampons we started getting closer to the summit. Finding your rhythm, as if meditating, we soon reached the last part where we dropped our bags and poles as it turned out that we needed all fours to reach the Madonnina! With little room at the top and colds wind making our hands numb we were encouraged to not linger too long on the top. Initially in reverse, Giovanni at the end of the rope, we made our way down rather quickly. In stead of going back to Vittorio Emanuele II we now went back to Chabot which meant we had to cross a large glacier, and cross breathtaking, but somewhat dangerous, crevasses. Fortunately, Giovanni proofed to be a great guide and averted those parts that were considered more dangerous and we never felt unsafe at all. And then you get back to Chabot hut and you realize how good it is to be climbing mountains in Italy, when after 7 hours of non-stop hiking, you are well taken care of by the hut’s chef with overly delicious pasta and the obligatory cup of espresso! So, long short short, a wonderful 3 day hike in Valle d’Aosta, a great guide that learned us a lot and kept us safe, and delicious Italian food to top it off. Next year, Monte Rosa?



July, 2018

Everything was perfect. Giovanni is a fantastic guide who took care of me. Moreover, the weather was fine. Great souvenir ! Thanks a lot !



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