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Margherita Hut 2-day guided splitboarding tour

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This 2-day tour led by IFMGA certified mountain guide Paolo takes you to the Margherita Hut to then enjoy a fantastic snowboarding descent back to Alagna.

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2 Days

Mar, Apr, May




If you are a looking for a good winter experience in the Alps, this proposal may sound tempting to you: a splitboarding adventure to Margherita Hut, on the border between Italy and Switzerland, and a 3300 meter long descent back to the base.

The Reina Margherita is a guarded mountain hut, situated at the top of the Signalkuppe, one of the highest peaks in the Monte Rosa massif. At an elevation of of 4549 meters, it is undoubtedly the highest refuge in Europe.

During this 2-day adventure we will climb up there using our splitboards. Our starting point will be Alagna, Piedmont.  Then we must take the ski lift to Punta Indren (3273 m) and continue towards the Indren Glacier. We’ll sleep in the Mantova refuge and on day 2 we’ll finally reach the Margherita Hut. Here comes the best part: a great snowboard descent down to Alagna!

The best season to do this traverse is from March to April and participants must be physically prepared and have snowboarding experience.

Ready for a nice splitboard time in the Margherita Hut? Send your request now and book your place!

Price includes

- Guiding fee



Mantova hut

More info

  • I will take care of the logistics and the reservation of the mountain hut.
  • If you don't have some of the technical equipment (harness, crampons, ice axe, snow beep) you can rent it with me.
  • Equipment needed: high mountain gear, full splitboarding gear, poles, avalanche transceiver (with extra batteries), shovel, probe, harness, 1 locking carabiner, heavy gloves or mittens, hat, sunglasses, ski goggles, sun cream, head light.

Meeting point


About the guide

Strange to say, I began my climbing career after I left behind my valley and my own mountains.

When I finished high school I moved to Turin, in order to get a mechanical engineer degree.
There I started to climb on a little indoor wall at the University Sport Centre and, very soon, I found myself dreaming on the greatest alps walls. I lived adventures made of fun, fatigue and satisfaction, I shared them with many friends who became climbing partners as well.

In Turin I got my degree and I worked for some years as a mechanical engineer consultant but, more than that, I discovered a new way to live and look at the mountains: sometimes they became playgrounds with attractions for everyone, sometimes a shelter, where to find myself again.

Meanwhile, an idea started to grow inside me and became a dream; a dream I would never give up: working in an office as big as the alps!

Making the long story short, I applied for the mountain guide training, had a huge professional development and became a UIAGM mountain guide.

Now I’m working full-time as a mountain guide, sharing my passion with a lot of different people on the Alps, since I'm based in the Monte Rosa area, but also around the world.


Italian | French | English


Alagna Valsesia, Piedmont

What people are saying about Paolo Zanoli

Nicholas and Digby


January, 2022

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.

Steven Jeanty


August, 2021

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Frans Blommestein


July, 2021

Our Guide Massimo was very professional. We were heading to the Margharita hut at 4,559 meters but unfortunately one of us got mountain sickness at 4,100 at Piramide Vincent. Furthermore the weather was getting worse...lots of wind and snow starting. Our guide was very firm and 'advised' to go back to the Mantova hut. We were extremely lucky because a few hours later the storm was very bad and as people may have heart, 2 Italian ladies died at Primade Vincent from the cold . So Massimo thanks for your perseverance!



August, 2020

We had an amazing climbing experience which was primarily duw to the excellent and experienced guide (Marco and Paolo). High calibre individuals wgo really care about the group’s well being and pushing the tea. To their limits in a good way. The only comment we have is the primitive toilet facilities and lack of water to wash up at Margerita hutte.

Eilish McConville


July, 2019

Marco helped arrange for our group to have 2 amazing guides: Paolo and Pietro. We were a large group of 11 people with no glacier crossing experience as well as variable fitness and comfort levels. Our guides brought all the necessary equipment and made sure that safely was a priority. They helped give extra support to those in the group that needed assistance. There is a brand new route to the Monte Rosa Hutte (open since mid-June 2019). Our guides hadn't taken the new route yet and took us on the old route on the way up to the hut. After having a day to gauge the group ability, and gathering more information about the new route at the hut, we did the new route on the way back to Zermatt. Everyone in the group had a great time.

Arielle Falcone


March, 2018

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.

James Miller


February, 2018

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

Lorne Brown


February, 2018

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.


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