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Ski touring in Val Formazza in Piedmont

Explore beautiful Val Formazza with this 6-day ski touring trip around the area, crossing from Italy to Switzerland with a IFMGA certified mountain guide.




6 Days


Mar, Apr






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In the far north of the Piemonte Region we find the Formazza area. Since several years, it has an excellent reputation for ski touring.

Many peaks are over 3000 m. Some glaciers, despite the low altitude and the greenhouse gases effect, are still generous. For example, the Griesgletscher (5 km long).

We tour around the area crossing a few times the border between Italy and Switzerland. This gives us the opportunity to discover the all region and ascent some of its most important peaks.

The exact program will depend on the weather and snow conditions. What you find here is an example of what we might do together.

Are you interested in ski touring in Val Formazza? Then please contact me and let's go on this adventure! If you are looking for a shorter trip, have a look at this 1-day ski tour in Gressoney, another beautiful region of the Italian Alps.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Personal equipment is not included but can be rented from us.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Meeting

Meeting at Hotel Walserstuba in Formazza. Introduction and personal equipment check.

Day 2: Margaroli hut

Departure from Riale (1728 m). Skin up to the Passo di Nefelgiù (2583 m). Then skiing down to the Margaroli hut (2194 m).

Day 3: Claudio e Bruno hut

Departure from the Margaroli hut (2194 m). Skin up to the P.ta Arbola (3235 m). Then skiing down to the Sabbioni lake (2466 m) and short skin up to the Claudio e Bruno hut (2710 m).

Day 4: All'Acqua in Bedretto Valley

Departure from the Claudio e Bruno hut (2710 m). Skin up to the Blinenhorn (3374 m). Then skiing down to the Passo del Gries along the Griesgletscher (2400m). Short skin up to the Passo del Corno (2485 m) and skiing down to All’Acqua in Bedretto Valley (1614 m).

Day 5: Marialuisa hut

Departure from All’Acqua (1614 m). Skin up to Passo di San Giacomo (2313 m). Then skin up to Elgenhorn (2837 m) and skiing down to Marialuisa Hut (2160 m).

Day 6: Riale

Departure from Marialuisa hut (2160 m). Skin up to Basodino (3272 m). Then skiing down back to Marialuisa hut (2160 m). Finally skiing down to Riale (1728 m).


More info

Skitouring days Val Fromazza 5 days

We will provide you the safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, probe and shuffle) as well as the technical equipment (harness, crampons) for the week

Required level: as the journey involves skiing off-piste, skinning up, and carrying a heavy backpack, it requires experience in ski mountaineering. It’s the perfect trip to challenge yourself if you have already experienced day tours and want to try out a multiple day expedition!

Insurance: We recommend that you have baggage insurance, travel and accident, and also trip cancellation insurance.

About the area: The Formazza Valley is well known for having great snow. The geographic location and the climate help the snow to keep cold and every now and then there is fresh snow for us to ski. As mentioned in the introduction, the Formazza Valley is at the north of the Piedmont, right on the border with Switzerland and the Wallis canton. As it is an old village you will notice that most of the buildings are typical wooden houses. Regarding the historical context, after World War II there was been an increase in dam constructions in the area, in order to obtain electrical power. The Punta d’Arbola (3235 m) is the most important peak and its called the “Queen” of Val Formazza.

Meeting point

At the Hotel Walserstuba, in Formazza.

About the guide: -Guide Monterosa

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-Guide Monterosa



Mountain Guide

A team of 12 IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guides from the Aosta Valley.
Guide Monte Rosa was founded after a strong snowfall in winter 1996. The Monte Rosa, while it is probably one of the most charming places in the Alps, is our base. The area offers unforgettable experience - the spectacular and in the same time fascinating landscape of the Monte Rosa is part of our freeride and heliski program.
Why with our team ?
Our team has now been operating in this area for more than 18 years. Thanks to our know how and knowledge of our area, we can guarantee a perfect process and offering a maximum of flexibility and individuality. Our highly experienced IFMGA guides will select the best descents according to the snow conditions and your ski level. Putting safety first, their goal is to help you fulfil your dreams and expectations.
We would be delighted to share our passion for our work and region with you! Have a look to what we do with our friends and clients and get in touch with us to discuss about it. It will be our pleasure to guide you here !
Frank, Alessandro, Carlo, Poldo, Rudi, Marco, Ralf, Alberto, Sandro, Frederico, Davide, Corrado and Claudio


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What people are saying about this trip



Just have to say what an excellent week I had in Val Formazza last week with Heli Guides. Our guide Alberto was great and was able to find us great lines to ski as well as being great company and possessing a great nose for a fine bottle of wine. The hotel we stayed in - the Walser Schtuba - was great with comfortable rooms and top notch meals and wine. You could not ask for more after a great days skiing than to come back and relax in this great hotel. I was most impressed with all aspects of Heli Guides / Guide Monterosa and there willingness to make your holiday truly memorable.

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