FAQ

Ski mountaineering

Yes, trips can be rescheduled if weather conditions do not allow the ascent.

To undertake a ski mountaineering ascent, it is necessary to be able to ski on a black slope. Physical endurance, strong legs, and good breath are also required.

For ski mountaineering, the ABS (Avalanche Airbag System) is not mandatory. However, it is crucial to have a backpack equipped with an avalanche transceiver (ARTVA), shovel, and probe. We provide these items if booked at least 30 days before the ascent.

Regarding the second FAQ: What happens if conditions are not suitable for Heliskiing? If the snow and weather conditions are not optimal, the guide will collaborate with you to find the best alternative. The valleys of Monte Rosa, featuring stunning descents amidst remote and extraordinary beauty, offer opportunities for both traditional climbing with skins and using ski lifts.

Certainly! The experiences we offer depend on snow conditions and weather. The assigned guide will suggest similar but alternative routes if the booked excursion is not suitable for the chosen date.

Freerding

Yes, trips can be rescheduled if weather conditions do not allow the ascent.

To undertake a ski mountaineering ascent, it is necessary to be able to ski on a black slope. Physical endurance, strong legs, and good breath are also required.

For ski mountaineering trips, the safety kit consisting of an avalanche transceiver (artva), shovel, and probe is mandatory. We provide it if booked within 30 days before the ascent.

Certainly! The experiences we offer depend on snow conditions and weather. The assigned guide will suggest similar but alternative routes if the booked excursion is not suitable for the chosen date.

The guide will do a test descent with you and build the most suitable itinerary for the group, taking into care of the best snow conditions.

Certainly, no problem. However, you should be aware that not all itineraries are suitable for both disciplines, and skiers may be limited in the number of descents possible.

Alagna and Gressoney are known as “Freeride Paradise” for the many off-piste itineraries in the area. These locations are renowned for their natural beauty, diverse ski terrain, and opportunities to experience the freedom of off-piste skiing in untouched and uncontrolled areas.

Mountaineering

High altitude can cause altitude sickness, with symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people adapt more easily to altitude than others. If possible, gradual acclimatization by spending time at higher altitudes before reaching 4000 meters can help reduce altitude sickness symptoms. Good physical fitness can also aid adaptation to altitude.

If you feel unwell in the refuge, we will organize an early descent. If you feel unwell along the route, we will return. In the case of severe discomfort, the accompanying guide will alert rescue services, and you will be evacuated by helicopter.

Certainly! Choose your experience from the group hikes page by clicking here

  • 5 layers for the upper body (thermal shirt and spare shirt, fleece, heavier fleece, down jacket, windproof shell)
  • 2 pairs of gloves (lightweight and ski gloves)
  • Windproof mountaineering pants
  • Baselayer
  • Gaiters
  • WATERPROOF boots, with a rigid sole and ankle height
  • Two pairs of ski socks
  • Hat covering the ears
  • Sunglasses with good sun protection (protection 3 or 4)
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Ice axe (if you are accustomed to using one)
  • Crampons and harness
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Water bottle/1-liter thermos
  • Telescopic poles
  • Helmet (optional)

No, Monterosa’s refuges provide blankets, pillows, duvets, or blankets! However, the use of a sleeping bag liner is mandatory, and you can purchase it for a minimal cost at specialized stores. Check here for more information (affiliate link)

You can rent equipment (boots, poles, ice axe) in Alagna, Gressoney, and Champoluc. However, it will not be possible to rent clothing.

No, there will be no refunds as you will have already used the refuge, guide, and lifts.

To successfully complete this experience, you need good physical endurance and training that allows you to sustain at least 4/5 hours of uphill walking plus the same amount in descent.

The ascent depends on the physical strength and endurance of the child. However, we advise against children under 14 participating in our trips. If a child accompanied by a parent wants to ascend, we will request a fitness certificate signed by the National Health Service pediatrician.