A weekend of snowshoeing and alpine culture in the Olympic Mountains

The visit to the magnificent Fenestrelle Fort to begin with, and then a day with snowshoes in Val di Thures: wonderful landscapes and the pleasure of snow

€ 339

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to travel through magnificent valleys, to cross suggestive villages and to admire splendid panoramas covered by the snow.

We will spend two days to discover some of the most beautiful areas of all the Olympic mountains, visiting the Fort of Fenestrelle (the biggest fortress in Europe!) And snowshoeing in the beautiful Val di Thures, always without haste and enjoying the good company.

For the excursion with snowshoes to the Environmental Hiking Guide that manages the whole trip will be joined by a Mountain Guide. The cost of the trip also includes the rental of snowshoes, sticks and the ARTVA kit, shovel and probe. There are no technical or particularly demanding sections, but having the ARTVA equipment, shovel and probe in the snow excursions is necessary and fundamental to be on the mountain with the right attitude and awareness.

It is a trip of an easy level, but as it is hiking at high altitude and on snow-covered terrain, it is necessary to have a suitable physical form and a habit of walking and hiking in the mountains.

Map snowshoeing valli olimpiche

difficulty level:Easy

Relatively short itineraries on paths and dirt roads, with some climbs to be faced without hurry and at the right pace! Ideal for new hikers and for those who want to take up easy hiking again.

Day 1: The Fenestrelle fort

We will leave Turin in the early afternoon and head towards the Forte di Fenestrelle, the first stop on the tour. Accompanied by a local guide we will visit the largest Alpine fortress in Europe, built between the mid-1700s and early 1800s. After the visit we will reach Cesana Torinese, our starting point for Sunday’s snowshoeing.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Cesana.

 

Day 2: the Lago Nero (Black Lake) and the Capanna Mautino hut

The Capanna Mautino hut (2014m) is located in a beautiful and sunny mountain basin at 2000 meters above sea level not far from the border with France, we will reach it along a pleasant route with numerous panoramic views of the Chaberton and Albergian mountains. After an excellent plate of polenta at the shelter and a well-deserved break, we will descend towards Bousson and then return to Turin

Start of the tour:  Bousson

Arrival:  Bousson

Lunch: at the Capanna Mautino mountain hut

Elevation gain: 610m+

An guide is provided for the entire duration of the trip: Marco Ballatore, an Environmental Excursion Guide. For the snowshoe hike on Sunday our guide will be joined by a “Guida Alpina” Mountain Guide, as required by law for activities on the snow.

Marco B.

A great sports and mountain lover, during the summer you will find him along the trails hiking and mountain biking, and in the winter again there with skis or a snowboard on his feet. Always looking for new routes, he loves good food and good company. When he is not in the mountains you'll find him at the sea side surfing or rehearsing a play with his actor friends.

Never without: a good cup of coffee

Favorite quote: "Sports is the toy department of life"

​​​​​The tour price, of 339 Euros per person, includes:

  • - accompaniment of an Environmental excursion Guide for the whole length of the journey
  • 1 day of snowshoe hike accompanied by a mountain guide and hiking guide
  • Admission and 1-hour guided tour of the Fort of Fenestrelle, with hot chocolate as an afternoon snack
  • 1 night in hotel, in double room - possible single supplement of 25 euros
  • 1 breakfast at the hotel
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 lunch at the hut
  • Rental of: snowshoes; poles; ARTVA kit, shovel and probe ( anti-avalanche)
  • transfers by minibus from Turin to the starting point of the tour (both ways) and transfer to the start of the hike

This journey leaves from Torino Porta Nuova Station, at 14.30 on Saturday February 23rd.

For any information you can contact Paola by phone at +39 370 3506333 or at the email address [email protected],or directly in the chat of this page.

Olympic Snowshoes

In our travels you will find solo travelers, couples, or pairs of friends, and in a small group of eight it’s easy to become friends straight away. This tour is perfect for those that traveling alone but don't want to be on their own for the whole trip. You're independent and you can choose if and when to share meals and your free time with the group.

Our travelers are people who know how to travel, in fact they arrive independently to the place of the appointment, mainly from all over Italy (but not only) and who choose to take a trip with us to learn differently about places, people, flavors and traditions. We are proud to say that our travelers are the best part of our trips!

Solo travellers are always welcome in our tours, and if you feel like sharing a double of triple room with other members of the group we will send you an e-mail after your reservation and you will be able to tell us about your preferences (for example, if you are a girl and you would like to share a room with girls only etc). You will not pay any surcharge.

If you prefer, you can book a single room for a fee.

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no opportunity to satisfy your preferences, your single room will be offered by us at no extra charge.

This trip consists of an afternoon at the Fort of Fenestrelle, and a day excursion with snowshoes in the Olympic Valleys.

It is a trip of an easy level, but as it is hiking at high altitude and on snow-covered terrain, it is necessary to have a suitable physical form and a habit of walking and hiking in the mountains.

For any questions or additional information, our Excursion guide Marco Ballatore is available to give you advice. You can chat with us directly on this page

To take part in snowshoeing it is necessary to have snow proof clothing, in order to avoid getting too cold and be able to enjoy the day. In any case, particularly technical clothing items are not necessary. These will suffice:

  • cold, snow and wind resistant pants, even a pair of ski pants are more than enough, to wear with cotton or micro-fleece tights
  • a winter jacket, a ski jacket would be just fine
  • a warm fleece sweater
  • a backpack (with a capacity of 20-25 liters) to be used to carry snacks and water 
  • a pair of warm snow gloves;
  • a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen.

As for footwear, the ideal are hiking boots that reach the ankle, warm and especially waterproof (ie in GoreTex or similar materials).

Included in the travel price is the rental of the following equipment:  

  • Snowshoes
  • poles
  • ARTVA transceiver kit, shovel and probe

There are no technical or particularly demanding sections, but having the ARTVA equipment, shovel and probe in the snow excursions is necessary and fundamental to be on the mountain with the right attitude and awareness.

All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)

During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).  

We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).

 

Booking Policy, from the General Terms and Condition for the Sale of Tour Packages:

3) RESERVATIONS

Acceptance of reservations by Giroola Srl is subject to availability. Reservations will be considered final following confirmation by Giroola Srl,  even via e-mail or fax, to the client.

Indications relative to the tour package not contained in the contract documents, brochures or other forms of written communication, will be supplied in time by Giroola Srl prior to the initial starting date in compliance with its duties as envisaged by Legislative . decree n. 79/2011.

4) PAYMENT

Upon booking, a registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount is required. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 30 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. Lack of payment of the abovementioned sums on the dates established constitutes grounds for cancellation of reservations such as to determine, on the part of Giroola Srl, the right to terminate the contract.

5) TRANSFER OF CONTRACT

The client renouncing the contract may be substituted by another person provided that:

a) Giroola Srl be given written notice at least 4 weekdays prior to the date of departure, together with the necessary personal data of the transferee;

b) The transferee be able to satisfy all the conditions for the fruition of the service ( ex article 10 of Legislative decree n.111/95) and in particular the requisites relative to passports, visas, health certificates;

c) The transferee refund Giroola Srl for all expenses incurred for the transfer of the contract for the sum specified before the transfer.

Moreover, the transferor and the transferee are both accountable for the payment in full of the tour package price as well as for the sum as per item (c) of the present article.

As far as certain types of services are concerned, third party suppliers have the right to refuse the substitution of the transferee, even if effected within the time limit specified as per item (a) of the present article. Giroola Srl will therefore not be held responsible for the eventual non-acceptance of the substitution on behalf of third parties. This non-acceptance shall be notified in good time by Giroola Srl to the parties involved before departure.

6) WITHDRAWAL

In the event of withdrawing from the tour package contract, the client is, in any case, liable for the payment of the tour package price. If withdrawal takes place for reasons beyond those envisaged in article 7 of the present General Terms, the client shall pay, in compliance with ex article 1373, paragraph III, Italian Civil Code, cancellation penalties as specified below:

  • 10% of the tour package price within 30 days prior to departure
  • 30% of the tour package price from 29 to 18 days prior to departure
  • 50% of the tour package price from 17 to 10 days prior to departure
  • 75% of the tour package price from 9 to 3 weekdays prior to departure
  • 100% of the tour package price beyond these terms.

7) WITHDRAWAL OF CLIENT WITHOUT PENALTY

The client may withdraw from the contract, without incurring any penalty, in the following circumstances:

  • a significant change of one or more elements of the contract which can be objectively considered as fundamental for the fruition of the tour package in its entirety and proposed by Giroola Srl.
  • after the conclusion of the contract itself but prior to departure and not accepted by the client.

In the abovementioned circumstances, the client is entitled to the following options:

  • the fruition of an alternative tour package, with no increase in price or with the restitution of the excess in price, if the second tour package costs less than the first;
  • the restitution of any sum corresponded as partial payment. Said restitution must be made within seven weekdays from receiving the request for reimbursement.

The client must communicate the decision (to accept the change or to withdraw) within two weekdays from receiving notice of the price increase or change. In the absence of specific notice within the said term, the proposal made by Giroola Srl will be considered accepted. The client who decides to withdraw from the contract before departure for circumstances beyond those listed above shall pay, after deducting the account paid as per article 4, the penalty indicated in article 6.

8) TOUR VARIATIONS

Variations to the tour, requested by the client, after the confirmation of booking, could involve processing expenses for Giroola Srl and at times penalties charged by suppliers. If so, the customer will be charged. Partial withdrawal of some of the travellers under the same contract and the resulting decrease in number of tour members is to be considered partial cancellation and is consequently regulated as stated in article 6.

As specified in our General Conditions of Sale of tourist packages, when you travel with Giroola you are covered by our Civil Liability Insurance. For all that could happen and that was due to our negligence or error, we have signed a policy (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, nr.2007 / 03/2276452).

There are other insurance policies that we recommend and for which we have chosen to work with Allianz Global Assistance, whose Globy range seems to us to be the most suitable for our travelers:

  • TRAVEL CANCELLATION - Our 8-person trips are often full months before the date of travel, and even if our cancellation policy is actually much more flexible than expressed in our Booking Policy (our travelers can attest to this, we are very available to move the trip in case of unexpected even the last minute), where other facilities are involved (hotels, rentals, etc) some expenses are not really refundable, and therefore a good trip cancellation insurance becomes a valuable ally. 
  • HEALTH and ASSISTANCE

We at Giroola are an agency of the Globy network of Allianz Global Assistance, and we can therefore provide you with all the information, make estimates and issue the policies directly with the booking.

For any information our Paola is at your disposal at the phone number +39 370 3506333, at the address [email protected] or in the chat directly on this page.

What's included

Meals

  • 1 dinner
  • 1 lunch at the hut
  • Breakfast

Transport

  • Transportation by minibus and assistance of an Environmental Hiking Guide for 2 days of travel

Accommodation

  • 1 night in hotel, in double room, ensuite bathroom - possible single supplement of 25 euros

Activities

  • 1 daily excursion with snowshoes accompanied by a mountain guide
  • Admission and 1-hour guided tour of the Fenestrelle Fort
  • Rental of: snowshoes; sticks; ARTVA kit, shovel and probe

Book this tour

You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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