The balcony on Mont Blanc
The itinerary starts from the village of Ermitage (1.461 masl) in the municipality of Courmayeur and immediately goes into the thick spruce forest characterizing this side of the valley. We walk at first on a slight slope and, after few minutes, the path starts to climb with some short turns leading to a first fork: we turn left and continue on a steeper terrain up to a second fork, after an hour and a half walk. From here the path continues on the left along the side of Val Sapin and then climb on the pastures preceding La Suche damon (1.816 masl), where a mountain hut is situated (closed in winter). From this place we can enjoy a stunning panorama on the Mont Blanc chain. Our excursion continues on the right of the houses, following the signs for Tirecorne-damon and goes into the wood again. We reach the pastures and houses of Tirecorne-damon (1.951 masl) after about 3 hours walk. To complete the itinerary, we go down the pastures heading east-west, with a diagonal line on the right facing the houses of Tirecorne-dèsot; we then get into the wood again and reach the signpost of the second fork we crossed when climbing up. In the final part of the excursion we follow the same route we came.
Estimated journey time: about 5 hours (lunch stop included)
Meeting point and time: 9.30 a.m. at the car park of the municipal swimming pool of Pré-Saint-Didier
Elevation gain: about 470 m
Length: about 5 km
Kind of activity: group snowshoeing with hiking guide
Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 1.950 masl (Tirecorne-Damon)
Terrain characteristics: the itinerary mainly follows the summer trail and has no technical difficulties. Possible ice in the first morning hours in late winter/spring
Minimum number of participants to this excursion: 5
See the snowshoeing calendar on the homepage of this site; it is updated every month.
The booking must be submitted within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen.
Difficulty of the snowshoe hike:
WT3 (demanding snowshoe hike), according to S.A.C. (Swiss Alpine Club) rating scale. See the subsection Technical difficulties
A good level of fitness and health is required. Consider a minimum of workout before the departure.
Minimum age: 12 years
N.B.: the times indicated in the technical sheet refer to summer hikes and do not take into account the greater difficulties for average hikers to walk on snow.
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The programme of the tour may be modified for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad snow and weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to snow and weather conditions or for the safety of the group.
Cost per person: 25 € including the hire of snowshoes and trekking poles
The enrolment fee includes:
The support of an Aosta Valley hiking guide throughout the excursion
A third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide
snowshoes and trekking poles hire
The enrolment fee does NOT include:
personal equipment and gear
travel costs to get to the meeting point
food and beverage (packed lunch)
anything not mentioned at “the enrolment fee includes”
in case of change of itinerary for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad snow and weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) the unforeseen expenses will be charged to the participants.
Equipment list for one-day snowshoe hikes:
Backpack of 25 litre max.
Clothes to wear:
Hiking boots (preferably waterproof) or après-ski boots (no moon boot)
T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)
Windstopper jacket or fleece
Waterproof shell jacket
Mountain trousers (or ski suit)
Ski tights (to wear in colder months, if necessary)
Inside the backpack:
Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)
Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirine)
Sign up: within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen, by email or by phone at +39 333.7373636
..there’s a whole valley to discover between you and me!