The valley of black grouse
This itinerary follows the right orographic side of the Valley of Rhêmes, above the village of Bruil (1.723 masl). It goes into the protection forest of conifers and then in the valley of Sort, up to the hut of the Gran Paradiso National Park at 2.294 masl. We discover the winter aspect of the enchanted forest of spruce and larch, where the black grouse is the master of the house. During the walk, we can observe the adaptation strategies of animals and plants to cold winter weather and we give you the tools to learn how to move safely in a winter environment: excursion planning, basics of snow science, field study of avalanches.
Estimated journey time: about 7 hours (lunch stop included)
Meeting point and time: 9.30 a.m. at the car park opposite to the city hall in the village of Bruil (1.723 masl)
Elevation gain: about 580 m
Length: about 7 km
Kind of activity: group snowshoeing with hiking guide
Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 2.295 masl (the National Park of Gran Paradiso hut in Sort)
Terrain characteristics: the main part of the itinerary is in the wood, following the summer trail. It 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 (difficult 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