The entrance to the refuge
The entrance to the refuge
 
 
 
Testa del Claus (f. L. Bertaina)
Testa del Claus (f. L. Bertaina)
 
 
 
The refuge in winter
The refuge in winter
 
 
 
Valcuca
Valcuca
 
 
 
Malinvern (f. L. Bertaina)
Malinvern (f. L. Bertaina)
 
 
 
Going up to Valasco
Going up to Valasco
 
 
 
Pian del Valasco in winter
Pian del Valasco in winter
 
 
 
 
Ski mountaineering and snow shoes

The Valasco valley offers a number of good back-country ski runs. Spring-time with settled snow conditions offers the most possibilities and variations. The road is cleared as far as Tetti Gaina, about 10 km from Valasco, so you should leave three and a half hours to reach the refuge on skis.

The refuge is open in winter, weather permitting, from the middle of February at weekends, public holidays and by arrangement. You should contact the manager in any case (+39 347 0531456) for information regarding snow conditions and avalanche risk as the route to the refuge runs under exposed slopes that should be crossed when conditions are safe. With snow shoes it takes four hours to reach Valasco. From here the routes such as those to Valscura or Fremamorta lakes are the same as for the skiers. Remember not to underestimate the winter conditions in the mountains and always carry the necessary equipment and avalanche beacons even when the snow conditions are safe.

The Royal Hunting Lodge is an excellent base for tours and crossings both on the Italian and French side of the Alps. If you are planning to ski using the refuge as a base, contact the manager who is an Alpine Guide and the best person to advise on the snow conditions and the best routes to suit your needs. Here are some possible routes. For maps there is the 1:25.000 Blu edizioni map of the Parco delle Alpi Marittime and the IGC 1:50.000 maps n.7 and n.8 in addition to the IGM 1:25.000 F 90 I SO, II NO.

Testa di Valrossa (2914 m.)
Climb in height: 1150 m.
Difficulty: BS
Exposure: S
Climb time: 3h 45



Canale NW della Cima di Tablasses (2851 m.)
Climb in height: 1100 m.
Difficulty: BSA
Exposure: all
Climb time: 3h. 30



Giro del Malinvern (in senso orario)
Climb in height: 1640 m.
Difficulty: BS+
Exposure: S, E
Climb time: 5h 15




Giro del Malinvern (anti-clockwise)
Climb in height: 1640 m.
Difficulty: BS+
Exposure: S, E
Climb time: 5h 15




Cima Malinvern (2939 m.)
Climb in height: 1176 m.
Difficulty: BSA+
Exposure: S, E
Climb time: 4h



Prefouns circuit (Testa Margiola 2831m)
Climb in height: 1370 m.
Difficulty: BS
Exposure: all
Climb time: 5h 30




Testa Sud di Bresses (2820 m.), Testa di Tablasses (2851 m.) via Colletto di Valasco
Climb in height: 1330 m.
Difficulty: BS
Exposure: all
Climb time: 4h 45



Testa Sud di Bresses (2820 m.) via Passo di Tablasses
Climb in height: 1330 m.
Difficulty: BS
Exposure: all
Climb time: 4h 45



Cima di Valcuca (2605 m.), Giro di Valcuca
Climb in height: 841 m.
Difficulty: BSA
Exposure: all
Climb time: 3 h.


Rocca della Paur (2972 m.),Giro della Paur
Climb in height: 1200 m.
Difficulty: BSA
Exposure: S
Climb time: 4h