Ski Touring, Valmalenco Region, Italy, Rifugio Ventina. 28th April - 5th May 2018
The final Mindful Mountains ski touring week of season 2018 is a rather special exploration of an area high above Sondrio, in the Valmalenco region of Northern Italy. Ski Touring for five days followed with an overnight stay at the natural hot springs hotel, Bagni Vecchi in Bormio. The perfect way of relaxing the body after daily strenuous activity at altitude.
The terrain we cover is above 2000 metres and there are plenty of routes to choose from each day depending on weather and skiing levels of the group. This week is aimed at stronger skiers, who are ski fit and whom have ski touring experience, it is not a week for people who are new to ski touring.
We stay at the wonderful mountain Rifugio Ventina which you can see here. This is base camp for five days, returning to the Rifugio Ventina each evening. Full board accommodation in small shared rooms is provided in this very comfortable and well-equipped mountain refuge situated at almost 2,000 metres. Usually at the beginning of May there is plenty of snow at this altitude and we are able to ski from and return to the Rifugio Ventina each day.
From Malpensa airport in Milan you are collected by our driver and the group travels to Sondrio and onwards up through the Malenco valley to Chiareggio. This minibus journey takes just under two hours. Rifugio Ventina is around 350 metres above Chiareggio and is an hour walk on rough mountain track carrying your own ski touring kit and clothes for the five days. We have a safe place in Chiareggio where other baggage can be left for the return journey and visit to the hot springs in Bormio.
Our first day of touring is the Sunday which will be a lighter tour allowing the group to acclimatise to altitude and equipment. The next four days we choose different routes each day taking into account the weather, snow conditions and how the group are feeling. Your three ski coaches and leaders are Oreste Lenatti, Gianluca 'Pippo' Valeri and John Arnold, all very experienced ski tourers, fully qualified ski teachers and Pippo also a Telemark teacher. You will also find Oreste in the kitchen occasionally as he manages the Rifugio Ventina.
First thing on the Friday morning we will depart Refugio Ventina and travel to Bormio which is around 2 hours by minibus. Arriving at lunchtime, we spend Friday afternoon at the incredible natural hot spas at the beautiful Hotel Bagni Vecchi, where we will ease the legs and body. Spending Friday night here ready to depart Saturday morning for the airport. See Hotel Bagni Vecchi here . The underground caves of natural hot waters are world renown and is a really special place, particularly appreciated after 5 days of ski touring at altitude.
We have an all-inclusive cost for this trip of £1200 which includes:
- 5 days of ski tour guiding.
- Minibus transfer from / to Milan’s' Malpensa airport, and minibus transport from Chiareggio to Bormio, Hotel Bagni Vecchi.
- 6 nights full board accommodation at Rifugio Ventina.
- One-night full board accommodation, including Spa access, at Hotel Bagni Vecchi.