SNOWY WEEKEND UNDER FULL MOON IN VAL D’AYAS – AOSTA VALLEY
A magic and snowy weekend under the full moon looking for a relaxing moment.
A medium-effort excursion to enjoy every single snowflake; Ferraro mountain hut lies in the small village of Resy, high above Saint Jacques (Val d’Ayas) in a strategic position overlooking the valley and it can be easily reached in every season.
A cosy and friendly atmosphere where you can taste excellent local cuisine.
We will reach the mountain hut walking in the snow blanket covering the underbrush of a larch forest;
Snowshoe hiking safely in the area, introduction to the use of the avalanche beacon and in the night safe walking under the full moon shining on the snow and enlightening the night.
On the way back we will reach Blu lake… which is now white.
WT3 difficulty level
Difference in altitude 410 m
Distance km 4
Max altitude 2066m a.s.l.
Difference in altitude 250 m
Distance km 9
The Decree Law 28th February 2021, n. 40, concerning both off-track and snow-covered environment activities, enforce the use of an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel when snowshoe hiking when off-track regardless of the level of skilfulness.
The avalanche beacon is a transmitting device allowing people swept by an avalanche to be found; thus, anyone must be equipped with. It must be put under all clothes close to underwear, while shovel and probe can be carried in the backpack.
When you participate to Trek&Taste snowshoes hiking excursions you do not need to drive around in search of snowshoes and self-rescue equipment, because we can rent all the required kit.
Difficulty level: WT3
Itinerary on snow-covered terrain with mostly light or moderate gradients. Short deep slopes. Snow conditions could vary according to temperature and season.
Suitable for adults and teens over 12 in good health conditions and having sure footedness on snowy terrain.
Dogs must be on a leash owing to the presence of wild animals in the wood and out of respect for other participants who could be afraid of or annoyed by them. Do not hesitate to contact the Guide.
Please prevent the guide in order to arrange e comfortable stay at the mountain hut.
The excursions I offer also aim at supporting local economic activities and at living unique experience; closely in touch with and with respect to people and places.
That’s why they often include tasting experiences and/or chance to buy local products directly from producers, mainly small local activities working hard and with passion to keep traditions alive;
That’s why groups I accompany are usually small … in order to meet and live local people and enter their lives and the calmness of the place on tiptoes.
The Cape Town Declaration in 2002 recognises that Responsible Tourism takes a variety of forms, it is characterised by travel and tourism which:
- minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts;
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry;
- involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes;
- makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity;
- provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
- provide access for people with disabilities and the disadvantaged;
- is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.
- Meeting point in Saint Jacques at the very end of the valley. The car park of the cable car could be used in case of no parking available in Saint Jacques. Different meeting points to be defined;
- Snowshoes excursion to the mountain hut and accommodation; packed lunch in nature according to temperature; introduction to avalanche beacon;
- dinner and night snowshoes hiking under full moon light.
- Breakfast and excursion to the Blu lake; packed lunch (light and energetic) in nature according to temperature and return to car park in time to drive back home trying to avoid trafic.
ACCOMMODATION IN 4/6-PEOPLE DORMITORY, TO BE SHARED WITH OTHER PEOPLE. BUNK BEDS
ATTENTION: programme and itinerary could vary according to both weather and terrain conditions in order to guarantee safety for participants.
Adults: € 70.00 for the weekend
Childrene and teens up to 12: € 60.00 for the weekend
Inclusions: Nature Guide fee accompanying the group for 2 days (saturday and Sunday)- AIGAE LO639; liability insurance;
Exclusions: any lunch and break; any tasting; any transport to the meeting point; self-rescue kit; accommodation at the hut; injury insurance; any service not included in the item “inclusions”.
63 € half board (BEVERAGES NOT INCLUDED) – dinner, overnight stay and breakfast.
20 € self-rescue kit renting fee for the week end (TO BE PAID SEPARATELY IN ADVANCE)
10 € dog overnight stay in the room
ACCOMMODATION WILL BE ONLY IN 4/6-PEOPLE DORMITORY, TO BE SHARED AND NOT EXCLUSIVE-USE. BUNK BEDS.
SHEET BAG AND TOWELS NOT AVAILABLE
PAYMENT OF SNOWSHOES AND SELF RESCUE KIT WITHIN 15th MARCH
MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 4
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (teens included): 15
Minors must be accompanied by an adult holding responsible.
Participation to the excursions implies unconditioned acceptance of the rules available on my website www.trekandtaste.it.
The excursion can be cancelled or postponed anytime by the Guide at her absolute discretion, in case safe and proper conditions cannot be guaranteed following bad weather conditions on the day of the excursion or on the previous days.
Excursion could be confirmed even if weather conditions are not good but safe for participants.
Any fees paid will be considered valid as a voucher on the next excursion – max validity 1 year – or refunded (only for foreign people).
In case of cancellation from the participant less than 3 days from the date, the relevant Guide fee and self-rescue kit costs cannot be refunded.
INJURY INSURANCE FOR TREKKERS
Participation fee only includes liability insurance; NO injury insurance coverage is provided to Participants to the excursion. It is advisable to take out a suitable injury insurance.
EIC Organization offer an annual injury insurance which can be activated by the Trip&Trek app and amounting to 10 euros per year, per person. The insurance is valid 1 year whenever you participate to an excursion with and AIGAE Guide. For more details, please contact
Saint Jacques is the small village at the very end of Val D’Ayas (Valle D’Aosta). Valle D’Aosta can be easily reached from Milan along the highway to Monte Bianco.
The car park of the cable car could be used in case of no parking available in Saint Jacques. Different meeting points to be defined.
WINTER TYRES AND/OR SNOW CHAINS ON BOARD ARE REQUIRED
Car-pooling according to rules in force. Costs will be shared among passangers.
- Please let me know in case you are willing to share your cars with people coming from your same are of residence in order to meet any requests.
- Winter trekking shoes, waterproof and with sole in Vibram material preferably;
- Trekking poles with larger snow basket to improve performance in deep snow;
- Snow gaiter recommended;
- Backpack for 2 days (45-50 l.) including water and food supplies, hot beverages, spare clothes for 2 days and the night, towels, and personal belongings; reduce personal belongings at the minimum;
ATTENTION: backpack max 40-60 l. will contain shovel badger and probe.
- Packed lunch for the first day;
- Dress in layers (technical underwear, t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, microfleece, softshell, duvet; gloves and wool cap, neck warmer, scarf); trekking winter trousers and leg warmer, short or long;
In case of doubt do not hesitate to contact me.
ONLY ONE BACKPACK MAX 40-60 L. IS ALLOWED TO BE CARRIED DURING THE EXCURSION.
Participants are required to:
- wear their face masks when inside; have the Green Pass to access closed ebnvironments;
- take some spare masks with you;
- wear FFP2 mask on public transports;
- interpersonal distance must be always guaranteed during walking;
- respect rules in force in case of car-sharing
- read and sign anti-covid forms on the day of the excursion;
- take some plastic bags to put personal sweaty clothes;