Skitouring on Etna
"Emotional Excursion with mountaineering up to the Summit Craters (3329 meters) "
Skiing on the highest active volcano (3343 m) and larger (20 km radius) in Europe with a look at the sea is an experience that will remain in your memories! It will not be the usual skiing tour !! Etna offers a number of itineraries ranging from easy mountaineering to steep canals of great satisfaction. To discover the most fascinating and fascinating corners, entrust yourself to whom Etna has loved and attended as a child in all its seasons. And above all, you will be accompanied by mountain professionals, Alpine guides regularly registered in the Professional Alps Guidebook. The climate on Etna favors a fairly compact snow, and the inclination of slopes is also suitable for medium skiers. The routes are accessible from February to March, and often from April to May. Through the cable car you reach 2500 meters in less than fifteen minutes, allowing ski-mountaineers to continue with skis and seals and reach the summit in about three hours, being able to see closely the four craters sommitalifino at the quota of Over 3300 meters. We are in the heart of the Etna Park, the first to be set up among the Sicilian parks in 1987: its 59,000 hectares have the task of protecting a unique natural environment and the extraordinary landscape surrounding the highest active volcano in Europe To promote the eco-friendly development of local populations and communities. The Mediterranean atmosphere, the mild climate, the scents, the warm and cheerful Sicilian hospitality, the flavors of traditional and authentic cuisine will make our adventure unique in Sicily! Main Mountaineering Itineraries: Uphill to the Summit Craters The uphill to the Summit Craters is undoubtedly the most desirable skiing excursion on Mount Etna. Arriving on the edge of the highest crater in Europe with the smell of sulfur and a breathtaking panorama, it will not leave indifferent even those who are used to more demanding ski jumps ... The summit craters can be reached either from Etna South, and Starting from Etna Nord (Provencal Plan). The ascension from Etna Sud will have as its starting point, the square of the Rif. Sapienza, you can start with skiing at the foot or take advantage of the Etna Cable Car, which will take you to 2500 meters in a few minutes. From the cable car station, continue with mountaineering to reach and visit the places affected by the last eruptive event (still today is the effusive activity and paroxysms from the south-east crater), and then Continue to the summit area (3.300 m). From this point you can visit the central crater that divides into Bocca Nuova and Voragine, Southeast Crater and North-East Crater, as well as to admire a splendid view of much of Eastern Sicily, in particular the Ionian coast, and if the clarity of the horizon allows, to Calabria and the Aeolian Islands. After the visit to the summit craters, continue towards Piano Concazze, the Pizzi Deneri volcanological observatory, where a short stopping and where begins the beautiful descent along the northern slope of Mount Etna at the time of Tourist center of Piano Provenzana, as the end point of the itinerary. The descent takes place along the so-called Quarantore canal. The ascension from the Etna Nord, which is very scenic, will have the Provenzana Plan starting point, and the climbing will take place along the slopes of the area up to approximately 2400, then in the direction of Monte Dagalotto, crossing the latter, after a break The Concrete Plan will reach the North-East Crater. After visiting the summit craters, hoping for the serene atmosphere, to admire breathtaking views .. you will reach the volcanological observatory of Pizzi Deneri. After a short break, begins the wonderful descent along the northern slope of Etna, at the touristic center of Piano Provenzana, as the end point of the itinerary. The descent will take place along the so-called Quarantore canal. The Crossing of the Etna Tracks the crossing from the south side to the northern slope of Etna. The itinerary starts from the square of the Sapienza Rifugio Sud, at 1910 meters, from here with the help of the cableway up to 2500 m, you arrive at Piano del Lago, the theater of the last eruptions of Etnea. It has the seal hides, it reaches the foot of the summit craters, where the weather and volcanic conditions for the ascent will be evaluated. Then the descent towards Plan Provenzana, north side 1800 meters, will begin, passing between the Elliptical Crater and the Concrete Plane until the lifts at Monte Conca. Difference in height: + 800 m; - 1400 m Difficulty: Ms (average skier) Travel time: 6 hours Other itineraries: Itinerary for Punta Lucia After getting off from Sapie Refuge
Piano Provenzana - Etna nord
Crateri Sommitali - Etna (3329 m.)