The "Cima dell'Etna" & nbsp; with "skis", it can be reached both starting from Etna Sud, and starting from Etna Nord (Piano Provenzana). The ascension from South Etna will have as its starting point, the square of the Sapienza Refuge, you can start with skis on your feet or take advantage of the Etna cable car, which in a few minutes will take you to an altitude of 2500 m. From the arrival station of the cable car, the excursion to the summit craters of Etna continues with ski mountaineering to reach and visit the places affected by the last eruptive event (the activity is still ongoing today effusive and paroxysms from the South-East crater), and then continue towards the summit area of Etna (3,300 m altitude).
The crossing from the south side to the north side of Etna. The itinerary starts from the square of the Sapienza Refuge on the South side, at an altitude of 1910 meters, from here with the help of the cable car up to an altitude of 2500 m you get to Piano del Lago, theater of the last Etna eruptions. Put on the skins, you get to the foot of the summit craters, where you will evaluate the weather and volcanic conditions for the climb. Then we will begin the descent towards Piano Provenzana, north side 1800 meters above sea level, passing between the Elliptical Crater and Piano delle Concazze up to the ski lifts at Monte Conca.
very suggestive from a landscape point of view, it will have as its starting point Piano Provenzana, the ascent will take place along the slopes of the area, up to an altitude of approximately 2400, then towards Monte Dagalotto, skirting the latter, after a possible break in Piano delle Concazze we will reach the North-East crater. After visiting the summit craters, hoping for a serene climate, to be able to admire breathtaking views .. you will reach the observatory volcanological of Pizzi Deneri. After a short stop, the splendid descent along the north side of Etna begins, towards the tourist center of Piano Provenzana, as the end point of the itinerary. The descent will take place long the so-called Quarantore gully.
visit the central crater which is divided into Bocca Nuova and Voragine, South-East Crater and North-East Crater, as well as admire a splendid panorama of a large part of eastern Sicily, in particular the Ionian coast, and if there clearness of the horizon allows it, up to Calabria and the Aeolian Islands. After visiting the summit craters, continue in the direction of Piano delle Concazze, the Pizzi Deneri volcanological observatory, where you it will make a short stop and from where the splendid descent along the north side of Etna begins, towards the tourist center of Piano Provenzana, as the end point of the itinerary.
The descent takes place along the so-called Quarantore gully.
We are in the heart of the Etna Park
the first to be established among Sicilian parks in 1987: with its 59,000 hectares it has the task of protecting a unique natural environment and the extraordinary landscape surrounding the highest active volcano in Europe and of promoting the environmentally friendly development of local populations and communities. The average atmosphere terranea, the mild climate, the scents, the warm and cheerful Sicilian hospitality, the flavors of traditional and authentic cuisine will make the our adventure in Sicily!
Main proposals of Etna ski mountaineering itineraries:
Ascent to the summit craters The ascent to the summit craters is undoubtedly the most popular ski tour on Etna. Arriving on the edge of the highest crater in Europe, with the smell of sulfur and a breathtaking view, will not leave even those accustomed to more demanding ski mountaineering are indifferent.
Other Etna ski mountaineering itineraries:
Itinerary for Punta Lucia: after climbing from Rifugio Sapienza, the proposed itinerary allows you to reach Punta Lucia at an altitude of 2930 meters and descend to the forest bivouac of Monte Excavation, located at an altitude of 1785 meters on the North West side, on wide but often frozen slopes until spring. Through the Altomontana track you will return to the Sapienza Refuge.
Difference in height: +500 m; - 1200 m
Difficulty: Bs (good skier)
Walking time: 8 hours