Skiing on the highest active volcano (3343 m) and largest (20 km radius) of Europe with a view to the sea is an experience that will remain in your memories! It will not be the usual ski touring trip !! Etna offers a number of itineraries ranging from easy alpine skiing to steep gullies of great satisfaction.
The excursion to the top craters of Etna can be reached both starting from Etna Sud, and starting from Etna Nord (Piano Provenzana). The ascent from Etna Sud will have as its starting point, the square of the Rifugio Sapienza, you can start with skis on your feet or take advantage of the Etna cableway, which in a few minutes will take us 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 (effusive activity and paroxysms from the crater are still in progress today. Southeast), and then continue to the summit 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, the scene of the latest Etna eruptions. Once the seal skins are put on, you reach the foot of the summit craters, where the weather and volcanic conditions for the ascent will be evaluated. Afterwards you will begin the descent towards Piano Provenzana, on the north side at an altitude of 1800 meters, passing between the Elliptical Crater and the Piano delle Concazze up to the ski lifts at Monte Conca.
very suggestive landscape, it will have as its point of Piano Provenzana departure, the ascent will take place along the slopes of the area, up to an altitude of about 2400, then in the direction of Monte Dagalotto, skirting the latter, after a possible pause in Piano delle Concazze you will reach the crater of North-East. After making a visit to the summit craters, hoping for a peaceful climate, to be able to admire breathtaking views .. you will reach the volcanological observatory 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 along the so-called Quarantore gully.
visit the central crater which is divided into Bocca Nuova and Voragine, Southeast crater and North crater- East, as well as to admire a splendid panorama of a large part of eastern Sicily, in particular the Ionian coast, and if the clarity 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 will make a short stop and from where the splendid descent along the northern slope 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 the 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 active volcano highest in Europe and to promote the environmentally friendly development of local populations and communities. The Mediterranean atmosphere, the mild climate, the scents, the warm and cheerful Sicilian hospitality, the flavors of a traditional and authentic cuisine will make our adventure in Sicily unique!
Main proposals of Etna ski mountaineering itineraries:
Ascent to the Summit craters The climb to the summit craters is undoubtedly the most sought-after ski mountaineering excursion on Etna. Getting to the edge of the highest crater in Europe, with the smell of sulfur and a breathtaking view, will not leave indifferent even those used to more demanding ski touring.
Other Etna ski mountaineering itineraries:
Itinerary for Punta Lucia: after climbing from the Sapienza refuge, the proposed itinerary allows to reach Punta Lucia at an altitude of 2930 meters and to descend to the forest bivouac of Monte Scavo, located at an altitude of 1785 meters on the North West side, on wide but often frozen slopes until spring. Via the Altomontana slope you will return to the Sapienza refuge.
Difference in altitude: +500 m; - 1200 m
Difficulty: Bs (good skier)
Journey time: 8 hours