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Looking for easy tours in Italy

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As the title suggests looking for easy ski tours (preferably with guidebooks) in Western Italy as looking to book a last minute trip - currently eyeing up either Courmayeur area or Sestriere/Sauze d'Oulx/Mongenevre but never been to either ski area before.

Any advice would be gratefully appreciated!
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I've spent a few winter months in Aosta over the past few years and I use Gulliver.it. https://www.gulliver.it/valle-daosta/sci-alpinismo/
Each route has a description, route info and the locals write up good trip reports with info on snow conditions on the day. So you can choose a route based on current conditions.
Snow cover isn't great currently but still managed to do a few of the classics with snow back to the car on most north/east routes.
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Can't help with route suggestions, but I am currently trying to get together a group as an alternative to the GUFF to split the costs of a guide for introductory/easy touring around/reachable from serre chevalier/oulx area from 19th-26th March
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@fifiskis, any you would particularly recommend? I will be going out there mid March and would like to do more from the Aosta valley.
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Currently there is a lot less snow than usual. However the tracks are still complete from parking on several routes starting around 1750-1800m on North/East aspect routes. High winds mean hard pack up to for most. However we have found some nice snow on Col Serena ( park at Crevacol) and Mont Teilleur/Drone Valley ( park at Old Super Saint Bernard - on Swiss side of tunnel). Arp Vielle from Bonne and Flassin are also good but not sure of snow as I’ve not been up for a week or two. I tend to look at Gulliver the night before and decide on tours from reading the trip reports from that day or day before to get an idea of current conditions. @22 dropout,
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I can give you a bit of an update for around Montgenevre (well the Claree Valley just below it) I live near Briancon and have been out touring most weeks. Currently we are having one of the worst seasons on record in terms of snow fall. It is possible to get out ski touring with some good skiing but you have to work hard to make the most of it.

We have had little to no snow for months and mainly just hot sunny weather. Currently many South/ South west slopes have been hammered by the sun and have have gone back to grass in places. south/south east and east slopes are doing better and currently there is some very nice spring skiing to be found here, but Its not very deep and you have to pick your line. North and North west have been battered by the wind and is wind scoured and icy near the tops, you can find some nice section of soft snow in gully and places out the wind.

I do a free online guidebook to this area and all around Briancon, see the link at the bottom of my post.

Some examples from a few days ago

Below is the from the parking at 2100m below the Grand area, we had planned to do the main south couloir, in the end we did from the summit and a shorter couloir on the left of the photo.



Below is a photo from the top of the Grand area looking in to the Valley Buffere, there are lot of easy routes in this valley, and most of them are still doable, you may have a bit of walking at the bottom of the valley?


Below is from nearing the summit of the Pic Mouliniere further in to the Cerces. that line was in good condition, but if you look in the background, which is looking back towards Montgenevere you can see a lot of dry patches between the snow.


If I can help with other info ask away, the snow pack is changing quite fast so it hard to give 100% with what routes are in.

Cheers Rob
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@fifiskis, thank you. Useful tips. I know the Col Serena from the summer - beautiful valley. I was out there through December and January but found the snow pack challenging for unknown routes. Looks like altitude.and aspect remain especially important despite the snowfall in Feb. From what I could see it came in from the north and not so much made it over to Aosta. Still, it's great to back on snow.again!
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@fifiskis, thank you. Useful tips. I know the Col Serena from the summer - beautiful valley. I was out there through December and January but found the snow pack challenging for unknown routes. Looks like altitude.and aspect remain especially important despite the snowfall in Feb. From what I could see it came in from the north and not so much made it over to Aosta. Still, it's great to back on snow.again!
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That's beautiful. What is the best time of year. How long would the ideal trip be?
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