Italy·February - March

BACKCOUNTRY SKIING TRIP ON ETNA

3 days exploring all the slopes of volcano Etna on ski.

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Overview

Have you ever thought about skiing on an active volcano? If yes, this is the trip for you! You will be skiing on Etna for 6 days, exploring the land with our alpine local guide that will let you know his home land! Etna offers a number of itineraries ranging from easy skiing alp to steep couloirs of great satisfaction. Mirto, your guide, will show you the different itineraries that the volcano offers, up to an altitude of 3340 metres! The itineraries will make you discover the different slopes and craters in the North, Central and South !

Local Partners

Mirto

Mirto

Mirto is our local partner and your expert alpine guide for the trip. Born and raised in Catania, he is definitely the one to turn to for a true off-the-beaten-track Sicilian experience.

The Experience

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DAY 1

Arrival Day

Arrival in Catania before 2pm, meet with the guide and the others at Piazza San Placido, hire the missing equipment and time to start the trip! 

The first day there will be a short trek to Etna where the guide will check the level of the group :) You will spend the night at Rifugio Citelli. 

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DAY 2

The northern slop!

Today we will go up to about 2,400 metres, use the ski lifts to the North craters for a stretch and then climb about 900 metres in altitude to reach the Central crater!

A good night's rest at the hut will be a dream for you!

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DAY 3

Another day on the volcano!

Today we will ski down the south slope to admire the eruptive theatre that affected the South-West crater during 2022. The day will see a difference in altitude of around 800 mt until we descend into the Bove Valley. Last night in the Hut...don't forget to look at the stars from there!

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DAY 4

Exploring the wilder side!

Today we will explore the western slope of Etna, the wildest and most suggestive!
In the late afternoon we will move on to Catania... time to relax a little bit! You will be stay in a comfortable hostel in the centre of Catania :)

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DAY 5

Time to say goodbye!

After a good breakfast ate the Hostel, it will be time to say goodbye!

The program is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, climbing level, and endurance of the group

Etna Volcano, Sicily

The volcano will give you the chance to ski on all its slopes while admiring the sea around you!

In the midst of a great landscape variety, amidst desert areas with volcanic rocks and dense, green forests, rises Mount Etna. It is a symbol of Sicily in the world, is the largest active volcano in Europe, as well as one of the highest in the world, more than 3,000 metres above sea level. Here, in winter, the volcano fills with snow, giving you the chance to ski on all its slopes while admiring the sea around you.

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Basecamp

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Rifugio Citelli

Rifugio Citelli

You will spend the first 3 nights in this beautiful hut at the foot of the volcano, savouring local products for breakfast and dinner. The hut has simple but comfortable rooms, sleeping 2 to 4 people. The rooms have clean bed linen and blankets; bringing a sleeping bag is unnecessary. Don't forget to look outside to admire the spectacular view!

Ostello degli Elefanti

Ostello degli Elefanti

You will spend the last 2 nights in the Ostello degli Elefanti. It is the most central hostel in Catania. It is located in a luxurious 17th-century palace built for one of Catania’s noble families. Here you’ll find rooms adorned with frescos and precious marble flooring. Beauty, comfort, and hospitality will accompany you every moment of your stay.

What's Included

What's Included

3 nights accommodation in a hut

2 nights accommodation in Catania

All the breakfast

3 dinners in the hut

Transfer during activities

A certificated alpine local guide

Accident Insurance

What's Not Included

Equipment rental

Flights

Transfer to/from Airport

Lunches

Anything not mentioned in the 'what is included' section

Ski lift

More Info

Skiing Skills

Skiing Skills

You don't have to have previous ski-touring experience, as you will be accompanied at all times by a certified mountain guide who can teach you the required skills. To get the most out of this trip, you should be able to ski down a red piste easily and have some off-piste experience. It is a trip suitable for first-time ski tourers. The average elevation gain is 900m per day, hence you need to be moderately fit. Your guide will adapt the itinerary according to the level and preferences of the group and conditions.

Liability

Liability

Mapo Tapo selects local partners with the utmost care. For any inaccuracies, however, we can not accept any liability. Ski touring is a risky sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who does not have sufficient knowledge and skills not go outdoor alone. All our trips include a local certified guide who will take care of your group. Enjoy your adventures safely with first-hand information from the locals.

Travel

Travel

Please DO NOT book your flights until this trip is confirmed. Most of our trips require a minimum number of participants to run. Wait for the status of the trip to be confirmed and for more information go to the "How it works" section

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FAQs

You need a good command of skis and know how to ski down red slopes easily. It is a trip suitable for first-time ski mountaineers but NOT for snowplough skiers!

The trip requires a minimum of 3 participants to run and will be capped at 6 skiers.

The airport to fly to is Catania. The meeting point will be in the centre of Catania; the exact point will be decided together with the guide before departure.
The meeting point is: Piazza San Placido.

IMPORTANT: Arrive in Catania before 2 pm on the first day. 

Yes, sure! Mirto, your local guide, will take you to the rental shop. All equipment can be rented at the cost of no more than 50€. 

The ski lift costs 30€/pax. 

Dates

Italy - Catania
February 7 - 11 2023

FROM$944/pp

Italy - Catania
March 7 - 11 2023

FROM$803/pp$944/pp

BACKCOUNTRY SKIING TRIP ON ETNA

Italy· February - March· 5 days

FROM$803/pp$944/pp