Punta di Rabuigne, seen from Valgrisenche, is a regular ice-snowed capped summit, hidden at the end of wild Vallone del Bouc (Bouc Valley).
As for this steep slope (about 30 deg.), Punta di Rabuigne is one of the most exciting ski-mountaineering descent of all Aostan Valley, where perfect assested snow conditions are required, for a safe hike.
Most of people ascent to Rabuigne summit in springtime with skis, but it is possible to scramble this desolate stoney and ice side in summer: not so usual.
Unfortunately Valgrisenche is affected by heliski. Punta di Rabuigne is a tasty target for this minor (but very noisy) sport.
Common begin: Arvier village.
From Turin/Milan. Motorway A5, exit in Aosta Ovest. Follow Courmayeur direction, until Arvier is reached. Follow for Valgrisenche direction.
From Switzerland, Martigny (Grand St. Bernard Tunnel/Pass). Drive to Aosta, then follow Courmayeur direction on SS.26. Once reached Arvier, turn to Valgrisenche direction.
From France (Mont Blanc Tunnel or Petit St. Bernard Pass). Do not enter in motorway A5, drive through SS.26 Aosta direction. Before arriving in Arvier, turn right for Valgrisenche.
Red TapeNo permit required, no fees for parking.
When To ClimbWith Skis: from half March until half May.
In summer: from early July until September.
Huts & shelters ...Chalet de l'Epée Hut, 2.370 mt. osl, private.
Tel. n. ++39.0165.97215
60 beds, 8 beds winter side.
Generally opened on Easter, all week-end for ski-mountaineering season, and from beginning of July until beginning of September.
Map & Books sectionMy favourite map for Rabuigne is:
IGC F 102, scale 1:25.000, Valsavarenche, Val di Rhêmes, Valgrisenche.
Hotels in ValgrisencheHotels accomodations in Valgrisenche.
1) Hotel Perret
11010 Valgrisenche (AO) - 2, loc. Bonne
tel: 39.0165 97107 - fax:39. 0165 97220
2) Albergo Grande Sassiere
11010 Valgrisenche (AO) - 1, LOCALITA' GERBELLE
tel: 39.0165 97113
3) Hotel Des Mirtilles Di Putzu Fabrizio
11010 Valgrisenche (AO) - 7, LOCALITA' CHEZ CARRAL
tel: 39.0165 97118
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