Gran Paradiso National Park - Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta


GRAN PARADISO NATIONAL PARK

The first Italian National Park to be established with Royal Decree no. 1584 of 3 December 1922 (converted into law no. 473 of 17 April 1925, Presidential Decree of 3 October 1979 for the extension of the park), was that of the Gran Paradiso.

Between the end of the eighteenth century and the early nineteenth century, the forest inspector Joseph Zumstein obtained from the Kingdom of Piedmont a ban on hunting ibex on the entire massif as it is in danger of extinction.

Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy, years later, visited the Gran Paradiso, fell in love with it and established a royal hunting reserve there, so that, despite the king also killing dozens of ibex, the latter were able to increase in number again.

In 1922 the Gran Paradiso was donated by Vittorio Emanuele III (grandson of Vittorio Emanuele II) to the Italian state, which made it the first national park in our country.

It extends into the Graian Alps, between Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, including the whole group of the mountain ranges of the Gran Paradiso and is intended for the protection of alpine fauna and flora; in particular, the ibex (Capra ibex ibex), the chamois and the golden eagle. It is mainly privately owned and, to a lesser extent, public property and the park authority.

Its management is entrusted to the Gran Paradiso National Park Autonomous Authority with a total area of ​​72,328 hectares.


The first Italian national park, it offers alpine landscapes of great beauty

IBEX

Chamois

Foxes in the snow

Astragalus alopecurus

Bearded vulture

Marmots

Linnaea borealis

The park and its history

The Gran Paradiso National Park extends over 70,000 hectares of high mountain territory, between the 800 meters of the valley floor and the 4,061 meters of the Gran Paradiso.

In Valle d'Aosta, the Gran Paradiso National Park has three visitor centers, in Cogne, Valsavarenche and Rhêmes-Notre-Dame. The visitor centers allow you to explore the various naturalistic aspects of the protected area in every season.

Don't miss the Paradisia alpine garden in Cogne, especially in July, when many of the more than 1,000 species of the garden are in full bloom.

There history of the Gran Paradiso National Park it is linked to the protection of the ibex. In 1856, in fact, King Vittorio Emanuele II declared these mountains a royal hunting reserve and thus saved the ibex from extinction. The king also created a corps of specialized guards and had a road network built for the protection of fauna and for excursions. In 1920, Vittorio Emanuele III donated the reserve to the Italian state to make it a park. The Gran Paradiso National Park was actually established in 1922.

The animals

It is difficult to hike in the Gran Paradiso National Park without seeing the animals, often even up close.

The ibex, symbol of the park, is quite confident and is easily met in the pasture. The males, recognizable by the long curved horns, live in small groups, while the females, with shorter horns, stay with the young. The chamois is also common, but much more shy and difficult to observe.

Another protagonist of the park is the marmot, a nice rodent that digs long tunnels to escape dangers and prepare for winter hibernation.

Birds of prey are represented, such as the golden eagle, and many small passerines. More recent acquisitions of the park are the bearded vulture, a large vulture who disappeared in 1912 and returned to the Alps for an international project, and the lynx, a splendid, small predator.

In the forests of the valley floor there are larch, spruce, stone pine and white fir. Going up, the trees are replaced first by alpine pastures, full of flowers in spring, then by rocks and glaciers.

Among the rare flowers of the Gran Paradiso National Park we remember: the Potentilla pensylvanica, which grows in arid meadows above 1,300 metersAstragalus alopecurus, which is found only in the Aosta ValleyAethionema thomasianum there Linnaea borealis, a glacial relict that has found refuge in the coniferous woods there Paradisea liliastrum, a white lily from which the Paradisia di Cogne alpine garden takes its name.


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Hello everyone in September my partner and I were planning to spend a few days in the park from which region is better to access. touristically speaking of course! c are itineraries, parties or better times to go ?? thanks good day

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The Gran Paradiso National Park straddles Piedmont and Val d'Aosta. Which region is best to access depends on. Meanwhile, do you mean access by car? However, know that you cannot cross the Park from Piedmont to Val d'Aosta - or vice versa - by car. From whichever region you enter to pass into the other, you have to make great excursions at high altitude. In Val d'Aosta you have three side valleys which include it: Val di Rhemes, Valsavaranche and Val di Cogne. They are intercommunicating with walks to the shelters. in Piedmont you have to go to the upper Canavese. Considering that you have asked the question in this region, I assume that you are not very interested in the Piedmontese Park area, otherwise you can enter a specific request on Piedmont. In this way the news is less dispersed. However, as far as holidays are concerned, being a high mountain area, the month of September is certainly rather quiet, all the events take place essentially in the months of July and August. Since you are organizing in advance you can subscribe to the park authority's newsletter so that you will have in detail and in due time each event that will be organized:


The Gran Paradiso National Park it embraces a vast territory of high mountains, between the 650 meters of the valley floor and the 4061 meters of the summit of Gran Paradiso. Larch and fir woods, vast alpine meadows, rocks, glaciers is waterfalls they constitute the ideal setting for the life of a rich and varied fauna and for a visit to discover the wonderful world of the high mountains.

In every season the Park offers different possibilities: late spring and summer are the months of flowering and high altitude excursions in autumn the woods are colored and for ibex and chamois the mating season begins, in winter the territory of the Park it is covered with snow and is an opportunity for walks on foot, with snowshoes or cross-country or downhill skis and easy observations of the animals that come down to the valley to find food.

But the Gran Paradiso area is not just a National Park, particularly striking mountains stand out in all the valleys, such as Grivola, praised by Carducci, Ciarforon, La Tresenta, Grande Sassière, Granta Parey and Mont Fallère. of lakes, small or large, but all with amazing colors where the surrounding mountains are reflected: the Loie lake, the Nivolet lakes on the border with Piedmont, the San Grato lake, the lac du Fond, the Djouan lakes, just to name some and without forgetting, of course, the spectacular Lillaz and Frenay waterfalls.


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In the early 19th century, due to hunting, the Alpine ibex survived in the Gran Paradiso and Vanoise area. Approximately 60 individual ibex survived, here. [5] Ibex were intensively hunted, partly for sport, but also because their body parts were thought to have therapeutic properties: [4] talismans were made from a small cross-shaped bone near the ibex's heart in order to protect against violent death. [3] Due to the alarming decrease in the ibex population, Victor Emmanuel, soon to be King of Italy, declared the Royal Hunting Reserve of the Gran Paradiso in 1856. A protective guard was created for the ibex. Paths laid out for the ibex are still used today as part of 724 kilometers (450 mi) of marked trails and mule tracks. [4]

In 1920 Victor Emmanuel II's grandson King Victor Emmanuel III donated the park's original 21 square kilometers (5,189 acres), [4] and the park was established in 1922. [2] It was Italy's first national park. [6] There were approximately 4,000 ibex in the park when it was protected. [7] Despite the presence of the park, ibex were poached until 1945, when only 419 remained. Their protection increased, and there are now almost 4,000 in the park. [4]

The park is located in the Graian Alps in the regions of Piedmont (in the Metropolitan City of Turin) and Aosta Valley in north-west Italy. [2] [3] It encompasses 703 square kilometers (173,715 acres) of alpine terrain. [4] 10% of the park's surface area is wooded. 16.5% is used for agriculture and pasture, 24% is uncultivated, and 40% is classified as sterile. 9.5% of the park's surface area is occupied by 57 glaciers. [3] The park's mountains and valleys were sculpted by glaciers and streams. [8] Altitudes in the park range from 800-4,061 meters (2,624-13,323 ft), with an average altitude of 2,000 meters (6,561 ft). [2] Valley floors in the park are forested. There are alpine meadows at higher altitudes. There are rocks and glaciers at altitudes higher than the meadows. [8] Gran Paradiso is the only mountain entirely within the boundaries of Italy that is over 4,000 meters (13,123 ft) high. [9] Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn can be seen from its summit. [9] In 1860, John Cowell became the first person to reach the summit. [10] To the west, the park shares a boundary with France's Vanoise National Park. [2] They co-operate in managing the ibex population, which moves across their shared boundary seasonally. [11]

The park's woods are important because they provide shelter for a large number of animals. They are a natural defense against landslides, avalanches, and flooding. The two main types of woods found in the park are coniferous and deciduous woods. [12] The deciduous European beech forests are common on the Piedmont side of the park, and are not found on the dryer Valle d'Aosta side. These forests are thick with dense foliage that lets in very little light during the summer. The beech leaves take a long time to decompose, and they form a thick layer on the woodland floor that impedes the development of other plants and trees. [12] Larches are the most common trees in the forests on the valley floors. They are mixed with spruces, Swiss stone pines, and more rarely silver firs. [8]

Maple and lime forests are found in gulleys. These forests are only present in isolated areas and are at risk of extinction. Downy oak woods are more common in the Aosta Valley area than in the Piedmont area because of its higher temperatures and lower precipitation. Oak is not a typical species in the park and it is often found mixed with Scots pine. The park's chestnut groves have been affected by human cultivation for wood and fruit. It rarely grows above 1,000 meters (3,280 ft), and the most important chestnut forests are in the park's Piedmontese side. The park's conifer woods include Scots pine groves, spruce forests dominated by the Norway spruce, often mixed with larch. Larch and Swiss stone pine woods are found up to the highest sub-alpine level (2200–2300 meters (7,217-7,546 ft)). [12]

At higher altitudes the trees gradually thin out and there are alpine pastures. These pastures are rich in flowers in the late spring. [8] The wildflowers in the park's high meadows include wild pansies, gentians, martagon lilies, and alpenroses. The park has many rocky habitats. They are mostly located above the timberline and alpine pastures. These areas have rock and detritus on their surface. Alpine plants have adapted to these habitats by assuming characteristics like dwarfism, hairiness, bright colored flowers, and highly developed roots. [13] About 1,500 plant species can be seen at Paradisia Pyromaniacle Garden near Cogne inside the park. [4]


Valle d'Aosta and Piedmont: The Gran Paradiso National Park

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Aosta Valley and Piedmont: The Gran Paradiso National Park

The Gran Paradiso National Park (in French, Parc national du Grand-Paradis), established in 1922, is the oldest Italian National Park together with the Abruzzo National Park, established a few months later.

It straddles the Valle d'Aosta and Piedmont regions and is managed by the Gran Paradiso National Park Authority, based in Turin. On the French side it borders the Vanoise National Park. It covers an area of ​​71,043.79 hectares, on a mainly mountainous terrain.

The history of the Gran Paradiso is closely intertwined with the preservation of its symbolic animal: the ibex (Capra ibex). This ungulate, once widespread at high altitudes, beyond the tree line, throughout the Alps, has been the object of indiscriminate hunting for centuries.

The reasons why the ibex was such a coveted prey by hunters were the most disparate: the succulence of its meat, some parts of its body were considered medicinal, the grandeur of its horns sought as a trophy and even the aphrodisiac power attributed to a small bone (the cross of the heart) often used as a talisman.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century it was believed that this animal was now extinct throughout Europe until the Valle d'Aosta forest inspector Delapierre [4] discovered that in the rugged and steep valleys that descend from the Gran Paradiso massif a colony of about one hundred survived. specimens.

On September 21, 1821, the king of Sardinia Carlo Felice issued the Royal Licenses with which he ordered: `` The hunting of ibex remains prohibited in any part of the dominated kingdoms. '' This decree, which saved the ibex from extinction, was not inspired by values ​​of environmental protectionism, not contemplated in the mentality of the time, but by mere hunting speculations. The rarity of these specimens made hunting a luxury that the sovereign granted only to himself.

In 1850 the young King Vittorio Emanuele II, intrigued by the stories of his brother Fernando, who had been hunting during a visit to the Cogne mine, wanted to walk the rugged valleys of the Aosta Valley in person. He started from the Champorcher valley, crossed, on horseback, the homonymous window at an altitude of 2828 m and reached Cogne along this route, killing six chamois and an ibex.

The king was struck by the abundance of fauna and decided to establish a royal hunting reserve in those valleys. It took a few years for the officials of the House of Savoy to be able to stipulate hundreds of contracts in which the valley dwellers and the municipalities gave the sovereign the exclusive use of hunting rights (relating to chamois and birds hunting, since ibex hunting was forbidden to valley dwellers for thirty years) and in some cases even fishing and grazing rights (that is to say that mountain dwellers could no longer bring sheep, cattle and goats on the high altitude pastures reserved from now on with game).

Thus officially was born, in 1856, the Gran Paradiso Royal Hunting Reserve whose territory was wider than the current national park in fact it also included some Aosta Valley municipalities (Champorcher, Champdepraz, F nis, Valgrisenche, Brissogne) which later they were not placed within the boundaries of the protected area.

The villagers, after the first discontent, willingly gave up their rights to the sovereign, understanding that the presence of the sovereigns in those valleys until then almost outside the world would have brought well-being for the local population. King Vittorio promised that he would "trot the money on the paths of the Gran Paradiso".

A vigilance body was established consisting of about fifty employees called Royal Hunters Guards, churches, embankments and municipal houses were restored, sheds for park rangers and larger hunting houses were built using local labor.

However, the most important work that changed the face of the Aosta and Canavese valleys was the dense network of paved mule tracks built to connect the villages with the hunting houses and the latter between them (they covered a distance of over 300 km). These roads were designed to allow the king and his entourage to travel comfortably on horseback within the reserve.

Most of them are still practicable today. They overcome steep slopes with countless, very wide hairpin bends, always maintaining a slight and constant slope. Most of them stretch over two thousand meters and in some cases exceed three thousand (Colle del Lauson 3296 m and Colle della Porta 3002 m). The most inaccessible points have been overcome by digging the path into the rock.

The roadway is paved with stones, supported by dry stone walls built with considerable skill and has a variable width from one meter to one and a half meters.
The best preserved section is located in Valle Orco from Colle del Nivolet, after a first stretch along the hillside, the royal mule track crosses the hills of Terra and Porta, touches the hunting lodge of the Gran Piano (recently recovered as a refuge) and then go down to the town of Noasca.

On December 3, 1922, King Vittorio Emanuele III, in the early days of the Mussolini government, signed the decree that established the Gran Paradiso National Park. Article 1 of the decree states that the purpose of the park is to "conserve the fauna and flora and preserve the special geological formations, as well as the beauty of the landscape".

Article 4 states that the management is entrusted to the Royal Commission of the Gran Paradiso National Park. A series of rules follow: in the perimeter of the park hunting and fishing are prohibited, access with dogs, weapons and devices that serve these purposes, the Commission can suspend and regulate grazing in some locations. The surveillance service was entrusted to the Royal Forest Corps which reinstated all the park rangers of the old reserve who requested it. Then came the dark years of the park.

In 1933 the Royal Commission was abolished with a royal decree and the management of the park passed to the (fascist) Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry. The surveillance, entrusted to the National Forestry Militia, became a sort of punitive service: evildoers or political antagonists, often not accustomed to the rigidity of the mountain, were sent to atone for their punishments (a kind of Italian "little Siberia").

The vigilance lost its effectiveness, poaching resumed and at times the park rangers were even ordered to kill specimens of ibex and chamois of the best species to make a gift to the military authorities. During the war, given the absolute scarcity of food, poaching was also necessary for the local population.

When peace returned, the ibex were reduced to just 400 head. On 5 August 1947, with a legislative decree of the provisional Head of State Enrico De Nicola, the Gran Paradiso National Park Authority was established with a board of directors made up of 13 elements and a body of security guards under its direct dependence.

Prof. was appointed superintendent director (he will be until 1969). Renzo Videsott who the following year, in 1948, will set up the first Italian environmental association, the National Pro Natura Federation, in the castle of Sarre. Thus ended the long path of passage, which lasted almost thirty years, from the hunting reserve to the national park.

In the 2000s, the National Park was also recognized as a site of community interest (code SIC / ZPS: IT1201000) and was part of the "Gran Paradiso" Important Bird Area (code IBA: IT008). In 2006 it was awarded the European Diploma of protected areas, renewed in 2012 together with the Vanoise National Park.

In 2007, the Board of Directors of the Park Authority, with resolution no. 16 of 27 July 2007, established a modification of the boundaries of the park, communicating it to the Ministry of the Environment and for the Protection of the Territory and the Sea on 30 October 2007. By Decree of the President of the Republic May 27, 2009, published in the Official Gazette n. 235 of 9 October 2009, the park was then re-measured, with a reduction of the overall total area equal to 0.07 per cent of the territory.

The President of the Republic, however, considered the intervention positive because the selection of the peripheral areas to be included in the park was carried out on the basis of their naturalistic value, for example heavily anthropized areas were sold and more natural areas included, while for the new perimeter of the park priority was given to the presence of natural borders to allow a more rational management of the territory:

In fact, man-made areas have been sold, for example villages, obtaining in exchange areas of great naturalistic value (the wood, the peat bogs and the wetlands of the Dres valley in Ceresole, the larch groves with broad-leaved trees of Chevr re-Buillet of Introd, the larch woods with Swiss pine and the moors of the Urtier Valley in Cogne, the Sysoret spruce forest, ideal habitat for Linnaea borealis in Aymavilles) or of significant landscape and cultural value (the centuries-old chestnut woods of Noasca and Locana) .

In the lower part of the park, as an elevation level, there are larch woods, prairies, broad-leaved woods composed of aspen, hazel, wild cherry, sycamore maple, oak, chestnut, ash, birch, rowan.

The beech woods, in a range between 800 and 1200 m, are found only on the Piedmontese side between Noasca, Campiglia and Locana. Between 1500 and 2000 m there are coniferous forests. The Swiss pine (Pinus cembra) is widespread in Val di Rhem s while the silver fir (Abies alba) is found only in Val di Cogne near Vieyes, Sylvenoire and Chevril. In all the valleys we find the evergreen spruce (Picea abies) and the larch (Larix europaea).

The latter is the only conifer in Europe that loses its needles in the winter. The larch woods are very bright and allow the development of a thick undergrowth made up of rhododendrons, blueberries, raspberries, wood geraniums, wild strawberries. In general, spruce, larch and pine forests cover about 6% of the park's territory. [16] It is impossible to list the endless variety of flowers that enliven the different environments of the park with their colors from March to August. We will limit ourselves to a few examples.

The martagon lily (Lilium martagon), typical of the wood, and the St. John's lily (Lilium croceum), which blooms in the meadows, bloom in early summer. The very poisonous aconite (Aconitum napellus) is found along waterways. Between the highest belt of the woods and 2200 m there are expanses of rhododendrons with their characteristic cyclamen-colored bellflowers.

Above 2500 m among the rocks the saxifrage, the alpine androsace, the mugwort, the chickweed and the ice buttercup (Ranunculus glacialis) find their habitat. Edelweiss and genep are also found at these heights but are very rare. The peat bogs and the wetlands are colonized by the eriophore whose white wads herald the end of summer.

The animal symbol of the park is the ibex present in about 2500 units. The adult male can weigh from 90 to 120 kg while the horns can even reach 100 cm. The female, smaller, has smoother horns just 30 cm long. The flocks are made up of only males or females and pups.

Older males live in isolation. The mating period coincides with the months of November and December in this period the male ibex who have reached full sexual maturity fight each other, breaking the silence of the valleys with the unmistakable noise of the horns audible also from the valley floor.

The female remains fertile for a few days. The pregnancy lasts six months. In late spring, the ibex retreats to some isolated ledge where it will give birth (May, June) a young, sometimes two. The ibex has a mild and imperturbable character and can be easily observed by man.

The suede, on the other hand, is suspicious, elegant in its leaps, fast and agile. Of smaller dimensions (maximum 45-50 kg), there are over 8000 specimens. Its horns, not as imposing as those of the ibex, are thin and slightly hooked.

This ungulate is no longer in danger of extinction as the absolute lack of natural predators has favored its numerical growth and excessive colonization of the territory (during the winter they descend to the valley damaging the undergrowth, cross the asphalted roads, arrive to look for food a few meters from the houses) so much so that selective hunting actions are sometimes necessary to reduce the number.

The park, in the past, was not a balanced and complete ecosystem. Natural predators were completely absent: the bear and the wolf extinct for centuries, the others were persecuted at the time of the reserve.

The task of the Royal Hunters Guards was to protect the game not only from poachers but also from animals deemed harmful and the king rewarded the killing of a lynx, a bearded vulture, a fox or an eagle with lavish tips. Thus, around 1912-13, the extinction of the European lynx and the bearded vulture was reached.Today, thanks to surveillance and conservation activities, there are about 21 pairs of golden eagles while the fox remains very present.

About thirty years ago the techniques for the reintroduction of the lynx were tested. In addition, the bearded vulture has also been reintroduced, which can now number about 7 individuals. Since 2011, the bearded vulture has begun to nest again in the Park, albeit without success in the first year.

In 2012 the nesting was repeated for two pairs and was successful in both cases, with the breeding of a young for each nest. The wolf, on the increase in Italy, going up the Apennines, has returned to be seen in the Park in recent years and today has 6-7 specimens, it is a family herd of 5-6 specimens between the Valsavarenche, the Val di Rh mes and Valgrisenche and a lone wolf in Val di Cogne.

Another widespread mammal in the park is the marmot (there are about 6000 units). It lives in underground burrows with several passages as exit routes. It prefers the prairies and the few flat areas (very numerous on the Piano del Nivolet). It is a rodent and in the first cold weather it falls into a deep lethargy that lasts almost six months.

Its cry is unmistakable: a whistle that the "sentinel" marmot emits, standing up vertically, when it sees a danger or an animal foreign to its environment followed by the sudden flight of the other members of the herd.
Numerous species of birds are also part of the fauna of the Gran Paradiso: buzzards, woodpeckers, tits, ptarmigans, choughs, sparrow hawks, goshawks, tawny owls, owls.
Two species of trout swim in the lakes and streams: one native, the brown trout, the other allochthonous, the brook trout.

In 4 small alpine lakes: the Nivolet Superiore, Trebecchi Inferiore, Trebecchi Superiore and Lillet lakes, the presence of a small crustacean, the Daphnia middendondorffiana, was found. They are all lakes located at an altitude higher than 2500 m a.s.l. and without fish fauna and this daphnia is a species that normally has as habitat the fresh waters of the Arctic ecosystems.

Among the reptiles we remember the common viper (Vipera aspis, typical of dry areas, and among the amphibians the salamanders Salamandra salamandra).
In the coniferous woods it sometimes happens to find piles of conifer needles up to half a meter high: they are the nests of the Formica rufa.

The Gran Paradiso National Park

Presentation video of the protected area shot by the professional photographer Guido Bissattini.

THE RETURN OF THE WOLVES IN THE GREAT PARADISE

In the Gran Paradiso National Park, for some years now, wolves have settled and are seen even during the day.
In the images taken in 2008 - and which we could not disclose before for a copyright granted for two years to the German television Bayerische Rundfunk - the compelling sequence of a predation recorded by Marco Paolo Pavese's camera during a series of shots taken together in Valsavarenche. The invitation is for everyone: let's defend these and other wild animals from the ignoble carnage that, from time to time - ultimately even with unacceptable pseudo-political motivations - we try to start again to perpetrate. It is everyone's interest. Let them live.

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Life on the Gran Paradiso in Luca Casale's shots

"I met a new world that was just waiting to be observed, for many years it passed me by without my giving it due consideration". This is how the Piedmontese photographer Luca Casale writes, after discovering the passion for nature photography. The love for the mountains and nature led him to study month after month the habits of the inhabitants of the Gran Paradiso National Park, between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont. "I have become a Milky Way hunter and, if you want to meet me, I am often at night on top of the park, at 3000 meters, surrounded by myriads of stars that warm me in these cold summer nights"

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Valle d'Aosta. Between cross-country trails and snowshoeing, between ski mountaineering and photographic workshops to learn how to immortalize foxes and ibex. A little Eden under the Gran Paradiso.

one of the most fascinating corners of the Aosta Valley. The narrow and wild Valsavarenche, dominated by the Gran Paradiso massif, is certainly one of the valleys less traveled by mass tourism. Here, in winter, ibex, chamois and foxes venture up to low altitudes and go as far as the gates of the inhabited centers, making close encounters with these cute animals possible.

Il modo migliore per scoprire la valle indossare gli sci da fondo e avventurarsi lungo i 17 km di piste che si snodano tra torrenti, vette innevate, foreste di abeti e profondi silenzi. Altrettanto affascinanti le escursioni con le ciaspole, mentre chi non pu fare a meno di una veloce discesa si deve accontentare di un solo impianto di risalita che serve tre piste da sci alpino.

Va molto meglio agli amanti dello sci alpinismo che in Valsavarenche trovano pane per i loro denti e che - solo se esperti - possono affrontare l'ascesa al Gran Paradiso o ad una delle vette vicine. Spazio anche per gli appassionati di fotografia che possono partecipare ai fine settimana di fotografia naturalistica in compagnia di esperti fotografi e guide del Parco, organizzati dalla Cooperativa Habitat Guide Naturalistiche.

Per provare qualcosa di nuovo ci si pu emozionare con lo Snow cross su di uno snowx, una sorta di tavola che si guida con un manubrio: ideale per chi ama il motocross e l'adrenalina nel rispetto dell'ambiente. Chi si arrischia a scalare le cascate di ghiaccio pu infine fermarsi al Pub Brasserie l'Abro de la leunna a D gioz, per consultare il libro nel quale i ghiacciatori che frequentano la valle usano riportare le considerazioni e informazioni sulle cascate appena fatte. E al termine della giornata in mezzo alla neve piacevole fermarsi nella Maison de la Montagne di Valsavarenche, nel villaggio di D gioz, dove il Comune mette a disposizione degli ospiti un locale docce e un piccolo ambiente sauna.

Numerose le possibilit d'alloggio, anche in agriturismo, a prezzi decisamente contenuti. Per le delizie del palato ci si pu infine affidare ai prodotti locali segnalati dal Marchio Qualit Gran Paradiso. Tra questi i formaggi di capra della Chevrerie di D gioz, i mieli di Carlin Livio a Creton e il Genepy dell'azienda agricola Da Emy, con sede nel villaggio di Bois de Clin, che si occupa della coltivazione e della prima trasformazione della famosissima pianta officinale utilizzata dai montanari per preparare il noto liquore.


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