The Canavese Valleys are a magnificent natural gym in which to practice a multitude of sports in contact with nature : hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, cycling and mountain biking, equestrian tourism, Nordic and alpine skiing, walking with snowshoes and for the more daring: climbing ice falls, gliding, canyoning. You will be spoilt for choice ….
All the Canavese Valleys offer trails for hiking (Including the famous royal hunting trails in the Gran Paradiso National Park, once used by the Savoy for hunting ibex) with a number of options: from a simple walk up to a challenging trek of several days.
In the Gran Paradiso area we also find the only “fourthousand” that is entirely Italian and some classic climbing routes . This area is a real mountaineering school that allows ascents of different levels and difficulty, some suitable for novices to learn the basic techniques, others fascinating and challenging even for the most experienced climbers. In the Orco valley you can climb the Gran Paradiso (4,061 m), the Punta Fourà (3,411 m), the Ciarforon (3,642 m), the Tresenta (3,609 m), the Punta Basei (3,338 m), the Levanne (all above 3,500 m) and the Great Aiguille Rousse (3,438 m). The deep valley of Piantonetto is a good starting point for ascents to the Torre del Gran San Pietro (3692 m), to the Becco della Tribolazione (3,360 m), and to the Punta d’Ondezana (3,492 m). From the Soana valley one climbs instead the Rosa dei Banchi (3,614 m) and Torre Lavina (3,308 m).
Free climbing has written important pages of history on the walls of Caporal and of the Sergent in the Orco Valley, where the ” New Morning ” was born, a style of climbing that emphasizes the aesthetic gesture, explores the philosophical aspect of the sport and is open to new technical solutions. In these valleys you can frequent extraordinary adventure grounds in Ceresole, Locana, Noasca, Pont, Ronco and Valprato or simpler walls like the one in Sparone. Very popular equipped walls and with the opportunity to follow approach courses to the sport are also found in Settimo Vittone, in the Montestrutto area (where you can refer to our partner Vertical Rock), and in Traversella.
The cross country paradise in the Canavese area is at Ceresole Reale with tracks of varying difficulty reaching a total length of about 17 km. A particularly striking section is the development of the track around the artificial lake with the passage over the dam on skis. Anyone wishing to learn all the secrets of the narrow skis can contact our partner, the skiing teacher Marco Rolando, at Ceresole Reale. You will also find a small path for cross-country skiing at Piamprato in Valle Soana.
The small ski resorts of the Canavese valleys are especially suitable for families and as camps for young skiers. You can ski in Ceresole Reale, Locana, Alpette, Piamprato and a small ski lift is also present in Santa Elisabetta of Colleretto Castelnuovo. At Alpe Cialma of Locana there is also a small snowpark for lovers of snowboard performances.
There are countless and also very demanding itineraries for skimountaineers , and hikes with snowshoes, relaxing and suitable for everyone.
AIR AND WATER
The area is also very adapted for activities of free flight (gliding or paragliding) with take-off points at Santa Elisabetta of Colleretto Castelnuovo and at Brosso, while the water of the mountain streams in the Orco Valley and in Valchiusella are the paradise of canyoners and river jumpers .On the Soana you can practice kayak , while short stretches are suitable for rafting on the Dora Baltea and the Orco. On the Ceresole lake at 1,600 meters above sea level you can windsurf and a newboat club was inaugurated recently.
The area of Ceresole Reale, as you come out of the tunnel, and in the locality of Lilla, and also the Val Soana (at Piamprato and in Val di Forzo) host numerous ice falls suitable for rock climbing with picks or piolet traction that is becoming popular among the more daring climbers. At Ceresole, Piamprato and Locana you can go ice skating in season.
ON TWO WHEELS
Road cyclists have plenty to choose from, as all the valleys offer beautiful itineraries for two wheels … a challenging and very famous classic is the one that leads, from June to September, up to 2600 metres of altitude to the Nivolet pass above Ceresole Reale, in the heart of the Park. There are many itineraries for mountain bikes , that wind through the woods and trails, especially between the Valle Sacra and Chiusella, where some downhilltrackshave been created.
AND ON HORSEBACK
The area of the Sacred Valley is particularly suitable forhorseback tourism. Here you will find our partner Equin’Ozio who has made horse riding and in particular teaching children his main activity, offering specificcourses and hospitality.
The streams of the Canavese Valleys and in particular the Orco, the Soana and the Chiusella, with the presence of numerous reserves and no kill zones, are a small paradise for anglers who particularly appreciate the crystalline waters filled with fish: the native yellow trout and the rainbow trout, the grayling and the pike.
Arcansel – rainbow flight – is a spectacular outdoor recreational structure built in the municipality of Frassinetto with the contribution of the Canavese Local Action Group . The structure allows you to experience the thrill of flying, hanging from a metal cable with a special pulley and harness. The system consists of a main wire rope and a signaling cable anchored to the station Departure (1298 m s.l.m.) and the station of arrival (m s.l.m. 1040), for a total length of 1800 m of free flight. The flight is carried out in a horizontal position with the head facing down, the system is provided with special slings, very similar to those used for paragliding. The harness is hooked to a special cart that runs on a 24 mm steel cable (main rope length 1800 m); the maximum height difference between the cable and the ground is about 400 m, while the height difference between upstream (start) and downstream (incoming) is approximately 260 m. The flight lasts an average of 70 seconds with a top speed of 140 km / h. Time and speed may be modified according to the weight and wind.