International Youth Ice Climbing Camp Italy 2016

Location: Valle Varaita (Cuneo) , Italy

06 - 10 February 2016

This event took place from 6-10 February, 2016. A report from this event is available to view here
Valle Varaita is a beautiful valley in the Cuneo Province that extends in the North West of Italy where it touches the French border. 
The freezing temperatures in winter facilitate the creation of several ice falls, the main attraction of the area: it is possible to climb this falls with crampon and ice axes. The Ice climbing was born in this valley about thirty years ago and today the Valle Varaita is considered one of the best locations in Italy to practice this sport. Here, since 1988, the famous "Ice Meeting” takes  place every year.  
In this spectacular environment, the Italian Alpine Club is organizing from February 6th to 10th 2016, a 5 days event based on Ice climbing, for youth 15 to 19 years old. The aim is to introduce young boys and girls to the mountain environment in winter and especially to the ice related activities.

The event’s  goal  is to learn the basic ice climbing techniques  starting from the easiest falls, in a friendly atmosphere of sharing and friendship with guys from all over the world.


February 6th:

13.00 - Meeting of participants arriving by plane at Turin Airport "Caselle”
13.30 -  Meeting of participants arriving by train at Turin Station "Porta Nuova”
Transfer by private bus to "Porta della Valle” in Val Varaita where we will meet participants arriving by car. (Address: Via Provinciale 12020 Brossasco – CN – tel. 0175 689629)
In the late afternoon we will move to Rifugio Savigliano (m.1743) -  Pontechianale, Alta Valle Varaita (tel. Rif. 0175.950178).

February 7th:

-Morning: first approach with ice falls and first technical/practical lesson
-Afternoon: transfer to Turin to visit the National Cinema Museum

February 8th:

-Ice climbing day. Climbing on easy and medium level falls.
-Evening: Time dedicated to Mountain Culture: architecture, customs and traditions of  mountain people.

February 9th:

-Ice climbing day. Climbing to easy and medium level falls.
-Evening: evening hike with snow rackets around the lake. Farewell party with the bonfire.

February 10th:

-Morning dedicated to review the videos from the experience and comment them with the instructors.
-Trip back home.

The full programme can also be downloaded here.



The event is for young boys and girls 15 to 19 years old. 10 Italians and 10 foreigners are admitted.


The accommodation will be at Rifugio Savigliano


The cost is 200 Euros per participant, including full board and local transfers.

Technical Equipment

Climbing harness, winter mountaineering boots, crampon, helmet, two ice axes, ARTVA equipment. The missing technical equipment will be provided by the organization.


Heavy winter clothing, sun screen and sunglasses, free time clothing, personal medicines.


The registration deadline is on January 15th 2016.

Registration form

You can view the PDF form here and download the form in Word here.

After the registration, the participants will receive detailed communications about: payment method, addresses, definitive plan, meeting points.


UIAA-Youth Commission Representative  for Italian Alpine Club

The Italian Alpine Club reserves the faculty to change the program in consequence of bad weather/snow forecasts.