Rifugio Torino: A Historic Point of Reference for Mountaineers, Alpine Guides and Hikers
Just a few steps from Punta Helbronner station lies this historic alpine lodge, a witness to the most important ascents of Mont Blanc
The greatest mountaineers of the past spent the night in the historic Rifugio Torino and prepared their excursions in the company of the other guests. Today, as yesterday, it’s considered a point of departure and reference for mountaineers and alpine guides from all over the world, but also for amateur hikers who love the high-mountain atmosphere.
RIFUGIO TORINO: LEARNING ITS HISTORY
Its story began in distant 1898 with the construction of the lodge known to all as the “old man,” whose structure is still visible as you rise along the cableway.
The current lodge, commonly referred to as the “new” one, was built in the early 1950s thanks to the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) sections of Turin and Aosta, as well as the funding of the Valle d’Aosta Region.
During 2015 modernisation work was carried out and the structure can now accommodate up to 160 people.
Starting on 24 December 2013, moreover, CAI has entrusted the management of the Rifugio Torino to the Chanoine family. Armando is a ski instructor and alpine guide, and, together with his family, has always been involved in activities connected to the territory and the mountains. The Chanoine family also manages the Rifugio Monzino in the Val Veny.
Since the opening of the new cableway system, it’s possible to get to the lodge directly from the Punta Helbronner station, in just minutes, via an elevator and a special tunnel dug into the rock that allow everyone to gain access to the structure without necessarily arriving by way of the glacier.