The hike to the Mont Flassin is another classic skialp tour in the Aosta Valley. It is usually done as a round trip tour through the Valley of Flassin, that corresponds to the track reported here as a descent path. We propose instead the rise through the beautiful valley of Citrin, to travel on a loop and then descend via the valley of Flassin.
The tour includes a small engaging step in the final ridge, requiring a short climbing stretch near the top of Citrin. In that short passage (II degree) there is a bolt to secure yourself with a piece of rope.
Shortly before Aosta, take the road to the Great St. Bernard Pass until you reach Saint-Oyen, where you turn to Cerisey and go on until you get to Flassin, where there are facilities for cross-country skiing. You can easily find a parking place.
You take the cross-country sky trail that goes along the stream to the north, to reach the entrance of the Valley of Citrin
You divert from the trail, by going left
You go up the Valley of Citrin, passing aside the huts of Citrin Desot
After going past the huts, you continue along the right side of the valley (orographic left) and go through the woods
until you reach the huts of Citrin Damon
Then you head freely towards the Pass of Citrin, possibly following the direction of the power line
From Col Citrin, 2482 m, you follow the ridge to the West-North-West, towards the summit of Mount Flassin (secondary summit, 2756 m); you remove you skis in the last part of the ascent
You go down along the Valley of Flassin, passing by the huts of Tsa de Flassin
until you get to Cerisey, the starting point.
■ fb, 2014-03-02