Original Refuge Torino (1898) in 2013
|La Palud, Courmayeur|
|Elevation||3,375 m (11,073 ft)|
|Built by||Club Alpino Italiano|
|Beds/Bunks||38 and 160|
The Refuge Torino (Italian: Rifugio Torino) is a high mountain refuge in the Alps in northwestern Italy. Located on the border with France, it is about 15 km (10 mi) southwest of Mont Dolent, the tripoint with Switzerland. The refuge is in the Mont Blanc massif in the Graian Alps, between the towns of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley, Italy and Chamonix in the Haute-Savoie, France. It can be accessed from the Italian side by the Monte Bianco cable car from La Palud in Courmayeur, with a change at the Pavilion du Mont Fréty. The refuge lies nearly directly above the 11.6 km (7.2 mi) Mont Blanc Tunnel, which connects Courmayer to Chamonix.
The original Refuge Torino was built by the Torino section of the Club Alpino Italiano in 1898, near the cable car station. Over time, the refuge was enlarged several times, and today accommodates 38 guests. The original Refuge Torino is situated on the southeast spur of Pointe Helbronner, at the terminus of the second section of the Monte Bianco cable car at 3,329 m (10,922 ft).
The new Refuge Torino, located 55 m (180 ft) higher than the original refuge at 3,375 m (11,073 ft), was completed in 1952 and accommodates 160 guests. The new refuge is accessible by an internal staircase equipped with a service lift for skis and mountaineering equipment. A panoramic trail, accessible during the summer, also leads to the new refuge.
From the refuge, climbers can descent to the Toula Glacier or the Vallée Blanche, or do one of the numerous ascents on ice in the Combe Maudit and Mont Blanc du Tacul basins. Other popular mountaineering excursions in the area are the Dent du Géant (Giant's Tooth), the Rochefort Crest, the Tour Ronde, the Aiguille d'Entrèves, Grand Capucin, and the Tacul satellites.
In the summer, the Refuge Torino operates a bar and restaurant with a terrace that offers panoramic views of all the surrounding peaks of the Aosta Valley, the Savoy, and the Valais. Sunbathing in the high mountains is also popular on the terraces.
The following nearby summits are part of the Mont Blanc massif.
- Mont Maudit – 4,465 m (14,649 ft)
- Mont Blanc du Tacul – 4,248 m (13,937 ft)
- Dent du Géant – 4,013 m (13,166 ft)
- "The Refuges". Rifugio Torino. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- Official website (Italian) (English) (French)