Rifugio Orestes - Gressoney
Founded in 2010, the Orestes Refuge is dedicated to the memory of Orestes Squinobal. It is run by Marta and Emil Squinobal who are very proud to invite you to their home in the mountains.
The refuge offers two different types of accommodation: dormitories with shared bathrooms or double room which offer the possibility of adding an extra bed.
We are also now working with Emil and Marea to bring you a great New Year's Eve party. Come and join in the celebration!
The North dorm consists of two double bunk beds and an easy bunk bed.
The South dorm has four bunk beds.
The two dorm rooms have communual shared bathrooms with hot showers.
For overnight stays, you are asked to bring a sleeping bag to use.
For those not bringing a sleeping bag or towel it is possible to rent them for an additional charge of Euro 5.
The six bedrooms, are all double/twin rooms with private bathrooms.
These rooms include linen and towels.
Restaurant / Bar
The food that is provided is traditional and regional. The chef seeks to use high quality ingredients preferably organic and with a "limited mileage". This goes to producing tasty dishes such as polenta and sausage through to the traditional gnocchi with chestnut flour. The kitchen is a passion and, when possible, the preparation of pasta, bread and focaccia is done on site in the fully equipped kitchen.
At the bar homemade cakes are served along with cookies that can be accompanied with a juice or an organic fizzy drink or a wide range of tea and herbal teas.
Yoga and massage
Their dedicated yoga shala is equipped with all what you may need (mats, bolsters, blocks, straps, blankets) and is available for use free of charge to guests. It is ideal for warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after skiing/hiking.
They have two 500hr Yoga Alliance teachers available for private or group lessons for all ability ranges, even those who have never practised yoga before. Lesson bookings can be made for your stay there, please just advise us.
Mountain yoga retreats are also available with options of multiple classes each day and vegetarian meals if so desired. We recommend booking the yoga retreats in advance to ensure that we can confirm with them that they can cater to your needs in the best possible way.
Their teachers are also available for lessons in pranayama (yogic breathing technique) and meditation.
The lessons are either in English or Italian language.
Massage, acupressure based, is available on request or can be booked in advance.
Getting to the refuge:
It is only possible to get to the refuge by skis or skins, or snowshoes.
Expert Skiers: The off-piste ski route is for experts only.
Head to Indren taking the 3 cable cars from Stafal, to Gabiet, to Salate and then to Indren. Follow the route marked by snow stakes and once you have traversed the route to Eagle couloir, cross the plateau below the Eagle until you see on the refuge on the right.
Ski tourers and snowshoeing:
Take the cable car up to Gabiet and walk along the track (stay on the flat and beware of skiers). Follow along the Salati cable car until you reach the level between pylon n.7/n.9 depending on the season and the position of the snow track. From here follow back across the off-piste safety route from Indren (designated by orange snow stakes) to the refuge. Normally the track is beaten by a snowmobile. This can take about 1 hour, so plan this into your itinerary.
The difficulty of reaching the hut is closely related to weather conditions and snowfall. Being off-piste routes, we would recommend that you have a transceiver, shovel and probe. Do not hesitate to contact us for updated information about the condition of paths.