aosta valley Freeride Ski Camp

This is a new addition to my ski trips and it makes perfect sense. Anytime I am around or remotely even near the Aosta valley - things seem to lead me in that direction. And with good reason as there is so much to ski !
During the Aosta Valley week, we will sample some of the best spots to be had - from the ever great Courmayeur lifts and off piste to the more under the radar La Thuile/La Rosiere areas that join Italy and France. This will be followed by some magically skiing in the St Jacques/Gressoney - Monterosa Freeride paradise before the highlight and grand finale of Cervinia/Zermatt.

Week highlights include:

  • skiing the infamous south side of Mont Blanc from the new Skyway lift in Courmayeur
  • sampling some of the goods from Gressoney and the Monterosa Freeride paradise
  • grand finale of Cervinia/Zermatt complete with an overnight in typical mountain hut
  • The week is capped with the traditional celebratory evening dinner and prizes will be awarded to guests for "special categories"
Included

Cost Includes:

  • Guide fees
  • accommodation and half board based on dbl occupancy
  • assistance for travel logistics and planning


Cost Exclusions:

  • lift fees 
  • lunches or drinks
  • personal equipment
  • travel to or from the course departure point
  • rescue insurance
Program

Aosta Valley Freeride Ski Camp Details

My Aosta Valley Freeride Camp is destined for greatness - with so many incredible venues to be sampled, I think it may very well be impossible to do better.

Typical 6 day Program

Day 1 Welcoming day
Our first morning gets started with a breakfast briefing and course presentation. We will discuss a general theme and plans for the week and also do a quick gear check. This first day also includes an important avi "buddy check" refresher at a terrain park where we will go through the basics of avalanche safety. This is followed by an amazing day of skiing in the resort of Courmayeur.
Night in Courmayeur.

Days 2-6 Perfecting technique and exploring
One's journey would not be complete without hitting the top lift of the new Skyway lift above Courmayeur. We'll have the opportunity to try a few different high mountain runs - perhaps the classic Toule glacier or for those with a knack for adventure perhaps the Col d'Entreves...
Apres-ski and night in Courmayeur.

Day 3
Today we'll most likely explore the poorly known La Thuile/La Rosiere international resorts. There are many great reasons why this "little" place should be on any "serious" skiers hit list and you are about to find out why.
Night in Aosta exploring the ancient Roman ruins.

Day 4
After an early "caffe al bar" breakfast we will drive up to the remote valley above St Vincent to reach the charming Italian resort of Champoluc. From here, we have access to all the goods of the Monterosa Freeride Paradise - including Gressoney and Alagna. Good times to be had by all.
Special late afternoon thermal spa to relax and local evening complete with a traditional meal from Aosta valley.
Night in St Vincent

Day 5
The next two days will most likely hold some of the best memories of the trip - today we are off to ski one of the gems of the Alps - Cervinia. We have the entire day to sample some outstanding off piste skiing and take in some of the best views you will ever have of the towering Matterhorn.
We have one final treat tonight on the agenda - a night in a typical mountain hut located right on the border of Italy and Switzerland. Amazing food - equally amazing views.

Day 6
This is the final hurrah - a day skiing into Zermatt Switzerland - the "home of the Matterhorn" and the car free village. There are quite a few outstanding runs to sample of this "Swiss" side of our tour and they are well worth the journey.
Towards the end of the day we will make one last swooping off piste run back into Cervinia to celebrate with out final apres ski.
A most memorable week of skiing in the Alps.

An evening briefing is held at dinner every night and we will discuss the following day's venue/plan.  One evening will be spent analysing video critique to help each guest improve their skiing. Most courses will also offer a day of touring to reach more remote terrain, so if you have a touring gear set up, please bring it along. Guests should be prepared and able to handle changing snow conditions as well as the physical demands of long ski days that will include various amounts of hiking to access terrain. 

Chamonix has plenty to offer even the most advanced skier, so everyone is sure to learn and be challenged. The week is capped with the traditional celebratory evening dinner and prizes will be awarded to guests for "special categories".

Destination and timing are the most important decisions to be made when skiing or boarding off-piste. They can mean the difference between a good day and a fantastic one and are certainly crucial in having a safe day out.
The exact places we will ski depend entirely on the level of the group and the snow and weather conditions. We usually decide on the venue(s) the morning of departure. This is to maximise your time spent on the hill. Better wait 15 minutes to get the latest conditions then spend half the day trying to find them...

* Actual course details may vary due to safety reasons and the guide may modify the itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions

    Dates

    Length:
    6 days, 5 nights

    2018 COURSE DATES
    January 8-13
    January 22-27
    March 12-17

    Custom dates are also available - please contact me for more information

    Skills

    Required Level:
    Excellent base fitness
    Solid off-piste skiing level, upper intermediate skiers capable of linking parallel turns

    Skiing/Climbing Grade:
    Skiing may include sustained 35 degree slopes. S2/3

    Technical Level:
    3 out of 5

    Fitness Level:
    3 out of 5

    Price

    1,995 € / pp with min 2 guests
    3,495 € private arrangement

    Group Size:
    Maximum group size is 6 : 1

    Local links

    Course Base:
    Courmayeur.Italy

    Local Airport:
    Geneva Intl Airport, Switzerland - GVA

    Turin Intl Airport, Italy

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    Equipment List

    Off-Piste Skiing Courses

    • Your ski clothing (socks, hats, extra gloves, goggles w/ extra lenses).
    • Your personal ski gear (boots, skis – tuned and waxed, poles).
    • A small day pack 20-30l for food/water and extra clothing 
    • A mountaineering style harness with opening leg loops and a locking pear shaped HMS carabiner
    • Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
    • Optional ABS style pack (not mandatory)
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