This off-piste bonanza just about has it all - pistes, off-pistes, ski touring, heli-skiing, guiding and instruction from top international professionals! A circuit by ski and lift off Monte Rosa, the Alps' second largest massif. This is the ultimate ski safari passing through two countries, Switzerland and Italy and four world-class resorts renowned for their off-piste: Zermatt, Cervinia, Alagna and Saas fee. The itinerary also includes a spectacular helicopter drop and fantastic descent to Macugnaga. For the beginner level ski tours you need to be a competent off-piste skier, experienced in all kinds of snow conditions, preferably able to do parallel turns in powder snow, and linked stem turns in more difficult snow. The skiing is not too technical but there are some steep sections and the challenge comes from managing the different snow conditions and trying to preserve your energy. Previous ski touring experience is not required and during the week you will learn the basic technical ski touring skills. Ideal courses for good off-piste skiers who want to join the backcountry revolution! Most of our progression-level & advanced-level off-piste weeks and intermediate ski tours are of this level of strenuousness. You must be able to cope with continuous, long days out on the hill. On a ski touring week you need to fit enough to cope with up to 3-4 hours of mountain walking or ski-touring up-hill carrying a backpack with all you need for a week staying in mountain huts.
Day 1: Arrive in Champoluc. Meet the guide(s) to discuss the week's itinerary and conditions and to check equipment. Stay overnight in hotel in Champoluc.
Day 2: Warm up day on and off-piste to find ski legs before heading to the superb Guglielmina refuge high above Gressoney for an authentic 'mountain hut' night, the Guglielmina retains all its original charm so no central heating but the coziest duvets imaginable!
Day 3: Direct from the hut the group will ski on the spectacular Alagna side of the Monte Rosa ski area, making the most of its brand new lift system to appreciate its awesome reputation as one of 'the' best off-piste resorts in the world. You will stay in a hotel in the beautifully unspoilt town of Alagna.
Day 4: Weather and conditions allowing you reach Macugnaga either via a helicopter ride or a ski tour with skins followed in both cases by a beautiful descent for a hotel night.
Day 5: The group will cross back into Switzerland via the cable car to the Monte Moro pass and descend to Saas Almagell for lunch. In the afternoon you sample the Saas Fee system before reaching the Brittania Hutte for the night. The Britannia hutte has recently undergone a refurbishment and is one of the Swiss Alpine Club's most popular huts.
Day 6: You cross over to the Zermatt side of the range via an easy ski tour over the Alallin pass (3 hours uphill). In good conditions the descent to the village of Tasch is usually one of the off-piste highlights of the week. From Tasch you take the short train ride up to our hotel in the car-less town of Zermatt (a shopaholics paradise!)
Day 7: You return to our start point in Gressoney by first taking Switzerland's highest lift the Kleine Matterhorn before crossing over to Italy and linking the Cervinia system with the western part of the 'Monte Rosa ski Area' at St Jacques. There is an option on this day, if time and conditions allow, for the group to climb the Breithorn an easy (2 hours uphill from the Kleine Matterhorn lift) 4000m peak with great views across the Alps. Celebratory dinner. Stay overnight in hotel in Champoluc.
Day 8: Depart after breakfast. The itinerary may vary depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- All guide fees and expenses;
- 4 nights half-board hotel accommodation (twin rooms);
- 3 nights half-board accommodation in mountain huts.
- Uplift costs, transfers, lunches;
- Beverages, equipment hire, personal insurance;
- Travel to/from Gressoney.
We exclude the cost for any transfers and uplift because our use of these is to a certain extent dependent on weather and snow conditions. Based on previous trips the cost of transfers and uplift for this week will be approximately €250 per person (including heli-drop). In the case of bad weather preventing our progress by ski or lifts we may have to complete stages by road taxi.
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We are one of the UK's leading teams of mountain professionals specializing in guided mountain adventure. Our worldwide program includes in winter: off-piste skiing, hut-to-hut ski touring, ice-climbing and avalanche awareness; in summer: alpine mountaineering (Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, 4000m peaks) and multi-day...
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