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!!
Stamina-wise, you need to be able to ski for 4-6 hours each day at a reasonable pace.
Maximum skinning: 2 hours per day.
If you have never ski toured before, you will find that climbing uphill on skins is hard work! Most newcomers are surprised by just how physically demanding ski touring can be.
To get maximum enjoyment from these trips you need to be working on your fitness well in advance of the tour which means plenty of aerobic exercise.
Day 1: Arrive in Verbier in time for an evening meeting and briefing with your Mountain Tracks guide. Stay overnight in Verbier.
Day 2: Warm up day on and off piste in Verbier, there’s so much to choose from you’ll just have to take our word for it that our guides will sniff out the best snow on the day.
Day 3: Our introduction to ski touring techniques will take place at Vicheres were you will undertake the Tour de Bavon. This easy 300m (1 hour) climb gives an excellent 900m North facing descent.
Day 4: It’s the Bec des Etagnes today, a short skin of just 350m gives way to a very exciting ski 1500m all the way to Super Nendaz. The top part is steep so depending on conditions and the groups ability you might get to use crampons or at least have assistance from the rope until you feel comfortable to ski!
Day 5: The classic ski tour above Verbier is an ascent of the Rosablanche 3336m, to reach it from the Atellas 2 lift we cross two cols in total it’s a total of 1100m. Many descent possibilities exist but favourite if its not too warm is the 1845m descent all the way to Fionnay.
Day 6&7: For your two day tour we will overnight in the unique Grand St Bernard monastery where monks run the hostel and have for centuries welcomed travellers in need of shelter and food. Less touring today and we start with a great excursionfrom the Super St Bernard ski area into Italy for decent coffee! We return to Switzerland by bus through the Grand St Bernard tunnel and then skin up the road to the Hospice. On your final day we tour up Mont Fourchon and the Pain de Sucre both 2900m.
Day 8: Depart after breakfast
This is a sample itinerary and may change depending on snow and weather conditions.
The price includes all guide fees and 7 nights half-board accommodation
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