The Portes du Soleil is one of the busiest ski areas in the Alps. On this tour you will find some quiet descents but it is not remote touring and you are never far from the lifts or the pistes. The emphasis is on instruction, hunting out the best snow in the area and enjoying some classic off-piste descents.
Day 1: Arrive in resort. Meet up with Annie in the evening for an initial briefing and chat about the week ahead.
Day 2: Warm up in the morning on piste. First session on avalanche awareness including some transceiver search & rescue practice as required. In the afternoon you'll enjoy some classic off-piste runs around Avoriaz & Les Crosets with some secret runs through the trees near Les Lindarets.
Day 3: Start the day with further avalanche awareness session and some excelllent off-piste & black runs above Les Crosets. Plenty of off-piste instruction included. After lunch head off for the longer off-piste descents around Mossette and Le Linga.
Day 4: Day 1 of the tour. Drive to St Jean D'Aulps and ski over the back to Bellevaux before returning to St Jean and driving to Col d'Ecrennaz to ski around Mont Chery and descend to Les Gets and Morzine. Take the lift up to Avoriaz and ski across to the Refuge L'Abricotine at Les Brochaux where you stay the night.
Day 5: An early start for the skin up the Brochaux valley and the ski down in time for the first lift to Le Linga. Enjoy some wonderful secret off-piste descents to Chatel. Take the bus round to Abondanz and enyoy the off-piste around Torgon and from Chatel to Morgin before descending to Champery for the night.
Day 6: From Champery you head up to Avoriaz to ski the renowned Swiss Wall before descending the Vallee de La Manche, one of the region's off-piste classics. You'll enjoy lunch in a high mountain restaurant before the long ski out to Nyon. Finally you'll ascend the Nyon lift to ski the area around Nyon and Chamossiere before descending to Morzine. Celebratory evening out in Morzine!!
Day 7: Free day. No guiding/instruction provided.
Day 7: Depart after breakfast
This is Annie's recommended itinerary however this may have to change depending on snow & weather conditions.
Our intermediate level off-piste adventure courses are for people with between 2 and 5 weeks off-piste skiing. Capable of skiing 10-12 continuous turns off-piste. Can ski down most slopes but lack confidence on steeper pitches and in tricky conditions.
These weeks will be led by Mountain Guides and so the focus will be on off-piste guiding and mountain awareness with some general coaching and instruction.
For the off-piste adventure courses you need to have good physical fitness in order to enjoy full days on the hill. On these courses you will mostly use the liftsystems to gain altitude but you can expect some walking/climbing in order to access some runs.
Accommodation: 5 nights will be spent in one of the many chalets or hotels in Morzine which is a traditional mountain town with a vibrant town centre. 1 night will be spent in a high mountain refuge and another in a hotel in Chambery.
Getting there: The nearest airport is Geneva with a 1¼ hour transfer time by road. From the UK, Easyjet tend to have the best network with flights from Bristol, Belfast, Doncaster, Luton, Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Newcastle and Nottingham/East Midlands.
Equipment: Alpine touring gear (skis, boots & bindings) and skins are essential for this tour. Harnesses, boot crampons and ice-axes are not required for this tour. During the 3-day tour you will need to carry a small pack (25-35 litres) with safety gear, a minimal change of clothes for the evenings and personal items. Everyone is expected to ski at all times with the three essential items of avalanche safety equipment: transceiver, shovel and probe. If you ski off-piste regularly we recommend you purchase your own set and we have a special offer on BCA’s excellent DTS Tracker. Please ask us for details.
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