5 full days off-piste guiding plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no guiding is provided.
The principal aims of this week are:
- To provide first class guiding from professional, friendly Mountain Guides to
improve off piste skiing technique.
- To give practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated
with skiing off-piste particularly for avalanches.
- To provide the opportunity to ski the best off piste in the Monterosa ski region.
The week is intended to be fun with lots of thrilling skiing but always directed with maximum attention to your safety and the safety of others. Itineraries vary depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions.
Andermatt village is at 1450 m. The top of the Gemsstock is at almost 3000 m. This mountain has been likened to Argentiere's Grand Montets and its here that some of the best off-piste runs can be found in the bowls and gulleys of the Felsental, Unteralp and Guspi valleys and all accessed from the top of the lift station. Away from the Gemsstock there are a number of other separate skiing areas all accessible on the same lift pass including Winterhorn and the villages of Sedrun, Disentis and Oberalp. Because Andermatt receives a lot of snow and the slopes are quite steep, the area is prone to avalanches.
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 and meals: You will stay in one of Andermatt's many hotels on half-board basis (twin-rooms). Our preferred hotel is the Hotel Sonne. All rooms are ensuite. The hotel is a traditional Swiss hotel, family run with friendly staff. The hotel restaurant serves continental breakfast and a 2 or 3 course evening meal. Portions are plentiful!
Equipment: A copy of our recommended kit list will be sent to you at the time of booking. Alpine touring gear is essential for the Andermatt off-piste weeks. All skiers will need to carry a small day sack (max 25 litres) containing their safety gear and any personal items e.g. camera.
Safety equipment: 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. We use and recommend the DTS Tracker and can offer you these at a discounted rate. Alternatively the guides do usually have a number of sets available for hire.
Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured for off-piste skiing covering personal accident, rescue and third party risks. You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment. Mountain Tracks can arrange this for you and the cost for a 9-day policy is £42 per person. Contact us for further details.
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