- Resort height: 1,225 metres
- Highest ski lift: 2,755 metres
It is a bustling Italian town with a car-free and a number of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and pizzerias. It is well connected to North-Western Italy and access from Milan (approx 220 km/2½ hours) and Turin (approx 150 km/1½hours) is relatively straightforward along the A5 Autostrada. Geneva Airport is just 100 km (about 1½ hours) via Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Courmayeur is just 30 minutes from Chamonx through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
Day 1: Arrive in resort. Meet up with your guides in the evening for a welcome meeting and briefing on the week’s itinerary.
Day 2: An unguided, warm up day on the pistes above Courmayeur.
Day 3: Off-piste in the Courmayeur lift area with descents from top of the Youla lift into the Val Veni (1000 m descent) and from the Arp lift 2755 m down the Arp valley to Dolonne (1200 m).
Day 4: A day’s off-piste on the Toula glacier. Numerous variants all easily accessed from the Pointe Helbronner cable car. Each run is 2100 m of skiing!
Day 5: Getting steeper and wilder we spend the day in the Marbrees where there is fantastic skiing terrain beneath the dramatic Giants Tooth (Dent du Geant).
Day 6: A touring day in La Thuile, a 20 min taxi ride to the resort. From the Col de la Traversette we climb for 1.5 hours to the summit of Mont Valezan (2891 m) and enjoy a beautiful and wild descent down the Vallone di Ponteilles back to La Thuile.
Day 7: Finale day on the Vallee Blanche. Two descents are possible depending on fitness and conditions! We start with the la Vierge glacier descent from Point Helbronner and down the right hand side of the Geant seracs. After a quick lunch in Chamonix we head back up to the Aiguille du Midi for the descent of the Envers glacier before collapsing in the taxi for the short journey back through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Courmayeur!
Day 8: Depart after breakfast.
Our off-piste adventure advanced level courses are for strong all-round skiers with plenty of off-piste experience (5 weeks plus). To join courses at this level you must be able to cope with most conditions confidently, competently and with minimum faff! You are willing to try it all: steeps, breakable crud, speed, ice, spring snow, deep powder.
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 & Meals: Accommodation is in en-suite twin rooms in the Chalet-Hotel Joli in Courmayeur. The restaurant serves good Italian home-cooking!
Arriving in resort: You should aim to arrive in Courmayeur sometime in the afternoon. If you are going to arrive after 1900 please contact the hotel to advise them. There will be an initial briefing with your guide on the first evening. This is an opportunity to meet the guide and the rest of the party, to discuss the plans and objectives for the week and to ask any questions you may have relating to the week’s itinerary.
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 Courmayeur off-piste weeks. All skiers will need to carry a small day sack (max 35 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 excellent DTS Tracker and can offer you these at a discounted rate.
Getting there: Courmayeur is best reached by air and the nearest airport is Geneva and the transfer time is about 80 minutes. Easyjet tend to have the most affordable flights (from Belfast, Bristol, Luton, Gatwick, Liverpool, Newcastle and Nottingham/East Midlands). For the transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur we recommend ATS. They are a bit more expensive than some of the alternative transfer services, but they provide a very reliable door-to-door service. The round trip costs about 92 Euros. We can book this for you at no extra cost.
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. We can arrange insurance cover for you at a cost of £39 per person for 9 days cover. Contact us for further details.
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