Tour Itinerary: 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 and confidence.
- 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. The first day is a free day with no guiding. It should be used for finding your ski-legs, warming up and sorting out any equipment hire.
Itineraries vary depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions.
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.
Ski Area: The Monterosa Ski area has a wonderfully genuine Italian atmosphere with a friendly local ambience and stunning scenery. It is accessed from three charming alpine villages; Alagna, Champoluc and Gressoney, which are all linked by 200 km of pistes. The off-piste skiing is awesome with great runs from the top of all the lifts and the slopes are usually completely deserted. The highest lifts give you 2000 m vertical. There are also some excellent heli-skiing options and day tours to Zermatt and Cervinia.
Accommodation and Meals: You will be staying in ensuite twin rooms in one of the hotels in Alagna. Our recommended hotel is the Hotel Monterosa. This is Alagna's original hotel. It has had a recent refurbishment and is a comfortable 3* hotel ideal for quickly accessing the ski area each morning and skiing back to the door at the end of the day. The hotel will provide continental breakfast and 3-course evening meal in their elegant dining room.
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 Alagna 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.
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