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New Year in Gressoney

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 14 people
Destination(s): Italy  
Specialty Categories: Skiing & Snowboarding  
Season: December - January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 870 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 870 Pound Sterling (GBP)

The Italian resort of Gressoney is part of the Monte Rosa ski region and is an emerging resort with a reputation for some superb off-piste skiing. Huge, deserted off-piste snowfields and scenic, wooded descents are all set in impressive scenery. The area has some great heli-skiing opportunities too.

The resort itself is very small and split between the main village of Gressoney St Jean and Gressoney La Trinite, which is where the main lifts are found. Nightlife in the area centers around a handful of restaurants and the hotel bars. The resort is situated at 1,625m and the highest lift takes you to 3,550m.

Tour Itinerary: 5 full days off-piste guiding plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no guiding is provided.

Ski Programme:

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.

Skill: *****

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.

Stamina: ****

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 be staying in twin-room accommodation in one of the many hotels in Gressoney. Our preferred hotel is the Hotel Dufour in Gressoney La Trinite. This is a very pleasant 3* hotel just fifty metres from the lift and ideal for quickly accessing the ski area each morning and skiing back to the door at the end of the day. Food – breakfast and evening meals - is excellent.

Equipment: A copy of our recommended kit list will be sent to you at the time of booking.

Alpine touring equipment (skis, bindings, boots) is recommended for all our off-piste adventure courses. This allows access to some off-piste descents that require some walking.

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. Please ask us for details at the time of booking.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 5 full days guiding fees and expenses
- 7 nights half-board hotel accommodation.

Price Excludes:
- lift pass,
- lunches,
- beverages,
- personal insurance,
- equipment hire,
- travel to/from Gressoney. Single room occupancy may incur additional charges.