Your guide will take you to off piste areas that are far away from the pistes and unknown to most visitors to the area, enhancing the sense of adventure. Your guide will be able to ensure an action packed holiday and will also take on the responsibility for keeping the group safe in the winter conditions.
With skiing on all aspects of the compass the valley is reknowned for its variety of snow and the scope of its freeride domain. Each day our pursuit of untouched powder snow starts from a different ski region in the valley allowing for something new everyday!
Day 1: We kick off with a warm up on the pistes of Zinal and an avalanche search and rescue session on the resorts own permanent transceiver practice ground before checking out its famous off-piste. The aspects are largely east and north facing with lots of real gems to whet your apetite.
Day 2: Grimentz’s own north and east facing slopes will blow you away today
Day 3: A change of aspect as we go in search of sunnier climes on the Chandolin-St Luc side. Exciting couloirs and amazing views make for breathtaking day
Day 4: The trees of Vercorin are calling today, beautiful gentle off piste through the forests and farmland of this tiny resort hanging above the Rhone valley.
Day 5: We return to Grimentz to resume some more of the amazing off-piste terrain we didn’t ski earlier in the week.
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: Our base is the Hotel Alpina centrally located in the village of Grimentz. The hotel is comfortable - offering excellent cuisine,a small cosy hotel bar and bedrooms with ensuite bath or shower.
Equipment: A copy of our recommended kit list will be sent to you at the time of booking. Alpine Touring gear (skis, boots and bindings) is recommended for all our off-piste adventure courses as you will be able to access some great off-piste runs that require some walking. All skiers will need to carry a small day sack (max 30 litres) containing their safety gear and any personal items e.g. camera. 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. If you need to hire this kit, you must let us know in advance.
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