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Off - Piste Adventure - Intermediate, Samoens

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 10 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Skiing & Snowboarding  
Season: January - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 825 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 825 Pound Sterling (GBP)

The area has benefited from recent investment in new lifts which allow access to lots of varied off-piste. Combine this with reliable snowfall, a distinct lack of queues at the lifts and stunning scenery with Mont Blanc always in view and it all adds up to the perfect venue for a fabulous off-piste week!

Tour Itinerary:

5 full days with a qualified IFMGA Mountain Guide. There is also 1 non guided day during the week.

We aim to provide:
- First class guiding and coaching from professional, friendly Mountain Guides to improve
off piste skiing skills and technique and to build confidence.
- Practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated with skiing
off-piste particularly for avalanches.
- The opportunity to ski the best off piste available in the Grand Massif!

The week is intended to be fun with lots of challenging off piste 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.

Accommodation: Our base in Samoens is something very special and reasons enough to sign up. You will be staying at the La Vieille Ferme.

Arriving in resort: You should aim to arrive in Samoens sometime in the afternoon. If you are going to arrive before 1400 or after 1900 please contact the chalet 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 our off-piste adventure weeks. All skiers will need to carry a small day sack (max 25-30 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. Contact us for further details.

Getting there: The nearest airport is Geneva and the transfer time is under an hour. Easyjet tend to have the most affordable flights (from Belfast, Bristol, Luton, Gatwick, Liverpool, Newcastle and Nottingham/East Midlands). To get from the airport to the chalet we recommend using the reliable door-to-door shuttle-bus service provided by ATS. We can arrange this for you on request.

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 £42 per person for 9 days cover. Contact us for further details.

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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 7 nights chalet-board accommodation in fully catered chalet,
- 5 full days guiding, in resort transfers.

Price Excludes:
- Lift pass,
- lunches,
- personal insurance,
- equipment hire,
- travel to/from Samoens.

Trip duration is 7 days (6 days skiing). Private group weeks are available on request from Xmas until end April.