The perfect combination of lift-accessed off-piste skiing and day ski touring...

Day Ski Touring

Day Ski Touring

The perfect combination of lift-accessed off-piste skiing and day ski touring...

Day Ski Touring

Day Ski Touring

The perfect combination of lift accessed off-piste skiing and day ski touring.

Our alpine day-long ski touring trips are exciting, guided ski touring holidays in the Alps that combine lift accessed off-piste skiing and day ski touring with the goal of providing the ultimate week of freeride adventure.

We've based these guided ski tour holidays in a combination of world renowned resorts and lesser known areas all of which offer fantastic off-piste skiing and backcountry adventure.

On these trips you'll usually stay in the same chalet or hotel for 6 nights out of 7 and spend one night mid-week in a high altitude mountain hut. All our day ski touring trips have 5 guided days and 1 non-guided free ski day, usually at the end of the week.

These holidays are ideal for experienced off-piste skiers and ski tourers who are looking for a week of challenging off-piste and backcountry skiing with an average of about 2 hours of skinning each day.

Tarentaise Off-Piste Backcountry & Day Ski Tours
Tarentaise Day Ski Tours (Intermediate)

This trip features multiple day-long ski tours and is based in Sainte Foy, the "jewel in the crown" of the Tarentaise in the French Alps. Mixing guided day-long ski touring with lift-accessed off-piste allows us to show you the best the Tarentaise has to offer. For years it has remained relatively unknown ski touring area in the Alps -... view

Zermatt Off Piste Backcountry & Day Ski Tours
Zermatt Day Ski Tours (Intermediate)

The Zermatt trip features multiple day-long ski tours in Switzerland's best known ski resort - it is without doubt one of the best off-piste ski resorts in the Alps and features extensive off-piste terrain. Large and seldom skied fields of untouched snow await those 'in the know'. Plus, thanks to Zermatt's extremely high altitude and abundance... view

Zinal Off-Piste Backcountry & Day Ski Tours
Zinal Day Ski Tours (Intermediate)

This exciting and challenging ski touring safari in the Swiss Alps gives adventurous skiers the chance to ski some of the most impressive terrain in the Swiss Valais region. We use a combination of lift access and ski touring with the goal of providing the ultimate week of freeride adventure. The skiing here is as exciting and varied as you'll... view

Saas Fee Day Ski Tours
Saas Fee Day Ski Tours (Intermediate)

Saas-Fee and the Mischabel peaks offer outstanding potential for the experienced ski tourer. The area boasts the highest concentration of 4,000m peaks in the Alps and excellent resort facilities. Descents are long and varied, always beginning at significant altitudes and descending through high glaciated terrain. Many of the ski tours provide... view

Ski Touring in Fjordland, Norway
Ski touring in Fjordland, Norway (Intermediate)

Norway is synonymous with crowd-free adventurous ski touring and the guarantee of a true wilderness adventure. A unique experience that cannot be repeated anywhere else in Europe.
The Fjordland of Western Norway lying at 62ºNorth offers this and more. A truly stunning landscape, the locals view the area as having the best skiing and ski-... view

Chamonix Day Tours
Chamonix Day Ski Tours (Intermediate)

NEW for 2015!
This new week-long trip based in Chamonix features multiple day tours, and explores some of the classic routes in the area. The itinerary is based on our many years experience of skiing in the Chamonix valley and will appeal to all intermediate level ski tourers looking for an exciting week in one of the... view

Iceland Day Touring
Iceland Day Touring (Intermediate)

NEW for 2015!
The Troll Peninsular in northern Iceland is fast becoming a world class destination for ski touring and ski mountaineering. The scenery is simply stunning and the area offers great variety of terrain from big open slopes to steeper couloirs and everything in between! Our trip is planned for late season when... view

Skill Level Overview

Introductory

These trips and tours are appropriate for people looking for their first touring experience. The pace is relaxed and typically we skin for 2-4hrs per day so ascents are about 500 - 800m vertical. You need to be a reasonable off-piste skier (at our Off-Piste Performance Intermediate level), able to link controlled parallel turns in powder snow and ski through trees in control. You need to be prepared to hike short sections on foot carrying your skis on your rucksack (though you won’t need any specific mountaineering knowledge, so crampons and an ice axe are usually not required).

Intermediate

These tours will involve around 3-5hrs of skinning per day, achieving around 800 – 1000m of vertical ascent. We would expect you to be able skin to a pace of 300m of vertical ascent per hour. You need to be able to execute good uphill kick turns on steeper slopes and have some familiarity with use of crampons and ice axe. You need to be a reasonably strong off-piste skier able to deal with a variety of snow conditions (powder, crust, slush) and able to ski on steeper and narrower slopes with the requisite ability and confidence for exposed sections.

Advanced

Advanced-level tours are for experienced ski tourers who’ve previously completed another hut-to-hut trip or multiple day tours. You will be expected to ascend on skis at around 400m/hr and be able to skin for at least 5hrs with up to 1000m to 1300m of ascent per day. A large proportion of the terrain may be steep and exposed; thus confidence in your uphill kick turns on 35+ degree slopes is a must, as is your ability to ski slopes of 40 degrees. You will be a strong, fluid off-piste skier able to handle all conditions. You will be confident of using crampons and an ice axe and happy climbing on snow and rock on short climbs to summits, and in gullies to gain a col.

Expert

Expert level ski tours are pure ski mountaineering journeys in the high mountains. You must be confident skiing steep exposed terrain and ski touring for at least 5 hours per day with long ascents. You will be expected to climb on your feet carrying your skis on your pack to summit mountains above 4000m in altitude. You must be completely confident with your crampon placement and use of an ice axe and you will have some basic rope skills and be happy walking along exposed ridges on mixed terrain to gain the summits of peaks.

Stamina Level Overview

Level 3

You can ski all day comfortably off-piste and ski tour at an ascent rate of 300m per hour for 3 to 5 hours per day (a total of around 800m – 1000m vertical ascent per day). Your stamina and endurance fitness is good and you work hard to maintain a good level of fitness. You will be exercising 3-4 times a week and also at the weekend; thus running a half marathon, doing a 50 mile cycle ride, 3-4 hours on a mountain bike or a full day’s hill walk would all prove possible with this stamina level.

Level 4

You’re able to happily ski all day off-piste on challenging terrain and snow, and you can ski tour at a rate of ascent of 400m/hour - thus around 1000 – 1300m vertical (5 hours approximately) each day for consecutive days. You’re doing lots of sport each week (4-5 sessions) and you train regularly to achieve a high level of fitness, stamina and endurance. Completing an 80-100 mile cycle ride, a full day’s mountain biking or running a half or full marathon is not out of your reach with this stamina level.

Contact

250 York Road, London
SW11 3SJ, United Kingdom
info@mountaintracks.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 8123 2978
Fax: +44 (0)20 7905 0921

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