Ski tour safaris... lighter touring, more off piste adventure...

Ski Touring Safaris

Ski Touring Safaris

Ski tour safaris... lighter touring, more off piste adventure...

Ski Touring Safaris

Ski Touring Safaris

Ski tour safaris...lighter ski touring, more off-piste enjoyment!

Our Ski Tour Safaris are the ideal ski trip for anyone wanting a week of less demanding alpine ski touring without losing out on plenty of out-of-resort off piste skiing. You get to enjoy fantastic skiing, awesome scenery, great camaraderie with the aerobic activity toned down a notch or two! Instead of staying in mountain huts almost exclusively, you will stay in hotels and the occasional hut and will therefore be able to enjoy the luxuries of more refined accommodation.

Each ski tour safari is 6 consecutive days of 6-7 hours of skiing and daily climbs may be 500-1000 vertical metres depending on the trip. At all levels ski touring is an endurance sport and all participants must have a good level of fitness that comes from regular aerobic exercise.

Klosters-Andermatt Ski Touring Safari
Klosters-Andermatt Ski Touring Safari (Introductory)

New Itinerary for 2014

This is a fantastic guided ski touring safari through Graubünden, the largest and one of the most beautiful cantons of Switzerland in the stunning Walliser Alps. Graubünden is also one of Switzerland’s leading winter sports regions with an abundance of above average altitude resorts and hence a reputation for... view

Courchevel to Chamonix Ski Touring Safari
Courchevel-Chamonix Ski Touring Safari (Introductory)

A classic ski touring journey that spans both the French and Italian Alps and passes through seven of the most famous ski areas of the western Alpine region. This guided trip begins in Courchevel in France, passes through the 3 Valleys, La Plagne, Les Arc, La Rosière, La Thuile, Courmayeur, Helbronner (Monte Bianco and the Italian Vallée... view

Monterosa Ski Touring Safari
Monterosa Ski Touring Safari (Intermediate)

For the adventurous skier looking for something different, look no further! This guided off-piste bonanza just about has it all: pistes, off-pistes, ski touring, heli-skiing and guiding from top international professionals!

A circuit by ski and lift of Monte Rosa, the Alps' second largest massif. This is the ultimate ski touring safari... view

Haute Route Ski Touing Safari
Haute Route Ski Touring Safari (Intermediate)

Our guided Haute Route ski touring safari is a mellow version of the classic high level alpine traverse between Chamonix and Zermatt.

This ski touring safari is ideal for everyone who wants to enjoy the Haute Route region with great backcountry skiing and easier touring and have a more relaxed holiday than the high-octane challenge of... view

Chamonix Val d'Isere Ski Touring Safari
Chamonix to Val d'Isere Ski Touring Safari (Intermediate)

This delightful guided ski touring safari with Mountain Tracks starts in Chamonix and visits the excellent off-piste resorts of Courmayeur, La Thuile, La Rosière and Sainte Foy before finally ending up in Val d'Isère, where you'll enjoy a day exploring the best backcountry off-piste runs in the Espace Killy. Each resort has very varied terrain... 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 2

You are fit enough to ski all day with only short stops for food and drink. You can ski off-piste all day without being too tired at the end of the day; you can ski in this way for multiple days on your holiday. You can also hike or ski tour for around 2 hours per day. You’re used to doing cardiovascular exercise 3 to 4 times a week (bike, run, gym) to maintain your fitness, and you’re able to push yourself if needed for short periods of time at a higher rate than usual.

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.

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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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