Travel to Courmayeur.
Welcome meeting and briefing with your guide at 7pm in the hotel.
A warm up day skiing in Courmayeur, there is lots of great off piste in the trees and long runs available from the Youla and Arp cable cars.
A day skiing from the Skyway Monte Bianco, the new lift to Punta Helbronner at 3462m. The Glacier de Toule offers a long open glaciated run, in powder snow its one of the best but also just as good in spring conditions.
Touring day from the Collo San Carlo to Punta Croce. This is a great ski tour to a peak overlooking the Aosta and La Thuille Valley's.
A short drive takes us to Arpy on the Colla San Carlo, a tiny hamlet and cross country ski area. From here there is a 2hr climb to the summit winding first through the larch woods, passing the Lago de Arpy and on to the summit ridge. This is lined with old war defenses and offers an amazing view to the Mont Blanc range.
The route down can be mellow or steep depending on the snow conditions, there steep larch trees offer some great skiing and a fast descent back towards the lake.
Today we return to the Skyway lift and aim to make a descent of the Vallee Blanche from this Italian Side. The typical route is to descend via Combe Virage into the Val Noir, past the ice fall and down to the Salle a Manger. We return to Courmayeur via the local bus service.
We head back to the Courmayeur ski area and take the lift to the highest point of the Arp at 2755m.
From here we can ski some long descents into the Val Veny and return to the lift at Zarotta. There are also some fine day tours to be found towards Mont Fortin by crossing over the Col du Youla.
We return to the Skyway Monte Bianco and aim to make a descent from Col d'Entreves, this is a short ski tour from Punta Helbronner skiing the Glacier d'Entreves back to the mid-station of the Skyway.
Touring possibilities also exist into Combe Maudit under the towing peaks of the Grand Capucin, Mont Maudit and the Arete de la Brenva
The price includes: all guiding fees & expenses, 7 nights B&B hotel accommodation on a twin share basis and local transfers to ski.
The price does not include: uplift costs, evening meals, lunches, beverages, equipment hire, travel to/from Courmayeur.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Off-Piste Adventure trips. On all our weeks you’ll be staying in comfortable catered chalets or hotels. When skiing you need to carry just a day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items or extra clothing layers you may need.
Although our Off-Piste Adventure courses rely heavily on the lift systems in resorts, access to and egress from runs sometimes involve climbing and walking a short way and you may undertake 1 or 2 day ski tours, for this reason its best to have skis with ski touring bindings, skins and ski touring boots.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses and ski tours.
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or BCA Float sacks. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €20-30 per day or around €100-120 for 6/7 days.
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out http://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
Italy in Western Europe had a long Mediterranean cost. Bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.
It's capital city is Rome, home to the Vatican and many other famous landmarks and ancient ruins. The country has influenced Western culture and cuisine greatly in its history.
With a population of around 59 million people (2103). Its famous cities of Rome, Florence and Venice plus landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Italian Lakes attracted many millions of tourists each year.
Sharing Mont Blanc with France as its highest peak on the Italian/French boarder. The Gran Paradiso is the highest peak solely in Italy at 4,060m.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
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If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
To get to Courmayeur we suggest you either fly to Turin airport and take public transport or a car hire and drive the 2hrs to Courmayeur. Alternatively flight to Geneva are an option and onward travel by shared minibus transfer, please contact our office for more information on this option.
You should aim to arrive in Courmayeur sometime in the afternoon. There will be an initial briefing with your Mountain Tracks 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.
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson, and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 maximum, our advanced weeks typically run on a 1:4 ratio with expert trips either 1:2 or 1:1 we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
We stay in a comfortable hotel in Courmayeur village on a bed & breakfast basis, meals can be taken our in the many restaurants that are in the village. Accommodation is provided on a twin share basis, if you wish to have a single room then please ask but they are subject to availability and usually there is a supplement.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.