Gressoney is our base for this advanced level off-piste week. The resort sits in the heart of the Monterosa ski area which includes the resorts of Alagna and Champoluc.
The region has a reputation as one of the "BIG" off-piste resorts of the European Alps, it offers superb backcountry skiing on extensive off-piste terrain including some excellent tree skiing. The scenery is impressive with views that include Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, the Gran Paradiso and many of the Monterosa's 17 summits . The Monterosa ski area is also one of the best heliski destinations in the Alps. The highest lifts give you 2,000m of vertical descent.
Snow cover is more often than not good enough to make it possible to ski back to the resort. Despite the many attractions of the Monterosa region, it is still relatively undiscovered and the slopes remain blissfully quiet with rarely a lift queue during the week.
This excellent week aims to provide first class guiding from professional, friendly Mountain Guides to improve off-piste skiing technique You will also recieve practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated with skiing off-piste particularly for avalanches - all while skiing the best off-piste in the Monterosa ski region.
Travel out day. You should aim to arrive in Gressoney by late afternoon.
There will be a welcome meeting, briefing and kit check with our guides at 7pm in the hotel.
The first day is a 'freeskiing' day when no guiding is provided, followed by 5 guided days.
There is no set itinerary and your guide will decide on where to ski each day based on the prevailing snow and weather conditions, his recommendations and your own preferences.
The week is intended to be fun with lots of thrilling skiing but always directed with maximum attention to your safety and the safety of others.
The Monterosa Ski area is large, with exceptional off-piste skiing. This is a week in one of the Alps hidden gems.
Depart after breakfast
The price includes: all guide fees and expenses, 7 nights half-board hotel accommodation (twin rooms) The price does not include: lift pass, lunches, beverages, personal insurance, equipment hire, travel to/from Gressoney Single room occupancy may incur additional charges.
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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.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
You want to arrange to arrive in Gressoney by late afternoon on the first day.
At the end of the week the course finishes after breakfast on the last day and we recommend that you arrange your return/onward flight for mid morning onwards to give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport without having to rush!
The most convenient airport is Turin a 1.5hrs by road or you have a choice of Milan Malpensa (2hrs by road) or Milan Linate airports. There are train connections from all the airports to the town of Pont Saint Martin, which is in the main Aosta valley at the point where the road towards Gressoney turns off the motorway. Journey time to Pont Saint Martin from Turin is approximately 1hr 20mins by train. For train connections visit www.trenitalia.it
At Point Saint Martin you can catch the bus to Gressoney. There are several services during the day and the line is run by VITA www.vitagroup.it/datapage.asp?id=3&l=1. A copy of the timetable can be found from this page.
Savda also operate buses from Turin and Milan airports www.savda.it/
Private road transfers can be booked with “Tour Shuttle” who offer one way and return transfers to Gressoney from 210€ for 1 – 4 persons. www.tourshuttle.com/EN/italy/transfer_turin-airport_gressoney.html
Or with “Airport Transfers” who do private transfers to Gressoney from 220€ for a group of 4 or more, details are on their website: www.airporttransfers.it/index_eng.php
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.
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.