This intermediate level off-piste adventure course is a guide-led week which is ideal for skiers with previous off-piste experience who want to discover and explore the fantastic off-piste terrain in Sainte Foy and the Tarentaise area. Our guides all have an excellent local knowledge and will ensure you enjoy a thrilling week of safe, off-piste adventure.
Sainte Foy remains remarkably unspoilt, preserving its authentic charm and local architecture but development is planned so there couldn't be a better time to explore the 'real' Sainte Foy before the development starts. Ski lifts take you up to 2,550 metres and the Col de l'Aiguille, the launch pad for much of the off-piste skiing for which Sainte Foy has earned its reputation. Superb off-piste descents in one of the world's premier ski regions offer extensive opportunities to get plenty of miles in under your skis.
This course will be based in Chalet Laperin & Chalet Montagnard.
On this course we offer 5 full days off-piste guiding plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no guiding is provided.
The principal aims of this week are:
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 price includes: 5 full days guiding and instruction, 7 nights half-board accommodation (6 evening meals) in fully catered chalet, daily ski transfers in private vehicle, group transfer from Chambery or Geneva airport (minimum 4 people), pick-up/drop-off at Bourg St Maurice (for ski-train).
The price does not include: Lift pass, lunches, personal insurance, equipment hire, international travel
Single room occupancy in the Auberge is limited and will incur an additional charge of 50% (around £230 - £260). Contact the office for further details.
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
France a Western European country with Paris as its capital city. The country is diverse with countryside, mountainous areas and many beautiful beaches. The country is renowned for its food and wine as well as well know places like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.
Its population is around 66 million people (2013). The highest mountain is Mont Blanc at 4,810m which is visited by many every year to climb.
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.
Sainte Foy is accessible by road, rail and air.
The nearest airport is Chambery with a 90 minute transfer time. Geneva and Lyon are both about 2½ hours away.
The chalet hosts provide group transfers to/from Geneva airport, which are included in the cost of the holiday (minimum 4 people per transfer). We meet at 2pm at Geneva airport on the arrival day so you should arrive on a flight no later than 1.15pm; on the departure day we ask you to book a flight that leaves Geneva airport no earlier than 2pm so there is time to travel to the airport.
It is also possible to travel by train to Bourg Saint Maurice (with a Eurostar direct day service from London St. Pancras to Bourg Saint Maurice on Saturdays throughout the ski season. Timetables and bookings are available at Eurostar. Bourg St Maurice is only 10km from the chalet and the train offers a viable alternative to a flight and transfer. The chalet hosts provide a twice-daily pick-up and drop-off service at the station.
Check with our office for detailed travel arrangements.
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 and we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
Accommodation will be a mix of mountain hotels and traditional mountain huts with some nights in twin rooms and other nights in dormitories. Food is always excellent and the huts serve wine and beer.
HOTEL RIU NERE
Located in the centre of Vielha Town, in the heart of the old part of the city, next to the Town Hall, the tourist office and the area full of bars and restaurants.
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.