Val Maira is located in the Italian Alps about 100 miles south west of Turin close to the border with France. It is a long valley, about 45kms end-to-end with lots of secondary valleys going off to left and right. The mountains are not very high down here in the southern Alps - the highest Mt Oronaye is 3,100m - but it has an excellent micro-climate in winter with very reliable snowfall and consequently offers great conditions for ski touring from February until early April. The area is well known to local Italians and Austrian and Swiss tourers, but virtually unknown to the British market.
This is a day touring trip with 5 nights spent in the same small hotel in the village of Marmora-Venetti. The first and last nights will be spent in Cuneo, the principal town of the area. This tour is a beginner / intermediate level ski touring week in late February when there should be a lot of fresh snow and safe skiing down to the valley bottoms.
The price includes 6 full days guiding fees & expenses, 7 nights half-board hotel accommodation (twin-share), all local travel during the week.
The price does not include flights, travel to Cuneo, lunches, beverages and equipment hire.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming to one of our Ski Tours.
During the tour you will be staying most nights in catered high mountain huts and will need to carry all the equipment and clothing you require for the duration of the tour. The huts are comfortable but basic with limited facilities.
Any clothing or other items not required on the tour can be left in a travel bag at your first hotel ready for your return on the final night.
We recommend keeping the weight of your pack as light as possible. If you are new to alpine multi-day ski touring, try taking your pack out on the slopes before the tour to see how it feels. You quickly realise the benefit of ‘skiing light’.
If you are uncertain or need further information, don't hesitate to contact us.
For all touring trips it is essential you ski with an all-mountain/freeride type skis, ski touring boots and ski touring bindings. If you have your own skis but they do not have ski touring bindings then you will need to rent skis. The same applies if you have downhill ski boots, you will need to rent ski touring boots.
For alpine ski touring we recommend an all-mountain/freeride touring ski that isn’t too heavy, a really lightweight ski comes at a cost to performance on the descents so are only recommended for really good off-piste skiers with a strong interest in ski touring.
There are plenty of great skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from the following manufactures:
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.
It is essential that you have ski touring boots for all touring trips as walking up hill is much more comfortable in these types of boots with a walk mode and great flex. A dedicated touring boot or a hybrid freeride boot is best.
Avalanche airbag rucksacks can be used for touring but they are heavy, adding somewhere between 5-8kg just for an empty pack plus canister. So unless you are sure you can carry it and fit all you need in, we do not recommend you use one.
Over a long multiday tour every gram of weight is important as you have to carry and move it yourself. Carrying a heavy pack will hinder and tire all but the most experienced and fit ski tourer.
The “Safety Trilogy” - required on all our ski tours and off-piste courses.
Ski touring kit with skins and harscheisen are required. Ice-axe, boot crampons and harness are not required.
Ski Touring kit can be hired in Cuneo from http://www.ravaschietto.com/
The Val Maira is a small undeveloped valley in the southern Italian Alps, a remote corner of Piedmont. It has a similar climate to the French Maritime Alps to the west. The valley is about 45km long and surrounded by high mountains, there is little development in the area and skiing is mainly accessed by ski touring only.
There are high alpine peaks and the larch and pine forrests make for some excellent tree skiing. Powder can be found in the valley long after snowfall and the skiing in generally quiet and unspoilt.
Our top reasons for visiting Val Maira
The closest airport is Turin and the journey time by rail to Cuneo is about 1 hour 15 minutes.From Milan Central the journey time by rail to Cuneo is about 3 hours.
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.
All our ski tours are led by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides. The team is led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.
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.