Patagonia Ski touring weeks, Bariloche


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Dates: September and October are ideal for this tour

Ski touring week, Bariloche:
Patagonia…one of this rare places to remain wild and pure. It’s a real paradise for adventurer and those that like to explore this places on skis!
You can enjoy great views on the striking blue lakes around Bariloche and after some powder runs you might want to enjoy the famous Argentinean cuisine and its wines. We skitour the nicest peaks around Bariloche, explore the Frey hut area and finish our trip with the ascent of the sleeping volcano Cerro Tronador.

Day to day itinerary:

Arrival day:
Meeting at the Hotel in Bariloche to check the equipment for the week
Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

1st Day:  Cerro Chall-Huaco (2000m)
A bit outside of Bariloche in the step lies Cerro Chall Huaco. A perfect warm-up tour!
Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

2nd Day:  Cerro Lopez (2070m)
Our personal favorite ski touring mountain in our back yard! We pass the Lopez mountain hut and get to the top of Cerro Lopez where spectacular views to Cerro Tronador and over the Lake District await us.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

3rd Day: Refugio Frey (1700m)
We take the lifts from Cerro Cathedral ski area to get to our starting point today. We ski tour to Frey Hut that lies just above tree line next to the small Laguna Frey. A ski touring paradise!
Night and dinner at Frey hut

4th day: Skitouring Refugio Frey area
Countless options for today: Couloires between the red granite towers and small mountain lagoons wait to be discovered.
Night and dinner at Frey hut

5th day: Bariloche
We enjoy some more ski touring in the Frey area before skiing back to Bariloche.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

6th day: Pampa Linda –  Meiling mountain hut (2000m)
We follow the tracks of Otto Meiling one of the first Andringst. We reach the Mietling hut from “Pampa Linda” in the Nahuel Haupi National Park. This hut lies on the foot of Cerro Tronador surrounded by glaciers.
Night and dinner at Meiling hut

7th day: Cerro Tronador, Pico Argentino (3200m)
Cerro Tronador, the king of the mountains in the Bariloche area! We enjoy a very long glacier descent on this sleeping volcano today!
Transport back to Bariloche
Night and final dinner at Hotel in Bariloche

Rates:
Up to 2 pax: 2596.- USD per pax
Up to 3 pax: 2006.- USD per pax
4 and more pax: 1723.- USD per pax

Included in the rate:
Organisation, local, english speaking UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide, all transporte from/to Bariloche airport, 4 nights with half board at mountain huts, 4 nights with half board at Hotel in Bariloche, skipass day 3, all lunches

Not included:
Flight, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation, etc. ), drinks

How to get to Bariloche:
Bariloche is situated in the Argentine lake district and can be reached with a 2hrs flight from Buenos Aires (also by bus from Buenos Aires aprox. 18hrs).
If you come from Chile, Bariloche can be reached with a bus from Puerto Montt or Osorno.

What people think about Bariloche
“This place is full of shocking beauty. Bariloche, likely the most well-known Argentine Patagonian outpost, has mountains and subsequent vistas with a scale that makes the Rockies or the Alps look almost fragile. The terrain here is huge not only in height but also in space occupation, and, with the added bonus of wide dabbles of lakes cutting through the volume, the effect is only amplified by the resulting interplay of light, reflection, and depth perception.”

Nick Remsen

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Skitouring the Patagonian Volcanos

Dates: September and October

Ski Chile and Argentina with us!

7-14 days programs available. Tailor maid for you.

When the days start to get shorter in the northern hemisphere, spring is slowly waking up in Patagonia. For the ski touring fans this means corn and sometimes powder snow skiing under the south american sun. Some experts speak about the best spring skiing in the world.

All our ski touring goals between Bariloche and Temuco are between 2000 and 3000 meters high and no long acclimatization is necessary.

Our skiing adventure starts in Bariloche Argentina or in Temuco Chile airport and ends in either of both, depending on the itinerary you choose. We can offer a round trip or also a point to point trip. Bariloche is situated in the northern part of Argentina’s Patagonia in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. There are great ski touring options around the so called “Switzerland of south America” in the Patagonian Lake District. The incredible views down to the huge lakes and rainforests are stunning.

After the amazing volcano-skiing in Chiles “small south” where we ski volcanos like Casablanca, Osorno, Villarica or Lanin we cross the boarder into Argentinas lake basin.

We choose those volcanos and mountains with the best conditions at the moment we are there. (There are about 10 volcanos to choose from).

To relax between the tours, we take you to some of the worlds best hot springs in hidden valleys and eat great seafood as well as Argentine beef. Come join us on this exotic skiing adventure!

 

Day to day itinerary, a program option that we like:

14 days / 13 nights in Chile & Argentina

8 volcanos

3 hotsprings

Volcano Lanin is a great ski touring mountain on the boarder line between Argentina and Chile

Day 1: Meet at Temuco airport – drive to Malalcahuello
Your IFMGA –  mountain guide picks you up at the airport and drives you to the foot of the volcano Lonquimay.
Night in Hotel Malalcahuello

Day 2: Skitour volcon Lonquimay 2865m
Our first volcano, Lonquimay is surrounded by very old Araucaria trees and is perfect for a start into the Volcano-tour.
+ 1365m
Night in Hotel in Malalcahuello

Day 3: Skitour volcano Llaima 3125m
Llaima is one of the biggest volcanos in this area and stands in the Conguillio National park. It’s name means “the reawakened” in Mapuche language, the language of the local people.
+1325m
Night in Hotel Malalcahuello

Day 4: Travel to Pucon and hot springs „Los Pozones“
We use this day to relax and reload our batteries. The Pozones hot springs is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy nature. Pucon is one of Chiles favorite outdoor destination, a small vibrant town on the foot of Villarica vulcano. We spend the evening and night here.
Night in Hotel in Pucon
Drive: 160km

Day 5: Skitour volcano Villarica 2847m
A short drive up into the Villarica national park. Today we will climb the 2847m high volcano Villarica.
The long ascend is very much worth it: a view in to the bubbling Magma in the crater and a great downhill run on the slopes up to 35° back down to the car.
+1450m
Night in Hotel Pucon

Day 6: Lanin bivouac (shelter) 2400m
A strato volcano on the boarder with Argentina and Chile that forms part of two national parks, Lanin and Villarica. It lies at the Atlantic-Pacific water device and is one of our favorite to ski on. Today we skin up to a shelter that overlooks both Chile and Argentina. The shelter is very simple but offers the perfect option to spend a night on the mountain.
+1300m
Night at bivouac Lanin

Day 7: Skitour volcano Lanin 3776m
We ski up to the top of Lanin and enjoy a long downhill back to the car.
Drive back to Pucon.
+1370m
Night in Pucon

Day 8: Hidden Hot Sprigs in the woods – Huilo Huilo Natural Reserve
A magical relax day! This natural hot springs  have an idyllic setting between the mountains. There are several pools with varying temperature for personal selection. The setting is very natural and quiet. After soaking our muscles we continue the drive into the Huilo Huilo natural reserve where we can discover the Valdivian rainforest.
Night in Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve

Day 9: Skitour volcano Choshuenco 2300m, travel south Llanquihue lake
The Mocho-Choshuenco volcano lies directly behind our Hotel, we cross the Huilo Huilo river with it’s clear blue water and skin up trough the rain forest to the top of this twin volcano.
After the tour we drive down south into Chiles Lake District and to the beautiful Llanquihue.
+1000m
Night in Puerto Varas

Day 10: Skitour volcano Osorno 2650m – Antillanca hot springs
Maybe the most perfect conical shaped volcano on the tour. We reach it after a short drive around Llanquihue lake, Chiles biggest sweet water lake. From the top we will be able to overlook the whole lake basin and all the way to the Fjords near Puerto Montt. A short drive brings us to Antillanca and it’s hot springs near the Argentine boarder.
+1300m
Night in Antillanca

Day 11: Volcano Casablanca 2050m, Travel to Bariloche, Argentina
Casablanca or the whit house is our last volcano in Chile. Easy to reach from the Antillanca ski area.
In the afternoon we drive over the Samore pass and the boarder line into Argentina down to the Nahuel Heap National Park
+900m
Night in Bariloche

Day 12: Skitour Refugio Meiling, 2000m
The hike up to Refugio Meiling starts at the hamlet of Pampa Linda. It takes 1.5hr drive from Bariloche trough the Nahuel Heap National Park and along the pale blue Gutierrez and Mascardi lake.
We hike first trough a forest and skin up reaching the hut over a ridge with great views over the glaciers and waterfalls.
+ 1000m
Night at Refugio Meiling

Day 13: Skitour Cerro Tronador 3458m, Back to Bariloche
We start early this morning after a breakfast at the hut. We skin up over big, wide glaciers to the Blanco Pass. The last part to the summit gets a bit steeper, but no climbing techniques are required.
Ready for an unforgettable ski run down?
+1400m
Night in Bariloche

Day 14: Extra day

 

How to get to to Bariloche:
Take a 2 hours flight from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
How to get to Temuco:
Take a 2 hours flight from Santiago de Chile, the capital of Chile.

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Kyrgyzstan ski touring adventure

10.-19. March 2018

This adventure is confirmed and we still have 2 spots available! 

Imagine waking up in a traditional Yurt, in the middle of the snow caped Tien Shan (Celestial mountains) and ready for a day of ski touring with your friends…!

This dream can come true. We take you to a yurt camp at 2,600m in a snowy summer pasture by skinning up from a village and following a horse path that the locals use for harvesting wood and hunting. That offers us immediate access to endless skiing terrain with mountains up to 3,400-3,600m.

3 traditional yurts – one kitchen/dining yurt, and separate yurts for clients and guides all heated by wood burning stoves.

All food is prepared by local chefs. Our breakfast menu is Western-inspired, featuring omelets, frittatas, burritos, pancakes and french toast, and always the option of muesli or porridge. The dinner menu highlights traditional Kyrgyz cuisine.

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10-day program:

  • 1st Day: Arrive early in the morning in Bishkek, transfer to Karakol  (6hrs) night in a village (family home).
  • 2nd Day: After the breakfast we skin up to the yurts
  • 3th – 7th Day: 5 Yurt based backcountry skiing days
  • 8th Day: Skiing in the morning, and back to Karakol, night in Karakol
  • 9th Day: Morning in Karakol, travel to Bishkek, night at Hotel in Bishkek
  • 10th Day: Flight back home

Price:  
4 pax 2560€ /pax
5 pax 2408€ / pax
6 pax 2306€ / pax

Included in the price:
Guiding with IFMGA mountain guide Federico Arletti, Patagoniatiptop organization, all accommodations as mentioned in the program (Hotels, local family, Yurts), all meals, all transportations from/to Bishkek

Not included in the price:
Flights, personal insurances, alcoholic drinks, personal equipment

 

Getting to Kyrgyzstan by airplane
Bishkek’s Manas airport is the main hub with relatively inexpensive international connections on Turkish and Pegasus (via Istanbul), Flydubai (via Dubai), Ukrainian International (via Kiev) and Aeroflot (via Moscow)

Visa
Around 60 nationalities can stay for 60 days or longer without a visa, including citizens of most major Western and former Soviet countries.

Backcountry skiing in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan… a fascinating country in central Asia:
A welcoming landlocked oasis located at the heart of Central Asia surrounded by Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Kyrgyzstan is a  in a remote, always fascinating, sometimes volatile, and oftentimes misunderstood part of the world. With an average elevation of 3,000m (9,840ft), and 30% of its landmass buried under permanent ice and snow, the country’s landscape and people are defined by a ruggedness utterly unique to the highlands of Central Asia. The republic is a little smaller in area than the UK minus Northern Ireland.

Native Kyrgyz make up around 70% of the country’s population, with the remaining percentage made up mostly of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyzstan gained its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Kyrgyz is the main, and many times only, language spoken outside urban areas. Russian remains one of the country’s two official languages. Many Kyrgyz today follow the nomadic traditions of their ancestors, erecting hand-crafted yurts in jailoos – the high mountain pastures above their villages – where they graze their animals and live for the summer.

 

 Backcountry skiing in Kyrgyzstan
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The central Tien Shan mountains
This region offers many superlatives of Central Asia: the highest mountains, the coldest temperatures, the longest glaciers and the strangest natural phenomena. This is a region of ice, snow and unexplored peaks, the world’s fourth longest glacier, an amazing disappearing lake. Our tour takes us to the valleys close to Karakol where the temperatures are more pleasant. The Chinese were the first to explore this foreboding mountain zone, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that European explorers penetrated the region.
Die Kyrgyz flag is read with a yellow sun inside and a central wheel-like tunduk from the yurts design inside
Home sweet yurt
Yurts (bossy in Kyrgyz) are the archetypal shepherd shelters – circular homes made of multilayered felt stretched around a collapsable wooden frame. The outer felt layer is coated in waterproof sheep fat, the inner most lined with woven grass matting to block the wind. Long woolen strips secure the walls and poles. The interior is richly decorated with textiles, wall coverings, quilts, cushions, camel and horse bags, and ornately worked chests. Floors are lined with thicket felt and covered with bright carpets and sometimes yak skin. Look up: the central wheel-like tuneup that supports the roof is none other than the design depicted in the middle of Kyrgyzstan’s national flag.
Language

Kyrgyz is a Turkic language that has the usual characteristics of that language group, most notably vowel harmony, which is strictly adhered to. As part of the Kyrgyz-Altay group of Turkic languages, it is most closely related to the Altai language and fairly similar to Kazakh. Russian is also an official language and Uzbek is widely spoken in the south.


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Ski touring Expedition Cerro San Lorenzo, Patagonia

Dates: September / October / November 2017

Cerro San Lorenzo, 3706m

Cerro San Lorenzo is the third highest peak in the Patagonian Andes (47° 36′ S, 72° 19’W). It’s a huge mountain range that rises about 3300meters out of its surroundings.

Not only its elevation is very special, also its location. This mountain stands between the southern and the northern continental icefields and exactly between the Argentinian and the Chilenian boarder.
It is surrounded by four huge glaciers.

We choose the so called “routa de Agostini”, named after the first climber Padre de Agostini in 1943.
We offer this route as a wonderful skitouring expedition.

Itinerary:

Day 1
Transport from Balmaceda airport to the hotel in Coyhaique.
Meet and greet with the guides and the other guests.
Night in a hotel in Coyhaique

Day 2
Transfer by car to Cochrane, one of the last small villages at the famous routa 40. (6 hours)
Overnight stay in a hotel in Cochrane

Day 3
Transport with a fourwheel drive car to Fundo San Lorenzo, our starting point
Here we enjoy a typical, delicious patagonian grilled sheep, a “Cordero Patagonico”
Night at the Fundo, a local farmers mountain home

Day 4
Trekking to Refugio Toni Rohrer, a small pretty shelter in the woods.Night at the Refuge

Day 5
We reach Paso del comedor and Brecha del comedor (aprox. 6hrs)
Overnight in the tent

Day 6
Cumbre!!! All the way up to Cerro san Lorenzo today and a great ski down back to the camp (aprox. 8-9hrs)
Overnight in the tent

Day 7
Back to Refugio Rohrer

Day 8
Back to Fundo San Lorenzo
Overnight stay at the Fundo

Day 9
Transport back to the hotel in Coyhaique
(This program is base on nice weather. As the weather can change very quick in this area, it’s important to plan a couple back up days)

Day 10-12
back up days

Personal requirements:
Proper parallel turn in all snow conditions
Walking with crampons
Enough personal fitness to climb 1000m a day (total 3100m), with a backpack (15-18kg)

How to get there:
Flight to Santiago de Chile and from there to Balmaceda airport. It’s served by LAN. That’s where we pick you up.

Price:
3900.- USD/Person. Mínimum 4 máximum 6 pax

Included in the price:
– Organisation from Patagoniatiptop.ch, (we speak german, english, spanish and french)
– two local IVBV-IFMGA mountain guides with lots of knowledge in the Andes and Alps
– Transport from Balmaceda airport, Coyhaique to Fundo San Lorenzo and back
– All meals
– Night at Hotel
– Luggage transport to the mountain hut by horse
– Tents and Cooking equipment

Not included in the price:
– Personal equipment
– Personal insurance (accident, annulation etc.)
– drinks


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Chamonix freeride skiing week


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Dates: January to April

Our Chamonix Freeride weeks are a dream come true for everyone interested in backcountry skiing.

During the week you’ll get a chance to experience the scenic backcountry around Mont Blanc in the company of an UIAGM-licensed mountain guide. The Chamonix Mont Blanc area will leave nobody cold.  The most experienced free riders from all corners of the world come to ski this ski areas. A real skier’s paradise!

Our guides know the backcountry terrain and weather conditions extremely well and will make sure you’ll ski the best spots.

Tentative plan

Arrival day: 
Meet and greet in Chamonix, Equipment Check

Day 1: Les Grands Montets, Argentière
We will ski at the Grands Montets, Chamonix most famous off-piste ski area.
This ski resort has an immense range of off piste skiing. The snow stays light and fresh, due to the North Face of the Aiguille Verte which shields it from the sun.

Day 2: Vallee Blanche
We’ll ride one of the most legendary Glaciers of all time – the Vallée Blanche route, where you get to see the most amazing views of Mont Blanc.

Day 3: Courmayeur
Courmayeur (ITA) is just a 20Minutes drive trough the Mont Blanc tunnel away from Chamonix and offers very nice off piste options. A real Italian ski day!

Day 4: Brévent – Flégere
We will check out the snow at Brévent – Flégere ski area accesible form Chamonix town today.

Day 5: Toule Glacier
The brand new Sky way cable car brings us up to Punta Helbronner. We ride the South side of Mont Blanc, on the Toule Glacier down into Courmayeur.

Dates:
We offer this weeks from January trough April

Prices:

With 2 skiers:  875€ per Skier
With 3 skiers:  660€ per Skier
With 4 skiers:  600€ per Skier

Included in the price:
Organization, 5 days UIAGM-mountain guide

Not included in the price:
Lift passes, snow safety equipment, personal insurances, transportation

  • We require all participants to carry full avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and to obey given instructions to ensure amazing powder days.

Day Guiding:
Do you only have a day or two for skiing in Chamonix? We are happy to offer you a great shorter off-piste experience! Let us know.

Accommodation:
Let us know if we can help you finding your perfect accommodation.

 


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Ski Vallee Blanche, Chamonix


Dates: January to May 

The world famous 18km journey with 2800m of vertical descent through some of the most stunning glaciated alpine scenery rarely disappoints!

This magnificent ski journey can be done in a short day by confident black slope skiers, thanks to the height gain (2742m) given by the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The descent of the Vallee Blanche is often the highlight of a ski trip to Chamonix!

We provide fully qualified (IFMGA) Mountain Guides who work hard to ensure that you have a safe, enjoyable and interesting descent. We are also able to offer interesting variations on the descent including steeper skiing or a short ski tour across to the Italian side before skiing down the classic route to Chamonix. If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE vallee blanche with us!

  • Start altitude (Aiguille du Midi): 3777m
  • Finish Altitude (Chamonix): 1050m
  • Vertical Descent: 2727m
  • Length: 18Km
  • Season: Usually January to April
  • Time: Varies according to skiers ability and priorities but commonly 4-6 hours

Price: 320.00€*
*The price for for a private guide is 320€ up to 4 skiers, 15€ per extra skier up to a maximum of 6.

Included in the Price: UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide – a fully qualified and experienced Patagoniatiptop guide will accompany you.

Bad weather option:
If the weather or snow conditions are not suitable to ski the Vallee Blanche, we will not cancel the trip but follow an alternative off-piste skiing program. Chamonix offers perfect terrain for a guided off-piste skiing day.

Lift Pass:
A lift pass to access the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train is needed, the Mont Blanc Unlimited is the best option as it covers both.

 


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Women’s Freeride & Skitouring Camp, Chamonix

Dates 2018: (Please ask us for private dates, also for mixed groups)

March:  25. – 29. 02. 2018 (So – Th)

April:  15. – 19. 04. 2018 (So – Th)

Highlights:

  • 3 days ski teaching and guiding in the Chamonix valley
  • 4 nights at a cosy Chalet Hotel in the Chamonix valley with half board included
  • 2 Ski tours
  • Valle Blanche descent, the greatest ski descend in the world
  • Learn all about ski touring and back country skiing
  • Ski touring basics, including gear usage, uphill techniques, pacing, layering, and route selection
  • Avalanche awareness including terrain management and basic companion rescue strategies

 

Learn off piste skiing and ski touring with us!

Three days of world-class skiing with top, women-specific instructions from Ex-World Cup ski racer and certified ski instructor Ella Alpiger and IFMGA Mountain guide Federico Arletti.
This all-inclusive camp features the latest ski and ski-touring teaching techniques, avalanche safety informations and Chamonix unmatched Off-piste runs.

“It’s all about learning off piste skiing technique, backcountry skills, mountain safety, and most importantly, having fun in the outdoors!”

We will base out of Chamonix for 3 days of adventure skiing. Our goal is to ski the best places for the given conditions, and provide you with coaching and instruction in big mountain skiing.

“It’s a unique ski program that makes it easier, faster and more fun to learn to ski off-piste.”

Camp itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival day

We welcome you at the cosy Chalet Hotel in Chamonix and enjoy a first dinner together. Maybe you want to enjoy a bath in the hot tub with a nice glas of wine.

Day 2: Off piste skiing work shop

  • Off piste work shop in one of the many ski areas in the Chamonix valley. We ski where we find the nicest snow. Get tips on your ski skills and technique to help you improve in a variety of ski conditions and terrain. Work on technique and mental preparedness that will improve your skiing in the backcountry, in steeps, trees, narrow chutes and crud.
  • Learn how to search with your avalanche transceiver in the afternoon. An important skill you have to know!

Night and dinner at the Chalet in Chamonix, take a bath in the hot tub and relax by the fire place.

Day 3:  Ski touring intro

  • Off piste work shop in the morning. Practice the tips you have learned yesterday.
  • Now we are ready to bring our back country skiing to the next level. We start with a short ski tour in the afternoon where you learn all about ascending with skins on your skis, ski touring itineraries and snow safety information.
    Night and dinner at the Chalet in Chamonix, enjoy a glas of wine at the fire place and check out today’s skiing videos.

    Day 4: Ski tour & Valle Blanche

  • We take the cable car up to Aiguille du Midi and skin over to the Italian side towards Col d’Entrèves (+400m).
  • Later we enjoy skiing the famous Valle Blanche or Noire  glacier run. It might be the run you have always dreamed of. Stunning views, huge glaciers and us skiing with trough that showing our new learned skills.
  • The course finishes at about 2-3pm in Chamonix.

The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.

  • Ella makes it possible for intermediate and advanced skier to move to the next level of expertise in the shortest time possible. Get confident with the avalanche safety skills and make your first ski touring experiences.

    All in a group session designed to foster camaraderie. A truly elevated experience.
    Tap in to the pro’s fitness traits off the slopes, with a stretching class and an inspirational talks about mental training.
    Than relax in the Sauna, dine and socialize in Chamonix.
    “I hope you can join me for this amazing opportunity!”

Level: If you feel confident on black slopes and have some off-piste experience, you’re ready to join this camp.

Resort: Chamonix , French alps. In winter, with 4 large skiing areas, Chamonix Valley welcomes snow sports enthusiasts from all over the world and from all walks of life who come to test their skills on and off the slopes of the Mont Blanc range. Here, even if it primarily for fun, skiing is as intense and exciting as the locality where it takes place!

Transfer included from Geneva: Transfers to and from Geneva airport with guaranteed flexibility to match your flight times allowing you to fly from your local airport at a time that suits you is included in the price. If you’re traveling by train from Switzerland, you can reach Chamonix via Martigny.

Our Accommodation: Luxury Ski Chalet Les Bois  
An elegant traditional chalet with great facilities, Chalet les Bois is located in one the most beautiful areas in the Chamonix Valley and within close proximity to the Flegere ski lift.

This extremely comfortable chalet boasts a unique 85m2 dining, lounge and entertainment area on the top floor, offering breathtaking views of the majestic Mont Blanc from panoramic windows and the south, east and west-facing sun terraces.  Guests can relax in front of the open fire with a glass of wine or enjoy the home cinema with Bose sound.

Eight tastefully furnished twin bedrooms can be found on the lower two levels of the chalet, along with eight Japanese style bathrooms, six of which are en-suite.

This chalet also features a large outdoor hot tub in the gardens perfectly situated to admire the breathtaking views.

  • Champagne and canapés upon arrival at the chalet
  • Three course gourmet evening meal  – including special menus for those with dietary needs, prepared by an experienced chef
  • Excellent quality complimentary French and Italian wine (selection of red, white and rose wines), beer & soft drinks with all evening meals.
  • Full breakfast every morning: hot and cold option including eggs, bacon, fresh bread, pastries, fruit platter and a choice of cereals
  • Afternoon tea – home baked cakes, fresh bread and jams with tea and coffee
  • Tea, coffee and other hot drinks available at all times
  • Private transport to ski lifts: Morning and afternoon pick ups.
  • Transport into town in the evenings in private minibuses (return transport is subject to availability and charged locally)
  • Hot tub
  • Television
  • Selection of DVDs, Playstation / Wii games, board games, books
  • Internet access – WIFI and hard-wired with large iMac for guest use
  • Docking station for iPods and MP3 players

 

Costs:
4 Skiers:                     1338.00€ per skier
6 and more Skiers:  1198.00€ per skier
Skiing only:               600.00€ per skier  (accommodation/half board, ski pass and airport transfer not included)

Included: Pro teaching and organization, 3-days Unlimited Skipass, Luxury Ski Chalet – Hotel with half board in a standard double room, 2 ski tours, Valle Blanche descent (if conditions are good), video-analysis,  Airport Transfer, lots of information about ski touring and avalanche rescuing, mental training tips, free Bus in Chamonix

Not included: Lunches, drinks, personal insurance, personal equipment (let us know if you need ski touring and avalanche safety equipment, it can be rented in Chamonix). Would you like to sleep in a single room? The price added for that is 270.00€.

 

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Private Ski & Telemark Lessons, Chamonix Valley & Megève

Dates: December – First week of May

Professional privat Ski – and Telemark lessons in the Chamonix valley & Megève ski area from December until end of April. Learn from the Swiss Ex-world cup ski racer Ella Alpiger and her team.

Everything about Chamonix ski resort is big. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, the highness mountain in the European Alps, the deep valley has more skiable slopes than seems reasonable. With several ski areas distributed across the huge mountain ranges to north and south, a thriving town in the centre and smaller, charming mountain villages in the valley, there’s something for everyone.

With the Mont Blanc as its backdrop, Megève is in a lovely sunny setting and has a beautifully preserved, partly medieval centre. It’s the capital of the mountain way of life, an authentic village in the Savoy Alps that is covered by a carpet of snow every winter.

Many different slopes in all different colors and challenging Out-bound runs are waiting for you to be discovered.
Beginners and Experts are welcome to join the lessons!

We will analyze your skiing on video camera. Fast technical progress and more enjoyable ski days are the result of that.

Prices:
Daily Ski and Telemark lessons, Off – piste days and Ski touring intro courses:
1/2 day (3hrs), 09:00-12:00 / 13:00 – 16:00: 210€
1 day (6hrs), 09:00 – 15:00: 350€ / High season February: 400€

 Included in the price: Teaching, Video of your progress,  the pick-up at your Hotel is free.

  • Unlimited skiing: With the Chamonix Unlimited Skipass (more than 3 days) we can also enjoy skiing in Courmayeur (ITA) 15 Min., Verbier (CH) 40 Min. and Evasion Mont Blanc (Megève, St.Gervais, Les Contamines) (FR) 20 Min. by car from Chamonix.
  • Ski touring: Chamonix also offers great ski touring options not only for Experts. Let us introduce you to our favorite sport with a Ski touring Intro. Learn all about safety, snow and technique with an UIAGM mountain guide.
  • Off piste, powder courses: Explore the snow on the other side of the groomed run! If you have mastered the pistes and want to learn how to ski all trains off piste, come and sign up for our Off piste courses. We will teach you on all different slopes and terrains. Let’s train to get you fit to take a ski trip down the Valle Blanche!
  • Helicopter Skiing: Thanks to its exceptional geographical location between Italy and Switzerland, Chamonix is a major centre for Heliskiing from where you can reach a host of exciting destinations. For a day trip, there’s nothing simpler than getting dropped off by helicopter in Switzerland or Italy with a UIAGM – mountain guide, to ski the finest transalpine slopes of Val Veny, Cervinia, La Tile and Val Grisanche. Also exploring the mountains of the Valais in the areas around Trient in Switzerland, or even Zermatt.
  • Equipment: We proudly ski with K2 Skis, they offer a great range of skis and boots for all different kind of availabilities and snow conditions. Not sure which material to buy or rent? We are happy to recommend the perfect ski for you.
  • Accommodation: Do you want to sleep in down town Chamonix or rather a bit outside in the quite or maybe ski in and ski out? Chamonix has it all, let us find the perfect place for you!

How skiing came to France; did you know?
Skiing had come to Italy via Switzerland since about 1895. The natural thing for France would have been to copy the neighboring Italians. They went to the source instead, they wanted a missionary from Norway and in November 1902 one such providentially dropped in. A junior Norwegian army lieutenant called Herman Schultz that wanted to visit France as a ski instructor in order to get out into the wider world an learn French. Later two more officers where sent to France and they started a ski school to teach the French soldiers. Those soldiers showed a legendary marching ability and could accomplish to march up to 50 or 60 km a day on skis without really being worn out. They sometimes started at 4a.m. and didn’t return until 8p.m.

The ski school was so exhausting, both for teachers and the taught, that it only ran from Monday to Thursday, with the rest of the week free; for the French soldiery at any rate. On Friday and Saturday, the Norwegians were expected to teach the officers and on Sundays, their wives. The Colonel’s lady was particularly keen. The two instructors would support her on each side and she was wearing a hat and veil! …”Suddenly her skis broke trough the crust, and we ran on, but in confusion. It was not a dignified regimental commander’s wife who got her feet, covered in blood, with hat awry and tattered veil. Afternoon tea with her was cancelled. We didn’t see her for 14 days.”

A lady skiing in Chamonix with wooden skis

Picture credit: vintage ski

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Chamonix Hut to Hut hiking short trip


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Dates: June/July/August/September

  • 3-Day trip

“Rustic hut charm with incredible views!” 

This short trip is perfect for hikers that like to enjoy stunning views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain, sleep in two mountain huts and spot some ibex and wildflowers along the way. Your local guide makes sure that you will get to the huts just in time to enjoy a delicious mountain dish and that you don’t have to worry about anything but taking the nicest pictures of the famous Lac Blanc mountain lake.

Hiking – Itinerary

Arrival day 
19.00: Information and meeting at the hotel.
Night in Hotel

Day 1: Refuge Bellachat
We hike from Chamonix up to the Refuge Bellachat (2152m). The Refuge offers one of the nicest views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain. You might want to enjoy a drink on the terrace that overlooks the whole Mont Blanc valley and wait until the sunset puts the mountains in a pink coat. The family style dinners will soon be served in the cosy mountain hut.

  • 4-5 hrs, +1100m, overnight at the Refuge Bellachat

Day 2: Lac Blanc
An early breakfast at the mountain hut with the fantastic views towards Mont Blanc. Our trail brings us up to Brevent summit for an even more breathtaking view. We reach Col du Cornu via the Col du Brévent and traverse to the Lac de Cornu (at 2276m), which is situated in of the most beautiful environments in the valley. After a picknick lunch we continue the descent through the Combe de la Glieres and hike up to the mountain hut Lac Blanc (2353m). The Lac Blanc mountain lake is the perfect location to take some stunning pictures of a perfect mountain scenery with the Mont Blanc in the back.

  •  7-8 hrs, overnight at Refuge Lac Blanc

Day 3: Aiguilles Rouges
We eat a good breakfast overlooking the Aguilles Rouges mountain before leaving this beautiful spot. Our way down to Argentière will take us to the Lac Cheserys and either Argentière or the Col du Montets. Those that want to hike a bit longer can join the guide on the Petit Balcon Sud all the way back to Chamonix. Lunch will be served at local restaurant in the famous ski resort of Argentière.

Costs per Person:

  • 455€ with a minimum of 6 guests (340€ without the first night at Hotel)
  • 525€ with a minimum of 3 guests (420€ without the first night at Hotel)

Included in the price: Organisation, UIMLA-guide, 2 nights at mountain refuges with half board, 1 night at Hotel in Chamonix with breakfast, 2 pack lunches, one lunch at Restaurant, hiking map copy
Not included: personal insurance, drinks

Guide: Certified UIMLA – mountain leader


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Self guided Trekking tour around Mont Blanc, TMB


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Dates: Mid June to late September

11- days programme

The Tour du Mont Blanc, a complete circuit of the Mont Blanc, is the ultimate long distance mountain walk, and has some of the most stunning scenery.

The TMB is a 168km route that passes through France, Italy and Switzerland. The track offers cultural delights, picture book Alpine villages, the vibrant towns of Chamonix and Courmayeur, and mountain huts with majestic views.  Almost each night we stay in a different location. Accommodation varies from small family run village hotels, auberges and mountain huts.

Detailed Program:

Arriving day:
Independent travel to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley (hourly buses from Geneva airport)
Dinner  and night at the hotel in Les Houches

Day 1: Les Houches (1007m) to Les Contamines (1167m)
Cable car ride up to Bellevue and ascent to Col de Tricot. A great lunch waits for you after a steep descent to the alpine village Chalets du Miage. You pass the Refuge de Truc and finish the day in Les Contamines.

Night in Hotel in Les Contamines
• total ascent 400m
• distance 14km

Day 2: Les Contamines (1167m) to Les Chapieux (1554m).
Over an old Roman bridge and trough a alpine cow pasture you make the beautiful ascent to the Col de la Bonhomme (2329m). Than you traverse the hillside to the slightly higher Col de Croix de Bonhomme before a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux.
Night at les Chapieux or village du Glacier
• total ascent 1320 m
• total distance 20 km

Day 3: Village du Glacier (1554m) to Courmayeur. 
You follow the well marked route up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where you cross the border into Italy. From the Col you descend slightly down to Val Veny and take a bus to the alpine city of Courmayeur.
Night in Courmayeur
• total ascent 1000 m
• distance 15 km

Day 4: Courmayeur (1226m) – Rest day.

Today you have a rest day in Courmayeur. There are great shops, cafes and bars. We also suggest a trip up the brand-new cable car to point Helbronner. Fantastic views of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of the valley blanche.
Night in Hotel in Courmayeur

Day 5: Courmayeur (1226m) to Refugio Ferret. 

You head up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge and the Bertone Refuge for a coffee. Then along the ridge with some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range, to the guesthouse Chalet Ferret(2025m). A peaceful mountain guest house next to a mountain stream.
Night at Chalet Ferret
• ascent 860m
• distance 12 km

Day 6: Chalet Ferret (2025m) to La Fouly (1610m).
A gentle traverse of the mountainside to the Rifugio Elena for a morning coffee followed by a climb up to the Grand Col Ferret (2537m) where you cross the border into Switzerland. Down through the flower meadows to the small village of La Fouly.
Night in a Hotel in La Fouly.
• total ascent 900 m
• distance 20km

Day 7: La Fouly (1610m) to Champex (1466m).
An easier day as you follow a Swiss mountain valley before a short ascent to Champex, a picture book Alpine village.
Night in a Pension in Champex.
• total ascent 420m
• distance 15km

Day 8: Champex (1466m) to Trient (1279m).
You walk along the Bovine trail up to the Bovinette alpage where you can enjoy a delicious apple pie or a home made soup. Enjoy stunning views down to the Roman town of Martigny and the Rhone valley as you walk to Trient for the night.
Night in a Pension in Trient
• total ascent 750m
•16 km

Day 9: Trient (1279m) to Argentière (1252m).
The last Col of the tour… The hike over the Col de Balme brings you back into the Chamonix valley and down to Argentière.

Night at Hotel in Argentière
• total ascent 1100m
• distance 13km

Day 10: Argentière (1252m) to Chamonix (1000m).
From the Col des Montets  you walk through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve  to the famous Lac Blanc which provides a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc Massif. Your last walk down of the tour to La Flégere (1875m) and than a  cable car down back to Chamonix.
Last night in a Hotel in Chamonix
• asscent 1100m
• distance 8km

Dificulty:
This is a challenging route with an accumulated height gain and loss of over 9,000M. The route crosses from valley to valley via  mountain passes, with long and some steep ascents and descents. This tour is ideal for regular walkers that are physically fit. The terrain on this trail is diverse with country lanes, forest trails, rocky mountain paths, and high mountain meadows. In early season you might have to walk over a few snow patches.

 We can arrange a luggage transfer between accommodations to make the tour easier for you.

Rates:
$2,505 CHF per person, double occupancy
$355 CHF single supplement

Included in the price:
Organisation, guide-book, 10 nights with breakfast in nice hotels and guest houses, 6 dinners, detailed route directions, detailed French IGN Topo maps, 1;25,000 scale, covering the route, complete listing of all hotels with contact information, bus schedules, and nearby emergency medical contacts, pre-trip information with gear list,  Pre-trip telephone support with an experienced  hiking guide to answer your questions

Not included in the price: lunches, transportations, luggage transfer (we are happy to organize that for you), meals that are not listed above, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation etc.), drinks

Self guided hiking trips:
Do you have the experience and skills to hike a route on your own, but may lack the time or expertise to plan a hiking itinerary in a foreign country? Our self-guided hiking tours are for those independently-minded hikers and walkers who would like the freedom, flexibility and adventure of hiking on their own. We are happy to arrange self-guided hiking trips for single travelers as well as families and groups of up to 12 or more.

 


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10 Reasons why you should hike the Tour du Mont Blanc
By Matt Guenther

The Tour du Mont Blanc features 105 of the most breathtaking backcountry miles in the world!

There is a never-ending battle over which city or region is truly the best “mountain town,” “trail city” or “outdoor heaven.” East versus West, mountain access versus desert singletrack, dense forest versus world-class crags, even the local craft-brew scene comes into the debate. Europe doesn’t have this problem—there’s a clear winner.
Chamonix, France is nestled at around 3,000 feet at the base of the picturesque Mont Blanc Massif and is about as close to a true outdoor heaven as a town can possibly be. Dozens of paragliders constantly fly high over town, gear shops are plentiful and diverse, buses provide abundant space for riders to stash mountain bikes, the streets are always bustling with serious mountaineers and outdoor athletes, and world-class trails are available just a few minutes from the city center. This list could go on forever and isn’t only relevant in the summer—winter snow turns the town into the world capital of big mountain skiing (but that’s another story).
Chamonix’s crowning attraction for adventure-seekers, though, is its location along the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 170 kilometer (105-mile) circuit that observes the massif from all sides through three countries. More of a shrine to the Alps than a simple walk in the mountains, the TMB is the definition of a Bucket List Hike.
So, why should you stick the TMB on top of your list? Here are a few good reasons.
1. The Difficulty
Never-ending panoramas along the Tour du Mont Blanc. Matt Guenther
The trail acts as a rite of passage for those addicted to serene alpine environments, climbing to 2,500 meters five times and totaling somewhere around 30,000 feet of total elevation gain. Each section of trail is comprised of a major uphill slog, usually followed by an almost equally brutal descent. It’s certainly no walk in the park, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
2. The Scenery
This one is a no-brainer. With hardly any forest cover, the mountain views are panoramic and never-ending. From almost any point along the trail there are million-dollar views of the massif’s glaciers and of Mont Blanc itself. You’ll want to keep your camera handy!
3. The Food
The TMB gives hikers the option to forego the “just add water” meals and incessant food daydreams that usually characterize a lengthy backpacking trip. Villages with stores and bakeries can be found almost daily, and more than 50 trail refuges offer semi-reasonable prices for hot food. Don’t worry, the physical demands of the hike will erase any guilt you might have about culinary indulgences. When in Europe, right?
4. The Accessibility
Many people shy away from backcountry trips that take longer than 2-3 days, the standard time/distance threshold where the risk goes up and the ability to bail goes way down. One of the most appealing characteristics of the Tour du Mont Blanc is how accessible and well marked the trail is. The path winds around some of the most sought-after terrain in Europe, so people are always nearby and help is readily available if needed. There are plenty of points to get on or off the trail, giving hikers the flexibility to create their own itineraries.
5. The Prestige
The trail is famous for its beauty, but this fame extends far beyond some pretty pictures in a magazine. For over a decade now, Chamonix and the TMB have hosted thousands of trail runners each August for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), which has developed into one of the most prestigious and influential ultra races in the world. Hundreds of the fastest mountain athletes flock to Chamonix weeks before the event to train for what may be their biggest race of the year. The UTMB follows the TMB counterclockwise starting and ending in Chamonix, and the fastest runners finish in under 24 hours.
6. The People
One of the best aspects of any popular hiking destination is the people that you meet on the trail. The fact that the Tour du Mont Blanc is such a global attraction elevates this to a whole new level. On any thru-hike it would not be unusual to hear ten different languages being spoken and to see an incredible age range of people using the trail. The trail is also open to mountain bikes, so it’s common to see cyclists resting on the trail’s high-elevation cols before an exhilarating descent. Swapping trail stories is even more fun when your campfire pals are from all over the world.
7. The History
Most high mountain areas have a history of adventure, and the Mont Blanc Massif is no different. The first ascent of Mont Blanc was in the late 1700’s, not too long after the first circumnavigation of the massif itself roughly along the Tour du Mont Blanc’s path. Some of the trails that comprise today’s TMB route are even older than this, though, because they follow old trade and transportation routes used for many centuries between mountain villages—some dating as far back to the days of the Roman Empire.
8. The Culture
In international travel, getting from Point A to B efficiently can sometimes restrict cultural immersion. Hiking is the perfect way to reverse that. As the trail wanders through quaint and historic hamlets in France, Italy, and Switzerland, hikers are able to gain an intimate look into local life and culture at their own pace without the distractions of modern transportation.
9. The Distance
Backpacking over mountainous terrain is tough, especially for the first few days. When a hiker is able to continue working through the soreness and discomfort on a longer trek, a new world of empowered enjoyment can be found. A thru-hike of the TMB takes 9-12 days for most hikers, giving anyone plenty of time to adapt to the terrain and to thrive in the mountains. This is the perfect distance for an international trip that calls for a full-scale adventure in a compact timeline.

 


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