Skitouring the Patagonian Volcanos

Dates: September and October 2017

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 Villarica are between 2000 and 3000 meters high and no long acclimatization is necessary.

Our skiing adventure starts in Bariloche, 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 a few days in this spectacular area we cross the boarder into Chile and enjoy the amazing volcano-skiing in Chiles “small south”. Volcanos like Casablanca, Osorno, Villarica or Lanin are waiting for you. We choose the once with the best conditions at the moment we are there. (There are about 10 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!

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Chamonix Hut to Hut hiking weekend


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Dates: June/July/August/September

Rustic charm with a Chamonix hut to hut hiking weekend!

Hiking – Itinerary

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

Day 1: Refuge Bellachat
We hike from Chamonix to the Refuge Bellachat (2152m). The Refuge offers one of the nicest views over the Mont Blanc mountain chain.

  • 4-5 hrs, +1100m, overnight at the Refute 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 pick nick we continue the descent through the Combe de la Glieres and hike up to the mountain hut Lac Blanc (2353m).

  •  7-8 hrs, overnight at Refuge Lac Blanc

Day 3: Aiguilles Rouges
We have a good breakfast overlooking the Aguilles Rouges. Our way down to Argentière will take us to the Lac Cheserys and either Argentiere or the Col du Montets. For those that want to hike a bit longer can join me on the Petit Balcon Sud all the way to Chamonix. Lunch 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

  • Please ask us for private tours on other dates

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Trekking tour around Mont Blanc, TMB


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Dates: June/July/August/September

Tour du Mont Blanc, Trekking tour (FR, ITA, CH)

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.

Come learn about the Alpine flora and spot some wild animals!

Detailed Program:

Arriving day:
Rendez-vous with your UIMLA-guide in Chamonix
Dinner  and night at the hotel in Chamonix.

Day 1: Les Houches (1007m) to Les Contamines (1167m)
We start with a cable car ride up to Bellevue and ascent to Col de Tricot. A great lunch waits for us after a steep descent to the alpine village Chalets du Miage. We pass Refuge de Truc and finish the day in Les Contamines.
• total ascent 400m
• distance 14km

Day 2: Les Contamines (1167m) to Les Chapieux (1554m).
On a Roman road we make the long ascent to the Col de la Bonhomme (2329m). We then traverse the hillside to another slightly higher Col before a descent to the hamlet of Les Chapieux.
Night at Bourg St.Maurice (we get there by Taxi)
• total ascent 1320 m
• total distance 20 km

Day 3: Village du Glacier (1554m) to Courmayeur. 
We follow the route through Vallee des Glaciers and up to Col de la Seigne (2516m) where we cross the border into Italy. From the Col we descend slightly down to Val Veny for a night in Courmayeur.
Night in Courmayeur
• total ascent 1000 m
• distance 15 km

Day 4: Courmayeur (1226m) – Rest day.

Today we have a rest day in Courmayeur. There are great shops cafes and bars. I suggest also 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. 

We head up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge to the Bertone Refuge for a coffee. Then along the ridge with some of the finest views of the Mont Blanc range, to the Refugio Ferret(2025m).
Night at Refugio Ferret
• ascent 860m
• distance 12 km

Day 6: Rifugio Ferret (2025m) to La Fouly (1610m).
A gentle traverse of the mountainside to the Rifugio Elena for morning coffee. A climb to the Grand Col Ferret (2537M) where we 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 we 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).
We climb along the Bovine trail, there are stunning views down to the Roman town of Martigny and the Rhone valley as we walk to Trient for the night.
Night in Pension in Trient
• total ascent 750m
•16 km

Day 9: Trient (1279m) to Argentière (1252m).
We had over the Col de Balme, along the Posettes ridge and down through the forests to Argentière.
• total ascent 1100m
• distance 13km

Day 10: Argentière (1252m) to Chamonix (1000m).
From the Col des Montets we head up through the Nature Reserve to the famous Lac Blanc which provides a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc Massif. We walk down to La Flégere (1875m) and take the cable car down back to Chamonix.
Last night in 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 challenging mountain passes, with long and some steep ascents and descents. This 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. We might have to walk over a few snow filed as this is an early summer tour.

 We can arrange a luggage transfer between accommodation on most days. Exceptions being to the three mountain huts when you will need to carry your overnight/next day gear in your rucksack. We will also maybe have to walk over a few snowfields.

Rates:
Price per person with 2 pax: 4670.- € (Double rooms or dorms in huts)
Price per person with 4 pax: 3130.- € (Double rooms or dorms in huts)
Price per person with 5 pax or more: 2820.-€ (Double rooms or dorms in huts)
Please let us know if you wish to sleep in a single room. This is possible in many places.

Included in the price:
Organisation, UIMLA mountain leader guide, 11 nights with breakfast in huts/hotels/lodges, 10 dinners, all lunches, 3 transports to hiking starts, cable car down to Chamonix

Not included in the price: 2 dinners in Courmayeur, luggage transfer (we are happy to organize that for you), tipps, personal insurance (accident, travel, annulation etc.), drinks

  • We offer this tour also as a 6-days Express Tour! Please contact us for that…
  • We also offer a cheaper tour with a simple rooming standard

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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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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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Patagonia Ski touring weeks, Bariloche


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Dates 2017:
12 – 18 September
19 – 25 September
26 September – 2 October
3  – 9 October

Please contact us for private tour 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 run 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.

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.

 

  • We also offer ski tours to Chiles volcanos as well as ski touring day trips out of Bariloche. Please contact us for this offers.

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Dolomites hiking week


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Dates: June/July/August/September

Hiking the Dolomites of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

The Dolomites might just be the world’s most beautiful construction, on this both architect Le Corbusier and alpinist Reinhold Messner can agree. See and experience true South Tyrolean beauty whilst pondering the towers of Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen) or basking in the last rays of evening light that redden the mountains around Pederü mountain lodge. Hike along the Dolomites High Mountain Trail (Dolomiten Höhenweg) and enjoy the very tasty, local food in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Dolomites: “Born as coral reefs 250 million years ago, today they soar skywards proud and confident as white towers of rock.”

Day 1: Cortina d’Ampezzo
Meet at the hotel in Cortina
Dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 2: Tre Cime di Lavaredo
+ 350m – 350m / aprox. 5 hrs 9,5 km (aprox. 3,5 hrs)

We are at the foot of the vertical rock needles Tre Cime di Lavaredo, summiting at almost 9900 ft, so famous for their rock climbing routes. We begin with a gentle hike around the Tre Cime. A loop around the range takes us back to the start of the hike.
Night and dinner at Hotel in Cortina.

Day 3: Around Croda di Lago
+ 920m – 400m / aprox. 6 hrs
Hike to the Palmieri mountain hut, located at the foot of the imposing Croda da Lago. We can admire the Mondeval alpine pastures from the Forcella Ambrizola, continue to Forcella Giau and meet our minivan at Passo Giau.
Night and dinner in the typical mountain restaurant in Cortina.

Day 4: Lagazuoi, Fanes Nature Park, Pederü
+400 m -1300 m / aprox. 6 hrs
At Lagazuoi peak the past has left many evidences of courageous enterprises from the Italian and Austrian soldiers. One can still see war bunkers and visit galleries to measure the craziness of past battles in the area.  Our route follows the Alta Via Dolomiti trail and its beautiful landscapes until Forcletta del Lago pass. The trail continues through a wide alpine valley that leads to Fanes hut and down to Pederü.
Night and dinner at Pederü hut.

Day 5: Refugio Fodara, Sas dla Para
+500 m -580 m / aprox. 5 hrsWe hike up to the Fodara hut, accessible thanks to an old military road, dug and carved into the mountain. We can also continue on and reach the summit of Sas dal Para to admire the incredible panorama from the top.
Night and dinner at Fodara hut.

Day 6: Refugio Biella, Ra Stua
+350 m/+750 m -800 m/-1300 m / aprox. 7 hrs
Beautiful hike to the altiplano across fields and sedimentary rock. We stop at Refuge Biella for a short while. Optional hiking up to Seekofel/Croda Rossa and back. Then our trail goes down into the Scuro alpine bowl to Ra Stua hut.
Night and dinner in Cortina, Pizza night out

Day 7: Passo Giau – Refuge Averau – Col Falzarego
+350 m -470 m / aprox. 4 hrs
We will reach the summit of Nuvolau and stop at the eponymous hut for a rewarding, and contemplative break. On the way down we hike past many remains from the Great War.

Day 8: Departure day
Breakfast at the Hotel in Cortina.

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Ski Vallee Blanche, Chamonix


Dates: January to May 2017

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: 330.00€*
*The price for for a private guide is 310€ 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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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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Cornwall & Lake District hiking holidays, England


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Dates: May, June

On this walking holiday you will discover the Cornish coast walks and do Fell walking in the Lake District National Park.

We stay in beautiful Hotels and have private transport from and to the walks during the whole trip!

In Cornwall we will discover  landscapes where the sea turns turquoise in the sun, the sand is white and the natural light is sometimes blindingly bright, the land is adorned with a legacy of Bronze age standing stones. Huge granite burial chambers, Celtic crosses and holy wells. We will walk trough beautiful flower fields along the South Western Coast Path and might spot some seals on the way.

Walking on the Fells in the Lake District National Park is something every walker should experience. 500 million years of geological processes have produced a tightly packed landscape of sparkling waters and superb rugged peaks of dramatic beauty. Within an area only 30 miles across, England’s highest mountains tower over its deepest and longest lakes, with picturesque stone-built villages, farms and country inns crowding into the valleys.

Itinerary 

Day 1: Mullion Cove
Transfer from Newquay Airport to Mullion Cove Hotel
You will stay at the magnificently sited Mullion Cove Hotel for the next two nights. The hotel is situated on the Lizard Peninsula in South Cornwall. The hotel stands on the cliff top overlooking the harbour and fishing cove with uninterrupted sea views.
There will be time for a short walk before dinner.
Dinner  be at hotel.

Day 2: Kynance Cove and Lizard Point
Today we’ll take our first long hike along the Cornish coast, directly from the hotel on the South West Coast Path. We’ll visit the dramatic Kynance Cove and Lizard Point, before proceeding to the pretty village of Cadgwith for a welcome pint!
10 miles, 2000 feet of ascent and descent.
Dinner be at hotel.

Day 3:  St Michael’s Mount and Land’s End
Today we’ll start very early to fit in a visit to iconic St Michael’s Mount and its 17th Century Castle, with access by its cobbled tidal causeway. If the tide is high, transfer is by small boat.
After that we can transfer to the little village of Porthcurno and hike along the South West Coast Path to Land’s End admiring the views from the most westerly point of the English mainland.
6 miles, 2000 feet of ascent and descent.
Dinner will be at your hotel, the Carbis Bay Hotel, where your luggage will be waiting.

Day 4: St.Ives
Today you will hike from Lelant to Zennor. Again we follow the South West Coast Path through wonderful coastal scenery through areas of wild orchids, with views down to rocky inlets where the seals will be resting. An option today is to finish the walk in St.Ives to allow more time to shop and sightsee there. Otherwise the hike finishes in Zennor.
Using the train, allows the choice of length of stay in St.Ives and the journey takes just 10 minutes.
Leland to Zennor, 11 miles, 2700 feet in ascent and descent
Lelant to St.Ives, 3,5 miles

Day 5:  Transfer to the Lake District & The Swan Hotel
Today you will transfer by private minibus to Newquay airport and again transfer to the Lake District by private minibus from Manchester airport.
Depending on flight times, we should have time for a little hike up Hampsfell and a visit to the picture postcard village of Cartmel, famous for its races, sticky toffee pudding and its priory, before reaching our hotel, The Swan at Newby Bridge.
Dinner will be at the hotel, The Swan Hotel and Spa.

Day 6: Scafell Pike, the highest point in England
Today, we’ll attempt an iconic British hike, to the top of England’s highest fell, Sca Fell Pike. The hike starts in Brotherilked, we go up past the waterfalls of Scale Gill and the River Esk, to magnificent Great Moss. From there we make a final ascent of Sca Fell Pike via Micklesore, and then descend steeply down the path by Lingmell Gill enjoying views over Wastwater. A short hop by minibus brings us to the Wastwater Hotel with its famous hikers bar. A long, but very rewarding day.
8 miles, 3100 feet in ascent and descent on rocky and uneven Lakeland paths with some steep sections.
Dinner will be at the hotel.

Day 7: Rydal Water and Grasmere
Today’s we’ll enjoy a shorter hike as we transfer to the North Lake District. Starting in Rydal Water on the coffin route, we’ll ascend little Loughrigg Fell high above pretty Rydal Water. We’ll then descend to Loughrigg Terrace where the bluebells will greet us before crossing over to White Moss and Wordsworth’s house. It is possible to have a guided tour of Wordsworth’s house, a fascinating insight into 18th century domestic life, as well as the great poet.
Grasmere village itself is a picture postcard of pretty slate houses, shops and pubs.
4 miles, 1300 feet in ascent and descent
Your hotel tonight is Armathwaite Hall and Spa, where you will have dinner.

Day 8: The Newlands Round, Keswick and Derwentwater
Today we will drive into the heart of the Newlands Valley to Little Town, the starting poing of one of the Lake District’s most famous hikes, The Newlands Round. First we will ascend the spectacular wide ridge of Hindscarth to reach Dale Head and one of the best views in the Lake District over Buttermere and Crummock Water. From here we will descend over Maiden Moor down to beautiful Derwentwater and the jetty at Brandlehow. You will then catch the Victorian steam launch across the lake to the market town of Keswick, where there are plenty of shops and cafes, before catching your private minibus home, via the ancient stone circle of Castle Rigg.
9 miles, 2900 feet in ascent, 2400 feet in ascent, on rocky and uneven Lakeland paths. Some steep sections.
Your dinner tonight will be at Armathwaite Hall.

Day 9: Ullswater and transfer to London
Today you will transfer to Pooley Bridge to catch another Victorian steamer and enjoy a trip down the deepest lake in England, Ullswater, named after the Viking lord Ulf. You will enjoy a gentle walk along the shores to the pub in Patterdale, from where your private minbus will transfer you to Penrith station for your First Class train journey back to London.
5.7 miles, 1100 feet in ascent and descent


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Women’s Freeride & Skitouring Camp, Chamonix

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

March:  18. – 22. 03. 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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