Ski Touring

Winter 2018 Program

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RichardPyrenean Odysseys ski touring program for winter 2018 is under construction…. The dates are in, but the details and the links are not yet all up. Just send an email if you’d like the details to sian@pyrenees-mountains.com

Remember our unbeatable initiation week that runs with only two participants (so no excuses – just choose the week that suits and book yourselves in). With only a few exceptions our trips include collection at the nearest convenient airport or railway station and transfer to the tour base, so there are no local transport hassles. There are trips for all abilities, and if you are not sure, we are happy to advise on what suits your level. We can tailor make a trip for your group of four or more people – just decide a date and let us know.

In 2018 we are again offering long weekend initiation courses. Access to Luz St Sauveur, our base in the Pyrenees, is fast and easy from Lourdes airport (there is a shuttle connecting the village with the Ryan Air flight from Stansted on Saturdays and Tuesdays – it takes just an hour – one of the fastest transfer times possible). The Eurostar from London and overnight train to Lourdes from Paris is an even better way to gain days on the slopes. Leave London-St Pancras on Friday evening and arrive in Lourdes the next morning. Leave Lourdes any night of the week and arrive London 10:30am the next morning. There are regular bus services connecting Lourdes train station with Luz St Sauveur (55 mins).

Remi profileWith 20 years experience our guides have a huge amount to offer both experienced and novice ski tourers. A number of younger guides are making their name here in the Pyrenees and we also enjoy working with them. The range of trips available is significant, both here in the Pyrenees, and in other European mountain ranges (French Alps, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Norway, Poland). Book your ski touring holiday for this winter now…

 

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Winter Programme 2018

Trips highlighted in GREEN are confirmed
Trips highlighted in ORANGE have received early interest. Let us know if you are also interested
Trips highlighted in RED are full.

Our Introduction to Ski Touring / Winter Skills week is aimed at good on-piste skiers (very comfortable on red slopes, can ski black slopes) who have headed off the groomed slopes into the powder from time to time. If you’d love to get away from the lifts and see what it’s really all about then this week is for you. Learn about snow and avalanche safety, learn how to use touring skis, skins, ski crampons and avalanche transceivers.  And the all important kick-turn! A night out in a refuge from February onwards. **Runs from only two participants** 

Encantats peakIf you enjoy ski touring and off-piste skiing and would simply like a guide to show you around what is on offer in the Central Pyrenees, then our Private Ski Tour is for you. Based in Hotel Les Templiers in Luz St Sauveur you head out with a guide each day on an itinerary to suit your level, often using the ski areas of Grand Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden and Gavarnie as the starting point. Option of a night out in a refuge from February onwards. Practice your snow and avalanche safety to keep your skills current. **Runs from only two participants**

Weekend Trips: both introductory and private 3-day weekend trips are possible, and also run with only two participants. Sat – Tues 23 Dec 2017 – 10 April 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian. Includes two days with a ski touring guide, two days equipment hire, three nights half board twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers.

December 2017

Intro Ski Tour23 – 30 Dec 2017: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills, Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1450€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

30 Dec – 6 Jan 2017: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills, Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1450€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

January 2018

6 – 13 Jan, 13 – 20 Jan, 20 – 27 Jan, 27 Jan – 3 Feb 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills, Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Intro Ski 2014Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

6-9 Jan, 13-16 Jan, 20-23 Jan, 17-30 Jan 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian. Includes two days with a ski touring guide, two days equipment hire, three nights half board twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers.

27 Jan – 3 Feb: Queyras (gite/hotel based in Molines-en-Queyras), Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Grenoble/Nice/Marseilles, Email: Sian.

February 2018

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3-6 Feb 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

3 – 10 Feb 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills, Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

3 – 10 Feb 2018: Pyrenean Ski Safari (hotel based in Luz), Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A2:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

10 – 13 Feb 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

W_Ski Tour Remi Robert web10 – 17 Feb 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills (hotel based in Luz), Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

10 – 17 Feb 2018: Néouvielle Nature Reserve – Lakes and Peaks, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

17 – 20 Feb 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

17 – 24 Feb 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills (hotel based in Luz), Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

Encantats peak17  – 24 Feb 2018: Encantats – the Pyrenean Lake District, Price: 1395€,Grade: D1:A1:F2, Meet: Lourdes/Toulouse, Email: Sian.

24 – 27 Feb 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

24 Feb – 3 Mar 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills (hotel based in Luz), Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

24 Feb – 3 Mar 2018: Pic Carlit (Catalan Pyrenees), Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Toulouse/Carcassonne, Email: Sian.

March 2018

Breche winter3 – 6 Mar 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

3 – 10 Mar 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills (hotel based in Luz), Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian

3 – 10 Mar 2018: Mercantour National Park (Southern Alps), Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Nice, Email: Sian.

10 – 17 Mar 2018: Spanish Haute Route (Pyrenees’ two highest summits, Aneto and Possets), Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A3:F2, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

Grand Casse10 – 17 Mar 2018: Albula High Route, Price: 1525€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Zurich, Email: Sian.

10 – 13 Mar 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

10 – 17 Mar 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills, Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian

Ski Tour Remi Robert web17 – 24 Mar 2018: Pyrenees National Park Ski Tour, Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

17 – 24 Mar 2018: Oetztal (Austria), Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Innsbruck, Email: Sian.

17 – 24 Mar 2018: Off-Piste Improvement, Price: 1425€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes/Luz St Sauveur, Email: Sian. Other weeks possible – just ask us.

Simplon Pass Tour24 – 31 Mar 2018: Larche – Briançon Traverse, Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Turin, Email: Sian.

24 – 31 Mar 2018: Haute Route Medel, Price: 1525€, Grade: D2:A3:F2, Meet: Zurich, Email: Sian.

24 – 27 March 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

24 – 31 Mar 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills, Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

April 2018

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31 Mar – 7 Avr 2018: Ortler Alps South Tyrol, Price: 1450€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Geneva, Email: Sian.

31 Mar – 7 Avr 2018: Lepontine Alps (Tour du Soleil), Price: 1525€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Geneva, Email: Sian.

31 Mar – 3 Apr 2018: Intro Ski Touring Weekend, Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian. Easter Long Weekend

31 Mar – 7 Apr 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills, Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian. Easter Week

7 – 14 Apr 2018: Grossglockner (Austria), Price: 1525€, Grade: D2:A3:F3, Meet: Salzberg, Email: Sian.

7 – 14 Apr 2018: Intro Ski Touring/Winter Skills, Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1375€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

7 – 14 April 2018: Jotunheimen National Park (Norway’s highest mountains), Price: 1,845€ (4P group), 1,600€pp (6P group), Grade: D2:A3:F2, Meet: Oslo, Email: Sian.

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14 – 21 Apr 2018: Bernese Oberland, Price: 1,525€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Interlaken, Email: Sian.

Grade Coding

D = Descent.

D1 – simple skiing on wide slopes with little danger of exposure due to cliff faces, seracs or glaciers. Expect slopes similar to a red piste in gradient terms.
D2 – expect some slopes with object dangers like cliff faces, narrow passages between crevasses or ice falls and the occasional gully or couloir. Slopes may be slightly steeper than in our D1 grade but generally do not exceed 30 degrees.
D3 – expect steeper slopes, narrower gulleys, and skiing in more confined spaces. You must be able to ski completely in control in all snow conditions on slopes up to 35 degrees.

A = Ascent (vertical climb)

A1 – climbs on these ski tours average between 800 and 1000 metres a day at a moderate pace on gentle terrain. Expect to spend fours hours climbing. A1 tours do not generally require the use of an ice axe but you may need boot crampons on one or two passes.
A2 – longer climbs up to 1200 metres a day but with optional peak ascents requiring some mountaineering skills. You will use crampons and may need an ice axe (see individual tour requirements). Expect to cover the 1200 metres in 3.5 hours – so these tours do move at a faster pace than our A1 groups.
A3 – these tours are tougher and require climbs of 1400 metres and occasional longer days up to 1800 metres a day. You need to be completely competent with uphill kick turns (able to perform them in steep tricky situations) and you need an ice axe and crampons. A3 tours are only suitable for people who have completed at least three ski tours before.

F = Fitness

F1 – these tours require basic hill and ski fitness as they are only at moderate altitude and you are climbing and skiing at a moderate rate. We expect you to be able to climb and ski at a steady pace with two or three breaks during the climb.
F2 – as these groups move at a faster pace, and many of these tours are at a higher altitude, you need to be fitter. You should be a regular hill walker or cycle a fair amount and you should be ski fit too – so ideally you will have been skiing on piste (or on an off -piste week) before joining these groups.
F3 – these groups cover ground at a fast pace without stopping very often. You need to be able to climb with a good rhythm at this pace for up to five hours. These tours are only suitable for people who have many years ski touring experience and are well prepared physically.

A note: please bear in mind that although we have given each tour a D.A.F grade the actual grade of a route may well feel different if the conditions are hard – i.e if there is a lot of breakable crust, or stormy weather for example.