Intermediate Ski Tours

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January 2020

Bergons_ski-tour-Feb-18h18 – 25 Jan, 25 Jan – 1 Feb 2020: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Email: Sian. Includes six days with a ski touring guide and seven nights B&B twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers. Equipment hire 210€/week for ski pack, 80€/week for avalanche pack.

18 – 21 Jan, 25 – 28 Jan 2020: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 595€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Email: Sian. Includes two days with a ski touring guide, two days equipment hire, three nights B&B twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers.

February 2020

W_People_Ski de rando_ Queyras1 – 8 Feb, 15 – 22 Feb 2020: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Email: Sian. Includes six days with a ski touring guide and seven nights B&B twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers. Equipment hire 210€/week for ski pack, 80€/week for avalanche pack.

1 – 4 Feb, 15 – 18 Feb 2020: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 595€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Email: Sian. Includes two days with a ski touring guide, two days equipment hire, three nights B&B twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers.

W_People_Peak1 – 8 Feb 2020: Pyrenean Ski Safari (hotel based in Luz), Price: 1295€, Grade: D2:A2:F1, Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Email: Sian. This is a classic Pyrenean off-piste ski safari, based in the pretty village of Luz St Sauveur. Half board accommodation in a hotel in the centre of the village. During the week you will use your skins a little, but the idea is mainly to use the lift systems in the valley (Grand Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden, Gavarnie) to gain height and tackle some interesting and challenging off-piste descents. The fixed accommodation base allows a flexible itinerary, to best adapt to weather and snow conditions. The highlight of the week is an overnight tour across the Néouvielle Nature Reserve to the Oule Refuge above St Lary, where we stay the night, returning the next day via a different route.

22 – 29 Feb 2020: Pyrenean Day Tours, Price: 1225€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

March 2020

7 – 14 Mar 2020: Mount Viso Ski Tour, Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A3:F2, Meet: Briançon, Email: Sian. Between the Italian valley at the source of the Pô River in the Cottian Alps, and the Queyras Valley in France this tour of Mt Viso (3841m) has everything you could want in a touring week, including excellent refuges with very nice food! Mt Viso dominates the Pô plain, and Turin, making it one of the the emblematic mountains of northern Italy and the Southern Alps. Add to this a heritage including the Waldensian (Vaudois) ascetic movement, perhaps the first to translate the bible into common language (Provencal), and you have an interesting mix of cultural heritage along with the more common Piedmont, Occitane and French influences.

7 – 14 Mar 2020: Spanish High Route Pyrenees Ski Tour, Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A3:F2, Meet: Montrejeau or Toulouse Email: Sian. This classic ski traverse takes you to the two highest peaks in the Pyrenees – the Possets (3368m) and the Aneto (3400m). Both mountains are at the heart of the Maladeta-Posets Natural Reserve and are linked together in a six day traverse of the Aragonese mountains on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. This ski tour will particularly appeal to people who have already skied along the French Pyrenees National Park trail but could be done by most people who have completed one or two ski tours – relatively good fitness required.

14 – 21 Mar, 28 Mar – 4 Apr 2020: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit Meet: Luz St Sauveur Email: Sian. Includes six days with a ski touring guide and seven nights B&B twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers. Equipment hire 210€/week for ski pack, 80€/week for avalanche pack.

14 – 17 Mar, 28 – 31 Mar 2020: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 595€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian. Includes two days with a ski touring guide, two days equipment hire, three nights B&B twin share accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers.

14 – 21 Mar 2020: Cerces Southern Alps Ski Tour, Price: 1395€, BinnGrade: D1:A2:F2, Meet: Gap, Email: Sian. This trip consists of a circuit around Mont Thabor and en route we both climb this famous peak and visit some of the most beautiful skiing country of the Southern Alps including Nevache and the Valley of La Clarée (both are very well preserved). The refuges are comfortable and, all in all, this trip is an ideal experience for those new to ski touring. (Height gain/loss is about 1,000m to 1,200m a day).

Breche de Tuquerouye north face Mont Perdu14 – 21 Mar 2020: Pyrenees National Park Ski Tour, Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Luz St Sauveur, Email: Sian. A classic trip along the Haute Route Pyrenenne (HRP) and justifiably one of our most popular ski tours. Stunning mountains, no tracks, good huts and great skiing with lots of opportunity to peak bag along the way. You ski for six days through remote valleys and climb to the highest peak in the French Pyrenees, the Vignemale (3289m), as well as the mythical Mont Perdu (3352m) – hidden behind the dramatic Gavarnie Cirque and accessed through the natural rock doorway on the Spanish border, the Breche de Roland. A return via the more dramatic Breche de Tuqer

W_Sign_Pian Sass Mor21 – 28 Mar 2020: Albula High Traverse Ski TourPrice: 1555€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Zurich, Email: Sian. The Albula range is situated in the Grisons canton (Graubunden) to the north of St Moritz. The Bernina mountains to the south leaves them slightly in the shadows with their 4000m peaks, but this Albula traverse offers some magnificent panoramas and its share of wonderful descents. As a bonus there is the quality of the Swiss refuges and the sub-culture in this Romanche speaking area of Switzerland.

Carlit_ski-tour21 – 28 Mar 2020: Northern Stubai Ski Tour, Price: 1455€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Zurich, Email: Sian. The Stubai range is found in the Central Eastern European Alps, on the western end of Austria between Italy, Germany and Switzerland, and is one of the most attractive ski touring destinations in the Alps. The southern part of the range is in Northern Italy, but most of the Stubai is in Austria. It is the steepest of the three massifs of the Austrian Tyrol (Silvretta, Oetztal, Stubai). The area offers some beautiful routes on the glaciers and many summits are accessible on skis at various levels of difficulty. The North part is less known, and we are offering a circuit route with many summit ascents possible.

April 2020

W_Landscape_Larche28 Mar – 4 Apr 2020: Gran Paradiso Ski Tour, Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Geneva, Email: Sian. Reaching a 4000m summit remains an excellent milestone in the life of a skier, and one that is our target this week. The Gran Paradiso (4061m) is situated in the heard of the National Park of the same name, and is the only 4000m summit entirely in Italy. The national park was initially created to protect the Alpine ibex, which remained only in this area having been hunted from everywhere else. We will begin our week acclimatising, and then start the traverse, staying within our traditional ‘tour’ spirit. This gives us all the best chance of achieving the summit along with a very nice ski journey.

28 Mar – 4 Apr 2020: Simplon – Gotthard Ski Tour, Price: 1555€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Geneva, Email: Sian. This tour crosses two of the most famous passes in Switzerland. In the middle of the Alpine arc the Leopontine Alps rise in the South West of the Valais region at the Simplon Pass and end not far from the Saint Gothard Pass. These mountains grow on the Swiss side up from the high Rhone valley and on the Italian side from the valley of Ossola. The higher reaches of the Ossola Valley are known as the ‘Val Formazza’ and this route is known in Italy as the ‘Haute Route d’Ossola’. Surprisingly little known, this is a big route linking two great alpine cols, but it is of only average difficulty. However you’ll find an interesting mix of terrains and so tourers need to be experienced.

4 – 11 Apr 2020: Vanoise Ski Tour, Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Geneva, Email: Sian. This tour is in the heart of the Vanoise National Park (Savoie), the first park created in France in 1963. The park is adjacent to the Italian Gran Paradiso National Park, forming a large area originally dedicated to the protection of the Alpine ibex. The summits are so impressive that in 1859 the Englishman Alpinist William Matthews set off with his brother to summit the Mont Iseran which was shown on some maps as reaching 4400m. Once they arrived at the Col d’Iseran they saw no trace of a peak above! There are however 40 summits above 3200m and we start our circuit on the glaciers of the Vanoise before Cham-Zermatcontinuing in the tortured heights behinds Val Thorens. During the week we’ll perhaps have a chance to see the ibex in these magnificent surroundings.

4 – 9 Apr 2020: Vanoise 5 nights/4 days, Price: 1225€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Geneva, Email: Sian.

11 – 18 Apr 2020: Haute Maurienne Ski Tour, Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A3:F2, Meet: Geneva, Email: Sian. This is an excellent tour in the back country behind Val d’Isere and Tignes. The Haute Maurienne hangs between the Southern and the Northern Alps. It is a particularly snowy place and holds a numbers of records for the depth of snowfall. Although many seasoned French tourers love this area, relatively few foreigners have explored its savage beauty, perhaps because, unlike its neighbours, it cannot boast a 4,000 metre peak. But this is to ignore the multitude of summits over 3,500 metres which help turn this trip into classic example of a ski tour. It’s a circular route, leaving from the the well known piste skiing base of Val d’Isere. It’s ironic that this resort area is so well visited and yet on the doorstep lies the Haute Maurienne with its empty cols, impressive summits and wild, open spaces. This fine scenery and the high quality of the accommodation combine to make this trip something really special.

11 – 16 Apr 2020: Haute Maurienne – 5 nights/4 days, Price: 1195€, Grade: D2:A3:F2, Meet: Geneva, 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.