Intermediate Ski Tours

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December 2017

Ski Tour Remi Robert web23 – 30 Dec 2017: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1450€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

30 Dec – 6 Jan 2017: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1450€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

January 2018

6 – 13 Jan, 13 – 20 Jan, 20 – 27 Jan, 27 Jan – 3 Feb 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

Intro Ski 20146-9 Jan, 13-16 Jan, 20-23 Jan, 17-30 Jan 2018: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: 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/Turin, Email: Sian.

February 2018

3 – 6 Feb 2018: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

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3 – 10 Feb 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: grade to suit, 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. A classic Pyrenean off-piste ski week, based in the pretty village of Luz St Sauveur. Half board hotel accommodation. 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.

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

10 – 17 Feb 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

17 – 24 Feb 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

24 Feb – 3 Mar 2018: Pic Carlit (Catalan Pyrenees), Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Toulouse/Carcassonne, Email: Sian. In the eastern Pyrenees, not far from Andorra, lies the Carlit Massif and the Catalan Pyrenees Regional Park. It is a granite massif, filled with plenty of small lakes, making for very pretty scenery. The refuges are not all guarded and are often situated on the edge of the forest. This is an area of the Pyrenees worthy of discovery.

March 2018

Carlit_ski-tour3 – 6 Mar 2018: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

3 – 10 Mar 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian

3 – 10 Mar 2018: Mercantour National Park (Southern Alps), Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Nice, Email: Sian. Only one hour from Nice and the Mediterranean is the Mercantour National Park in the Southern French Alps. Known for its prehistoric cave paintings in the Vallée des Merveilles this surprising and diverse massif offers summits over 3000m, lakes and extensive larch pine forests. It makes for a lovely intermediate ski tour.

W_People_Peak10 – 17 Mar 2018: Spanish Haute Route (Pyrenees’ two highest summits, Aneto and Possets), Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A3:F2, Meet: Lourdes, 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.

Grand Casse10 – 17 Mar 2018: Albula High Route, Price: 1525€, 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, but this Albula traverse offers some magnificant panoramas and some wonderful descents. As a bonus there is the quality of the Swiss refuges and the sub-culture in this Romanche speaking area of Switzerland.

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

10 – 17 Mar 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian

17 – 24 Mar 2018: Pyrenees National Park Ski Tour, Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian. A classic Breche de Tuquerouye north face Mont Perdutrip 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 known as the Breche de Roland.

17 – 24 Mar 2018: Oetztal (Austria), Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: , Email: Sian. Our ski tour sets out from the village of Vent, at the very end of the valley. The ski route links three mountain huts, we stay two nights in two of them (both with hot showers), meaning this is a more relaxed and flexible tour than some. The options are enormous, and a big advantage of this tour. In good weather we can ski and climb to the Hinter Schwarze (3500m), Similaun (3600m), Fluchtkogel (3500m) and the highest peak in the area, the Wild Spitze (3765m). So good skiing at high altitude on moderate slopes with the opportunity to bag a peak each day. Perfect!

24 – 31 Mar 2018: Larche – Briançon Traverse, Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Email: Sian. The Larche-Briançon section of the Alps crossing is particularly interesting. We are in the Southern Alps and this tour passes through two magnificent and highly reputed regions, the wild Ubaye, and the Queyras with its remote villages perched high in the mountains. Larche is a small mountain village very near the Italian border and at the entrance of the Mercatour National Park. Briançon is known for its Vauban fortifications, which are listed on the World Heritage register.

24 – 27 March 2018: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 635€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

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

April 2018

Cham-Zermat31 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. Between Switzerland and Italy this tour traverses from the Valais (Wallis) to Tessin (Ticino), finishing not far from Andermatt. It gives you the chance to discover a less well known area of the Alps. The separation line between three of Europe’s significant river basins, the Rhone, the Rhine and the Po, is here, in the centre of the Rotondo massif.

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

31 Mar – 7 Apr 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1395€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian. Easter Week

7 – 14 Apr 2017: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1375€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

gjendesheim7 – 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. The Jotunheimen range, the home of the giants, lies in the centre of Norway, only two hours north of Oslo by train. The range contains the highest mountains in Norway: at the top of the Galdhøpiggen (2469m) you are at the highest point north of the Tatras and west of the Ural. Glaciers have carved out valleys that lie 800-1400m above sea level and the peaks above are generally 2000-2500m. The northerly latitude (60°N, Chamonix is 45°N) makes up for the lesser height of the mountains in terms of snow and this tour gives us a great introduction to skiing in Norway.

cham zermat 309 02314 – 21 Apr 2017: Jungfrau-Gauli, Price: 1,525€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Interlaken, Email: Sian. One can travel through this massif simply traversing its enormous glacial plateaux (slightly uninteresting), or climb it numerous very technical 4000m peaks (difficult). We have chosen another option, more open to intermediate level skiers, which is a circuit traverse with the aim of climbing a number of summits that are accessible on skis. Also included are, of course, are some fantastic descents.

14 – 21 Apr 2017: Bernese Oberland, Price: 1,525€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Interlaken, Email: Sian. This ski tour is a traverse linking the Jungfrau massif and the Kandersteg region. We pass through the immense glacial area of the Jungfrau-Aletsch, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Register. The Lotschental Valley is well preserved and offers wonderful panoramas onto more than 40 summits above 4000m. We then enter the Wildstrubel region before a 2000m descent into Lenk.

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.