Intermediate Ski Tours

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December 2018

Ski Tour Remi Robert web23 – 30 Dec 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1450€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

30 Dec – 6 Jan 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1450€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

January 2019

5 – 12 Jan, 12 – 19 Jan, 19 – 26 Jan, 26 Jan – 2 Feb 2019: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

Intro Ski 20145-8 Jan, 12-15 Jan, 19-22 Jan, 26-29 Jan 2019: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 575€ (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.

26 Jan – 2 Feb: Queyras (gite/hotel based in Molines-en-Queyras), Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Grenoble/Turin, Email: Sian. CONFIRMED

February 2019

2- 5 Feb 2019: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 575€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

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2 – 9 Feb 2019: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

2 – 9 Feb 2019: Pyrenean Ski Safari (hotel based in Luz), Price: 1275€, 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.

9 – 12 Feb 2019: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 575€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

9 – 16 Feb 2019: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

16 – 23 Feb 2018: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

March 2019

Carlit_ski-tour2 – 5 Mar 2019: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 575€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

2 – 9 Mar 2019: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian

16 – 23 Mar 2019: 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_Peak9 – 16 Mar 2019: 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.

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9 – 12 Mar 2019: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 575€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

9 – 16 Mar 2019: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian

 

16 – 23 Mar 2019: 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.

 

W_Landscape_Larche16 – 23 Mar 2019: 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.

23 – 26 March 2019: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 575€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

23 – 30 Mar 2019: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: D1:A1:F1, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

April 2019

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30 Mar – 6 Apr 2019: 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.

30 Mar – 2 Apr 2019: Private Ski Tour Weekend, Price: 575€ (inc. equip), Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

30 Mar – 6 Apr 2019: Private Ski Tour Pyrenees, Price: 1225€, Grade: grade to suit, Meet: Lourdes, Email: Sian.

gjendesheim30 Mar – 6 Apr 2019: Western Oberland (Wildstrubel), Price: 1550€, Grade: D2:A2:F2, Meet: Geneva, Email:Sian. CONFIRMED. In the west of the Bernese Oberland, the Wildstrubel massif offers wonderful panoramas culminating at more than 3000m. Our itinerary will be a grand traverse from the west to the east, during which we can climb a number of summits accessible on skis. What better way to spend a week!

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.