Off-Piste Intro / Improve

Learn to, or improve your off-piste skiing

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Learn to ski off-piste, or improve your off-piste technique during this week with a qualified ski instructor. We have four ski areas to explore over your stay, as well as the slopes of the Pic du Midi at 2877m. This high mountain off-piste domain has multiple descent options to test your new-found skills. Whether you'd simply like to improve your technique for your own off-piste outings, or for ski touring expeditions, this is an excellent week to solidify your skills and improve your technique with some specialised instruction.

¤ Head off the piste and away from the crowds
¤ Improve off-piste ski technique in a variety of conditions
¤ Learn to use avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
¤ Ski in four ski areas around the Luz Valley

Dates: 2-9 March, 9-16 March, 16 - 23 March, 23 - 30 March 2019.
Grade: Solid skier on red slopes, can do black, even if not pretty.
Price: 1425€pp includes six days skiing with a qualified ski instructor each morning, seven nights B&B accommodation in Hotel Les Templiers, transfers to and from ski areas. **Confirmed from 2P only**
Meeting Point: Luz St Sauveur.
Extras: Transfers Lourdes-Luz and return, lift passes each day, equipment (ARVA, shovel, probe + ski gear), lunches.
Contact: Sian

Itinerary

Off piste skiDay One: Arrival at Lourdes airport or train station. Take the airport shuttle to Luz (15€ each way) or Kéolis SNCF bus to Luz (~9€ each way - see timetable on this page). Collect any hire gear. A drink and chat about the week, dinner out in town.

Day Two: Breakfast in the hotel and then transfer to the bottom of the Grand Tourmalet ski area to meet with your instructor for the morning. Warm up and explore the ski area and the off-piste possibilities. Focus on technique and use of the avalanche transceiver. Lunch and the afternoon to yourself to explore further and practice what you've learnt for the morning. Dinner out in Luz.

Day Three: We again head up to the Grand Tourmalet ski area and use the lifts to ski over to La Mongie and the Quatre Thermes… we make the most of a variety of off-piste slopes as we go. Then after a climb through a narrow opening and a short natural tunnel we access the Aygues Cluses valley for the long ski back down to Bareges. Lunch and again a free afternoon to practice your skills. Dinner out in Luz.

Station-Pic-du-Midi-Descente-SkiDay Four: Today we head off on a big day out that ends with a ski descent from the highest ski lift in the Pyrenees – the Pic du Midi 2877m. First we re-trace our tracks to the Quatre Thermes lift system and climb on foot to the Contade. From there we traverse around a steep slope to access a secluded valley and a long ski down into the village of La Mongie. From here we catch the two stage cable car to the Pic du Midi – this high mountain off-piste domain has a number of possible descents. Lunch and free afternoon. Dinner out in Luz.

Day Five:  Transfer to the Gavarnie ski station – this is a lovely small ski area with some good off-piste areas. You will have an instructor in the morning to show you around, then lunch and a free afternoon to retrace the morning's tracks. Dinner out in Luz.

Days Six: Today we explore the possibilities at Luz Ardiden. Between the Bederets and Aulian areas there are plenty of hidden spots to practice our skills. If the instructor decides the Bernazaou descent is possible then we'll head for that, otherwise there is plenty to keep us occupied for the morning. bond 014 Lunch and a free afternoon. Dinner out in Luz.

Days Seven: A final day to head back to Grand Tourmalet. Another morning with our instructor to receive some last tips. Option of heading up to Pic du Midi if the conditions are good. Enjoy a last lunch and free afternoon skiing to re-visit your favourite areas. Return knackered no doubt after a very full week of skiing ! Dinner out in Luz.

Day Eight:  Return on the shuttle to Lourdes airport, or on the bus to Lourdes train station for your journey home.

Reserve your place

To book you can use the on-line booking system below - select your Saturday start date and Saturday end date and then proceed. The system will ask for a deposit which you pay using PayPal. Or, if you prefer, you can email us directly (sian@pyrenees-mountains.com), or ring directly on +33 5 62 92 81 52.

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