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GUIDED OFF-PISTE FREERIDE POWDER SKI TOUR
6 Days | 5 Nights | 6 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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Discover the amazing freeride powder ski descents on the Italian side of Mont Blanc & the superb Aosta Valley resorts of Courmayeur & La Thuile/La Rosiere. Join a fixed date tour as a single or group, or create a custom tour to suit your best dates & group size.....
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Freeride Skiing Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy Tour

Overview

The upper Aosta valley ends abruptly at the massive bulk of Monte Bianco (a.k.a. Mont Blanc), the home of some of the world's best ski descents. Down valley from Mont Blanc, the ski resorts of Courmayeur & La Thuile provide stellar resort skiing & classic Alps backcountry access. On this tour you will discover the amazing freeride powder ski descents on the Italian side of Mont Blanc & in the superb Aosta Valley resorts of Courmayeur & La Thuile as well as the interconnected French resort of La Rosiere. The incredible descents off Monte Bianco are best sampled with an experienced guide in a group of like-indeed people. If this appeals to you, read on……

The Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy tour is led by an experienced guide that knows the region like their own backyard. Utilising a single, centrally located base hotel, the group will travel by private minibus to a different ski area each day, using the local ski lifts & some skinning to seek out the best freeride powder in the region. Every night, once comfortable at the hotel, the guide will discuss with the group the options for the next day’s adventure over a few après ski drinks.

Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy
Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy
Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy

Ski Resorts Visited

In addition to skiing in the magnificent local resort Courmayeur, the group will visit several other areas in both Italy & France to provide the best skiing experience of the upper Aosta valley. La Thuile & its delightful backcountry will be visited on a few days, as well as its interlinked French ski resort of La Rosiere. A descent of the Valle Blanche will give the group a taste of the amazing Chamonix. near Courmayeur on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, the impressive Skyway Monte Bianco will provide upward transport for some of the best freeride descents in the region. See the Itinerary Tab for more.

Meeting Point & Transport

The meeting point for the tour is either of two train stations - Briançon (France) or Oulx (in Italy) or  alternatively one can make there way directly to Courmayeur village & meet the group there. Oulx is on the Paris-Lyon-Turin-Milan fast train line so is a handy way to get to the area. Once picked up, your group will have its own minibus to transport you to up to all the different ski areas on the tour. See the Itinerary Tab for more.

Accommodation & Meals

Enjoy the hospitality, food & drink of a classic, stylish Italian village for 5 nights. The usual base is the fabulous town of Courmayeur. It is central to all the ski areas on the tour, but flexibility, weather & snow will dictate the best place to stay. Suffice to say, everyone will be comfortable wherever you rest your head! See the Accommodation Tab for more.

Guides & Group Size

All guides are fully certified mountain guides with extensive local ski & mountaineering experience, plus their understanding of clients’ needs/wishes, and their teaching/organisational skills. The maximum number of guests per guide/group will be 7, but may be as low as 5, depending on conditions.

Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy
Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy
Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy

Technical & Personal Requirements*

Ski Ability

Participants must be experienced skiers. Splitboarders can only be catered for in a specific group (please enquire!). You should be at ease with skiing on all types of snow at a sustained pace all day long. Slopes may include short steep sections (40o to 45o) plus couloirs. Skinning uphill will be involved, but will generally be no more than 45 min to 1 hour per day. No previous skinning/ski touring experience is required. All ski gear can be rented & avalanche safety gear is included in the tour price.

Fitness

Good physical condition is required, skinning or short ascents on foot will for a total of up to 2½hr/day. You should be prepared to ski all day long at a good pace, approx. 4 - 6 hrs skiing.

*Good to know: if you don't have the level required, the guide may ask you to leave if necessary for the well-being of the rest of the group. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask!

A Note About Covid

The tour operator undertakes to follow all the recommendations issued by the relevant government. The tour vans are disinfected after each use and wearing a mask is strictly compulsory for all trips. This for the clients and for the guides. Participants will be informed of the health protocols relating to the accommodation where they stay - it is mandatory to respect them. For the latest on travelling to Europe see the website Reopen Europe.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, Transfer & Warm-Up at La Thuile/La Rosière

Get together at Oulx or Briançon train station, or directly in Courmayeur. After meeting the guide, set off for Courmayeur in the minibus. The first day is easy going, getting to know each other, and warming up on the slopes of La Thuile & La Rosiere ski area on the French - Italian border (around the St Bernard mountain pass). A brief avalanche safety training session related to off-piste and freeride skiing is included. No need to overdo it, you will be skiing all week long. At the end of the day, transfer to your hotel accommodation, which will be your home for the next five nights.
Meals included: dinner.

Day 2: Freeride in Courmayeur

A fun day in the beautiful Courmayeur ski resort & its surrounding freeride routes. The highest point of this ski area stands at 2,763 metres high. From the ancient "Arp" or "Youla" cable cars, some amazing itineraries take the group either down the Val Veny (1500 m) (where a snow mobile may take us to a typical restaurant of the area), or down to the Dolonne village (1200 m), from were the gondola gets the group back up to the resort.
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 3: Freeriding at La Thuile / La Rosière

Return to La Thuile to explore the fantastic, luscious, easily-accessed backcountry here & in neighbouring La Rosiere. From Chaz Duraz (2,579 m), a stunning descent takes the group down the Pontailles valley from where a climb up onto Mont Valaisan (2,892 m) leads to more amazing descents. Other options include the Moulins valley above La Rosière.
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy
Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy
Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy

Day 4: Freeride the Vallée Blanche

The Skyway Monte Bianco cable car from Entrèves near Courmayeur provides 'eye-popping' access to Punta Helbronner (3462 m). From there the group can easily head to the famous "Vallée Blanche” from the Italian side. The ski toward Chamonix has various descent options on the glacier. Minibus transfer back to Courmayeur.
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 5: Toule Glacier & Entrèves

Again using the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car, the group will ski from the Helbronner Point the group will head to the Col de Toule via the Col des Flambeaux where a suspended staircase leads to the glacier. Depending on the conditions, it might be necessary to descend onto the glacier using ropes. A spectacular descent to Entrèves (2,100 m), boasts stunning panoramas along the Mont Blanc mountain range.
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 6 - Off-piste Courmayeur

The tour will finish with more gorgeous descents on the steep, sunny, south-face of Monte Bianco (a.k.a. Mont Blanc). Enjoy more incredible views of the Aosta valley toward Courmayeur. After skiing, transfer back to the starting point.
Meal included: breakfast.

Please note this itinerary is an example of a freeride ski trip around Courmayeur, La Thuile and Mont Blanc. The guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather & snow conditions as well as participants' abilities & wishes. You are kindly asked to respect such decisions.

Accommodation & Food

Hotel Lodgings

Your ski tour's first day will end at the hotel chosen for the duration of the tour. A hotel of minimum 3-star rating will be chosen in & around Courmayeur. A fabulous town, Courmayeur is in a spectacular location & has wonderful food & drink options with a typical Italian style. The ski lifts to the local resort leave from town & the cable car to Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco is only a short drive in the minibus away. Even though central to all the ski areas on the tour, flexibility, weather & snow will dictate the best place to stay. A final decision on the hotel will be made closer to the tour date. Rooms are on a twin share basis, but depending on the group size, triple share or sharing with a person of the opposite sex may occasionally occur. Single rooms can be added for an additional fee.

For lodgings prior to the tour near the meeting point at Oulx train station, search & book here for Oulx accommodation. For lodging options at Courmayeur before & after the tour, see our Courmayeur accommodation page.

Note that accommodation may vary from tour to tour according to logistics and availability, but standards will be the same.

Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy
Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy
Freeride Skiing the Aosta Valley & Monte Bianco Italy

Food

Meals provided on the tour are on a half-board basis at the hotel, starting with dinner on the first night & finishing with breakfast on the last morning. Enjoy the local cuisine! Drinks will be available at the hotel & at other local bars.

Lunches will be had out on the slopes or at a ski resort mountain hut as dictated by the wishes of the group &/or the ski terrain planned for the day. The guide knows all the best places for fantastic lunches in the mountains. Follow their lead!

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

Low Season - 6 days/5 nights from €1045
High Season - 6 days/5 nights from €1195

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  • Price based on 5 nights, twin share, minimum group of 5
  • Custom dates for solos or private groups on request
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Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights in a minimum 3-star hotel, twin or triple share
  • MEALS: Half-board - breakfast & dinner
  • GUIDE: Full-time professional guide during entire tour (max. ratio 1:7)
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQT: Beacon, shovel & probe, plus harness for glaciers
  • TRANSPORT: All ground transport during tour from the meeting point
  • TRAINING: In the use of all safety & rescue equipment
  • GIFT: Azimut welcome pack
Add-ons
  • SINGLE ROOM: from €140 for entire trip.
  • SKIS, SKINS, POLES & SKI CRAMPONS: €175/trip
  • ABS AIRBAG BACKPACK: €120/trip
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Terms & Conditions

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Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe to the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due latest 30 days prior to departure.