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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: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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Ski the finest powder descents around the amazing Matterhorn. Based in Cervinia, Italy, explore the trees of Valtournenche, the secrets of Chamois, & the high alpine glaciers & ridges above Zermatt. 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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Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour

Overview

The Matterhorn is an iconic peak of the Alps & a magnificent location for high alpine freeride powder. Known locally as Monte Cervino, on this tour you will ski the finest powder descents around the amazing Matterhorn. Based in Cervinia, Italy, explore the trees of Valtournenche, discover the secrets of Chamois, and be amazed by the high alpine glaciers & ridges above Zermatt.

Tour Highlights

Over 6 fantastic days, this ski tour highlights include:

  • Freeride descents of up to 2,600m vertical in and around the Matterhorn
  • Ascent of an accessible 4000m+ peak - Breithorn
  • Skiing on incredible & varied terrain - glaciers, larch forests & alpine bowls in untracked snow
  • Sample the finest Italian alpine cuisine
  • Explore an iconic ski region in safety with your own guide
  • Tours possible until late in the season in May
  • Hassle-free. Everything is arranged for you!
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour

Ski Resorts Visited

Whilst based in the combined ski area of Cervinia-Valtournenche, the tour includes some of skiing’s most wonderful ski resorts. In Italy, the tiny secret stash of Chamois will surely be some guests trip highlight. Looming over everything is the Matterhorn, and below it on the Swiss side, the incredible resort of Zermatt is consistently awesome! It high alpine peaks, couloirs and glacier terrain provide everything for the freerider. 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). 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 Cervinia. Alternatively, one can meet the group at the Cervinia lift ticket office at 9am on the first day. See the Itinerary Tab for more.

Accommodation & Meals

Enjoy the hospitality, food & drink of a classic Italian ski resort village for 5 nights, staying in either Cervinia or Valtournenche. 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.

Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour

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 & exposed sections (40o to 45o) plus couloirs. Skinning uphill will be involved, for a maximum of 3 hour per day, but generally 45min to 1 hour per day. Guests are not expected to be masters of ski-touring techniques! All ski gear can be rented & avalanche safety gear is included in the tour price.

Fitness

Good physical condition is required, and an ability to undertake uphill skinning or short ascents on foot . 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 - Start Skiing at Cervinia-Valtournenche, Italy

Meeting at Briançon or Oulx train stations first thing in the morning (7am) or at the Cervinia-Valtournenche lift ticket office at 9am. You will be picked up in the tour van by the guide & transported to your first day's skiing in Valtournenche, Italy - so be dressed for skiing! There is some legendary freeride skiing in the forests here, but it will be an easy-going day as a warm-up, to get to now everyone & allow the guide to evaluate participants' abilities. Will also include some time to ensure the group can use individual avalanche safety equipment & climbing skins. Transfer to your hotel accommodation at the end of the day, which will be your home for the next five nights.
Meals included: dinner.

Day 2: Chamois Freeride Itineraries

The locals love the off-piste freeride skiing between Valtournenche & the car-free village (& ski resort) of Chamois. The group will explore the area, finding the best lines!
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 3: Discover Cervinia Freeriding

In Cervinia, the numerous couloirs beneath the Testa Grigia are waiting for the group. This great freeride skiing day ends up at the foot of the Matterhorn descending a long run all the way to fabulous après ski in Cervinia!
Off-piste ascent/descent: + 300 m / - 1950 m
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 4: Zermatt, the Theodul Glacier, & the Small Matterhorn

Towering above Zermatt, this zone has descents with numerous possibilities plus an unusual finish, in a narrow glacial lock.
Off-piste ascent/descent: + 400 m / - 1700 m
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour

Day 5: Cresta di Furggan

The high ridge separating Cervinia & Zermatt holds multiple freeride possibilities. The journey on the ridge starts with a via ferrata climb beneath the Matterhorn, from where there are multiple options often on virgin snow.
Off-piste ascent/descent: + 150 m / - 2600 m
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 6: Schwarze Glacier & Breithorn

A final day in the wonderful ski area of Zermatt offers memorable off-piste routes. The descent of the amazing Schwarze glacier that stretches out at the foot of the north-face of the Breithorn (4164 m) and the Pollux (4092 m) will be memorable. At the end of the afternoon, the minibus will bring you back to Oulx and Briançon. End of this freeride skiing trip.
Off-piste ascent/descent: + 1000 m / - 2300 m
Meal included: breakfast.

Please note this itinerary is an example of a freeride ski trip in Cervinia and around the matterhorn. Understand that 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. In general, a hotel of minimum 3-star rating will be chosen in & around Cervinia & Valtournenche. 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. If travelling directly to the ski area or looking to stay longer, see our Cervinia Accommodation page.

Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour
Matterhorn, Cervinia & Zermatt - Freeride & Freerando Ski Tour

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 & the Cervinia/Valtournenche ski area is full of fantastic rifugi providing delectable lunches. Follow the guides lead!

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

6 days/5 nights from €1275

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Price based on 5 nights, twin share, in a minimum group of 5
  • Custom dates for solos or private groups on request
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Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights, twin 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: price on request.
  • SKIS, SKINS, POLES & SKI CRAMPONS: €175/trip
  • ABS AIRBAG BACKPACK: €120/trip
Not Included

Terms & Conditions

As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, Azimut, including but not limited to the following:

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe 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.