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GUIDED OFF-PISTE FREERIDE POWDER HUNT
3 Days | 2 Nights | 3 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 2 nights twin-share lodging in a minimum group of five people.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 887
Join in the hunt for the best off-piste freeride powder skiing in the moment over three action packed days on a long weekend. Location options include La Grave, Sestriere, Zermatt, Chamonix, Monterosa, Verbier, 3 Vallees & others. Join a fixed date tour or create a custom tour to suit your best dates & group size.....
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Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend

Overview

If looking to spend a long weekend on a hunt for the best freeride off-piste powder in the western Alps then this is the tour for you. Fast paced & flexible, the Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend will head to the best snow 'of the moment', anywhere from Zermatt & Verbier in Switzerland all the way south to Sestriere in Italy or La Grave France; and everything in between!

The tour is led by an experienced local guide that knows the western Alps like their own backyard. Following a pick-up from the meeting point in Oulx (Italy) or Briancon (France), the group will head to where the snow is deepest, freshest & safest for the funnest (sic) long weekend of your powder soaked lives. The group will travel by private minibus & using the local ski lifts & some skinning, seek out the best freeride powder in whichever region the snow draws you too. Every night, once comfortable in a local hotel, the guide will discuss with the group the options for the next day’s adventure over a few après ski drinks.

Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend

Ski Resorts Visited

Starting from the southern Alps near the meeting point, legendary La Grave will definitely be on the agenda if fresh snow has fallen, but within easy driving distance, the region holds a list of true freeride powder gems that will also be looked at. In Italy, the Via Lattea’s Sestriere is consistently awesome. Between Sestriere & La Grave, Montgenèvre & Serre Chevalier has some of Europe’s best tree skiing, never mind the impressive alpine zones & backcountry descents! Nearby are the huge Les 2 Alpes & Alpe d'Huez. Other ski locations can be as far afield as La Clusaz, any of the 3 Vallees resorts or the Chamonix ski areas. In Switzerland, the options include Verbier & Zermatt, or the Aosta valleys freeride capital of Monterosa & perhaps Courmayeur. 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), early on a Friday morning. 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 tour will have its own minibus to transport you to up to wherever the snow is best. See the Itinerary Tab for more.

Accommodation & Meals

Enjoy the hospitality, food & drink of a classic Alps village hotel for 2 nights. The choice of hotel will be left to the last minute to ensure the group is well positioned to get the best of the current snow conditions. 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 6, but may be as low as 5, depending on conditions.

Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend

Technical & Personal Requirements*

Ski Ability

Participants must be experienced skiers (split-boarders will only be accepted on a splitboard only tour - so please do inquire). 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 but will 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 not exceed 45 min - 1hr/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 - Powder Hunt

Day 1: Friday, Arrival, Ground Transfer & Start Skiing

Meeting first thing in the morning at Briançon (6.30am) or Oulx (7.15am) train stations. You will be picked up in the tour van by the guide & transported to your first day's location, so be dressed for skiing! The journey may be short, to Sestriere or Serre Chevalier, or a few hours’ drive to Val Thorens & beyond. Either way it will be awesome. The first day skiing will be such that the guide can evaluate participants' abilities and will 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 may be your home for the next 2 nights, or just one night if the intention is to move further afield the next day. Flexibility is the key on this tour!
Meals included: dinner.

Day 2: Saturday, Freeride Powder

Freeride skiing options are limitless in the western Alps & the day will be where the snow is best. It may be the challenging La Grave or resorts further away like La Clusaz, in the Chamonix valley or even amazing Verbier (to name but a few options!). If the weather is poor, larch forests may be the 'go to' ski zone. If sunny & stable, the high alpine glaciers, couloirs and wide-open bowls will be the juice. At the end of the day the group can enjoy an après ski session and relax after some hard but incredibly enjoyable skiing!
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Powder Hunt - Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend

Day 3: Sunday, Last Day - Go Hard & Go Home!

A final day to liquefy your legs in the fresh powder, plus add a few climbs to gives our legs a break before venturing down the slopes again through untracked powder. At the end of the afternoon, return to Oulx and Briançon. End of this freeride skiing long weekend. Decision time - go back home to work or hang around the Via Lattea for a few days. Sick day anyone?
Meal included: breakfast.

Please note this itinerary is an example of a Powder Hunt freeride ski trip. 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

In order to make the most of the best snow conditions, your ski tour's hotel will be chosen at the last minute. In general, a locally-run hotel of minimum 3-star rating will be chosen in the centrally located alpine village near the ski location. 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 are available for an additional fee.

For lodgings prior to the tour near the meeting point at Oulx train station, search & book here for Oulx accommodation.

Powder Hunt, Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Powder Hunt, Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Powder Hunt, Elite Freeride Skiing Long Weekend
Photos are not necessarily representative of the hotel lodgings that will be used on the 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. Follow their lead!

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

All Season - 3 days/2 nights from €745

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Price based on 2 nights, twin share, minimum group of 5
  • Custom dates for solos or private groups on request
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Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights in 3-star hotel, twin share
  • MEALS: Half-board - breakfast & dinner
  • GUIDE: Full-time professional guide during entire tour (max. ratio 1:6)
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQT: Beacon, shovel & probe, plus harness for glaciers
  • TRANSPORT: All ground transport during tour from the meeting point
  • SMALL GROUP - Maximum group is 6 guests
  • GIFT: Azimut welcome pack
  • TRAINING: In the use of all safety & rescue equipment
Add-ons
  • SINGLE ROOM: Price on application.
  • SKIS, SKINS, POLES & SKI CRAMPONS: €95/trip
  • ABS AIRBAG BACKPACK: €60/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.