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MONTEROSA FIRST TRACKS
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Skiing Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Beginner to Expert
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A week fully guided ski touring course in the Monte Rosa, based in the Freeride Paradise of Alagna, part of the Powderhounds favorite Monterosa resort. Ideal for beginners but also for people with experience that would like to improve their ski & climb technique plus other backcountry skills.
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Monterosa First Tracks Package

Overview

The Monte Rosa range is an ideal place for ski touring activity: the big glaciers at high altitude make it possible to find snow until very late in the season; the variety of terrain gives the possibility to customize the perfect program for every ski ability & fitness level; the nice Italian style Mountain Huts make your nights comfortable. The region is known for its delicious food and enjoyable evenings in the mountains.

The program is ideal for those relatively new to backcountry ski touring & are keen to experience the joys of freeride powder in a high alpine environment. The tour is initially based in Alagna where you will spend the first two days completing single daily tours using the cable car to easily reach the glacier area & learning/refining all required backcountry ski touring skills.

The last three days the group will climb up to one of the high altitude Mountain Huts where you will stay for two nights. The group will climb some of the 4000m peaks of the Monte Rosa and enjoy a wonderful long run all the way down to the valley, skiing more than 3000 vertical metres.

The ideal period for this course is from the beginning of March to the first week of May as the weather is mild, and the snowpack is stable & deep.

Ski to Zermatt option available on request: Alternatively we can also organize to spend only one night in Gnifetti or Mantova and the next day climb up to Lys Jock (4266m) and ski down to Zermatt where we stay for the night. The next day we come back to Alagna using lifts and skiing piste/off-piste, long and beautiful runs. This tour is also called Spaghetti Tour (actually a shorter program of the famous Spaghetti Tour Monte Rosa.

Highlights

  • Ski or snowboard touring off-piste for 5 days, learning or refining ski touring techniques ;
  • Discover areas of the beautiful Monte Rosa area, which have been preserved by the surrounding high mountain glaciers and descend up to 3,000 vertical metres in untracked snow from top to bottom;
  • Experience 2 nights at Monterosa's friendly mountain huts;
  • Enjoy the hospitality of the Alagna Valsesia inhabitants, its local food, wine and grappa!

Stunning scenery and skiing

 Glorious mountain huts

Wonderful dining experiences

Skiing Terrain

From the top of the Alagna ski lifts at over 3000m you will traverse, hike or skin away from the ski resort to find the secret passages that will reward you with descents up to 3,000m vertical (over 6,000 vertical feet) on virgin slopes even after several days of good weather.

Your guides will adapt the daily program according to your skills, the weather, snow conditions and, most importantly, the wishes of the group.

Skier/Boarder Ability

This tour caters for all abilities from beginners to expert skiers. The tour itinerary will vary upon the ability of the group.

This tour incorporates lift access from Alagna with traversing, hiking and skinning to get to the best untracked powder snow, therefore you should have a good level of fitness.

Safety

All groups are led by experienced professional IFMGA/UIAGM guides with expert local knowledge of the terrain and snow conditions. All guests will be required to wear an avalanche beacon and carry avalanche safety gear including shovel, probe and airbag.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day

Private Transfer: Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Alagna Ski Resort Italy. Greeted by local host. If you requested ski and/or safety equipment, you will need to be fitted out. Opportunity to meet with your local mountain guide at a local bar and discuss the coming 5 days of skiing. The program can easily be adjusted depending on the group's ability, wants & needs.

Hotel: Hotel Cristallo in the centre of Alagna Resort
Included Meals: Welcome Dinner


 Huge vertical powder skiing.

 Alagna gondola ...

 Monterosa Freeride Paradise!

Day 2 to 6 Alagna Italy Freeride Paradise Resort, Ski Touring & Glacier Experience

The program starts with a gentle day of warming up, where safety will be our priority & the group's ability is assessed. The group will practice avalanche rescue and learn snow profiles plus there will also be plenty of skiing!

The next day normally we work on ski and climbing with the skins technique and we’ll give to you the basic information of safety on the glacier, how to rope up and what to do in case of emergency.

On day 4, the group will start to climb up to Mantova and Gnifetti hut for acclimatisation to altitude and preparation on the glacier. Stay high in the mountain overnight.

The last 2 ski days (Day 5 & 6) start from the Mantova or Gnifetti huts & the target is to climb some of the nice 4000m peaks of the Monte Rosa & ski powder and terrain suitable for the group. Ski to Alagna at the end of Day 6.

Hotel: Nights 2,3 and 6 Hotel Cristallo in the centre of Alagna Resort (Included Meals: breakfast)
Mountain Hut: Nights 4 and 5 in mountain huts amongst the Monte Rosa summits (Mantova or Gnifetti hut) (Included Meals: breakfast & dinner)

Day 7- Departure

Departure is in the morning of day 7, or stay another night and enjoy some more great Alagna Valsesia hospitality!

Private transfer: Alagna Ski Resort Italy to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Included Meals: breakfast

NOTE: This itinerary is a guide. The tour is dictated by the weather each day and your guide will fit around where the best conditions are. That’s the beauty of a guided tour!

Hotel Cristallo & Mountain Hut (Rifugio)

All accommodation is included in the tour, with 4 nights in a hotel and 2 nights in a mountain hut.

A total of four nights will be in the Hotel Cristallo, located in the centre of the village of  Alagna. The 4 nights includes all breakfasts and one Welcome Dinner on the first night. Your initial stay will be 3 night before heading up the mountain and returning to the hotel on the last night. The Hotel Cristallo features:

  • Beautiful rooms in a variety of configurations;
  • Great restaurant and bar;
  • Indoor swimming pool;
  • Short walk to the Alagna gondola.

 Hotel Cristallo, Alagna

 Beautiful Cristallo hotel room

 Hotel Cristallo restaurant

On the nights 4 & 5 you will stay in a mountain hut (rifugio) high amongst the glaciers on the Monte Rosa massif. 2 nights will be spent in either the Mantova or Gnifetti Rifugios. The Gnifetti is perched on a spectacular rocky outcrop at 3647m elevation.

Both nights at the rifugios include breakfast & three course dinners. Rooms and toilets are all shared & beds are bunk style.


 Gnifetti Rifugio

Mantova Rifugio

 Gnifetti Rifugio

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

7 Day Package (5 ski days, 6 nights) - €1890
Extra days are available - price on application.
Heli skiing days - price on application.

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Inclusions
  • 5 days with your own qualified guide/instructor – max 1:7 ratio
  • 6 nights accommodation - 4 in hotel, 2 in mountain hut
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners - 1 welcome dinner & 2 mountain hut dinners
  • 5 days Monterosa Ski lift pass
  • Return transfers from Milan Malpensa airport.
  • Local assistance staff for duration of visit
Add-ons
  • Safety Kit (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack with ABS or similar) - avaialble on request.
  • Ski or split snowboard touring set with skins, harness, crampons - available on request.
  • Heli skiing - available on request.
  • Extra days - available on request
  • Option to ski tour to Zermatt, Switzerland for one night - price on request.
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