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GUIDED SKI TOUR | IMAGE QUEST ATHLETE CAMP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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For those with a passion for photography & action sports, combine it with the amazing Monterosa massif in Italy on a classic European freeride powder experience. Based in beautiful Alagna, there is endless skiing surrounded by glaciers & dozens of Europe's highest alpine peaks- perfect to get the best photos.....
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Alagna Italy Freeride Paradise Powder Tour

Spend a glorious week in the Freeride Paradise of Alagna in the Monterosa Ski area. If your passions include photography and action sports or skiing, and traveling, this unique trip to Italy is for you. Hosted by the guides at Le Grand Adventure Tours, and founded by action sports branding and event maestro Tom Winter, Image Quest’s “education through experience” program might just be for you. With a mission to jump-start careers in the action sports space, this camp combines skiing and riding the legendary Italian Alps with après ski seminars that give you the tools you need to score a dream job in the action sports industry, from becoming a professional photographer, a sponsored pro-skier, to managing athletes, or overseeing marketing and branding in the action sports ecosystem.

Participants in IMAGE QUEST ITALY enjoy the unique opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most talented and recognized individuals in the action sports industry, while experiencing the unparalleled outdoor location of the Monte Rosa Region. Participants have the opportunity to partake in the Media Experience focusing on content creation and photography, while participants in the Athlete Experience component will work on ski techniques and how to nail the “shot”. All participants will learn overall mountain & backcountry skills. All participants will leave the camp with a portfolio of images created during the week and the foundations of the skills and knowledge to jump-start a career in the action sports world. VIP Guest Instructors will be announced soon! Past instructors have included Photographers Grant Gunderson and Jeff Cricco, Legendary Mountain Guide Joe Vallone and others.

With over 20 years of media, marketing and event and brand management experience, Tom Winter was the founding editor of Freeze Magazine, has held senior editorial positions at both Powder and Freeskier Magazines and has worked with brands such as the Freeride World Tour, Nissan, Rossignol and Eider. He’s won an ISPO BrandNew award for innovation, is a four-time winner of the Howard Hirsch award for ski photography, and has been published by ESPN, the Los Angeles Times, Skiing, Powder, Outside and more. Tom currently organizes the annual Hard Snow freeride festival held annually in Italy’s Val di Susa every March.

Alagna Freeride Powder Tour
Alagna Freeride Powder Tour
Alagna Freeride Powder Tour

THE RIDING EXPERIENCE

IMAGE QUEST ITALY is based in Alagna, a small village situated at 1191m (3900 feet) and the top of the lifts reach 3275 meters (10,745 feet) for a total vertical just over 2,085 meters (6,800 feet!). The Monte Rosa region is nestled amongst more than 20 of the highest peaks in the Alps (4000m+/13,000 feet); the Monterosa Ski resort, and in particular Alagna, is one of the best areas in the Alps for backcountry skiing, freeride touring and long consistent runs. Enjoy 5 ski days with LGA’s local Italian UIAGM/IFMGA guides that were born and raised in the Freeride Paradise of Alagna!

Monte Rosa is one of the most fascinating massifs in the whole of Europe. Reaching an altitude of 4634m (15,200 feet) at the Dufour peak, it is home to the highest lodge in Europe: the Margherita Hut (Signalkuppe – 4554m/14,900feet), dedicated to Queen Margaret of Savoy who officially opened it in 1893. The action of its glaciers has shaped the landscape over the centuries, creating a natural environment of stirring and wild beauty that is unique in the world. During the day, participants will be on snow with mixed weather conditions, changing lighting and other forces of nature will offer up exceptional chances for photography, regardless if you are in front of the camera skiing for glory, taking photos yourself or creating your own branded content. Because of the varied terrain, participants should be at least strong-intermediate skiers or snowboarders with the ability to ski mixed snow conditions and out-of-bounds slopes of moderate difficulty. There is nothing like skiing or snowboarding in Italy and the team is ready to take you there!

THE ATHLETE EXPERIENCE

Looking to improve your skiing, expand on a career as an athlete or working on becoming a sponsored athlete on the FWQ or World Tour? Want to travel around the world and ski the best locations? Want to get paid to ski? The Image Quest Athlete Experience will jump start your career as a freeskier. Work with our professional photographers to learn how to get the images that will get you published as well as expanding your ski career. Learn how to market yourself and build your own portfolio and reputation. Discover the secrets of becoming sponsored, and what team managers are looking for. The Image Quest Athlete Experience is complemented by our Media and Marketing Experience. You’ll work with instructors and Media and Marketing Experience students to build a professional athlete portfolio, and through our partnerships in the industry, you’ll have the opportunity to make strong industry connections right out of the gate. You will get the inside track on what professional photographers, editors, team managers and brands are looking for: from sponsorship to editorial trips, to the kind of people they want to have in their magazines. Finally, the on-site coaches will help you refine your style, so that when the cameras start to roll, you’ll look good and nail the shot.

THE MEDIA / PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

Want to break into the world of action sports photography and journalism? Or are you interested in a career in brand management and marketing? Image Quest Italy is a week long boot camp that focuses on everything you need to know to take photos, write features and create digital content for magazines, newspapers and the web. We also take an in-depth look at brand management and marketing, and how to get the best jobs in those fields. The instructors have launched magazines, held senior positions at Powder, Freeskier and more. They’ve won awards and toiled in the trenches as freelancers. They’ll teach you how to break into the industry and launch your career. They’ve also managed complex marketing projects, worked as brand managers and created some of the most interesting and unique events in snowsports. At Image Quest Italy you’ll learn how to market your images, from selling fine art posters to commercial work to editorial projects to the secrets of working with stock agencies. We’ll also look at branding and marketing yourself (an essential strategy in today’s job market) to how to work with established companies, ad agencies and event production teams. And once the camp ends, it doesn’t stop. Ongoing mentoring will help you keep the ball rolling as you build your portfolio and create your dream career.

THE APRES SKI SEMINAR EXPERIENCE

Workflow and Archive Strategies (Media and Marketing Experience): Managing your image library can be a complex and messy process. Streamline your editing, workflow and archiving- to make the most of your images, including the use of Adobe Lightroom and other software tools. Branding: Build your personal brand, from creating social media identities that appeal to sponsors to website basics to how to market yourself to magazines, you be be helped to create branding that’s powerful and sophisticated. The Art of Photoshop: This powerful software allows photographers and athletes to manipulate images like never before. Here’s how to get the most out of your photos or athlete identity by using Photoshop. Moving Pictures: From creating compelling slide shows or other presentations of your still images, to editing POV video to taking advantage of the video capabilities of your camera, learn how to build your personal brand with the use of video. Terrain Management: Individuals who work in the mountains face unique weather, snow and avalanche conditions. We’ll break down the fundamentals of terrain management with a focus on how to make good decisions and minimize risk while working on snow. The Low Fidelity Revolution: Cell phones, webcams, $100 digital cameras: they all can take great pictures. Want to expand your photography without breaking the bank? Or just experiment for fun? Take advantage of the low-fi revolution to produce unique, powerful images, regardless if you’re an athlete posting on Instagram or a photographer looking to expand your skill set.

THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE

The area has a simple and authentic gastronomic tradition that combines alpine culture with outstanding Italian cuisine; it also boasts top-quality wines, in particular, Gattinara DOCG, considered to be one of the best Italian wines. Every morning you will be treated to healthy Italian breakfasts. 2 group dinners are included, a Welcome & Farewell dinner at local Italian restaurants. Wines: High Piedmont wines are part of the history and Italy’s first bottled wine was made in this area; especially Gattinara was well-known by international nobles since the 16th century, 200 years before the first Barolo was bottled. The area is undergoing a renaissance made by younger generations returning to farm and by improved quality; it boasts top-quality wines, in particular Gattinara DOCG, considered one of the best red Italian wines; but also Ghemme DOCG, Lessona DOC, Boca DOC and Bramaterra DOC, thanks to a great variety of soils and climates determined by the closeness of Monte Rosa massif and by Sesia river, are really characterful and peculiar wines.

Itinerary

Arrival Day

Fly into Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) – You should arrive the day prior to the trip start date and spend one night in Milan. Arriving the day before the trip allows room for any flight or luggage delays as well as gives you time to relax and adjust to the local time before the trip starts. Enjoy the sights & culture of Milan prior to your ski action & photography adventure.

Day 1 – Welcome, Transfer Day

Le Grand Adventure Tours welcomes you to Italy! A pick up will be arranged at the hotel you are staying at or you can be met at the airport if you land the same day at 1pm. From here you will transfer through beautiful northern Italy to your ski destination, Alagna. Inspiring views of the Monte Rosa area and its surrounding peaks await you. Settle into your comfortable room and prepare for the the ski week ahead. Participate in a group meeting around 6pm at the hotel to meet the whole group and talk about the trip and plan for the week. The guides will review the current snow conditions at the spots we will be skiing as well as any weather during the trip. The Image Quest team will help guests get the gear dialed in for everyone so we are ready to go for the week. The evening offers your first chance to explore, dine or relax at the hotel with new Image Quest friends.

If rentals are needed, the hosts can arrange snow equipment for the week through a partnership with Scott Sports. A selection of powder skis with touring bindings will be available to choose from. There will also be the brand new Scott E-1 Patrol Backpack and avalanche kits available for rent for guests during the trips. Both items can be rented for the duration of your trip to save you time and money. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know when booking.

Day 2 to 6 – Alagna Italy Freeride Paradise Resort

Make the most of your authentic freeriding experience! With over 2,000 meters (6,000+ feet) of vertical your guides will show you across 4 valleys and the expansive terrain of this area. The Monterosa Ski resort, and in particular Alagna, is known as a Freeride Paradise, and is considered one of the best areas in the Alps for backcountry skiing and freeriding.

Freeriding and Backcountry Experience: The trip is dedicated to living the pure ski experience of the Freeride Paradise of Alagna; you will ski the best runs of the area, including the legendary Balma, and gain confidence skiing around the massive Monte Rosa terrain. We will ski into the valleys at the base of the Monte Rosa area discovering the 4 valleys that boast some of the best skiing in Italy. Over the course of the week, the group will have an opportunity to embrace the local Walser culture. Over the course of the camp, we will guide you through the region, teach you the tips & tricks from the pro’s, and at the end of the day, we will share the photos of the group to reminisce about the great powder we skied.

Ski Mountaineering Experience: The pure essence and soul of this area. A true ski mountaineering culture and area that lets every guest travel over mixed terrain using a variety of skills learned from off-piste skiing and ski touring. With your local UAIGM/IFMGA Alpine Guide, you will ski tour across the Bors Glacier, learn a new set of skills to keep yourself safe in the mountains and gain more confidence off-piste learning techniques for steep skiing. The group will have the opportunity to ski some of the best couloirs of the area, such as the Malfatta couloir (40°-45°).

Your guides will select the routes on a daily basis as they assess the conditions and weather. The team is always looking for the best snow and instead of setting a day to day itinerary, using years of experience to find the best snow each day. From perfect powder over thousands of feet of vertical to the long open bowls, and into endless ski runs, this is a true once in a lifetime skiing experience. The group will ski each day using lift-serviced access and shuttles to maximize ski time and find the best snow. Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages and mountain lodges through the week. During the week the group can experience a wide variety of restaurants as well as one of the best Italian restaurants in town that we know you will enjoy. A true culinary experience after skiing some of the best runs of your life. Having open nights during the week for meals will allow everyone to try the local flavors this area is recognized for.

On the last day, you will have a farewell dinner party to round off your Image Quest powder experience in Italy. The group will share photos, videos, and stories from the week at your last après session.

Alagna Freeride Powder Ski Tour
Alagna Freeride Powder Ski Tour
Alagna Freeride Powder Ski Tour

Day 7 – Departure Day

Guests will be departing Alagna Italy around 8am after a great 5 days of skiing this freeride paradise! Join the group for breakfast, say your goodbyes and enjoy a ride back through the Italian countryside to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) where you can catch a flight home or enjoy a night in this beautiful city exploring the rich history of this area. It is recommend selecting a departure after 2pm from Milan Malpensa Airport. If you would like to spend another night in Milano, book accommodation here.

NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Your guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.

Alagna Lodgings - Pensione Genzianella

Over the course of 7 days and 6 nights, the group will be staying slopeside in the picturesque town of Alagna Italy with the ski slope at the front door. Pensione Genzianella has a long history of welcoming skiers from around the world. The Pension sits at the base of Alagna only a couple meters away from the valley ski trail & lifts, providing a direct connection to Punta Indren & Champlouc via the Gressoney Valley. The Roccette glacier sits high above the hotel and is your gateway to the Val D’Ayas. All Double/Twin Rooms offer comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms, daily breakfast with specialties from the Walser region. The hotel offers a beautiful sun terrace, a ski room with boot warmers and free wifi.




Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

7 days - 6 nights from US$2,895 per person

Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 6 nights lodging (twin share) with breakfast
  • MEALS: All breakfasts, 2 group dinners (excludes alcohol)
  • LIFT TICKETS: 5 days of Monterosa Ski lift passes
  • HOSTED & GUIDED: 7 hosted days & 5 guided powder ski days(professional guide - ratio 1:4)
  • TRANSFERS: Transport to/from Milan Malpensa airport & Alagna
  • COACHING: Photo/Editing Skills, Athlete Workshops, Ski Technique & Backcountry Skills
  • IMAGES: Images shot by Tom Winter & Participants during the trip
  • LGA Welcome Gift Bag
Add-ons
  • Avalanche safety kit {backpack, shovel, probe, beacon) - inquire for pricing
  • Ski or snowboard rentals - inquire for pricing / details
  • Single room upgrade - inquire for pricing / details (depends on availability)
  • Heliskiing - inquire for pricing / details
Not Included

From LGA Re COVID-19

Our hearts go out to all of those who have been directly and indirectly affected by Covid-19. Once this storm passes and you’re ready to add some adventure & travel into your life again – we’ll be here, ready to serve you and take you for a trip of a lifetime!

We wanted to let our community know that we are continuing to schedule all of our 2021 trips. We feel it is best to plan for the best possible outcome so that you can travel and score deep powder again. With that we have prepared our 2021 schedule and if international travel is safe and feasible, we will be ready to serve you.

You may contact us about reservations for next season and ask us any questions you may have. Rest assured our cancellation policy will be flexible due to the global situation. We truly hope to serve you in the future and possibly for a lifetime of adventures ahead!

LGA Terms & Conditions

Deposit

The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. When booking within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.

Final Payment

Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.

Cancellation Policy

  • 90 days or more prior to Departure: LGA will retain the deposit as an “Adventure Deposit” for a future trip. Full refund will be given.
  • 89-60 days prior to Departure: LGA will retain 50% of the total Tour Price and the deposit will be held as an Adventure Deposit for a future trip.
  • 59 days or less prior to Departure: LGA will retain 100% of the total Tour Price.

Le Grand Adventure Tours cannot be held responsible for snow and/or weather conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow and weather conditions.

Refund Policy

No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason the client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.