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GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 1,915
Skiing between the French & Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier & ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine & tree skiing, plus beautiful villages & accommodation.
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Powder Skiing Safari France - Italy

Between the French and Italian Alps you will discover a region of contrasts including the southernmost Alpine glaciers.

Our ski safari route starts in La Grave, considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. This stone-built hamlet dominates the valley with, as a background, the Meije glaciers. Here, there are no buildings and no tourist buses, all journeys are made by foot.

Arriving in the La Grave area – La Meije, you are not in a ski resort, but in the high mountains. Your 9V guide will take you skiing on long trails of 2000 metres altitude drop, discovering secret valleys and couloirs leading to surrounding hamlets.

On the other side of the Lauteret Pass, and only a few kilometres from La Grave, lies the village of Monêtier-Les-Bains at the entrance of the Serre-Chevalier ski area. Its thermal spa gives it its special charm.

The mountains change radically in the Serre Chevalier ski area where forests of well-spaced ancient larch trees await you.

After the first French part of your safari you will journey into Italy. Based in an authentic 18th century farm in Sansicario, two days skiing in the Piedmont region will allow you to discover the summits and trails of the high valleys of Susa and Sestriere. You will taste the Italian “farinose” powder snow in the multiple sectors of the immense "Milky Way" (Via Lattea) ski area.

Your great off-piste skiing adventure awaits!

Highlights

  • Off Piste skiing over 6 days, discovering the wild mountains of the Ecrins National Park and surrounding area.
  • You will ski virgin snow over 1500 to 2000 metre descents traversing the most beautiful summits and passes which will take you from new valleys to typical villages.
  • You will share these unforgettable moments with people from all over the world. Skis all speak the same language!
  • You will sleep in a typical 18th century Piedmont farm.
  • You will drink a glass with the locals and eat regional specialties made with local produce.

Skiing Terrain

From the top of a ski lift, we traverse, hike or skin a little away from the resort to find the secret passages that reward us with the finest skiing anywhere on earth. Virgin slopes and majestic peaks with descents up to 2000 meters vertical (over 6000 vertical feet).

Your guides will adapt the daily program according to your skills and mood.

Skier/Boarder Ability

This tour caters to strong intermediate to expert skiers. You should as a minimum be able to ski a steep black run with short controlled turns, plus you should have some prior experience off-piste and in deep powder.

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

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the Hotel Edelweiss in La Grave

Rendezvous in the Hotel Edelweiss in La Grave at 6.30pm to meet your guide, verify everyone’s equipment and distribute supplied safety equipment.
Meal and night at the Hotel Edelweiss.

Day 2: La Grave - La Meje

Morning: a 30 minute ride in the La Grave cable car to about 3200 metres altitude into a unique landscape of spread out glaciers and abrupt couloirs where you can lay tracks far from groomed slopes and pylons. You will start the day with an off piste safety briefing. At midday, a 9V big picnic. Back, by ski, to Romanche, then a few minutes by foot to the hotel.
Night at Hotel Edelweiss.

Day 3: La Grave – St Christophe en Oisans

Open spaces and virgin snow on this endless descent to the hamlet of St Christophe, 2000 metres down a wild valley. Return by taxi to the hotel and transfer for 45mins to Serre-Chevalier valley.
Night at Monetier, "Auberge de Violaine".

Day 4: Monetier-Les-Bains – Serre Chevalier

We will set off by ski from in front of the hotel to explore the larch forests of Serre-Chevalier. After skiing, a superb evening at the famous village spa, a perfect way to relax after a day’s skiing.
Night at Monetier "Auberge de Violaine".


Serre Chevalier near Monetier

Sansicario ski area

 The Via Lattea - Milky Way

Day 5: Serre-Chevalier- Pelvoux

A massive ski day with a long descent to the typical village of Pelvoux in the Vallouise valley. Return by taxi to the hotel, just to grab the luggage and transfer for 40 mins to San Sicario.
Night at BarbaGust.

Day 6: Monetier-Les-Bains – San Sicario

Day skiing across the immense and rarely skied Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area. The Italians don't ski powder, so it's all for us !!
Night at BarbaGust.

Day 7: San Sicario- Sestriiere

We finish this trip in splendour with a grand tour of the Milky Way ski area to Sestriere with the option of a heliskiing outing. You will have skied on some of the most beautiful off piste routes of one of the snowiest Alpine regions.
Night at BarbaGust.

Day 8: Departure

After a hearty breakfast the safari is at an end & it is time to ponder your next adventure......

NOTE: This program is subject to change in order to make the best of the prevailing weather and snow conditions

Hotels & Huts

We have chosen typical lodgings in each valley so that your holiday takes place in an authentic mountain atmosphere. Run by local owner families, they each tell their own story about the valley. The welcome is warm and the comfort remarkable. Each evening meal will be a feast, well deserved after a full day of mountain skiing! As we change hotel 3 times, try to keep your luggage light and practical.

HOTEL EDELWEISS

In La Grave is the meeting place for all lovers of off piste skiing. You will appreciate the warm mountain atmosphere and the sauna on your return from skiing. The setting is exceptional and all rooms have a view over the Meije glaciers.

L'AUBERGE DE VIOLAINE

In the village, only a few metres from the ski lifts and the hot springs, L'Auberge is a small hotel that has been totally renovated. The rooms are large, beds are big and you can enjoy a beautiful mountain view. Violaine, the owner, loves good food, so you will have a good time there!

LA FERME DE BARBA GUST

In the small hamlet of San Sicario is accessible by car but also by ski across the fields. This 18th century farm is still run by the 90 year-old patriarch of the family. His children and grand-children look after the restaurant and rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are decorated with traditional furniture. You will love the farm products served at every meal!

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

8 days, 7 nights, 6 days skiing from €1780

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Price based on twin-share
  • Based on min 7 guests on the tour
  • Custom dates: available for groups of 4+
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Inclusions
  • Your own qualified guide/instructor for duration– max 1:7 ratio
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners
  • 6 days of lift passes
  • All ground transport during the tour
  • Entry to spa at Grands Bains Moutiers near Serre Chevalier
Add-ons
  • RETURN AIRPORT TRANSFERS (price on application): From airport to La Grave, From Sansicario to airport.
  • SINGLE ROOMS (35€ per day): A little extra privacy each night for individuals
  • WIDE SKIS W/ TOURING BINDINGS (35€ per day): For the ultimate fun factor, we'll get you set up on a great pair of powder skis with touring bindings and skins. You may use your own alpine ski boots with these bindings.
  • AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK (15€ per day): For added safety
  • HELISKIING (200€ per person): 1 drop in the Val di Susa from Sestriere.
Not Included

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

BOOKING

Deposit of €750 per person required to secure booking. You will receive confirmation and invoice by return. It is preferable to contact us first to be sure there is room for you in a suitable group on the expected departure. No booking will be registered without a paid deposit and a signed booking form.

Any booking made within 31 days of departure date must be accompanied by full payment.

PAYMENT OF DEPOSIT : by cheque made out to "Association Safari 9V" or by Visa or MasterCard.

BALANCE PAYMENT is due no later than 31 days before the trip. Any trip not fully paid 31 days before departure date will be considered as cancelled by the participant.
-By credit card: 31 days before departure, “Safari 9 V” will charge on your credit card the balance amount indicated on your booking form, unless you have sent written cancellation or disapproval of the invoice before this deadline.
-By cheque: Your balance cheque should be received by “Safari 9 V” no later than 31days before departure of the tour.

CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES

All changes or cancellations requested more than 90 days before departure date will cost € 80 for administration fees.

CANCELLATION FEES BEFORE DEPARTURE :
-90 to 60 days ; 30% of tour price ;
-60 to 32 days ; 60% of tour price ;
-31 and less or “No show” : 100%.
-If some charges undertaken by 9Vallees for fees such as transportation & accommodation booked for the participant, if “Safari 9V” is supporting fixed fees for this participant and, if the cancellation fees do not cover the expenses, the cancelling participant will be charged with the difference. All cancellation must be made in writing (by fax or by mail), the date being that of reception.

CANCELLATION WITHOUT FEES: As per below.

REPLACEMENTS: Any person enrolled can send another person in his/her place at any time free of charge, as long as the replacement person has the required skiing ability.

CREDIT: When cancelled at least 7 working days in advance, we can credit the total amount paid for a trip on the following year. In this case, we keep the total amount and send you a credit voucher worth one year, which you may use for yourself or offer to the person of your choice.

PRIVATE GROUP BOOKING CANCELLATION

In case of booking within a group, the cancelling participant will be reimbursed according to the above “cancellation fees” paragraph , minus the afforded group reduction or the group will announce Safari 9V that it shares the difference.

CANCELLATION BY “Safari 9V”

INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: “Safari 9V” reserves itself the right to cancel any group for which less than 4 persons have booked (6 for Norway and Russia) 31 days before departure, in which case, the client will be fully reimbursed, or choose to join another tour.

LACK OF SNOW: “Safari 9V” will try to propose another tour at the same dates (alternative programme or location). A disagreeing participant would have the choice between postponing the same tour or being reimbursed.

INTERRUPTED TOURS

Any trip that has been started and then interrupted by a participant will not be reimbursed, whatever the cause. Only personal insurance can guarantee refund of partial cost for a justified cause. (see “Insurance” there under).

QUALITY

The places of accommodation have been chosen both for their strategic location and for the charm of their mountain atmosphere, however luxury cannot be promised. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme at any time, in the aim of improving quality or making the best of prevailing conditions. Each guide has an average of 6/7 skiers per group, however on the spot it may be necessary to shift skiers in order to make the groups more homogeneous, consequently changing the size of each group.

INSURANCE

MOUNTAIN RESCUE INSURANCE is mandatory. Check your coverage for accidents, repatriation and luggage. Mastercard covers rescue off piste, when accompanied by a professional. We may help participants living in the European Union to find such an insurance

CANCELLATION INSURANCE is optional, and may be contracted only privately. Visa Premier and Gold MasterCard provided by the French banks afford cancellation insurance for tours paid by credit card. Check with your own bank.

RESPONSIBILITY

In booking with “Safari 9V”, each participant declares him/herself fully aware of the inherent risks in the practice of all mountaineering activities. A guide should not be considered as a comprehensive insurance policy. We are dealing with something more than just sports, as we are confronted with a natural environment, which we may know profoundly, but can never control. The role of a guide or instructor is to reduce risks to a minimum. Therefore, any participant who does not respect the guide’s instructions, becomes entirely responsible for any accident he may subsequently cause or be involved in and will not be able to claim against the Safari 9V guides or organisers.

Generally, “Safari 9V” cannot be held responsible for accidents which may occur during the trip, such as personal injury, loss of belongings, etc... unless professional failing can be proved. For all legal action, whatever the nationality of the participant or the place concerned, only French courts can deal with legal cases.

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR HELI-SKIING

CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES

All changes or cancellations requested more than 31 days before departure date will cost €80 for administration fees. Under 30 days the date may be changed only if there is a free seat at another time.

CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 31 DAYS OF DEPARTURE: All costs left to Safari 9V will be charged to the person who has cancelled: empty seat in the helicopter, bed in the hotel, share of the guide and organisation costs.

REPLACEMENTS: Any person enrolled can send another person in his / her place at any time, free

INTERRUPTED TOURS: Any trip that has been started and then interrupted by a participant will not be reimbursed, whatever the cause. Only personal insurance can guarantee refund of partial cost for a justified cause.

CANCELLATION OR CHANGE BY SAFARI 9V: In case of insufficient snow cover for heliskiing, Safari 9V will propose an alternative tour at the same date or the same tour at a later date. If neither are accepted by the client, he will be fully reimbursed.

QUALITY OF REIMBURSEMENT

The guides will organise the daily programme to make the best of prevailing conditions. When heliskiing is not possible or not recommended by your guide, an alternative ski programme will be proposed. If the total number of flights made by your group during the week is less than the number booked, the missing flights will be reimbursed *€ / person each, less the eventual cost of extra lift passes.

*Ask us for more info as every different heliski operation has a different rate for missing flights.

INSURANCE

RESCUE INSURANCE is compulsory (for mountain rescue, assistance, transportation to nearest hospital).

CANCELLATION INSURANCE may be subscribed privately for cancellation before the trip or interruption due to accident and repatriation. Highly recommended, as all subsisting costs will be charged in case of absence. Payment by credit card, Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard, may provide cancellation insurance. Check your contract.

RESPONSABILITY AND LIABILITY

In booking with Safari 9V, each participant is fully aware that there are inherent risks in the practice of all mountaineering activities. A guide should not be considered as a comprehensive insurance policy. We are dealing with something more than just sports, because man is confronted with a natural environment, which he may know profoundly, but can never control. The role of a guide or of an instructor is to reduce risks to a minimum. Heli-skiing involves an additional risk, which is that of the helicopter itself and the landing points which are sometimes quite narrow. Each participant is responsible for his own behaviour during pick-ups, flights and landings and is expected to respect precisely all specific instruction given prior to the flights, as well as every guide’s instruction during the helicopter manoeuvres and the skiing. The guide will instruct, warn and give orders, but cannot physically control the behaviour of the people he is guiding, therefore, any participant who does not respect his instructions, becomes entirely responsible for any accident he may subsequently cause or be involved in and will not be able to claim against the 9V guides, the organisers or the pilot.