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

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 2,523
Discover untouched powder in some of the most famous ski areas of the world in Haute Tarentaise of France. An experienced guide will show you vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder, even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari

Welcome to the heart of the French Alps! The Tarentaise Valley in the Savoy region of France is home to some of the most famous ski areas in the world. Val d'Isere, Tignes, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Sainte Foy, La Rosiere, La Thuile & more await you.

The Tarentaise Valley can be traversed using the lift network, which will lead you the most beautiful spots on the backsides of the resorts, which remain undeveloped because they are in the Vanoise National Park.

For 6 days you'll ski across glaciers, down untouched snowfields, through forests and down the valley floor to the villages below. You'll enjoy the famous Savoyard hospitality, and your bags will be waiting for you in 3 cosy family-run hotels at the end of each day. Every day your guide chooses the best itinerary to make the most of the local snow and weather conditions.

So come have a glass of wine with the locals & taste their Savoyard specialties while you discover the wild regions of the beautiful Tarentaise.

Your great off-piste skiing adventure awaits!

Skiing Terrain

From the top of a ski lift you will traverse, hike or skin away from the ski resort to find the secret passages that will reward you with descents up to 2,000 metres 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 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome meeting at Hotel Le Monal

Meeting at 6.30 p.m. - Meeting with the guide, checking of everyone's ski equipment, distribution of rental skis (for those who have ordered) and safety equipment provided. Meal and night at the hotel.

Day 2: Tignes-Val d'Isère

Hotel Le Monal is ideally located less than half an hour by taxi from the most incredible ski resorts in the world. The guide will select the area that offers the best skiing, depending on the weather and the snow. You will start this day with an off-piste safety briefing. At noon, Big 9V picnic lunch. Return by taxi to Le Monal hotel.

Day 3: Espace San Bernardo, La Rosiere-La Thuile

The guide will have selected the best resort of the day. At 5.30 p.m. once the day's skiing is over, a taxi takes us to Valmorel. Night at the Oxygene hotel.

Day 4: Valmorel - Saint Francois Longchamps - Lauzière

Untracked virgin snow on the Valmorel / St-François-Longchamps ski area. The last descent takes us back on skis directly to the Oxygene hotel.

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Day 5: Valmorel - La Flachère

Ski exploration of the forests of Valmorel then last descent via the immense 2 Nants route. A taxi will be waiting for us at the bottom of the route to join Champagny. The meal will be traditional and plentiful. Night at the Hotel Les Glières without luggage!

Day 6: Bellecote (La Plagne) - Aiguille Rouge (Les Arcs)(

The objective is the famous north face of Bellecôte (3200 m) in La Plagne, which offers a descent of 1700 m of sustained vertical drop. Then, the Les Arcs ski lifts will take us to the top of the Aiguille Rouge for a descent of 2200 m in varied terrain. A beautiful day! Night at the Hotel le Monal in Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise with luggage!

Day 7: Sainte Foy

Using the Sainte Foy lifts & then skins, end the tour in style with a descent of the north face from Fogliettaz to Sainte Foy, followed by another descent to the hamlet of Pigettes or Monal. You will then have traveled the most fabulous off-piste routes in this beautiful Tarentaise valley. Followed by a final night at the Hotel Le Monal.

Day 8: End of Safari

You'll prepare with a good breakfast, and then you'll be on your way to whatever of life's adventures await you next!

NOTE: This itinerary is a guide. The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.

Hotel Accommodation

Cosy hotels have been chosen, typical accommodation in each valley, so that your stay takes place in an authentic mountain atmosphere. Run by local families, they have their own history in the valley. The welcome is warm, the comfort is remarkable. Each dinner will be like a well-deserved feast after a good day of skiing in the mountains!

As you will be staying in 3 different places, one night without baggage transfer (at Champagny), be sure to pack what you need during the week in one bag, which is light and practical.

HÔTEL LE MONAL

It is the meeting point of the whole valley. This hotel will allow you to live to the rhythm of the Tarentaise. The mountain atmosphere is warm and the comfort of the completely renovated rooms is worthy of a superior class hotel. Yves, the owner, is particularly fond of good food and quality products. In his cellar, he will make you taste some wines from the region where the good bottles are mixed with the best hams and sausages!

HÔTEL OXYGÈNE

Ideally located in the small hamlet of Charmettes linked to Valmorel. The interior of the completely renovated hotel is magnificent. The rooms, all in wood, are very comfortable and its restaurant by the fireplace offers delicious cuisine. A hot tub awaits as well!

HÔTEL LES GLIÈRES

Located near the centre of Champagny-en-Vanoise, a short stroll from the gondola which provides access to the La Plagne ski area.

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Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

8 days, 7 nights, 6 days skiing from €2120

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Price based on twin-share
  • Based on 7+ guests on the tour
  • Custom dates: available for groups of 4+
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Inclusions
  • GUIDE: Fully qualified guide/instructor for tour duration– max 1:7 ratio
  • LODGING: 7 nights twin share accommodation in 3 different hotels
  • MEALS: Daily breakfasts & dinners
  • LIFT PASSES: 6 days of ski lift passes covering all resorts visited on the tour
  • TRANSPORT: All ground transport during the tour.
  • SAFETY EQT: Avalanche Safety Equipment (Shovel, Probe, Beacon)
Add-ons
  • SINGLE ROOMS: (from €35 per night) Extra privacy each night for individuals &/or snorers!
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: (Price on request) From/to Geneva or Lyon airport & the Hotel.
  • SKIS W/ TOURING BINDINGS, POLES & SKINS: (€210 for 6 days) Ultimate fun on a great pair of powder skis with touring bindings & skins !
  • AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK: (€90 for 6 days) For added safety.
  • HELI-SKIING: (from €210 per person) 1 drop on the Ruitor glacier at 3486m high.
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.