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GUIDED OFF-PISTE FREERIDING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
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Discover the best kept off-piste powder secrets in the French Alps with a guided tour of the Maurienne valley ski resorts! Explore Aussois, Bonneval, La Norma, Val Cenis & Valfrejus, plus the high glaciers from Orelle-Val Thorens. Join a fixed date tour or create a custom tour to suit your best dates & group size.....
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2021
Days: 8
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2021
Days: 5
Price: USD 1,193
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2021
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,018
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 22 - Dec 26, 2021
Days: 5
Price: USD 1,368
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 25 - Jan 01, 2022
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,018
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 29 - Jan 02, 2022
Days: 5
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 01 - Jan 08, 2022
Days: 8
Price: USD 1,922
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 05 - Jan 09, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 08 - Jan 15, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 15 - Jan 22, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 19 - Jan 23, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2022
Days: 5
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 29 - Feb 05, 2022
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,217
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 02 - Feb 06, 2022
Days: 5
Price: USD 1,440
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 05 - Feb 12, 2022
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Price: USD 2,217
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2022
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Price: USD 1,440
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 12 - Feb 19, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 16 - Feb 20, 2022
Days: 5
Price: USD 1,199
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 23 - Feb 27, 2022
Days: 5
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 26 - Mar 05, 2022
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Price: USD 2,018
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 02 - Mar 06, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 05 - Mar 12, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 26 - Apr 02, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Apr 02 - Apr 09, 2022
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Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour

Overview

Discover the best kept secret off-piste powder in the Alps with a guided tour of the Maurienne valley ski resorts! Explore unknown resorts, mountains, glaciers & villages.

Despite being surrounded by well-known nearby ski resorts like Val d’Isère, Val Thorens, & Sestriere in Italy, the Haute Maurienne valley remains a relatively unknown ski destination. Its off-piste freeride potential is incredible & a lot easier with a guide. The names of the local resorts may be unknown to you: La Norma, Valfréjus, Aussois, Val Cenis and Bonneval - 5 ski resorts with quite different characters ... all unique! The Orelle access to the 3 Valleys' Val Thorens is also in the Maurienne, allowing for forays there too!

Using the ski lifts & skins (if you are up for it!), allow a guide to share with you their secret spots to enjoy the most perfect off-piste freeride powder week in the Haute Maurienne. In the evenings, stay in an authentic local hotel, enjoy the friendly hospitality of the owners & eat the best fresh, traditional cuisine. It may be the best freeride powder week you have ever had in the Alps!

Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour

Ski Resorts Visited

Over 6 ski days (or 4 if go on the shorter tour!) explore the limitless off-piste freeride skiing options in the Haute Maurienne. There is something for everyone here: larch forests, couloirs, wide-open alpine bowls & glaciers. Using the ski lifts from several resorts & skins if required, discover the best snow & secret spots in these wonderful mountains. Resort visited on the tour include Aussois, Bonneval sur Arc, La Norma, Orelle-Val Thorens, Val Cenis and Valfrejus. For more detail, see the Itinerary Tab for more.

Meeting Point & Transfers

The tour includes transfers from the meeting points at either Turin or Chambery airport to the accommodation in the Haute Maurienne valley. A pick-up from Modane train station (on the Paris-Lyon-Turin-Milan line)is also a possibility. Transfers from other airports are possible at an extra cost (i.e. Milan Malpensa or Lyon St Exupery). See the Itinerary Tab for more.

Accommodation & Meals

Enjoy the hospitality, food & drink of an authentic French mountain village for 7-nights, staying in a locally run hotel or apartment. Breakfast & dinner are included. A shorter 4-night option, effectively a lovely long weekend is available too. There are four different lodging options, see the Accommodation Tab for more.

Guides, Group Size & Safety

You will go with local mountain guides and ski instructors that are dedicated and passionate skiers. Finding the best snow and the runs you will enjoy most is their job, and your safety their main focus.

The size of groups is limited to a maximum of 6 skiers/splitboarders per guide. Mixed (open) and private groups are possible. You can request a private guiding tour for a group up to 6 people, or join a mixed (open) group for the week. Private tours may incur additional fees depending on the group size.

Avalanche safety gear is mandatory for all participants. All guests are required to ski/board with an ABS backpack (or equivalent). Modern transceivers (beacons), probes and shovels plus ABS backpacks are available for rent if you do not own them. In order to ensure everyone is able to use it, a quick but efficient safety briefing will be conducted prior to skiing. Included is a practice beeper search and the opportunity ask any questions you might have regarding the snow conditions of the day and the runs the group will ski.

Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour

Technical & Personal Requirements

Ski Ability

Participants of all abilities can be catered for on the daily tour. Have you ever put your skis off the slopes, or do you spend your time chasing powder? Whatever your level, there is a group for you, and a suitable program.

  • Off-piste beginner: You have a fairly good level on-piste skiing, and you are able to ski almost any red (intermediate) piste. You have no experience of off-piste but dream of your first turns in powder! Physically you can ski without a problem for a whole day at your own pace & level.
  • Apprentice Freerider: You are a good skier on piste, including black piste. You have done a bit of off-piste before and can turn easily if the snow is smooth & the slope is not too steep. You would like to improve your technique… and confidence off the slopes.
  • Freerider Expert: You are a very good skier, and no slope is too difficult. You have already practiced skiing off the slopes a lot and can even say that this is your main practice. You no longer go skiing to stay on the slopes! You are confident in any type of snow but would like to improve technically.
  • Expert: You are a strong skier, whatever the terrain & type of snow. You can ski long freerando routes, even if technically & physically demanding or steep. You are looking for new challenges!

Lifts & Skinning

The Off-piste Maurienne ski tours utilise the ski lifts of the local ski resorts & depending on conditions, may also use climbing skins to reach the best untracked snow. On a good powder day, no skinning will be required - skiing will be directly from the lifts. In more challenging conditions, a skin time of up to 1½hr for the day may be required from the top lifts.

Fitness

Good physical condition is a benefit in order to fully enjoy the day. Skinning or short ascents on foot may be included in the day. You should be prepared to ski all day long at a reasonable pace.

Food & Drink

Food & drink during the day is your responsibility. The group can decide whether they want a lunch indoors at a mountain restaurant (the guides know all the good ones) or al-fresco with a picnic 'in the field' (the guides know all the good spots for this too!).

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Typical Itinerary

Skiing with Up Guides. What does it look like?

The seven nearby ski resorts in the Haute Maurienne offer a lot of variations and possibilities. The goal is to take advantage of this situation to:
-always go for the best snow;
-discover something completely new every day;
-adjust the program to your level and expectations.
Every morning, just after breakfast, you will meet your guide who will inform you about the snow and weather conditions for the day. The program of the day will be made considering those parameters but will also consider a discussion with you. Do you want easy off-piste, or couloirs and steep slopes? Do you want to hike to the otherwise inaccessible slopes or does working on your technique close to the lifts sound better?
Maybe you want to learn about snow, how to find the best conditions, or maybe you would like to know more about safety and equipment? You might also be interested in an evening avalanche talk? Whatever your demands are, our guides will be happy to help you achieve the very best out of your stay in the Maurienne.

6 Ski-Day Tour (Saturday to Saturday)

Day 1: Saturday, Arrival

Meeting at Turin (TRN) or Chambery (CMF) airport after 4pm on the Saturday (or later at Modane train station by previous arrangement). Other airport transfers can be arranged for an additional cost, i.e. from Milan Malpensa (MXP), Lyon St Exupery (LYS) or even Geneva (GVA). Transfer to your accommodation (for further info see the Accommodation Tab), which will be your home for the next seven nights. Meet the guide to discuss the fabulous week ahead.
Meals included: dinner.

Day 2 - 7: Sunday to Friday, Freeride the Haute Maurienne

The group has six days to explore the limitless off-piste freeride skiing options in the Haute Maurienne. There is something for everyone here: larch forests, couloirs, wide-open alpine bowls & glaciers. Using the ski lifts from several resorts & skins if required, discover the best snow & secret spots in these wonderful mountains. Resort options include Aussois, Bonneval sur Arc, La Norma, Orelle-Val Thorens, Val Cenis and Valfrejus. Each day's location will be dictated by weather & snow conditions, plus the ability & wishes of the group. 
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 8: Saturday, Departure

A final morning to delight in this wonderful valley. End of this off-piste skiing odyssey. Transfer to the airport or Modane train station.
Meal included: breakfast.

Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour

4 Ski-Day Tour (Wednesday to Sunday)

Day 1: Wednesday, Arrival

Meeting at Turin (TRN) or Chambery (CMF) airport after 4pm on the Saturday (or later at Modane train station by previous arrangement). Other airport transfers can be arranged for an additional cost, i.e. from Milan Malpensa (MXP), Lyon St Exupery (LYS) or even Geneva (GVA). Transfer to your accommodation (for further info see the Accommodation Tab), which will be your home for the next 4 nights. Meet the guide to discuss the fabulous 4-days of skiing ahead.
Meals included: dinner.

Day 2 - 5: Sunday to Friday, Freeride the Haute Maurienne

The group has four days to explore the limitless off-piste freeride skiing options in the Haute Maurienne. There is something for everyone here: larch forests, couloirs, wide-open alpine bowls & glaciers. Using the ski lifts from several resorts & skins if required, discover the best snow & secret spots in these wonderful mountains. Resort options include Aussois, Bonneval sur Arc, La Norma, Orelle-Val Thorens, Val Cenis and Valfrejus. Each day's location will be dictated by weather & snow conditions, plus the ability & wishes of the group.
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 5: Sunday Afternoon, Departure

After the last day of skiing departure is in the afternoon. Late afternoon transfer to the airport or Modane train station. If you want to stay longer, inquire.
Meal included: breakfast.

Please note this itinerary is an example of an off-piste ski tour of the Maurienne. 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

Accommodation on the tour will be one of four centrally located options in the valley. Each is in an authentic local village and within between 5-30min of all ski resorts visited in the tour. You can choose from the following:

Au Coeur Des Alpes

A short drive from the slopes of La Norma ski resort in the quiet village of Villarodin, this family run hotel is an amazing traditional house from the 16th century. Beautifully refurbished, it has three double rooms, two suites and a very cosy spa area with sauna and jacuzzi. Breakfasts and dinners are served in their own restaurant.

Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour

Auberge La Turra

L’Auberge La Turra is a family run place, located in Val-Cenis Termignon, a short stroll from the ski lifts. You are made to feel at home in this small & cosy hotel. Most of the rooms have been recently renovated are well equipped. The owners, Severine and David, serve local and fresh produce for dinner. You are in the centre of the lovely village of Termignon, with a direct access to several bars, ski shops, souvenirs, local delicatessen & cheese shop.

Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour
Off-Piste Maurienne Ski Tour

Le Relais de la Diligence

In the village of Bramans, the building was a postal relay station in the old days. It is now a small hotel that can welcome only 15 guests in 4 spacious rooms. The building itself is incredible. You will love the cosiness of the open fire as well as the family-like feeling you get being welcomed here by Françoise, the owner. Breakfasts and dinner are served in their own restaurant.

Chalet Les Liouès

A traditionally built chalet situated in the tiny village of Sollières. It has six spacious apartments with double & single rooms, fully equipped kitchen, cosy living room (big screen TV and wifi) & two bathrooms. There is a ski room with a boot dryer, a nice little bar and sauna. Breakfasts and three courses dinners are served at the restaurant “L’Erablo”, just 20m away from the chalet.

For lodgings before or after the tour, search & book here for Haute Maurienne accommodation near Val Cenis.

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 each hotel & at other local bars.

Lunches will be had out on the slopes or at a mountain hut in a ski resort, 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

Saturday to Saturday - 8 days/7 nights/6 ski-days from €1540 to €1895
Wednesday to Sunday - 5 days/4 nights/4 ski-days from €1020 to €1231

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Prices based on twin share accommodation
  • Price varies depending on date & season
  • Custom dates for private groups on request
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Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 7 nights twin share lodging
  • MEALS: Half-board - breakfast & dinner
  • GUIDE: Full-time professional guide for each ski day on the tour (max. ratio 1:6)
  • TRANSFERS & TRANSPORT: All transfers from Turin or Champery airport, plus all ground transport during tour
  • LIFT PASSES: All lift passes for each ski day on the tour
  • TRAINING: In the use of all safety & rescue equipment, plus use of skins & ascending techniques
Add-ons
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQT: Beacon, shovel, probe - €10/day
  • ABS AIRBAG BACKPACK: €10/trip
  • TRANSFERS: From Lyon, Milan or Geneva airport - price on application
  • SKIS, SPLITBOARD, SKINS, POLES & BOOTS: Price on application
Not Included

Terms & Conditions

As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, Up Ski & Mountain Guides, including but not limited to the following:

A] Information and Booking

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The booking is effective after the payment of the deposit.

B] Payment

A deposit of 20% of the total price is required for booking. It must be payed, at the latest, three months before the first day of the trip.

The balance (80%) is due, at the latest, one week before the first day of the trip.

All payment are to be made to the bank account information given on the invoice that will be sent to you. Please use the invoice number as a reference for your payment.

C] Cancellation Policy

If UP Ski & Mountain Guides are cancelling the trip, all payment that you’ve made will be integrally returned to you.

If you are cancelling, whatever the reasons are:

  • More than three months before the trip, all payment will be returned to you, minus 5% of administrative fees.
  • Less than three months before the trip, we keep you deposit.

D] Insurances

UP Ski & Mountain Guides professional insurances are, in no case, substitute to your own personal insurances, and you are responsible for purchasing one that covers the search & rescue, medical and repatriation costs for all activities and countries concerned by the trip.

Company Detail

UP Ski & Mountain Guides AB is a company registered in Sweden under the number 556985-2097