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Duration: Five days in the mountain

Dates 2019: january: 06-12, 20-26; february: 03-09, 17-24; march: 03-09, 17-23.

Minimum level required: Level 2 in ski ability levelsFitness level 1

Groups: 4 – 6 persons

Cost: $ USD 1100 per person – Euro 900 per person

The cost include: services of an Mountain Guide, all transfers as shown in the program, the cablecars tickets as shown in the program.

The cost not include: Accomodation, lunch in the mountain, transfer from/to airport, airfare and anything not specified.

The Program

Arrival – Sun

Travel to Courmayeur, to arrive in time for the Evening Briefing. Your guide will run through safety routines and kit checks, as well as hand out rental equipment for the week, before we go on to a detailed discussion of everyones ambitions for the week, together with the current weather and mountain conditions and how these affect our planning. We’ll also have maps and guidebooks to show you, so if you’ve any further questions or last minute requests, then this is the ideal time to bring them up before we head on to dinner. PM Overnight in the valley.

Day 1 – Mon

Introduction to Off-Piste Skiing looking at the fundamental skills needed for being effective in the off-piste. Feedback will be specific to the individual so that you have personal top tips to take forward into the week. An ideal warm up day is to visit the off-piste resort of La Thuile-La Rosière. Here there are big open slopes, trees, the famous back bowls and couloirs of varying angles. As well as enjoying the great skiing, time will be spent training with avalanche transceivers. Overnight in the valley.

Day 2 – Tue

The World Famous ‘Grands Montets’ ski area is a beast of an off-piste resort! Get your ski legs ready because the vertical intervals are huge and the opportunities to explore interesting challenging terrain are massive. We will aim to ski from the top station (3300m) and take some runs on to the Argentiere Glacier, Italian and Canadian Bowls. Overnight in the valley.

Day 3 – Wed

Today’s aim is to ski lots of powder and, in the absence of that just lots of good terrain. This is an opportunity to explore the excellent linked ski areas of Chamonix like Brevent-Flegére in front of the Mont Blanc range. Overnight in the valley.

Day 4 – Thu

After the obligatory cappuchino we hit the slopes of one of the brilliant resorts of the Valle d’Aoste like Courmayeur. Here there is excellent tree skiing (great if it is dumping with snow!) as well as impressive high alpine terrain. We could ski the famous Off-Piste in Courmayeur ski area. Overnight in the valley.

Day 5 – Fri

Into the Vallee Blanche. There are many variations on the most famous off- piste run in the world . A roped skinning journey through a crevassed glacier, accessing a high col on the French / Italian border or tackling one of the numerous steeper variations like the Grand Envers or Combe de la Vierge. Whichever one is taken the 22km of glacier skiing through an incredible and beautiful maz e of crevasses with views of the classic big North Faces of the Alps provides a fitting climax to our week of off- piste skiing. Overnight in the valley. End of program.

Departure – Sat

After a night of well-deserved rest, departing from Courmayeur for your destination.