Off-Piste Skiing in the Alps
April 2012 on request
Photo by Freddy, Perfect turns in perfect powder
Day 1: Meet your guide in the Hotel L’Arve,
Chamonix, attend an apero in the lobby at 16:30, dinner and equipment
and tour review.
Day 2: Ski the famous Vallee Blanche. Ski lifts and a tram access
the run. The rugged glacier terrain allows you to get ready for the
type of skiing you wish to go into or just enjoy the ride. Surrounded
by the most spectacular mountains in Europe.
Day 3: Ski the Grand Montets. Transfer to Verbier after a good day
Day 4: Ski all day in Verbier from the top of Mont For to Lac de
Cleuson, stay at the Mont For Hut.
Day 5: Have an early start and skin up to Rosablanche, a superb
peak, and ski down to the Prafleuri Hut
Day 6: Skin up apprx. 4 hours to the Le Parrain and ski down to
Fionnaz, one of the best ski descents in the Alps. Transfer to Zermatt.
Day 7: Ski Zermatt. Depending on conditions, ski the Schwarztor
Day 8: Ski down to Cervinia and back to Zermatt, skin up to the
Cima di Jazzi or Heliskiing the Monte Rosa.
We are flexible in our schedule or where we ski. We only go where
the snow is good. Upon request, we can start anywhere: Andermatt,
Zermatt, Grindelwald, Verbier, Chamonix...your choice!
January, February, March on requested date!
Includes all lifts in ski resorts, hotels or hut fees, 7 breakfasts,
8 days guiding
Not included: Travel expenses to and from the meeting place, no
travel expenses like train/taxi costs during the tour, lunches, drinks,
no dinners in towns, rental equipment and souvenirs.
Maximum comfort in hotels and huts, maximum safety,
maximum view, maximum powder snow, maximum après ski, minimum
packs: the recipe for an unforgettable experience in the European
is a customized, moderate to extreme steep skiing adventure. We help
you have a great time whether you are a moderate or extreme skier.
Everyday we adjust the skiing and hiking to your daily form. Participants
must be strong skiers, PSIA level 8-9, able to perform strong dynamic
parallel turns with alpine skis, telemark skis or randonne equipment,
while carrying a small pack in all snow conditions: powder, hard
packed and crud snow.
I strongly recommend alpine skis or randonne equipment for a trip
in Europe. My past experience tells me that even an expert telemark
skier will struggle and have a hard time skiing with a backpack and
deal with the always-changing snow conditions. Telelmark skiers are
naturally welcome, but we will merely have to adjust to his or her
You should be able to master steep uphill skiing techniques, have
experience with ski crampons as well as Euro-uphill kick turn in
all conditions. This will help you enjoy the tour better.
Bring only gear you are used to: broken-in ski randonne boots, the
correct full skins, and used gear you know by heart.
If you have any concerns about your level of skiing and/or mountaineering
skills, please feel free to contact Swiss Guides.
All of the above skills have to be solid and will be applied on
Heli-Skiing in the Berner Oberland
from Helibasis Gsteigwiler: CHF 290.00
from Männlichen: CHF 270.00
Äbeni Flue/Petersgrat combined
from Helibasis Gsteigwiler: CHF 370.00
from Männlichen: CHF 350.00
from Helibasis Gsteigwiler: CHF 270.00
from Männlichen: CHF 250.00
from Helibasis Schattenhalb: CHF 240.00
from Helibasis Schattenhalb: CHF 260.00
from Steingletscher: CHF 90.00
Every day depending on conditions and reservations from April to Mai
5-8 participants per Guide
Skiing skills required:
Solid parallel turn and
experiences in backcountry skiing
Photo by Freddy, Heliskiing Ebnefluh
Photo by Freddy, Skiing down from Petersgrat
Photo by Freddy, the approach to the turns
Photo by Freddy, Perfect turns
Photo by Freddy, The Zwillingsgletscher
Photo by Freddy, Jumping in the powder
Photo by Freddy, The famous Jungfrau Region
Click below for information on equipment and training plan for ski mountaineering in the Alps.
Ski Mountaineering Equipment List