This 4 day course has been designed especially for those with basic previous touring experience who are looking to progress from simple day touring in resort, to multi day trips out in the wilderness of the true backcountry.
With 2 nights in mountain refuges, this 4 day tour will give you the opportunity to get a feel for real hut to hut touring, consolodate and build upon your exisiting skills and develop the endurance required to help you find longer and more challenging tours ultimately more enjoyable. This course is the perfect preperation and precursor for more committed touring trips such as the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.
To be able to join this course you must have had some previous day touring experience, be a confident off piste skier on all types of snow (powder, crust, heavy wet and wind blown) and have a good level of fitness. You will be Touring for upto 7h per day including 4-5h of climbing.
Our guides will start the course with an orientation day spent practicing some basic skills and avalanche awareness while exploring one of Chamonix classical ski touring itineraries, such as the Col du Passon or Cold du Tour Noir, before transfering to Italy for 3 days of hut to hut touring in the beautiful Gran Paradiso National Park.
Ski touring in the alps requires a broad skill set, not only fitness and stamina. To be able to safely navigate the varied terrain of the backcounrty, our guides will teach you crucial ice axe and crampon techniques, basic rope work, glacier navigation and avalanche awareness. These skills really are the golden key that opens the door to the unlimited skiiable terrain on the other side of the lift system...
This trip is absolutely perfect for those aspiring to take the next step toward becomming more idependent in the mountains, and will serve as meaningful training to help you aspire towards more challenging future touring goals.