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Introduction to Hut To Hut Ski Touring

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.

Course objectives

  • Improve your skinning techniques and kick turns
  • Basic avalanche safety skills and rescue techniques
  • Be involved in the day to day trip planning 
  • Get familiar with staying on a refuge and the general hut customs
  • Good quality ski tours

Description

Level requirements

This is a great introductory trip to hut to hut ski tours for those who just started ski touring. 

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. 

Price

1050€

Price per person or group of minimum 4 and maximum 6 participants. 

Course Dates

2018
Start Date End Date Spaces
Mar 15 Mar 18 6
Mar 30 Apr 02 6
Apr 12 Apr 15 6
Apr 26 Apr 29 6

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


Included

Accommodation (half-board)

2 nights accommodation in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner included.

Guide fee - 4 days

4 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Transport

Return transport from Chamonix to Italy.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Lift passes

The cost of any lift access that is required during the course for the itinerary described above. 

Not Included

Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your perdoanlised kit list.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Welcome meeting in Chamonix

The evening before the start of the course, you will have the chance to meet your guide and the other course members to discuss the itinerary, mountain conditions and ask any questions.

Your guide will also use this time to check over your equipment and help you prepare what you will need for day 1 of the course. Those who have reserved rental equipment will be accommanied to our partner shop to pick up what they will need for the duration of the course. It is a good idea to bring with you any clothing or technical gear that you would liked checked over prior to the start of the course.

Day 1: Ski touring & skill refresher in Chamonix

Warm up and practice day in Chamonix. Our guides will use this day to check eveyone's equipment, ski touring skill set and teach you the basics of avalanche beacon and crevasse rescue, on an introductory tour accesible from the local ski lifts. You will then return to Chamonix in the evening for any gear changes or additional equipment requirements in preperation for the following 3 days.

 

Day 2: Gran Paradiso national park

An early start and a taxi from Chamonix to the Grand Paradiso National Park in Italy, and a 2-3hh climb up to the beautiful Benevolo Hut, in the Valle di Rhemes, which will be our base for the follwing 2 days. You will be able to enjoy a traditional Italain lunch , before embarking on a short 2h tour from the hut to practice your ice axe and crampon skills.

The day will typically invlove around 450m to 800 elevation gain, depending on the route chosen by your guide. There are many different itineraries options available freom the hut to suit all levels and skill sets.

The Gran Paradio reserve is tranquil, wild and unspoilt, offering stunning views and great skiing. You definatley wont be fighting against with the crowds here, but may well be lucky enough to have the odd encouter with the local wildlife.

 

Day 3: The Punta Calabre

A bigger tour today lasting around 5-6h and returning back to the hut.  You will cover around 800m elevation again and decent 1000m meters. There are many varied options to choose from along the Grand Paradiso chain.

With some help from the weather you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views and great skiing along range. A nice late Italian lunch will be a welcome reward and well needed fule to keep you on track for the final day tomorrow.

 

Day 4: Grand Vaudala

This is the big day and final push! Around a 7-8h tour and possibly a summit (Grand Vaudala, Granta Parei). We will leave the Benevolo hut early and cover roughly 1200m elevation gain, but the ultimate reward will be lovely long 1600m descent back down to the trail head, where a taxi will be waiting to bring you back to Chamonix for a cold beer, a hot shower and your own bed!  

 

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

35 - 45 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

35 - 45 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

Crampons

Crampons

Ski touring skis

Ski touring skis

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries