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La Dolce Vita

Off Piste ski week in Aosta, Italy

Skiing in Courmayeur and La Thuile - great powder, great food, fewer crowds, Italian feel. What’s not to like? In a typical off piste skiing week in the Chamonix area, a day in Courmayeur is a popular favourite with guests, so why not explore the area further and ski there for a week?  The lifts on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc offer access to amazing off piste terrain.

Starting from the iconic and unforgettably rustic Youla  and Arp cable cars, superb descents can be found in the Val Veny, Arp and Dolonne valleys. Tree skiing from the Gabba lift offers great terrain for all abilities. The new Skyway cable car can even whisk you unto 3500 meters in under 10mins, giving unrivalled and easy accesses the Thoula glacier and the world famous Vallee Blanche.

A visit to la Thuile gets us even further off the beaten track, with the possibility to descend into La Rosiere, on the French side of the Petit St. Bernard pass. The stunning views of the Mt. Blanc south face and the glacier expanse of the Rutor, never disappoints. With the Mt. Blanc Unlimited ski pass we can also quickly drive through the Mt. Blanc tunnel and access the terrain in Chamonix if the conditions are better there…

A stay in Courmayeur allows one access to many different restaurants, shops, bars and cafès lining the Via Roma - the pedestrian street in the village. A fireside apperitivo in the café de la Poste after a great day skiing, or a trip to the relaxing thermal baths in Pre St. Didier, Courmayeur certainly has it all - che bella!

 

Description

Level Requirements

The Courmayeur Off Piste Week comprises of 5 full days of guided off-piste skiing with a qualified and experienced UIAGM Chamex mountain guide. The itinerary has been specially designed to show you the very best Courmayeur back country ski runs. It will be a busy, exciting and tiring 5 days and you will need to be a competent off-piste rider to make the most of it.

 

  • You must be able to ski safely in all snow conditions on slopes of 30 to 35 degrees
  • You must be capable of skiing parallel and controlling your speed on all types of snow
  • It is essential to have some previous off-piste experience before joining this course
  • You should have a reasonable level of fitness

 

If you think that your standard of skiing is not sufficient then we recommend that you join our Chamonix Off-Piste Introduction Course, which will give you an excellent grounding in the essential off-piste skiing and safety techniques.

Alternatively, you could book a private session with one of our Chamonix Experience Mountain Guides, who will give your personal instruction on improving your technique and gaining confidence off-piste.

Price

1790€

Price per person for minimum 3 and maximum 6 participants. 

Course Dates

2018
Start Date End Date Spaces
Jan 08 Jan 12 6
Jan 15 Jan 19 6
Jan 22 Jan 26 6
Jan 29 Feb 02 6
Feb 05 Feb 09 6
Feb 12 Feb 16 6
Feb 19 Feb 23 6
Feb 26 Mar 02 6
Mar 05 Mar 09 6
Mar 12 Mar 16 6
Mar 19 Mar 23 6
Mar 26 Mar 30 6
Apr 02 Apr 06 6

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


Included

Guide Fees

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

Accommodation

6 nights in a 3* hotel, B&B option on shared basis 

Avalanche Training

Specific avalanche awareness tuition including assessment of the conditions, correct use of a transceiver and how to carry out a rescue using shovel and probe.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Skis / Snowboards

The price does not include skis/snowboards, boots or clothing. If you do not have your own we can help you organise rental, please ask us for details.

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.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Arrival day

At 6pm there will be a welcome meeting and briefing with the lead course guide at Your Hotel. 

Your guide will have the latest weather forecast and will go through the planned itinerary, explain any changes and check your equipment. The meeting is an opportunity to ask any questions, check your kit and run over all the information you will need for the week.

Day 1

Your guide will pick you up from the hotel after the breakfast. You will go skiing where the snow is best. Your guide will check the groups overall ski level, refresh your safety skills in the back country, running through the basics of avalanche search and rescue skills.

Days 2 – 5

Ripping around the Italian backcountry looking for great snow and epic descents!

 

Departure day

Check out from the hotel  before 11h. 

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

Technical gear

Harness

Harness

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Free ride skis

Free ride skis

Ski boots

Ski boots

Ski poles

Ski poles

20 - 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard

20 - 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Ski or snowboard helmet

Ski or snowboard helmet

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)