6 DAY SKI-SAFARI / 6 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
SKI / SNOWBOARD LEVEL INTERMEDIATE
Enjoy an exciting ski safari journey across the Alps. We will take you far beyond commercial pistes to otherwise inaccessible descents over spectacular mountain terrain.
Our tours are designed to take advantage of the quickly changing weather patterns in the Alps while guaranteeing your safety at the hand of professional mountain guides. This means that on any given day your itinerary may change to allow you to ski the best conditions that Switzerland, France and Italy have to offer, across glaciers or from mountain hut to ancient monastery, enjoying authentic mountain life and unique cuisine along the way.
DAY 1 – MARCH 15TH
On arrival at Geneva, you’ll be met by a private chauffeur who will whisk you (90 minutes) away to the scenic Italian town of Courmayeur.
Check in to your hotel, unpack and make it your own. You’ll meet your guide and the other adventurers and rendezvous for an aperitif to look at a map of the coming journey. Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn remain the icons of the Alps and you will be skiing in their presence for the next eight days. Quiet and cozy, Courmayeur is the setting for the start of your spectacular journey. Passaggiata in the evening on the cobbled streets of the village before dinner.
DAY 2 – MARCH 16TH
VAL VENY, ITALY
Three cable cars will take you to the very top of this ski domain at 3,000 metres. The
descent is stunning with breathtaking views the whole way. You will pass through a variety of valleys close to groomed runs. Enjoy lunch on the slopes of Courmayeur. Spend the last hour relaxing on groomed runs.
In the evening, unwind in the hot waters, whirlpools, saunas and Turkish baths of the thermal springs. Tonight your guides will invite you to join them for an aperitif in a rather unusual local café. Admire the 18th century details of the coats of arms carved during the French revolution above the 15th century fireplace. Then stroll the cobbled streets and dine at a local restaurant.
DAY 3 – MARCH 17TH
This morning we will start to explore the spectacular skiing this area offers. South-facing, this breathtaking area is often bathed in winter sun. A modern cable car will take you to the very top of this ski domain at 2,525 metres for a stunning descent. You will pass through a variety of valleys close to groomed runs. End the day with some relaxed skiing in the vast off-piste area behind the slopes of the resort.
We grab a late lunch, in the middle of nowhere yet exceptional in quality, at a restaurant which really is a surprise. A favourite with the locals, you’ll find it tucked away in a remote corner between Chamonix and Argentiere, off the tourist trail. The refined interior matches the delicious cuisine, which fuels the unparalleled word-of-mouth reputation of this cosy mountain refuge. We particularly love the welcome we get from the owner who fusses over us as if we were family and is always quick to recommend a bottle of wine…
DAY 4 – MARCH 18TH
ON THE BORDER OF ITALY AND FRANCE
Today’s high altitude off-piste skiing is the most spectacular of all, among the tumbling ice-falls and dizzying crevasses of the Mer de Glace down the Vallée Blanc. Today we will take the cable car up to the Point de Helbrunner at 10,000 feet. The cable car ride is an event in itself and your guide will point out many of the peaks. While this descent is high altitude, it is not difficult but rather a long leisurely run through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world. It is a 27 kilometres and finishes in Chamonix. It is one of the most famous descents in Europe.
Enjoy lunch in France with time to explore before your transfer back across the border to Italy. Your guides will suggest one of their favourite spots for an aperitif this evening, well-known amongst locals and mountain guides it a small hidden restaurant where the stories are legendary.
DAY 5 – MARCH 19TH
The ski area we visit today is truly special. Why? We have never seen a single other skier or snowboarder here. Only accessible by a cable car usually only used for high altitude ski touring, this remote area of untouched snow is even out of bounds for helicopters.
Today you’ll ski unforgettable descents in the shadow of the mighty Mont Blanc on its southeast side. The deserted mountainside feels like a private amusement park full of soft fluffy bumps, turns, gullies and trees. You’ll have so much fun that you will want to repeat it again and again.
This isn’t the only treat today: Just when you begin to feel hungry, you’ll stop at a lovely little restaurant also hidden away at altitude. This is a hangout purely for those in the know. You’ll dine beside cable car workers and family of the restaurateurs – but of course, as we are in Italy, the meal is a pure indulgence and the wine list will take your breath away. You will literally feel on top of the world (you almost are) as the clouds swirl around you, just outside the window.
This evening, after a full day, you will enjoy a very well-earned night of superb local hospitality. Four tables, one charismatic owner and mouth watering mountain fare at a cosy Alpine eatery owned by our friend, Tony, who always makes space for us.
DAY 6 – MARCH 20TH
SWISS / ITALIAN BORDER
This morning you will be transferred to the Swiss/Italian border for a day of ski-hiking with skins attached to the bottom of your skis to help you walk up hill. Lunch will be in the Hospice. You will pass through a valley on record for the highest Alpine snowfall in winter – 24 metres!
We will ski-hike along the remote St Bernard pass which sits between Switzerland and Italy, until you round a corner where you’ll gain your first view of the monastery. For centuries this was the only road between northern and southern Europe and has been in use since the Bronze Age. Monks have guarded the pass since the 10th century from the Hospice near the top. This hospice is also famous for the St Bernard dog breed, bred by the monks for protection and rescue. At the top, the monks will offer you a specially prepared tea in this truly unique setting.
This afternoon you will make your descent having taken off the skins. Rendezvous in a cosy restaurant catering to locals, whose colourful patron will greet you with Italian hospitality. This family-run restaurant has more than a 100 years of history and the recipes, passed down the generations are mouthwatering.
Perhaps like us you will have fallen in love with the less touristy side of the Alps. This is what it is like to be a local in a mountain village. This afternoon you will transfer back to Courmayeur and your journey home.