Freeride Touring in the Alps

Skiing fresh powder on untracked slopes is one of the greatest pleasures the mountains can provide. The stunning mountain scenery, the solitude and silence away from the resorts, the infinite variety of snow, the ski techniques to deal with in a huge expanse of varied terrain combine into a special mixture that is hard to beat. If you want to find those hidden powder stashes or the freshest, deepest snow on any given day away from the controlled pistes, then you have come to the right place for exploring what Freeride Touring means.

In the search of the snow or slope of your dreams we take advantage of the fact that the Alps are the most lift-dense mountains in the world; the combination of using those lifts and having skis with touring bindings and skins; we have an entrance ticket to the backcountry beyond the ski resorts boundaries. The layout is simple, a small group of skiers together with a professional UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide meet at the designated ski resort, we use the lifts and pistes as starting points, a short hike by foot or on the skins puts us on our mission to find the ultimate riding experience.

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Where to go
We love exploring the mountains on skis and are always looking for new and exciting places to put in a few turns on untouched slopes. To mention a few places where we have been in the past; resorts such as Sestriere, Serre Chevalier, Limone, Verbier, Gressoney, Alagna, La Grave, La Thuile, Courmayeur, Chamonix, Pila, Pragelato with their steep, deep and marvelous trees and some other smaller ski resorts around in the the Alps. If all this does not happen to be enough, just contact us to discuss your ambitions and proposals, so we can put together an appropriate program tailored to your requirements.

Prerequisite skills
In general this is a pure off-piste product for people who have previous experience from backcountry skiing and have reached an intermediate skiing level. For those in the beginning of their off-piste career we can arrange some special introduction to the freeride touring concept during which all skills are trained from the scratch. From our experience we choose to have separate groups for skiers and snowboarders. Of course if you feel you lack some of those experiences or uncertain of your own level, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to give you the best experience possible.

The ski season starts as early as mid November with more touring oriented days before the lifts open in early December and can last all winter right through until April. Places and itineraries are flexible to suit your ambition and abilities.

Small groups
The group size is 1-6 persons per mountain guide. We like to offer a more personalized service and by experience we know that skiing in smaller groups makes it easier to match ability levels, reducing wait time and make the most of the best spots and slopes to be found.

Personal equipment
The following is a general technical equipment list required, besides normal personal clothing for alpine skiing. Harness, rope and other specific safety gear required are provided when necessary, for example if you choose one of the wonderful glacier runs the Alps are famous for. If you have any questions please fell free to contact us. Equipment marked with * can be provided by your guide when needed.

• Skis with AT bindings stable for the downhill skiing (we recommend a waist around 95 mm as good rule of thumb).
• Climbing skins adapted to your skis.
• Poles, adjustable with big baskets.
• Ski boots with a walking mode.
• Avalanche transceiver*
• Shovel*
• Probe*
• Backpack with straps for skis and poles.
• Sunglasses or/and ski goggles, category 3-4.
• Sun block
• Water bottle, since we do not recommend Camelback systems.
• Small medical kit.

• Professional Mountain Guide authorized by UIAGM/IFMGA.
• Use of the guides vehicle for transport (cost must be covered).
• A range of recommended accommodation options are provided.
• The best off-piste skiing at the moment in the given place.

Not included
• Food and when necessary accommodation costs must be provided for you and the guide.
• Ski passes for you and the guide.
• Personal off-piste skiing equipment (see list above).
• Travel to/from designated meeting point.
• Mandatory insurance to cover mountain rescue costs.

Number of days: Week – Short and Long Weekend – Single Day.
Price: Private Guiding Rates, please contact us.

Please use the form if you have any questions or want us to contact you.

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