Monte Rosa Freeride

Monte Rosa is one of the largest ski resorts in the Alps, famous throughout the world for its fantastic off-piste skiing, and incorporates the lift-linked resorts Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna. Each of them attractive old mountain villages placed deep into the valleys that fan out from the Monte Rosa massif. The off-piste possibilities are almost endless and with a short hike by foot or on the skins you can reach all the hidden corners of untouched powder fields such as the Salza and Lys valleys, hair-raisingly narrow couloirs, and stunning backcountry lines like the Marinelli and Macugnaga.

Champoluc is best for the beginners, intermediates and families since it offers the most pistes and largest choice of accommodation, dining and entertainment. Gressoney is the central village and suites skiers of all levels, while Alagna with its centuries old Walser houses and particular architecture, is best for advanced skiers looking for the most of the off-piste opportunities. Regardless of where you want to stay, you will for sure experience some unique skiing and taste what the excellent Italian kitchen has to offer. Just contact us to discuss your ambitions and proposals, so we can put together an appropriate program tailored to your requirements.

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Monte Rosa Freeride Programs
The layout is simple; you will find a professional UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide in one of the lift-linked ski resorts waiting for you; we use the lifts and pistes as starting points to discover what the Monte Rosa massif has to offer according to your ambitions. From easier runs near the lift system to secluded places you can reach only by climbing with your skins (or by a short hike by foot). For example some itineraries could be Valle Perduta, Salza, Bettolina, Malfatta, Canale dell’Aquila, Balme, Piani di Berra, Pyramide Vincent, Punta Giordani or we use the guide book – Polvere Rosa – as a source of inspiration for the endless possibilities. Remember that if you are a beginner or experienced backcountry skier – we for sure have a tour for you!

Prerequisite skills
In general this is a pure off-piste product for people who have previous experience from backcountry skiing. For those in the beginning of their off-piste career we can arrange some special introduction 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 in early December and can last all winter right through until April.

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 that Monte Rosa is famous for. If you have any questions please feel 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 local transport (cost must be covered).
• A range of recommended accommodation options are provided.
• The best off-piste skiing at the moment.

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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