On the Italian side of the famous Great St. Bernard pass in the Swiss-Italian Alps, you will find a region which is hardly known to the general public, but which is in terms of hospitality, nature and snow is exceptional. From here we can make wonderful ski touring trips and the calories burned during the daytime can eminently be replenished with good wines and excellent gastronomy, where the Aosta Valley is so famous for. In short, a ski touring program for real connoisseurs!
- Skitouring program for connoisseurs!
- Beautiful landscapes and challenging (powder) runs
- Comfortable skitouring without heavy backpack
- Special attention to the fine Italian cuisine and wines
Our meeting point is on Wednesday night on the Swiss side of the Great St. Bernard pass in a friendly family hotel at 1630 meters altitude. It is easy getting here by car from Martigny or from Geneva airport by train and bus (every hour). Optionally you can choose to make a inski stopover on the way in, for example the Swiss Portes du Soleil, Leysin / Villars, Verbier or smaller areas as les Marécottes, Bruson or Vichères / Liddes.
After a good night's acclamatizing sleep we get into our 4x4 minivan and drive in the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte, who took this route to the South side of the Alps towards the Great St Bernard col. Here we have a beautiful day ski tour, possibly with a short (lunch) stop with the monks of St. Bernard Monastery who are non-stop present on this remote mountain pass since since the 9th century. The Congregation of the Hospice du St-Bernard takes for centuries care of lost and weary travelers and will even take care of us, touring skiers, pampering us with hot tea and soup upon arrival at the monastery.
After a beautiful descent we take the tunnel towards Italy, where we will stay at our hotel for the next 3 nights. The food here is amazingly good, as are the accompanying wines. We can further relax in the sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi and stiff muscles can be treated by reserving a sports massage. Everyday we make beautiful day backcountry skitours.
After getting our luggage packed up again on Sunday morning, we make a final brief skitour before turning back to Switzerland again. The end of the program in the early afternoon. Optionally, you can leave the same day or book an extra night at the the hotel.
|Physical condition||Excellent (> 4 hours per week intensive training *) * Intense exercise = load of at least 65% of maximum heart rate. When in doubt, please contact us!|
|Ski / snowboard technique||very good: in all types of snow you can manage all kinds of prepared runs; you can descend powder runs smoothly and without falling|
|Off piste experience||eerder onder professionele begeleiding (erkende gids of skileraar) off piste geweest|
|Skitouring experience||basic techniques as kick turns are mastered|
|Number of participants||4 - 8|
|Our Service Package Includes||4 days halfboard, 4 days guiding by IFMGA certified mountain- and skiguide, all avalanche safety gear, local transfers, welcome drink. Excl. evt. skirental (with skins and ski crampons), lunches, drinks and personal expenses|
|Price||€ 890,- pp|