Freeride training Leysin

Leysin is a friendly ski resort in Switzerland, renowned for its beautiful views of the Dents du Midi, the Mont Blanc massif and Lake Geneva. It is an excellent base for off-piste and ski touring in various types of terrain, ranging from gentle slopes to steeper, more rugged descents. In contrast to Chamonix you will also find some milder descents, although there are plenty of challenging and steep slopes to be found.

Ski & Sail Tromsø-Alta

The province of Finnmark in the far north of Norway has countless beautiful ski mountains and thanks to its northern location between 70 and 71 ° and its own micro climate it may count on a stabile snowcover until the far spring, even down to the fjord. Finnmark is less well known and, above all, less accessible by car than the 80 km south-west situated Lyngen Alps. That is why it is an ideal area for a ski & sail trip in a rugged, arctic backcountry environment. Our basecamp for the whole week is the S/V Rembrandt van Rijn; a three-mast passenger sailing schooner with comfortable 2- and 3-person cabins.

 

Powderhound Freeride Safari Espace Mont Blanc

Hunting the best powder around the Mont Blanc 

Off the beaten track Freeriding in Switzerland, France and Italy, to places where the snow is at its best! Enjoy the dazzling views of Mont Blanc, ride off piste and in the evenings relaxe in the wooden hottub and in the sauna at the Bekker Mountain Chalet. All these elements make this the perfect freeride trip for the real powder lovers.

 

Toerski & Freeride Espace Mont Blanc Secret Places

With the Mont Blanc Massif in our from yard and a fantastic unexplored area in the backyard, the Bekker Mountain Chalet offers a great base for the most beautiful ski touring and off-piste runs for the somewhat experienced tour skier and off piste skier. Directly from the chalet you can make beautiful backcountry tours with views of the Mont Blanc massif, topping it off with challenging downhill runs. That means burning calories and playing outside during the day, relaxing in the sauna or the wood-fired hot tub in the evening. The dinners are in a local restaurant within walking distance (included in the price) or 'homemade by Ilse' in front of the wood stove of the Bekker Mountain Chalet.

Freeride Midweek

Do you want to get the maximum out of your ski winter but is your free time rather limited? Then choose some of our guided short ski breaks! The Espace Mont Blanc region between Chamonix and Verbier is excellent for short ski breaks. It is easy getting there from Geneva Airport, you'll find some of the best and freeride terrain there is in the Alps, and in our own private skilodge we serve good food and you can relax in the sauna or wood heated hottub on our terrace with view on the Aiguilles Rouges.  

 

Freeride training weekend

Are you not sure if you can handle the level of one of our freeride trips? Would you like to get 'back in the game' before the start of the ski season? Or do you just want to spend a few days freerinding some of the best terrain there is in the Alps? In that case, this intensive freeride training weekend suits you perfectly!

Haute Route Traverse Chamonix-Zermatt

The Haute Route, the famous High Route between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland is "the mother" of all ski touring traverses. From Europe's tallest mountain, the Mont Blanc to the legendary Matterhorn, our route leads along some of the most exciting mountain scenery to be found anywhere. After spending a week in the winter backcountry of the Western Alps walking down Zermatt's bustling main street will feel like returning into a different world. Our chosen itinerary leads you to all well known remote mountain huts, where the Alps are so known for. That's why we've chosen to start on Wednesday: thanks to our experience of over 3 decades we've learned that this is the best way to experience this popular route in a relaxed atmosphere in quiet huts. Transfers are always included in this program, so no financial surprises at the end of your trip!

Piste to Powder freeride clinic

The Espace Mont Blanc, the three countries area around the highest mountains in the Alps, is an Eldorado for freeriders. Steep slopes, majestic glaciers in the high mountains mark the region. During these on and off piste courses, which are taught by a certified mountain- and ski guide, you'll develop your skiing technique on the slopes in order to be able to take the first turns in unprepared terrain. Naturally, this involves learning to deal with avalanche safety equipment. These weeks are for experienced skiers who can descend black runs safely and  who want to develop or improve their ski technique off piste

Freeride training

Did you already ski off piste, whether or not accompanied by a ski- and mountainguide and do you want to develop your off-piste technique and knowledge further and ski as much as possible in deep snow? Then this freeride training suitable for you! After a day skiing on your own to get the rythm again, we'll dive straight into the powder or spring snow and ski off piste as much as possible. To be able to reach the best descents, we'll sometimes put on the climbing skins. This programme is an ideal continuation of the 'Piste to Powder'  programme, but also for (experienced) ski tourers who want to gain extra experience in off piste skiing, this week is extremely usefull.

Heliski weekend Espace Mont Blanc

With a helipad almost directly in front of the door, famous freeride areas as Chamonix and Verbier within range and with the limitless skitouring possibilities starting from our backyard, the Bekker Mountain Chalet in Finhaut offers the ideal starting point for a heliskiing or heli assisted skitouring and freeride weekend. The ultimate backcountry ski experience! During daytime you will enjoy the snowy outdoors and in the evenings you can taste good food, relax at the fireplace or in the sauna or wood fired hot tub with a view of the sky above the Mont Blanc mountain range and the nature of the Aiguilles Rouges.

 

Ski & Sail Spitsbergen

Take part in the footsteps of Willem Barentsz and the early whalers and go on a ski expedition to the infinite white mountains of Spitsbergen / Svalbard! This special Ski & Sail trip is only open to adventurous, experienced ski mountaineers. It is a true expedition to a remote and wild area. You navigate between the icebergs, have the opportunity to see polar bears, walruses, reindeer and pole foxes and sski over rugged glaciers above deep fjords. It's a once in a lifetime trip, an unforgettable journey high on the bucket list of many adventurers!

Heliski in IJsland met Arctic Heliskiing

IJsland, land van Vuur en IJs. Het eiland ligt aan de rand van de Poolcirkel en is uniek in de wereld. Je vindt er smeulende vulkanen, borrelende poelen, grootse watervallen en ruige gletsjers. Op het Troll Peninsula in het Noorden liggen de mooiste en hoogste skibergen van het land. De bergruggen sluiten nauw aan de diepe fjorden en ongeveer 90% van de bergen is ‘skiable’, zonder veel vlakke stukken, rotspartijen en begroeiing. De afdalingen zijn tussen de 900 en 1.300 hoogtemeters.

Skitour & Freeride Culinair St-Bernard

On the Italian side of the famous Great St. Bernard pass you will find a region which is hardly known to the general public, but which is in terms of hospitality, nature and snow 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 and savoureurs!

Adventure Skiing in Iceland, skitour & ride experience

Iceland, land of fire and ice. The island is situated at the edge of the Arctic Circle and is unique in the world. It's the land of smoldering volcanoes, geysers, bubbling pools, impressive waterfalls and magnificent glaciers. In the north of the country, on the Eyjafjörður Fjord - Iceland's longest Fjord lies Akureyri, often called the northern capital of the country. Our base is located at the west side of the fjord. Here, on the Troll Peninsula,  we find the most beautiful ski touring mountains with peaks of between 900 and 1500 meters altitude.

Just like in Northern Norway and Swedish Lapland we enjoy the winter beauty with rugged mountains, frozen waterfalls and deep blue fjords. The area has guaranteed snow and a benefit is certainly that you do not need to acclimatise as you would need to do in the Alps.

Toerski & Freeride Lyngen Alps Noord Noorwegen

FREERIDE & SKITOURING IN THE LYNGEN ALPS NORTH NORWAY

The most beautiful skitour and freeride area in Europe is located in the Norwegian Lyngen Alps, a (peninsular) group of islands with high steep peaks and deep valleys that flow into the fjord. It has lots of snow and often skiers mistakenly think that in Scandinavia there are only faint molehills and that ski touring should be done in the Alps. Nothing could be further from the truth: Norway is hip and trendy as a freeride and skitouring area! There are endless possibilities and you do not queue like on the Haute Route! Peaks such as Trolltinden, Stortinden, Tafeltinden in the heart of the Lyngen Alps do their name, they look a bit like the steep granite tops above Chamonix. Here you can also find a long tradition of alpine climbing. They are located in the far north of Norway, far above the Arctic Circle. Edward Bekker discovered the area in 1997 and has since then returned every year to enjoy the rugged nature and the beautiful snow with ski enthusiasts on wide ski skis. A dream trip for the true ski enthusiast!

 

 

Small Ski Haute Route Verbier-Zermatt

The famous Ski Haute Route is pretty much the ultimate skitouring itinery for very fit and experienced ski tourers. The classic version is going from Chamonix to Zermatt, but the first days are rather long and high (acclimatization!), with a tricky abseil passage and an additional transfer. Is however your ski touring experience rather limited, but you'd like to do the most beautiful passages of the Haute Route all the way to the foot of the Matterhorn? Then choose the 100% Swiss version from Verbier to Zermatt. The route is mostly along the trail of the legendary Patrouille des Glaciers and the program provides sufficient acclimatization and training in ski touring, making this program available to the super fit technically good skier without extensive ski touring experience.

 

Ski safari Tour du Mont Blanc

This guided three countries Ski Safari will take you to the best spots of the so-called 'Espace Mont Blanc', the rough areas around the highest mountains in the Alps, Mont Blanc massif. In a week skiing under the guidance of an experienced IFMGA certified mountain guide, you will always find the best snow there is in this region which covers Switzerland, France and Italy. The focus is on freeriding, atlhough we sometimes use our climbing skins to be able to reach the best descents. In the evening you can relax and enjoy the local culinary specialties, while you can spend the day playing as much as possible in the powder. All transfers in our own 4x4 minivan are included, so no hassle with parking, driving on snowy roads and overcrowded skibuses.

Engelberg Freeride

advanced FREERIDing with WELLNESS

The ancient village of Engelberg in Switzerland is located at the foot of the 3228 meter high Titlis above Lake Lucerne. In general, the area receives lots of snow and is known by insiders as one of the favorite freeriding areas.

The ski area itself is well served by the unique rotating 'Rotair lift' to the Titlis (3028m). There are beautiful, long and steep backcountry descents which can be compared to La Grave! From the highest point we have magnificent views of the Bernese, Grisons and Valais Alps. In addition, you will find excellent restaurants in the ski area. 

Freeride La Grave

La Grave is a traditional French mountain village with no high rise buildings and only a small ski area, located at the foot of the majestic Meije (3982 m) near well-known resorts of Les 2 Alpes, Alpe d'Huez and Serre Chevalier. During this week, the guides will always be searching for the best snow and a flexible attitude is important. Part of the adventure is to find the best snow and this is our specialty! Sometimes we drive therefor also to Montgenevre in Italy with extensive capabilities and heliskiing!

Haute Route du Soleil, from Ticino to Valais

This very scenic and beautiful skitouring itinerary takes us in westerly direction from the southern Ticino to the eastern part of the Valais and we cross the border from Switzerland to Italy several times. During this diverse and culturally interesting crossing we can ascend several skipeaks like the Blinnenhorn (3373m), Hohsandhorn (3182m) or Ofenhorn (3235m).

Private guiding

Whilst we run a variety of group courses and backcountry skiing and skitouring programmes, many of our guests prefer their own private mountain- or skiguide for backcountry freeride, ski touring, heliski or climbing activities in and around Chamonix, Courmayeur, Verbier and all smaller resorts in between like les Marécottes, Bruson, Champex, Liddes Vichères and Ovronnaz. Many skitouring itineries with view on Mont Blanc start from our own chalet in Finhaut, Vallée du Trient halfway between Chamonix and Verbier. A heliski pad is based in our village of Finhaut and after a beautiful powder descent, hot and cold drinks can be served on our own sunny terrace... 

Skitouring Gran Paradiso - Italy

This beautiful, classic skitouring itinery through the Gran Paradiso National Park is of intermediate technical level and has an extra charm by the presence of marmots, chamois and ibex. The Gran Paradiso (4061m) is considered to be one of the easiest four thousand meter peaks to climb.
The rendezvous is near Courmayeur. The next morning we check our equipment and enjoy half a day of freeriding with the guide in the ski resort of Courmayeur. After lunch we take our car and leave for the Val de Cogne - Valmontey.

Heliski Vallée du Trient

The majestic Glacier des Grands and Glacier du Trient offer a wonderful scenery for an unforgettable day of heli assisted skitouring. Starting point is our own Bekker Chalet in Finhaut where you will be welcomed with a hot coffee, tea or chocolate and a safety briefing. After having distributed the safety gear we will exercise the use of the avalanche equipment and check one last time our gear. Everything under control? Ready for take-off!

Freeride Valle d'Aosta

VALLE D'AOSTA - COURMAYEUR-CHARME VALDÔTAINE

The Val d'Aosta, wedged between Europe's highest mountain ranges, combines the typical Italian charm with "Grand Ski" at its best. From our comfortable and strategically convenient hotel with sauna near Courmayeur we have endless possibilities for a week of lovely off piste descents. This programme is designed for the advanced off piste skier.

The ski resort of Courmayeur offers varied slopes in open ground and in the forest, unmatched by heavy snowfall. The rugged south side of Mont Blanc makes an impressive setting over the slopes of Courmayeur.

Contact us

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www.mountaintravel.ch
Edward Bekker Ski & Alpinisme Switzerland Sàrl
Route d'Emosson 4
Espace Mont Blanc
CH-1925 Finhaut
Valais - Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)27 768 10 33
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