Ski touring is indisputably one of the finest mountain sports. Armed with touring skis and skins you will visit a high-alpine environment which usually remains inaccessible for most skiers. Valleys far from the crowd, one with the silent high alpine nature. And after a challenging climb on the skins, the descent through the virgin powder is the best reward. We try to avoid the lift and ski areas and use our own strength to traverse mountain ranges from hut to hut or to make day trips from a comfortable accommodation in the valley. If you've never skitoured before, please first part in our piste to powder course or skitouring course.
This list is an indication of what we offer. If you want to make sure if there are still free places in a given trip, call or mail the booking office in Switzerland. Our programs can also be organised for families and private groups. Request a free quote (do not forget to mention the dates, number of participants, participants ages and skiing experience, wishes concerning accommodation)
|Code||Program||Date begin||Date end||Price|
|RVR14-23-twin-inside||Ski & Sail Tromsø-Alta||Sat, 8 Apr 2023||Sat, 15 Apr 2023||
|RVR14-23-twin-porthole||Ski & Sail Tromsø-Alta||Sat, 8 Apr 2023||Sat, 15 Apr 2023||
|RVR15-23 twin porthole||Ski & Sail Alta-Hammerfest Norway||Sat, 15 Apr 2023||Sat, 22 Apr 2023||
|RVR15-23 twin inside||Ski & Sail Alta-Hammerfest Norway||Sat, 15 Apr 2023||Sat, 22 Apr 2023||
|RVR18-23 twin porthole||Ski & Sail Spitsbergen||Mon, 1 May 2023||Mon, 8 May 2023||
|RVR18-23 twin inside||Ski & Sail Spitsbergen||Mon, 1 May 2023||Mon, 8 May 2023||
|RVR19-23 twin inside||Ski & Sail Spitsbergen||Mon, 8 May 2023||Mon, 15 May 2023||
|RVR19-23 twin porthole||Ski & Sail Spitsbergen||Mon, 8 May 2023||Mon, 15 May 2023||
Alta and the northernmost city in the world Hammerfest in the far north of Norway are about 100 kilometers apart. However, between the two places there are countless fjords and islands with beautiful, untouched ski touring mountains. It is rugged and arctic, there are hardly any settlements, but the snow is present until well into spring, all the way to the fjord.
Ski touring is undoubtedly the key to skiing the best secret virgin descends. Armed with tour/freeride bindings, climbing skins and the right avalanche equipment, you can discover and ski the best hidden gems the mountains have to offer.
This introduction into skitouring, lead by an experienced internationally IFMGA certified mountain- and skiguide, will offer you a first experience into skitouring. You will learn essential ski touring techniques as how to fix and take off the skins, the different kinds of bindings and how to perform kick turns on steeper terrain. Off course some basic avalanche skills will be trained as well in theory (safety video) as in practice (avalanche safety training outdoors).
This clinic is especially designed for advanced skiers with off piste experience, being able to safely descend in all kinds of snow and terrain.
The Simplon pass, situated at an altitude of 2005 meters above sealevel, is an iconic place that has been an important link between Italy and northern Italy since the Middle Ages. Thanks to the altitude and the geographical situation on the border of the Northern and Southern Alps, it is one of the snowiest places in Switzerland. The surrounding Alpine peaks make it a true skitouring and splitboarding paradise with many options for beautiful day tours and superbe powder descents.
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.
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 & 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!
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!
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.
4 Day backcountry ski & splitboard trip 'Little Areas that Rock' around Mont Blanc away from the crowds.
Do you want to get the maximum out of your freeride trip but only have limited freetime? Especially for you we offer shorter guided backcountry ski & splitboard trips. The 'Espace Mont Blanc' between Chamonix and Verbier is an excellent place for short ski breaks with plenty of accessible backcountry terrain 'away from the crowds'. Finhaut-Emosson is easily accessible by train via the Geneva Airport and in our private skilodge we serve good food. Relax in the sauna or wood fired hottub on the outside deck with views of the Aiguilles Rouges and Trient Valley.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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.
Imagine this: the roughest part of the Alps with the ocean reaching to the valleys and sunlight to midnight. That is skiing and skitouring in the Norwegian fjords! When Alpine ski season is over, that does not mean that our season is finished. In contrary! Mor and more skifreaks pull in spring over to the north where the days are long and the nature is at its best.
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Route d'Emosson 4
Espace Mont Blanc
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