Introduction to ski touring Massif des Aravis

Leave the marked trails, no longer use the ski lifts or chairlift to discover wide open spaces far from the ski area, or quite simply go hiking or skiing at your own pace. All the reasons are good for tasting the joys of skiing and this booming practice: ski touring, as connoisseurs say. The Aravis and Bauges massifs have magnificent snow-capped peaks suitable for initiation for beginner skiers: low vertical drop, gentle slopes but incredible panoramas (among the most beautiful in the Alps) guaranteed throughout the ascent in sealskin and also downhill! Join us and come and discover powder skiing off the slopes and ski resorts.
Massif des Aravis ou Massif des Bornes
Beginners
Half-day (9-13h)
Reservation request
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My first cross-country ski touring experience!

 

It is not easy to start in ski touring: discover the ski touring equipment, the seals, the knives, the Vibram shoes with insert. To apprehend an unknown natural environment, to know the tricks and small techniques of this practice, and in particular the famous "conversion" or the walk with bindings of ski touring skis on the feet, telescopic poles and a backpack. The high-mountain guides from the guides office offer you the chance to discover ski touring or gentle mountain skiing, through this introductory half-day (9 am to 1 pm), far from the ski area. Our secret garden of Aravis has a dozen peaks of around 2000 meters in altitude which have the double advantage of being accessible to all (from beginners, to confirmed to expert), while being in the heart of an alpine massif, between forests and alpine chalets, something to delight lovers of nature, but also thrills that will descend beautiful slopes. Among these unmarked routes, perhaps you have already heard of the Sulens mountain, the Col de l'Aulp in Manigod, the Col de Tulle in Serraval, the Porte des Aravis in La Clusaz or the Aiguille Green from Chinaillon to Grand-Bornand (a magnificent village resort), the view over the valleys and the Mont-Blanc Massif so close is spectacular, you can't even see the glaciers. The main objective of this initiation is to take the time to discover the activity, without pressure, in complete safety. Mountain guides are very good teachers to introduce you to and will make your outing friendly, far from the beaten track. For this a little basic training in avalanche research is carried out in the company of your guide (use of the victim detector, the shovel, and the probe)

If you have already practiced ski touring, and your objective is to to improve yourself, to achieve a longer or more technical ascent, we invite you to discover our improvement in ski touring or private engagement. If you want to go even further, you will have to go ski mountaineering or a raid but that is another adventure.

Level required for this outing: Level 1 - BEGINNER. Doubt about your level in ski touring or off-piste? Consult our page for all the information detailed by the guides of the office.

Good to know about the adventure
Introduction to ski touring Massif des Aravis

The price includes
Supervision by a mountain guide
The loan of avalanche safety gear ( Transceiver, shovel and probe)
The price doesn't include
The transport
Food, lunch
Insurance policies
Personal equipment
Everything which isn't precised in 'the price include'
Time and meeting point
Thônes - Meet at 8:30 am at the bus station car park
Required gear
Touring skis & Skins
Ski poles
Ski boots
Backpack with picnic, water and snacks
Shovel, beacons, and probes if you got it.

> IMPORTANT: If you need to rent your ski touring gear, make sure the equipment is available BEFORE making your outing reservation (risk of downtime during busy periods - weekends and holidays)
Group
COLLECTIVE SESSION : Confirmed outings only from 4 people reserved / session. Groupes can go up to 6 people max / 1 guide.
Physical conditions
Good physical condition is necessary if you are new to ski touring, you must be able to do at least 400 to 500 meters of vertical drop (1h30 to 2h of walking at a peaceful pace)
An the descent
Let us know your level in downhill or off-piste skiing, we will adapt the route to your level, don't panic!

Activities guides Introduction to ski touring Massif des Aravis

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Ice Climbing
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Team Bulding
Security training
Ski Freeride
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Franck Sportiello
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Ski Touring
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Mountaineering
Security training
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Mountain Guide

Rémi Riquet
Rock climbing
Canyoning
Ski Touring
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Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Security training
Ski Freeride
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Meeting place
Thônes - Bus station carpark
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