Ski touring trip in Swiss Valais

Ski touring trip in Swiss Valais

We offer you a unique mountain experience in winter and spring. Your trip will start in the Martigny region, 2 hours from Annecy, and will take you to the Valais, a high mountain range with a welcoming landscape for both ascents and descents, close to Mont Blanc and the high Swiss Alps. The first day will be devoted to climbing up to the Hospice du Grand Saint Bernard refuge - with the discovery of the equipment if necessary and a workshop on avalanche victim search techniques. The evening meal will be a convivial moment in a unique atmosphere with the canons in a thousand-year-old mountain setting. The link with our region is strong, as it is the Saint Bernard de Menthon (castle above Lake Annecy). The following morning: departure for one of the surrounding summits.
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Ski touring in the Valais area

Ski touring in the Valais area

Day 1: Discover the equipment and safety, climb to the refuge and Mont Mort (850m D+).  Departure near the tunnel for the Grand Saint Bernard hospice. An easy ascent on the snow-covered road marked out for ski touring. This incredible building, which will be our refuge and base camp during these 3 days of ski touring, is a unique place to take a step back. The ascent of Mont Mort is easy once you've put your rucksack down. Ascent for the day: 850m D+.

Dinner and overnight at the Hospice du Grand Saint Bernard.

Day 2: Ski touring to Mont Fourchon on the Italian side, down an easy couloir then back up to the hospice by the same route as the day before. We can do this with a light rucksack. Difference in altitude +/-800m

Dinner and overnight at the Hospice du Grand Saint Bernard.

Day 3: We head back south-west towards the Fenêtre de Ferret passes, taking the combe de Drône or the combe de l'A. We return to the hospice before skiing towards Bourg Saint Pierre.  Difference in altitude + 700m and 1200m D- descent.

Return to the vehicles at the end of the afternoon.

The guide reserves the right to modify or interrupt the programme at any time for reasons of weather or snow conditions, insufficient technical or physical ability of the participants, or for safety reasons in the country.

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Ski touring trip in Swiss Valais

The price includes
Supervision by 1 U.I.A.G.M. mountain guide
Overnight stays D1 and D2 on a half-board basis in a refuge (breakfast and dinner included) > Dormitory with the possibility of bunk beds
Lunches D1, D2, D3 (hot meal or picnic)
Hut reservations
Loan of avalanche safety pack with avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
If you have your own equipment, bring it with you - PLEASE NOTE: special equipment can be provided on request and subject to availability.
The price doesn't include
Transport / Car pooling from Annecy and throughout the course
Mountain rescue, search and repatriation insurance
Cancellation/stay interruption/luggage insurance
Mineral water, drinks, provisions and extras
Everything not mentioned in "included in the price".
Time and meeting place
RDV on D1 at 8:30 am in Martigny (CH).
The meeting place and time are subject to change. Your guide will contact you if necessary.

End of stay late afternoon on D3.
The dates given are for group outings based on 6 participants / 1 mountain guide.

Other dates are possible on request for groups of 2 to 6 participants max / 1 mountain guide [prices on request].
The Hospice du Grand Saint Bernard is a thousand-year-old place of welcome on the border between Switzerland and Italy. It is run by a community of canons who live there all year round.
Overnight stays are in dormitories (with the possibility of bunk beds).
Toilets and showers are shared on each floor.
Required gear
o Cross-country skis with bindings (between 80mm and 100mm at the base) + compulsory knives + cross-country ski boots and skins
o Individual clothing equipment
o 1 ski mask for bad weather + pair of sunglasses
o Meat bag and/or sleeping bag (fleece blanket in the refuge)
o 30-litre rucksack minimum
o 2 pairs of waterproof chads gloves (or mittens)
o Gore-tex jacket and trousers, or equivalent, for skiing in poor conditions (snow and blizzard)

IMPORTANT: If you need to hire ski touring equipment, make sure it's available BEFORE you book (risk of unavailability at busy weekends and during school holidays).
Required level
You need to be in good physical condition for this race.
Technical level of ascent: At least 700m D+. 2 consecutive days to consider 1000m D+ and ski several days in a row.
Downhill technical level : At the very least, be an experienced skier (I'm able to ski red runs and I'm comfortable skiing downhill on all types of snow).

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