Ski Touring and Freeride in Tyrol: KaunertalNovember 26, 2020
Ski Touring and Freeride with fantasy, DolomitesDecember 9, 2020
Mont of the year: January to April
Duration: 8 days
Departure: see Scheduled Tours or contact us
Tour code: LT20001
Destination area: Aosta valley, Italy
Activities: Ski touring/ Ski mountaineering, Freeride
The Aosta valley region, in nortwestern Italy, features a continuos range of mountains, including Grand Paradiso, Mont Blanc, and Mont Rose. Here we propose a tour of 6 net days of ski touring, each day in a different valley, as to get a quite complete taste of the immense possibilities of this excpetional area.
Indeed we made up two programmes, an easy one, with moderate vertical gains and no climbing skills required, and a moderately difficult one, with more vertical and some climbing passages. However, both take place at maximum elevations of 3000-3400 m, mosty suitable for the end of the winter or beginnng of the spring (february to mid april).
Given the great extension of the area, it will be possible to choose the best slope orientation and itinerary for the day, according to the snow conditions and wheather.
Accomodation will be in hotel or apartment in a location well centered with regards to the itineraries, as to mimimize the daily transfers.
- Steep Skiing: for a team of technical skiers we can propose various itineraries with steep lines and couloirs.
- One or more nights in a mountain hut.
- Mix of ski-touring and freeride (using lifts) days.
- Extensions of one or more days.
OTHERS SKI TOURING PROGRAMMES IN AOSTA VALLEY
- One week of ski-touring dedicated to one valley specifically, such as Mont Blanc- La Thuile, Valpelline, Valgrisenche, Val di Rhemes, Valsavaranche, Val di Cogne, Valtournanche (Cervinia), Val d’Ayas (Champoluc), Valle del Lys (Gressoney), Champorcher.
- More challenging tours at 4000 m altitude and beyond, with glacier crossing, for late spring (april to june).
- Multi-days raid hut-to-hut (haute route).
Arrival in the Aosta region, via plane or car depending on the location of residence. For those arriving by plane, the nearest airports are Geneva 150 km, Milan 180 km, Turin 117 km.
A ski-touring itinerary each day, departing from the chosen location (short local transfer by car or minivan). The objective is to visit each day a different valley, always having in mind the opportunity to find the best snow conditions in safety.
Depending upon the average skills and fitness of the team, vertical gain can be in the range of 1000-1300 m. Possible itineraries are:
– Crou de Bleintse 2824 m in the Valpelline valley;
– Col Saulié 2818 m or Mont Vertosan 2821 in the Gran San Bernardo valley;
– Tete entre deux sauts 2730 m or Testa dei Fra 2808 m near Courmayeur (Mont Blanc);
– Mont Colmet in La Thuile valley;
– Mont Faroma 3072 m in the central valley.
– Cima di Seiva 3197 m traverse in the Valsavaranche valley (within the Gran Paradiso national park).
One extra and special ski tour might be the descent of the Toula Glacier 3400 m, which is reached by the new SkyWay lift from the village of Courmayeur. This is a long freeride route on the southern face of Mont Blanc. Or alternatively the long descent of the Mer de Glace glacier, on the french side, down to Chamonix, and return by bus shuttle.
Return trip to own place of residence.
PROGRAMME “MODERATE DIFFICULTY”
Day 1 and Day 8 same as above.
Planning criteria are same as the “Easy” programme, except that vertical gain can exceed 1300 m up to 2000 m. Some technical passages and use of harness, rope, ice axe, crampons for rock or ice climbing or glacier sections.
Possible itineraries are:
– Tour de la Tsa 3070 m in the Valpelline valley;
– Mont Fallere 3061, north face, in the Gran San Bernardo valley;
– Aiguille de Malatra 3142 m, from Courmayeur (Mont Blanc);
– Cima Entrelor 3430 m from Valsavarenche valley (less known route than the Val di Rhemes side), within the Gran Paradiso national park;
– Becca di Nona 3144 m in the central valley.
– Punta Feluma 3213 m in the Valgrisenche valley.
Possible steep lines on the Toula Glacier 3400 m, as alternative to the classic descent.
Each programme will be adjusted according to the conditions of the mountain and to the team’s requirements. The definite choice of an itinerary will be taken on site also considering all safety criteria.
Services & Notes
Accomodation: hotel or apartment
Local transfers: car or minivan
Services included: all accomodation in hotel or apartment (7 nights – the apartment includes kitchen, living, sleeping rooms, bathroom); planning of the itineraries and maps; rental of car or minivan.
Optional services: flights; insurance; assistance of a Lynx Trails tour leader or mountain guide; steep skiing tours; variations or extenstions to the programme.
Special notes: Steep skiing option is reserved to pre-established groups or also to individual participants in guided tours.
See “KEY DEFINITIONS” for detailed definitions and extra information on the above.
FITNESS 2 TECHNICAL 2 ADVENTURE 2 (programme EASY)
FITNESS 3 TECHNICAL 3 ADVENTURE 2 (programme MODERATE DIFFICULTY)
See “KEY DEFINITIONS” for the explanation of the above scoring
Tour period and dates
The period (month of the year) given for the tour is indicatively the most recommended for optimun conditions for the planned activities. Different periods are possible.
If the tour is included in the Scheduled Tours list (yearly planner), the departure date is the one given in the planner; otherwise it will be decided according to the requests we have received. In any case we suggest to contact us for more precise information. In customized tours, departure date and duration are established according to customer’s request.
By means of the scores given in the tour decsription sheet we wish to provide an indicative assessment of the challenges to be expected, divided in the following three categories:
- Grade 1: adult performing a minimum sport activity (4-8 hours/week), or teenager in medium fitness conditions
- Grade 2: adult performing sport activity (8-16 hours/week) or teenager in good fitness conditions
- Grade 3: adult performing regular sport activity (16-20 hours/week) or teenager in very good fitness conditions
- Grade 4: adult only, regularly performing sport activity and intense training (more than 20 hours/week)
- Grade1: no prior experience in the activity is required, just a natural predisposition
- Grade 2: prior experience in the activity as beginner to medium level
- Grade 3: prior experience in the activity at medium to high level, with regular practice since min. 3-5 years
- Grade 4: excellent technical skills with long experience in the activity (more than 5 years)
- Grade 1: no prior experience in adventure travel id required, just a positive attitude to adapt
- Grade 2: prior, yet limited, experience in adventure travel, with a strong attitude to adapt and determination
- Grade 3: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding
- Grade 4: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding, strong determination to overcome unforeseen events
The type of accomodation as planned is indicated in the tour sheet (hotel, lodge, tents, etc..).
The means of local transfers are indicated as planned (flight, bus, 4WD vehicle, ferry, etc.). Some changes are possible in relation to the actual availability on site and/or wheather conditions and road access.
Service included and Prices
We do not have a price list. Quotes are sent on request only. Details of services included, excluded, or optionally available, will be specified in the quote and confirmed at the time of booking. Prices depend on the number of participants and on any specific requirements by the group; they will be definitely set at the time of booking and after definiton of all tour details and confirmation of dates.
Special prices may be granted for pre-established groups, clubs and associations, guides with own clients, active athletes, tour operators and travel agents, journalists, physicians, rescue operators, schools, staff of organization running an humanitarian or research project.