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Ski Touring Hut Weekends 2017
Group ski touring up the glacier
Course overview
This is an exciting weekend of ski touring where you can minimise time off work and summit an Alpine mountain. You have two full days ski touring and spend a night in a mountain hut, surrounded by stunning Alpine scenery. The itinerary is flexible to take account of the previous skills and experience.
If you have already had some experience of ski touring, but don't want a full week of touring, this is an ideal weekend adventure. This course is also ideal to be used as acclimatisation or preparation for one of the famous week long ski tours such as the Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt).
In terms of ski ability you should have some previous ski touring experience, being able to cope with either icy slopes or deep powder. Any mountaineering skills or knowledge of ropes are an advantage, but not essential as all necessary techniques are taught during the weekend.

Skiing ability should be fairly good as although there is only a little steep skiing, the slopes can be icy or rutted in places, with breakable crusts. There is also often more than a little powder on the descents! You will encounter most types of snow conditions.

Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.


Brief Course Itinerary
Sat At 08:30 you meet your Guide and have an introductory safety briefing. After the Guide has checked your kit you are driven the short distance to start your ski tour. The ski tour up to the mountain hut usually takes between three and five hours through the forests and alpages. The destination mountain hut is usually one of the following; Argentiere or Conscrits Hut (France), Velan Hut or Grand Saint Bernard monastery (Switzerland), Benevolo or Bonatti Hut (Italy), or another suitable location depending on snow conditions. You have a three course dinner cooked for you in the hut. On the approach to the hut you practise your ski touring techniques and use of the avalanche safety / crevasse rescue kit. There is usually the chance to take in a col or a nearby summit either on the way to the hut, or above it after you have dropped off some kit. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max). Night in hut.
Sun

An early start from the mountain hut to the summit or high pass of an Alpine mountain. For the options outlined before, these might include one of the following;

France - Col du Tour Noir, Col du Passon, Domes du Miages
Switzerland - Mont Velan, Mont Fourchon, Col de Fenetre
Italy - Tete Entre Deux Sauts, Col Malatra, Col des Rhemes, Punta Paletta

After some fantastic summit photos, there is the welcome reward of the long ski descent back down to the valley. By late afternoon you are free to depart for home (flights should be after 20:00).

The technical elements covered during the course usually include the following:
Avalanche beacon searches Use of skins and harscheisen Kick turns on steeper terrain
Crevasse rescue and hoists Basic glacier travel ropework Trip planning and preparation
Transceiver detection fields Techniques on touring skis Equipment choice & selection
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionally we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

Starting the great ski down from the Domes du Miages in fantastic powder
Course Prices
Standard course
2 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
2 days holiday in total, Saturday-Sunday
£399
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for two days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for in-resort logistics & assistance, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for our UK shop, 5) Safety equipment as detailed in the notes below, 6) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7) Road / rail transport to and from the start point from Chamonix, 8) Safety briefing before guiding, 9) One night half board accommodation in mountain hut for you & Guide.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable Cars (not usually required), 3) Ski / boot hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Any accommodation in Chamonix (should not be needed), 6) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Notes: The loan of all technical climbing equipment for each client is included* in the course price as required: ice axe, 12 point crampons, helmet, harness, ropes, ice screws, avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe and shovel.
Your luxury chalet in Chamonix for a night at each end of the trek 2016 course upgrades

Chamonix centre chalet
- half board stay including wine,
f
rom £500pp in addition to course price, 2 people sharing.

Single upgrade
- stay in a private self-catering studio in
central Chamonix, from
£200 pw in addition to course price.

Avalanche training day
- 1 day course extension, for a
day of
Av weekend training.
£50pp (based on 3 people).
Starting the great ski down from the Domes du Miages in fantastic powder Upgrade: 3 days guiding, 2 hut nights, £499

For groups of 4 or more people, we can offer an upgraded version of this course, but in a long weekend format of 3 days guiding and 2 nights in huts. This three day holiday would cost £499 per person, based on a minimum of four people booking. Each guide can take up to six people, and there would be discounts for larger groups.
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Alternative courses
Early season ski touring
Chamonix Off Piste
Haute Route (Cham-Zermatt)
Silvretta Ski Tour

Client feedback


We reached the summit of this mountain with clear blue skies and no-one else in sight. An amazing weekend, with a great group, and great snow. I can't wait until next time!

Sandra R , Ski Tour Weekend


Great weekend. Thanks again all

Brian M , Ski Tour Weekend


Picked up some good tips on ski technique, especially for steep kick turns, that will really help me in the future for hut to hut tours

Will S , Ski Tour Weekend

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Location data for this trip
The trips all start in Chamonix valley in the French Alps, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a 90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
Time Difference
GMT +1hr
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Travel from UK
1hr flight
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Skis & equipment advice
Because we know it is so important to you to have the most suitable equipment and clothing for off piste skiing and touring, we have devoted a page especially to it, which you can access by clicking on the image, or by clicking here. This page outlines the key equipment you should bring, and gives examples of skis that are suitable for the course. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Suggested reading and kit
View full course equipment list, with examples of kit, click here
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