Gran Paradiso Ski Tour

Fitness level
Tech level
Number of guiding days
6
Guiding ratio
1:4

The Gran Paradiso Ski Tour traverses this famous National Park which is well known for its wild ambience and abundant wildlife, and makes an ascent of the only 4000m summit entirely within Italy.  We make a circular tour of the massif, climbing the Gran Paradiso itself as a grand finale – including the superbly exposed rock ridge to the very summit. On this classic ski mountaineering circuit we will be staying at some of the friendliest huts in the alps – where a warm welcome and convivial atmosphere are the perfect place to relax after a good day on the hill.

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It was a very good tour and we were lucky with the weather. Excellent huts en route and some pretty challenging terrain… I was looking for a challenge and this trip did not disappoint… Neil was great, I expected a very competent mountaineer/skier and he was all of that and more – he went the extra mile for the group, sorting out gear failure, doing afternoon transceiver training… and was an all-round star. I have not done much guided stuff in the Alps and didn’t realise how much the guides input makes or breaks the tour for a client, so the fact that everyone finished with a grin from ear to ear says it all really. Chaumiere Lodge good with cheerful and helpful staff. Thanks for your help.

Keith Grant
The week was great thanks.  Weather was amazing (apart from the first Sunday which turned into a really useful and instructional avalanche safety day!) Gav was a really good guide offering lots of advice and providing a great experience – finding powder but always considering the avalanche risk – as you know, the first two days had to be changed, but this led to a very nice night in a hotel in Rhemes-Notre-Dame.
Matt Hall

I really enjoyed the trip. Good group – one of the best combinations of fitness, ski ability, company etc I’ve experienced. And it is such a great area – I really enjoyed the Italian huts – not so much the first small one but all the subsequent ones. Also thought Neil was a very good guide. Cheers for now.

Jim Edwards

Fab tour, fab guide, fab other folks! Specifically, I particularly appreciated the chance to stay in some less mass sized huts with a bit of character. Route was ace with just the right amount of challenge… You may see me on another tour in the future!

Hebe Carus

Really enjoyed the trip – I was just about fit enough, and Neil helped a lot with tips on skinning rhythm and kick-turn technique. Both the hotels were very good, The Corronne was a good hub – I met 2 other people not connected with the tour that I knew. Now saving to get pin bindings for next season.

Jeremy Frost

Had a belter of a week. The route was stunning and Neil provided fantastic guidance. My skills on the mountain on ski’s really came on a lot during the week as a result. On the final day when the weather clogged in Neil did a really good job of finding alternatives too. He was great to spend time with during the week. Huts were great, nicest I’ve been in. The route had a remote & wild feel to it; Exactly one of the reasons I signed up for this tour. The variation offered by skiing galciers, steep, exposed and the whole range of snow types have left me with a smile on my face all week since returning. Look forward to more of the same in the future.

Dominic Salmon

Many thanks for organising a great trip. We were lucky with the weather and the group and it fully met my expectations. I particularly wanted to commend Gav. He did a great job: very safety conscious; part of the team; explaining his thinking; skilled management of the group; lots of really interesting information about mountain skills and facts (he is a natural teacher); immensely positive; exuded confidence; and made it fun.

Paul Lomas

Yes, we dropped lucky with the weather and that combined with the itinerary/huts made it a top trip. All accommodation was great, especially the quirky huts for the first 2 nights and the hotel in Pont. The journey was great, real variety in a relatively compact area. Neil was a great company and helped create a great atmosphere for the trip. His knowledge of the area was clear and he was great at sharing his decision making/logistics etc. Even better he was a Stockport lad! All in all a top trip – already planning for next year. Have a great summer.

Clive Harvey

It would be hard to imagine a more successful trip. The group was one of those happy coincidences where everyone gets on, and we were extremely well overseen by Gav – always open to answering questions and very generous with his knowledge. In short, a first rate guide. The hotel, huts, routes and all logistics were excellent. Lastly to you and Al, thanks…

David Ibison

The trip was excellent on all counts. Hotel friendly, helpful and rooms more than adequate. Huts all welcoming especially Fond and Chivasso, which being small also have a great deal of added character. Food tasty and plentiful, not a surly patron in sight (there is a good reason to ski in Italy). Gav did everything I could have wanted in a guide. Excellent guiding with a running commentary to logic, always ready to discuss skiing and the mountains, great insight into the group dynamics and kept (albeit a relatively similar skill and fitness group) together. Skiing was great, all 3 main decents we did the snow was on our side and the scrappy bits through the woods to Pont both time were a lot of fun. So I’d keep everything very similar for next year! Looking forward to the ski program for 2017.

Jonathan Dilley

Trip overview

The Gran Paradiso Ski Tour traverses this famous National Park which is well known for its wild ambience and abundant wildlife, and makes an ascent of the only 4000m summit entirely within Italy.  We make a circular tour of the massif, climbing the Gran Paradiso itself as a grand finale – including the superbly exposed rock ridge to the very summit. On this classic ski mountaineering circuit we will be staying at some of the friendliest huts in the alps – where a warm welcome and convivial atmosphere are the perfect place to relax after a good day on the hill.

This is a popular classic ski tour covering an excellent variety of terrain, including the ascent of a famous 4000m peak. It is also a very ‘ski focussed’ week – linking up summits and passes to ski the best descents in the range. Expect some roped climbing and plenty of glacier skiing, both on the Gran Paradiso itself and at other stages during the tour. Stable snow conditions are required to complete the whole itinerary, but ski touring is possible in the area in most weather conditions.

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Suitability

This is an intermediate to advanced level trip. To take part you should be at Fitness Level 3-4 and Tech Level 3-4 (see our Fitness/Experience guidelines below). Solid ski touring experience is required on this tour, plus some roped climbing or cramponing experience. Type of ascent: 20% uplift and 80% skinning on this tour – approx 5500m skinning up, 7300m skiing down (including Chamonix day tour on day 1.)


Guiding ratio

One UIAGM guide skiing with 4 clients. This gives us the best chance of summiting the Paradiso in mixed conditions, with one efficient trip on the summit scramble.


ABTOT Protected

This trip is protected against financial failure through our membership of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT) – Alpine Guides Ltd, Membership Number 5394.  For further information, please visit our Financial Protection page.

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Included in price

  • 6 days of guiding
  • All guides expenses
  • 3 nights accommodation in the Chamonix valley, including breakfast
  • 4 nights accommodation in mountain huts, including breakfast and evening meal
  • Return travel from Chamonix to the tour start point in Italy

Excluded from price (see factsheet for extra cost estimates)

  • Evening meals in the Chamonix valley
  • Cable cars and taxis
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Travel to resort
  • Insurance
  • Equipment hire

Hotels

Our base and meeting point is the Hotel de La Couronne in the alpine village of Argentiere, 15 mins from Chamonix. The Couronne is a friendly place in the centre of the village, close to ski hire shops, bars, restaurants and bakeries, and within walking distance of the famous Grand Montets ski area. Rooms are provided on a twin (or occasionally triple or quad) sharing basis, but if you wish to book a single room please let us know and we will confirm availability. The hotel has ski and general storage facilities, so any extra luggage can be left until your return to resort at the end of the week. Evening meals can be taken in Argentiere in the hotels partner restaurant. Hotel details can be found on our Accommodation page.


Huts

For overnights in the high mountains we will use mountain huts. This tour stays in friendly Italian huts with great food, coffee and a super relaxed atmosphere. For more info please read the Using Alpine Huts article which provides an overview of typical facilities, average costs to help you budget for lunches/drinks, and general info on hut etiquette.

Detailed Itinerary

Saturday

You should arrange outward travel on Saturday, arriving by 6-7pm latest in time for the briefing at your accommodation. Your guide will run through kit checks and safety routines, as well as hand out any rental equipment, before going on to discuss the current weather and mountain conditions and how these affect our plans. We’ll have maps and guidebooks of the area to show you, so if you’ve any further questions or last minute requests, then this is the ideal time to bring them up. Overnight in the valley.


Sunday

paradiso12-3Warm up and acclimatization day – ski touring in the Mont Blanc Massif.

Before setting off on the Paradiso Tour, we do a warm up day ski touring in the Mont Blanc Massif to help you find our ski legs again and acclimatize for the week ahead.

The Chamonix Valley is famous for it’s good off piste descents and shorter day tours – ie perfect for a first day. Numerous options are possible depending on the party, weather and snow conditions.

~4-800m ascent, 2-3000m descent ~5-6hrs

Overnight in Chamonix.


Monday

paradiso-fondRefuge du Fond.

AM Drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy, then on to Rhemes de Notre Dame.

The ascent to the Refuge du Fond from Rhemes Notre Dame follows a scenic trail up the valley, taking around 3 hours. After lunch, there’s time to do a half day tour up the Pointe de Lavassey overlooking the hut.

Nowadays we prefer to stay at the Refuge du Fond rather than the Benevolo Hut, as it’s a more comfortable hut with better rooms and en suite facilities, including hot showers.

600m ascent to hut ~3hrs (+450m ascent and descent, 2-3hrs for summit above the hut)


Tuesday

paradiso-galisiaPunta Di Galisia (3364m)

The ascent of Punta Galisia  is a long, steady climb of about 1000m. In the upper half, the Glacier du Fond and Glacier de Basagne must be crossed in order to reach the summit.

The descent follows north facing slopes to just below the Col de Basey, which must then be crossed in order to reach the Chivasso Hut. Stable snow conditions are required in order to make the final descent to the hut, as there are some steeper slopes which cannot be avoided.

(If conditions not stable enough to ski this section, then it’s usually possible to head back to valley, drive around and pick up the trail, in order to continue to the Gran Paradiso).

1200m ascent, 900m descent ~5-6hrs.

NB Conditions need to be assessed carefully before planning a descent to the Chivasso Hut, as there are some steep pitches along the route.


Wednesday

paradiso-emanuele-hutChivasso Hut to Vittorio Emanuele Hut

Leaving the Chivasso Hut, we head northwards following a remote high level traverse running parallel to the French border.

The route takes us across two cols and three glaciers to eventually arrive at the Vittorio Emanuele Hut.

This is another day that requires stable weather and conditions to complete safely, as the line is complex and crosses steep terrain in places – however, there is some excellent skiing as a consequence.

800m ascent, 700m descent ~6hrs


Thursday

paradiso-paradisoGran Paradiso (4061m)

The Gran Paradiso  is one of the most classic ski mountaineering ascents in the Alps.

It’s a long climb, with over 1300m of skinning in order to reach the final summit rocks. These are quite exposed, so need to be climbed on foot – we’ll be roped up from the ski depot 200m from the top.

Once back at the skis, it’s then time to enjoy one of the best ski mountaineering descents in the Alps. The slopes are at a perfect angle to provide good, challenging skiing and the views are brilliant in all directions.

1350m ascent/descent ~6hrs


Friday

paradiso-pontColle del Grand Etret

The Colle del Grade Etret lies 5km south of the Vittorio Emanuel Hut, right at the head of Val Savarenche.

It’s a great place to visit for the view alone, but more importantly it provides a very long north facing descent down to Pont, where we finish the tour.

700m ascent, 1450m descent ~4-5hrs

PM Taxi back to Rhemes de Notre Dame to retrieve car, return to Chamonix. Final night in the hotel.


Saturday

Return travel should be arranged on Saturday morning, after your final nights accommodation.

Location and Travel

Your course starts and finishes in the Chamonix valley.

Arrival

The most common way to reach Chamonix is fly to Geneva, then take a shared minibus taxi transfer to the Chamonix valley (must be booked in advance).


Flights and transfers

  • Fly to Geneva with numerous budget airlines, for an overview of the best options check out the excellent Sky Scanner website.
  • Airport transfer from Geneva to Chamonix: Mountain Drop-offs offer the best all round service, with regular reliable transfers through the season. They offer a shared minibus taxi service which meets you in the airport and drops you off at the door of your hotel. Book your transfer here and use promo code ALPGUID to receive a discount on your journey.
  • Alternatively hire a car at Geneva airport (1.2 hrs drive to Cham).

Other travel options

  • Driving from UK, take the ferry or Eurotunnel to Calais/Dunkerque, then 9-10 hours driving on the French Autoroutes (budget approx 80 Euros each way in tolls).
  • Euroline coach UK to Chamonix (takes 1 day): www.eurolines.co.uk/en
  • Eurostar train from the UK to Lyon, then onward train service to Chamonix (excellent fast service): www.eurostar.com/uk-en

Further information and travel links can be found on our Travel Planning page.

Fitness and Experience

Training

If you need to top up your fitness for this trip, please see our training guidelines.


Tech Levels

NB All of our trips are 100% off piste/backcountry skiing, so the following descriptions refer to your off piste ski ability, not your piste skiing ability (on a typical 1-10 piste skiing scale, level 7-10 = level 1-2 on our off piste scale – ie it’s a different ball game!)

Please make a self assessment against these levels, and refer to the trip requirements. These are based on what types of snow and conditions you can confidently do regular linked turns in – and just as importantly, what conditions you begin to struggle in. (By ‘linked turns’ we mean skiing confidently and in control, moving from one turn into the next without traversing in between – just ‘getting down it’ or survival skiing doesn’t count here!)

Tech Level 1
Intro Off Piste Skier (Advanced Piste Skier). You cruise reds, black runs are challenging but fun and have ventured off piste with varying degrees of success (ie deep snow is still something of a mystery…) *Equivalent to Ski Club of GB Off Piste Level: Red – Aspirer*
Likely to say: ‘I’d love to learn how to ski well off piste and/or try ski touring’
Our Advice: Definitely go on an Off Piste Skiing Course to improve your ski technique first, before trying ski touring – you’ll get a lot more out of it that way around!

Tech Level 2
Improving Off Piste Skier. You enjoy black runs and the kind of tracked out off piste terrain found around many big resorts, but you haven’t skied too much in properly deep snow without a base to it yet. *Equivalent to Ski Club of GB Off Piste Level: Silver – Intermediate*
Likely to say: ‘I’d like to ski well in powder/link lots of short radius turns/go ski touring’
Our Advice: An Off Piste Skiing Course is highly recommended. If you’d like to try ski touring, then do either an intro ski touring course or an intro level ski tour.

Tech Level 3
Confirmed Off Piste Skier. You can put down a reasonable set of tracks in powder, but difficult snow types – eg heavy wet snow, crusts, poor visibility or 40dg slopes – can all cause problems (though you can cope with them safely, if not elegantly!) *Equivalent to Ski Club of GB Off Piste Level: Purple – Advanced*
Likely to say: ‘I’d like to handle difficult snow/steep slopes more confidently in better style’
Our Advice: Off piste coaching still useful. Intermediate off piste weeks are at your level too. If you want to get into ski touring, try a touring course or intro level ski tour. If you’re an established ski mountaineer, then intermediate level tours are generally suitable.

Tech Level 4
Advanced Off Piste Skier. You can put turns in through heavier snow and on icy 40dg slopes, but difficult breakable crusts and skiing a fresh track off piste in zero visibility are still somewhat challenging! *Equivalent to Ski Club of GB Off Piste Level: Gold – Expert*
Likely to say: I’ve been skiing ten/twenty years – I’d like to do your ‘……’ tour.
Our Advice: You will enjoy our advanced level trips. If you are new to touring – then you could do a Haute Route with two or three days of skills training beforehand (but don’t overlook the physical fitness needed as well). Mileage is the best way to improve your ability level.

Tech Level 5
Expert Off Piste Skier. You can ski all snow types including crusts in control and are happy on slopes of 45dg or when putting in a fresh track in zero vis. *Equivalent to Ski Club of GB Off Piste Level: Gold – Expert*
Likely to say: ‘Bring it on…’
Our Advice: Stay strong – and may the force be with you… Advanced level trips and ski expeditions are the way forward.


Fitness Levels

Please make a self assessment against these levels, and refer to the trip requirements. These are cardiovascular (CV) fitness and activity levels eg. running, cycling, hillwalking or competitive sports that get your heart and lungs working for extended periods of time (not strength training in the gym!). They include mountaineering fitness and ski fitness benchmarks for context.

Fitness Level 1
You do 1-2 hours of cardiovascular training/sport per week. On foot: you should be able to climb Snowdon from Pen y Pas in around 2 hrs carrying a day sack, or Bow Fell starting from Langdale in the Lake District in about 2 1/2 hrs. On skis: you are happy piste skiing all day with just the odd break for food and drink, but would struggle to ski off piste all day without finishing up very tired for the following day.

Fitness Level 2
You do 2-3 hours cv training/sport per week. At this level you should be happy doing either a 3-4 hr hillwalk, cycling 30 miles or mountain biking 2-3 hours without being exhausted. On foot: you should be able to walk from Ogwen Cottage in North Wales up Glyder Fach – Glyder Fawr – Y Garn – Ogwen in ~5hrs. Or in the Lake District Langdale – Bowfell – Esk Pike – Angle Tarn – Langdale in ~ 6hrs. On skis: you are capable of off piste skiing all day or doing a couple of hours skinning with out finishing up exhausted – ie you can do this for a number of days without taking a rest day.

Fitness Level 3
You do 3-4 hours cv training/sport per week. At this level you are happy doing a 5-6 hr hillwalk, 50ml cycle or 3-4hr mountain bike ride without being totally exhausted. If you are into challenges – then the thought of doing a road sportive, or training to do a 1/2 (or maybe even a full) marathon, wouldn’t seem too ridiculous. On foot: you should be able to do the full Langdale Horseshoe: Langdale – Pike of Stickle – Angle Tarn – Bow Fell – Crinkle Crags – Pike of Blisco – Langdale in a day without finishing up exhausted. On skis: you can skin uphill at 300m/hr for 3-4 hrs a day (ie 8-1200m of ascent each day).

Fitness Level 4
You do 4+ hours CV training/sport per week. A 70+ mile cycle ride, or 20+ mile hillwalk on a weekend would hold no fears. If so inclined, you might be the kind of person who has done longer road sportives/challenge rides, a ~3.30hr marathon or other similar endurance events. Keen hillwalkers who happily knock off 3-4+ munros in a day also have this kind of fitness and endurance. On skis: you can skin at 400m/hr or could handle 4-6hrs skinning a day. (ie 1000-1400m+ of ascent each day).

Fitness Level 5
You do 5-6+ hours training for competitive sport per week, have a background in the same, or you are annoyingly talented! Either way, doing a 100 ml bike ride or about a 3hr marathon wouldn’t be unreasonable. On skis: you are happy skinning at over 400m/hr or could skin all day if neccesary (ie 1400m+ days).

Please be realistic in your assessment, and remember you need both the required fitness level and ski ability level in order to enjoy any given trip – it doesn’t matter how fit you are, if you can’t ski well enough you won’t keep up on the descents – and vica versa on the ascents! If your fitness or skills are in doubt there is a risk you could be excluded from an activity or required to leave the tour, if your participation could risk the safety, success or enjoyment of the rest of the party.

Equipment

Hut to Hut Touring Equipment List

Just remember, every extra kilo on your back knocks 10% off your enjoyment on the descents – so try and keep the weight down!

Technical Clothing (more info here)

  • Waterproof Jacket – preferably lightweight and breathable
  • Overtrousers/ski pants – preferably with side zips
  • Fleece mid layer – or equivalent
  • Socks – specialist ski socks or a warm loop lined pair of mountain socks
  • Wicking thermal top – not cotton please…
  • Thermal leggings or ski pants
  • Thin inner gloves
  • Warm ski gloves or mittens, if you suffer from cold hands
  • Warm hat
  • Spare fleece/lightweight duvet jacket

Personal Items

  • Water container – at least 1 litre
  • Personal medications and blister kit – regular meds, zinc oxide tape, compeed and painkillers etc
  • Lightweight head torch
  • Ski goggles
  • Sun glasses – CE rated 3 or 4 with side protection
  • Sun and lip cream – factor 30+
  • Wallet, passport, Alpine Club/BMC card (hut discount) and insurance docs

Hut Overnight Items

  • Small wash kit
  • Spare lightweight t-shirt/socks/pants
  • Silk sheet liner
  • Ear plugs
  • (Hut slippers for indoor use, blankets/duvets and pillows are provided by the huts)

Technical Equipment (more info here)

  • Rucsac 35/45l – try and avoid ones covered in too many features, just ski and ice axe attachments required
  • Ski mountaineering boots
  • Skis with touring bindings – some ‘freeride’ bindings are also suitable
  • Velcro ski strap – to keep skis together on your rucksack if we need to carry them
  • Ski poles – with good size 5cm+ baskets (telescopic poles are not needed)
  • Climbing skins – they come with the skis if you hire your kit
  • Harscheisen (ski crampons) – they come with the skis if you hire your kit
  • Metal snow shovel – must be a full metal shovel (plastic blades don’t work in real avalanche debris!)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Avalanche transceiver – must be a modern digital model (older analogue models are now obsolete)
  • Harness, with 120cm sling and locking karabiner
  • Crampons – lightweight model
  • Ice Axe – lightweight model
  • Helmet – a lightweight ski touring or climbing model – you may need this on certain parts of the route depending on conditions

Your guide will have all other safety kit, first aid and survival equipment.


Recommendations and Advice
Visit the Knowledge Base section of our website, where we publish an annual review of the years best new skis, boots and touring equipment, plus a range of other interesting tips and recommendations. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch!

Purchasing Equipment
Backcountry UK in Ilkley offer an excellent ski boot fitting service, one of the best ranges of ski mountaineering equipment in the UK and top notch advice.

Hiring Equipment
Please visit our Equipment Hire page for recommended hire shops in your resort, and Alpine Guides hire equipment price list.


Insurance

For this trip you must have specialist travel insurance providing medical, emergency search/rescue and repatriation cover for the following activities: off piste skiing and ski touring in glaciated areas requiring the use of ropes, up to 5000m altitude. We also strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation cover, in case you’re unable to attend your trip due to personal circumstances or injury.

Please arrange your insurance as soon as your trip is confirmed to run.


Insurance for UK residents

British Mountaineering Council. The gold standard in insurance for UK residents. Very competitive single trip or annual cover for all climbing activities. Use this link to book your BMC insurance.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This gives you reciprocal health care in European countries. You can apply for an EHIC card online here or from most Post Offices. You need an EHIC in addition to your travel insurance.


European residents (non-UK)
Austrian Alpine Club. Available to all European residents. AAC insurance is cheap and works ok for minor accidents and rescues, but is not as comprehensive as many other insurance providers. The medical cover included would not be enough for complex treatment or a prolonged stay in hospital. It also doesn’t include cancellation cover. If you choose to use AAC we recommend you take out extra medical cover with another provider, to ‘top up’ the AAC medical limit, as well as a separate cancellation policy.


USA residents

Travelex. For US citizens – a range of policies with comprehensive cover.


For any nationality

Global Rescue. Cover offered to all nationalities via a combination of GR membership and their separate insurance policy.


If you choose an alternative provider, or if there is any doubt about the scope of your chosen policy we recommend that you send your insurer the link to the relevant Alpine Guides trip webpage, and ask them if cover extends to those activities and has the required components (search/rescue, medical, repatriation and cancellation). It’s worth mentioning that rescue and medical expenses in Switzerland can be significantly more expensive than in other countries, so a decent level of cover is required for Swiss tours.

We recommend that you send us your insurance details before the trip commences, and they must be brought to the course briefing at the start of your trip. However, we cannot check the detail of every individual policy, and it is your own responsibility to ensure you are adequately insured.

FAQ's

What happens to my deposit if I book a trip, but it isn’t confirmed to run due to insufficient bookings?

You may transfer your booking to different dates, a different course, or choose a full refund.

See our terms and conditions


What happens if the weather or snow conditions are poor, or the avalanche risk is high?

We will make every effort to stick to the itinerary, but sometimes its necessary to change plans and ski in a neighbouring area or even further afield. Many of our itineraries are designed with flexibility in mind, and it’s usually possible to ski in most conditions with some careful alternative planning.

Keeping the ball rolling - Val Claree


What happens about accommodation, if the weather is very poor and we end up spending extra nights in the valley instead of in huts?

We will make any necessary last minute bookings for the team. On trips taking place outside the Chamonix valley, any extra valley hotel nights will be on a BnB basis rather than half board.

See our accommodation page for more details


Does Alpine Guides ski with customers from overseas, including the USA and Canada?

Yes!

See our tips for overseas customers


Who goes on our trips?

We climb and ski with a broad range of ages and experience levels, and a large number of our customers come back year after year. We’ve guided 10 year old Ollie up the Old Man of Hoy in Scotland – now the youngest person to climb it. And 70 year old David has climbed the Matterhorn with us, as well as out-skiing people half his age!

The Matterhorn at 70 yrs young


How do I book a ski trip?

For scheduled ski trips it’s easy to book online, directly from your course page. For hire a guide/bespoke courses please get in touch for a quote.

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Is there an age limit on any of our ski trips?

Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. There is no upper age limit, but please get in touch to discuss suitability if you are concerned about your age, with regard to fitness and pace.

See our fitness and training article


How do I rent ski equipment?

You can rent certain items of specialist equipment from us, and the rest can usually be hired in resort.

Ski equipment rental info


What happens if I need to cancel my course?

If you wish to cancel you must notify us in writing, where upon the following charges will be applied from the date we receive your notice of cancellation:

  • More than 8 weeks (56 days) before start date – loss of deposit.
  • Between 4 and 8 weeks (28-56 days) before start date – 50% of course fee or loss of deposit, whichever amount is greater.
  • Less than 4 weeks (28 days) before start date – full course fee.

See our terms and conditions


Can I book a single room on my ski trip?

Yes – this can be done during the online booking process. Please add the single room option to your order, and we will confirm availability asap.

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