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Let's learn freeride skiing - Piemont- Italy

6 days from 1075 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort
Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 3000 m Skill level : 1 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

Pros

- Comfortable and welcoming accomodation

- Freeride "lessons" with an off piste instructor on great itineraries far away from the crowd

- Discover Sestrière

- Easy access on the Paris - Milano TGV line, to Oulx (Cesana) station, then minibus transfer

- No stress, we take care of all logistics and your gear will be there waiting for you

- No booking fees

In a nutshell

Me ? I know how to get about on my skis ! You may be a very good skier on groomed slopes in ski resorts but you may have two left feet once off piste, or be excellent at ski touring when skinning uphill, but be as timid as a mouse when it comes to skiing off piste downhill.

No fear ! On this week long course, you learn essential freeride ski off piste techniques and benefit from advice and knowledge from our expert guides. Those ill-fated ski lessons you took back in 1985 with the misanthropic instructor who loved smoking his pipe and hitting you with his ski poles when you got it wrong will soon be a distant memory. On this trip you learn good techniques, correct positions, and skiing in all types of snow whilst having a good time and discovering different areas chosen according to conditions by our guide who knows the area like the back of his hand. 

In the evening we head back to basecamp to enjoy great Italian food, and have good laughs about the day's best wipeouts. I don't know about you, but I just can't wait...

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)
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  • 1075€ per participant
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  • 1325€ per participant
  • 1325€ per participant
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  • 1075€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - Warm up

Get together at Oulx or Briançon train station and meet up with the guide before heading off to Sestrière. The first day is spent going over security equipment, safety exercices and warming up. No worries, you'll be skiing the entire week let's take it easy et get ot know each other. At the end of the afternoon we head to our hotel.

Meals included: dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 2 - Freeride skiing in Pragelato

We head off to Pragelato, a small ski resort, a real gem far away from the crowds with endless options for descents. Explanations of relevant equipment and a short uphill section with skins (approx. 45 min. to 1 hour) - the same goes for the following days. At day's end, we head back to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 3 - Off piste skiing Sestriere

We head off to Sestriere and ski its numerous itineraries. At the end of the afternoon, back to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel 

 

Day 4 - Explore Prali freeriding

We head off to Prali, approx an hour's drive away. This ski resort is nestled in a narrow valley and as well as offering some stunning panoramas it also offers stunning ski itineraries. Awesome itineraries. At the end of the afternoon we head back to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel 

 

Day 5 - Explore Pragelato

Off to explore Pragelato for the day. End of back, transfer to our hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel 

 

Day 6 - The best of Sestriere

For our last day together, we head off for Sestrière and ski it’s numerous itineraries. At the end of the afternoon, transfer back to Oulx and Briançon train stations.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a freeride skiing trip around Sestriere, Italy. The guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather and snow conditions as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision.  We may also change accommodation, maintaining identical standards, according to logistics and availabilities.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:30 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9:15 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon

Get together - practical information

Please be wearing your ski outfit upon arrival. 

We always do our best, but cannot guarantee the exact time of arrival at the train station (due to traffic or weather conditions). Therefore we strongly advise you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. If you're travelling by car, we'll meet you at the arrival point, or at one of the drop of points where you'll be able to leave your car for the entire trip.

 

Getting there

Train& TGV access: www.voyages-sncf.com 

Car access: www.mappy.fr 

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

 

Parking

Free public parking can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended) or in front of our accomodation.

Group size

5 to 8 participants

Skiers only. Sorry, no splitboards accepted.

 

Guides and staff

Azimut qualified mountain guide.

All our mountain guides are certified. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

Meet our guides just around the corner.

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level 

For average skiers, who've never skied off piste, but are at ease on red and black slopes. Not suitable for beginners, these are not ski lessons.

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, skinning or short ascents on foot will not exceed 45 min/day. You should be prepared to ski for approx 4 to 6 hrs skiing at a good pace. However, you will probably have the chance to rest if you're worn out.

 

Good to know: If you don't have the level required, the guide may ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group if necessary. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us ! 

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as extra layers, goggles, your picnic, a few snacks and security equipment.

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary maybe modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price.  They are at your own expense and are to be purchased on site in order to allow for flexibility. Hence in case of bad weather or snow conditions, we can easilier transfer to another spot and do our utmost to find the best conditions. Your guide will advise you on the type of ski lift pass to purchase (6 days of less).

You should budget approx € 150 for a 6 day ski lift pass.

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival

- Minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points

- Comfortable accomodation in agrotourism for 5 nights on half-board basis

- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing

- Certified and expert mountain guide services for 6 days (all his expenses are included: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)

- Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear

- Extra fees for Xmas & New-Year

- AZIMUT welcome pack

 

The price does not include

- Transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Ski lift fares

- Gear rental if required

- Personal insurance

- Lunches and all drinks (including those with meals at the hotel) and personal extras

- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur. 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants often hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and open: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !

Accommodation & meals

During the trip

Depending on the size of group, you may share a room with someone of the opposite sex.

- Agrotourism accomodation (comfortable gîte style), on half board basis, in double rooms to share, private bathroom and toilets, bed sheets and towels supplied. Depending on the group size, we may use triple rooms.

- Single supplement: € 140 per person, if available

- Breakfast and dinners are served in the hotel

- Lunches are open: participants are free to choose where they wish to have lunch. Food is one the highlights of ski trips in Italy and we know all the good trattorias and other small hideouts... Just trust us !

 

Before & after ski touring trips

Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book a night before or after the trip. All accomodation listed is close to the meeting points. You may often benefit from preferential rates.

Telephone and Wifi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (his phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Wifi is available at the hotel.

Good mobile & 4G coverage.

Equipment

Make sure you wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and gives photos a funky edge !

 

Technical equipment (all in excellent condition)

- Freeride skis (or freeride rando skis) with touring bindings

- Ski skins and ski crampons (aka "couteaux")

- Poles

- Ski boots: opt for ski touring boots or freeride boots with good ankle flex and a better range of movement. Regular alpine ski boots will also do the job as climbs are relatively short.

- Avalanche safety kit: transceiver, shovel and probe (please let us know if you have your own, if not we lend them free of charge)

- Daypack: capacity of 30 liters

Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are strongly recommended for you safety and security.

They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Our guides use airbags. We highly recommend you to opt for high quality and reliable gear. If you don't have an avalanche airbag we rent them out at a very competitive price.

If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new (less than 3 year old) if not brand new, of good quality, adapted to your choice of activity and from the best brands (Black Crows, Fritschi, Arva, Haglöfs, Anena, Glisshop, Scott).

Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):

Full Pack (ski, boots, skins, ski-crampons, poles)

183 €

Skis (skis, skins, poles, ski-crampons)  175 €
Ski Boots 68 €
Airbag Backpack 120 €
Helmet

30 €

You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.

 

Clothes

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.

 

Headwear

- Warm hat or buff/scarf

- Ski goggles (2 pairs) and sunglasses: UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity and are very useful

- Helmet (strongly recommended)

 

Bodywear

- Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe.

- Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks

- Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs

- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold !

- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed.

 

Footwear

- Ski socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic materials. Think about them if you need to stock up.

- Slippers recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfortable !

 

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • duck tape
  • factor 50 sun cream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in the vehicle. No suitcases. 

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

To make up a first aid kit, please find all relevant information on the Ifremmont website. 

Need to buy some gear ?

If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 15% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends Glisshop.

Just go straight to glisshop.com ! Established in 1996, our partner stands as a leader for online winter sports equipment. Based in the centre of the volcanoes of Auvergne (France), they help every passionate skier and powder addict to find the gear they need by offering a huge and unique choice of clothing and gear available throughout Europe.

With close to 250 brands and 10 000 items for sale, Glisshop simply is the ideal partner to equip you from head to toe whathever activity may be your preference.

 

 

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

Official partner and service provider for Terres d'Aventure

 

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

  • Leave contact details with your friends and family
  • Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)
  • Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)
  • Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  www.ameli.fr
  • Check that you have the right equipment
  • Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)
  • Bring some cash and your credit card
  • Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group
  • Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !
  • Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!

 

                            See you on the slopes !

                      Have great runs with AZIMUT !

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