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Ski touring across the Dolomites

6 days from 1395 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 3250 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 3 Montagne Direct train from Paris

Pros

- Stunning and outstanding landscapes

Welcoming and comfortable accommodation with great Italian food

- A great skiing experience with itineraries that will take your breath away

- Easy access: on the Paris - Milano TGV line to Oulx (Cesana), flight to Torino Caselle or Milano Bergamo airports followed by minibus transfer

- Hassle-free: our minibus is used for all transfers to and in the Dolomites (long and costly) and rented gear is delivered on the spot

- No booking fees

In a nutshell

The Dolomites are legendary and what self-respecting sports buff has never heard of them ? This extremely mineral mountain range is unique in the world. Marmolada, Torre Sella, Tofane, Tre Cime are equally stunning mountains filled with their own history and alpine stories (mountain climbing, via ferrata, ...), and have even been through world wars.

On this trip we use ski lifts, our legs and skins to cross some truly stunning landscapes (please note the latter are no longer made of animal hide, to not upset Brigitte Bardot or any other animal activist). This skiing experience is as original as the scenery: sublime mountain passes, stunning descents beneath overhanging rock faces and via unspoilt villages. What’s more, all the mountain huts and auberges we've selected are known for their hearty welcome, comfort AND last but not least, great food !

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)
  • 1395€ per participant
  • 1395€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 1395€ per participant
  • 1395€ per participant
  • 1395€ per participant
  • 1395€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 1395€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - Welcome & warm up

Meet up at one of the following places:

- Oulx or Briançon train station (followed by a minibus transfer to the Dolomites)

- Torino Caselle or Milano Bergamo airport (followed by a minibus transfer to the Dolomites)

- on site on the Flora Alpina mountain hut car park

Once our bags are prepared and gear is checked, if there’s enough or too much snow, we may be lucky to reach the mountain hut on our skis. The guide will keep you posted for the coming week's programme.

Meals included: dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

The Flora Alpina hut is often full a long time in advance, if this is the case, we spend the night in Falcade, a few kms away. 

 

Day 2 - Unique around Marmolada

From the hut we gently climb up the Pian del Cros valley through a nice forest with traditional houses, and reach the Forca Rossa mountain pass (2490 m) where stunning landscape dominate the South face of the Marmolada, the Sasso Valfredda and the Tofanes mountain range off in the distance ! A wonderful descent down the Di Franzedas valley leads us to Malga Ciapela (1446 m). We take the cable car to reach the Marmolada shoulder (3250 m). Glacier descent with several possible itineraries depending on conditions. Face to face with the Sella range, the atmosphere is truly unique. We spend the night at the Castiglioni mountain hut (2044 m).

Ascent/descent: + 700 m/- 2300 m - approx. 6 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

 

Day 3 - Stunning Sella range

A magnificent Southerly oriented valley leads us to the Porta Vescoso viewpoint (2478 m) followed by a short descent down to the Arraba ski resort where we catch a cable car up to Saas Pordoï (2950 m). We’ll be facing the stunning Sella range as we descend the Val di Mesdi canyon. Surprising is the only way to describe this journey ! A short taxi transfer takes us to the comfortable Lagazuoi hut (2750 m) from where we most probably have the best view of the Dolomites.

Ascent/descent: + 600 m /- 2000 m - approx. 6 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

 

Day 4 - Tofanes range: Di Lech mountain pass, Val di Fanes

We enter the Tofanes range, Easterly from Cortina d'Ampezzo, the heart of the Dolomites. Descent at the foot of to the Di Lech mountain pass  (or Locia mountain pass in case of bad conditions).

On option for those eager: Cima Scotoni (2874 m) - or Piz de Lavarela (3050 m), from Frocella dal Lago (2486 m) and via the Campestrin valley South to North.

We then make a big crossing through the Val di Fanes ending up the Limo mountain pass (2174 m) to reach either the Fanes or Lavarella hut.

Ascent/descent: +500 m /- 950 m - approx. 5 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

 

Day 5 - Bechei Dessora (2794 m) mountain pass

From the hut we have many options especially with a light pack, we'll decide according to conditions and everyone's fancies. The Cavallo peak and Sasso Santa Croce are among the possible options.

Ascent/descent: + 600 m to + 1300 m/- 600 m to - 1300 m - approx. 4 - 6 hrs

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: mountain hut

 

Day 6 - Piz de St Antoine (2655 m) and descent into the Val di Fanes

After the ascent of the Ciamin Lavinores, we pick up our packs and reach the bottom of the valley either via the Pera Maura mountain pass or via the Salata valley, or last option, join the Scuro valley that takes us North-Westerly back to the road that leads to Cortina. A nice day to end this journey !

Transfer to the Flora Alpina mountain hut (1 1/2 hrs), then return transfer to Oulx and Briançon. Beware return trips will be in the evening, it's best to book accomodation for Saturday night in Oulx or Briançon ;)

Ascent/descent: + 600 m/- 1150 m - approx. 4 hrs

Meals included: breakfast and picnic

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a ski touring trip in the Dolomites, 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 the same standards, according to logistics and availabilities.

Another alternative itinerary frequently used if the above is impassable: as of day 3 night at Lagazuoi, transfer, and day 4 to 6 we ski in and around the Fanes area.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 7:15 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Milano Bergame Airport

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 10:45 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Flora Alpina Hut - Carpark

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 4:00 pm
    Leaving time: in the afternoon

Get together - practical information

On day 1, wear comfortable clothes for travelling.

We always do our best, but we can't 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.

On the last day, don't try and catch the train from Oulx as we try to make the most of the last day. 

 

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 just in front of our accomodation.

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

Skill level 

The slopes may have some short steep sections. You should be at ease with ski touring techniques and skiing on all types of snow. We may ski on glacier terrain. You must master kick turns.

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, some uphill sections may have to be done on foot. Ascents vary from 800 to 1000 metres per day. Depending on the chosen itinerary, there may be two outings per day and two uphills depending on whether you're eager or if you prefer to just rest, relax and enjoy.

Please refer to this table if you're not 100% sure: am I up to this ;) ?

  

Good to know: if you don't have the level required, the guide will be able to 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 !

Group size

5 to 8 participants

Skiers only, sorry, no splitboard accepted.

Guiding

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.

Daypack

Bring a pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the trip such as (extra) layers, a few snacks, picnics and security equipment. There is no luggage transfer on this trip.

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary may be modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price. The definite day to day itinerary will depend on local conditions. For this trip you should budget approx  € 75 to € 130 for ski lift fares. The guide will most probably advance the amount to get group rates and to gain time, you can reimburse the guide lateron.

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival

- All minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points

- 5 nights accomodation on half-board basis and picnics from day 2 to day 6

- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing

- Certified and expert mountain guide services for 6 days (including all his expenses: 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

- Taxi transfers

- AZIMUT welcome pack

 

The price does not include

- Transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Ski lift fares

- Gear rental if required

- Personal insurance

- Lunch the first day so you can eat Italian on the road

- Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel), personal extras

- Extra costs for transfers in case of significant distances and costs

- 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 usually 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

Half board in comfortable mountain huts in rooms 2 to 4 people (except for the Lagazuoï hut), shared showers and toilets. Bed sheets, linen and towels supplied.

- Breakfast, lunch and dinner: we have breakfasts and dinners in the mountain huts, and provide picnics for lunch. Picnics consist of good quality products including ham, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote

- Snacks provided with picnics

- Hot showers available (tokens to be purchased on site)

- Bring a sleeping bag liner and slippers for huts 

 

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.

Phone & WiFi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a 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 free of charge in our accommodation.

Good mobile & 4G coverage.

 

 

Equipment - clothing & gear

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

 

Ski gear (all in excellent condition)

- Ski touring skis with appropriate bindings. We recommend freeride type skis so you can enjoy skiing powdery descents and skiing on all types of snow

- Ski skins 

- Ski crampons (i.e. "couteaux"), absolutely compulsory on this trip

- Ski poles

- Ski touring boots 

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

- 35 litre backpack

Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommended.

They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Our guides use them and 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, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.

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

 

Pack Complet (ski, chaussures, peaux, batons, couteaux)

215 €

Skis (skis, peaux, bâtons couteaux)

175 €

Chaussures

68 €

Sac Airbag

120 €

Casque

30 €

Crampons

35 €


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

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 (highly 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 fabrics. Think about them if you need to stock up.

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

 

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 a vehicle. No suitcases. 

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

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

Need new gear ?

If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 10% 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:

K2

Arva 

Fritschi Swiss bindings

Haglöfs

Glisshop

Anena

SCOTT

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 through Azimut)

- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one free of charge 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 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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