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Comfort

Freeride & freerando trilogy Chamonix - Verbier - Zermatt - Comfort

6 days from 1295 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

France and Suisse Montagne Maximum altitude 3800 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

Summary

Forget the Godfather or the Silence of the Lambs trilogy, the only one and true trilogy is this one ! Chamonix - Verbier - Zermatt, just pure joy awaits you for the entire week ! But hang on, hang on, not just during daytime with crazy runs in oustanding nature, but also when day falls, thanks to hotels that cry out "mulled wine" !

On this Cham - Verbier - Zermatt freeride ski you're in for a binge (as of now we'll say CVZ, got it ?) and you'll definitely get your goggles stuffed with it. This trip has been conceived for those who have already ticked off many faces and are searching for a new angle, secret itineraries that are also a safe bet.

A few cable cars, a little skinning & lots of downhill, this is the freeride version equation of happiness of the crème de la crème in the Northern Alpes.

Get your jacket on, off we go.

Pros

- Explore three mythical ski areas

- Unique itineraries

- Comfortable accomodation

- Easy access to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc train station where we pick you up

- No worries: we use our minibus to get around and about, and your gear will be delivered on the spot upon your arrival

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.

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Day to day

Day 1 - Grands Montets

Get together at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc train station where you meet up with the guide and get ready for a brief, gear check and then set off for a warm up at the Grands Montets. Security brief related to off piste and freeride skiing. Transfer to hotel at end of afternoon.

Meal included: dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

 

Day 2 - Vallée Noire

After breakfast we set off for a day you're sure not to forget ! A nice alternative to the Vallée Blanche awaits you after a short uphill (approx. 1 hr) in the Vallée Noire. Then we let of our breaks and head 2000 m downhill in an extraordinary alpine setting ! We end this incredible day at the Brévent ski area.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

 

Day 3 - Freeride ski aera of Verbier

After breakfast we have a short transfer to the freeride ski area of Verbier. We use our skins to fetch great runs near Mont Fort and the Bec des Rosses, that's what the magic of freerando  is all about ! Transfer to Zermatt

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

 

Day 4 - Freeride ski in Zermatt

We discover the immense possibilities Zermatt has to offer, beautiful diversified valleys, with Northern orientations offering runs of 1000 m downhill easily accessible either from the new Hotalligrat cable car (3280 m), or from the Gornegrat cable car (3090 m).

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

 

Day 5 - Col de Spitzi Flue or Schwargletcher

The Spitzi Flue mountain pass (3280 m) gives access to a suspended valley at the foot of the shoulders of three 4000 m high mountains: the Rimpfischhorn, the Allalinhorn and the Alphubel. A unique descent will take us back to Tasch.

Ascent/descent: + 400 m / - 1700 m

Alternative itinerary: the Schwarz glacier (3731 m), an incredible glacier that sets off it's route from the foot of the Breithorn North face (4164 m) and the Pollux (4092 m).

Day 6 - Nendaz

We glide down to Nendaz to warm up in the valleys of the Dent de Nendaz before setting off for long off piste runs at the Grepon. Transfer to Zermatt at the end of the day.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

At approx. 3:30 pm - 4 pm, transfer back to Chamonix train station where the trip ends.

Meal included: breakfast.

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a freeride and off piste ski trip in the Chamonix, Verbier and Zermatt areas. 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 accomodation, maintaining the identical standards, according to logistics and availabilities.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Rocky Pop Hôtel - les Houches

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:30am
    Leaving time: late afternoon
  • Chamonix - Biollay carpark (montenvers)

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8:45am
    Leaving time: afternoon

Get together - practical information

Please be wearing your ski outfit upon arrival.

We always do our best, but 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.

 

Getting there

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

Car access: www.mappy.fr 

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

 

 

 

Group size

4 to 7 participants

Only skiers, sorry no splitboard accepted

Guiding

AZIMUT mountain guide

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

Skill level

You should be at ease skiing in any type of snow. We ski every day at a good pace. Slopes can include some short steep sections. Short climbs with skins involved, 45 min to 1 hr max per day. You will not be expected to have previous ski touring experience.

 

Stamina level

A good physical condition is expected, as we skin approx 45 min to 1 hr per day and ski the entire day at a steady pace.

 

Good to know: If you haven't got the level required, the guide will be able to ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us!

Daypack

Bring a light day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) clothing, a few snacks, your picnic and security equipment.

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary may be modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price. The ultimate day to day itinerary will depend on local conditions. To allow flexibility fares will be purchased on the spot so we can easily adjust the programme. Your guide will tell you whether it's worth buying the 3 day pass, the cost is approx € 150.

 

Pricing

The price includes

- Organisation of the trip

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

- 2 nights in a hotel on half-board basis

- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing

- Guiding by a certified and expert mountain guide for 3 days (all his expenses are included: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)

- Group security, safety & rescue gear

- Use of our safety equipment (tracking device, shovel and probe) if you don't have your own

- Harness for the days on glacier

- Extra fees for Xmas & New-Year 

The price does not include 

- Transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Ski lift fares

- Equipment rental if required

- Personal insurance

- 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 that is 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 Europ Assistance 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

Hotels and meals during the trip

- Depending on the size of group, you might share a room with someone of the opposite sex

- Accomodation in a 3* hotel in a twin room to share, private bathroom and toilets. Bed sheets and towels are supplied. Depending on the group size we may use triple rooms.

- Single supplement: € 220 according to availability

- Breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel

- Lunches are open, leaving all options open for the group to choose where participants wish to have lunch. Food is one of the highlights of this skiing trip in Italy, we know all the best trattoria and small hideouts .... Just trust us !

 

Accomodation 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 accomodation before or after the trip. All accomodation on the list is close to the meeting points and 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 available in our accomodation.

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 ! 

Skiing material (all in excellent condition)

- Fat freeride skis (or freeride rando skis) with ski touring bindings

- Ski skins and crampons

- Ski poles

- Ski boots. We recommend you to opt for ski touring or freeride skiing boots, that able for more ankle flex. You alpine skiing boots will also do the job since climbs are short. 

- A 30 litre backpack.

 

Full pack (skis, boots, skins, poles, ski crampons)

215 €

Skis (skis, skins, poles, ski crampons)

175 €

Boots

68 €

Airbag avalanche backpack

120 €

Helmet

30 €

Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommendedThey help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Azimut guides use them. We encourage to use them too and can rent them at a very competitive price.

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

- Harness for glacier skiing - we lend them free of charge

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, also includes excess bagage fare - your rental gear will be handed over on site):

Full pack (skis, boots, skins, poles, ski crampons)

215 €

Skis (skis, skins, poles, ski crampons)

175 €

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 that 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 good to bring with you. No need to have the latest brands nor the latest gear, but if you need to refresh of refill your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.

 

Headwear

- Warm hat or buff/scarf

- 2 pairs of ski goggles and sunglasses with UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity, and have filter index up to category 4, they are incredibly useful

- Ski 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 comfy !

Odds & ends

  • 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • Pocket knife
  • Duck tape
  • Suncream, UV factor 50 
  • Duffle type 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 your a first aid kit, please find all information on Ifremont's website. 

Need to buy some 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:

Black Crows

Arva 

Fitschi swiss bindigs 

Haglöfs

Glisshop

Anena

SCOTT

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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