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Ski touring - Val Devero - Italy

6 days from 995 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort
Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 3000 m Skill level : 2 Montagne Stamina level : 3 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

Far away from the crowds and overpacked ski resorts for a truly fantastic week of ski touring, a haven for ski touring in Italy's Northern Piedmont, this is the Val Devero. This large valley is only accessible on foot, we abandon our minibus at the entrance of the village and get around and about just on our skis during the entire week. The program is progressive, we gradually reach our different goals: mountain passes, glaciers, summits and all of this in snow that is as light as it's abundant. 

We set up base in a comfortable hotel where you'll be able to relax by the fire after a hard day's skiing (haven't we yet told you we love our "charentaises" ?).

Pros

- Discover a truly atypical village accessible on foot only

- A ski touring haven: satisfaction guaranteed with lots of itineraries on offer 

- Comfortable accommodation and great food 

- End of the world atmosphere guaranteed

 

 

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)
  • 1245€ per participant
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  • 1245€ per participant
  • 995€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 995€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - Welcome & warm up

Meet up at Oulx or Briançon train station (direct from Paris by TGV). Then we head to the Val Devero where we discover a small, authentic and isolated village cut off from the rest of the world. We get rid of our luggage at the hotel and get on our skis and on the ski lifts. Today is a chance you to get warmed up off piste and explore the stunning environment. The guide will assess participants' levels and go over essential security techniques. Then, we skin for a short climb. We get set up in our cosy hotel; each room has its own toilet and shower. The views are stunning from the big living room.  

Ascent/descent: +/- 300 m

Meals included: picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: gîte

 

Day 2Monte del Sangiatto 

After breakfast we head off to the Monte del Sangiatto (2387 m), a nice outing through the woods and on wide open slopes. For lunch we have picnic, dinner is at the hotel. 

Ascent/descent: +/- 750 m

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: gîte 

 

Day 3 - Discover the ancient glacier della Rossa

After breakfast we head off to the Glacier della Rossa to do some skiing with rope work. It'll be a nice day skiing in a cirque. Picnic for lunch and dinner in the gîte.

Ascent/descent: +/- 1000 m

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: gîte  

 

Day 4 - Punta del Valle ascent

After breakfast we pack our bags and set off for another area in this mountain range. After dropping off our luggage, we head up to the Punta del Valle (2667 m). 

Ascent/descent: +/- 1000 m

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: gîte 

 

Day 5 - Ski touring magnificent Monte Crampiolo

After breakfast we leave for Monte Crampiolo, a nice summit at 2750 m above sea level from where we have a view of the entire Swiss - Italian mountain range. 

Ascent/descent: +/- 1100 m

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: gîte 

 

Day 6 - Great skiing on Passo della Rossa 

After breakfast we head off to Passo della Rossa (2498 m) for our final outing. After our picnic we descend and return to the minibus and head back to the train station (Oulx or Briançon). 

Ascent/descent: +/- 500 m

Meals included:  breakfast and picnic

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a ski touring trip in Val Devero, 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.

In case practices and customs defined by the local guide authorities change, estimating the reasonable number of clients per guide, for safety reasons, Azimut respects these, even last minute, decisions. Such cases are rare and mostly related to exceptional conditions in the mountains. Therefore some compensation may be requested from your side due to less participants per guide.

 

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

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  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

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  • Domodossola railway station

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    Meeting time: 10 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon

Get together - practical information

Please be wearing your ski outfit upon arrival.

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.

The last day, we try to make it back to Oulx by 5 pm, but we cannot guarantee this.

 

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 

Slopes are usually wide and easy. We may also ski on glacier terrain. It's better if you have some basic ski touring experience. The guide will train for further ski touring techniques.

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, approx. 4 to 6 hrs activity per day. Some uphill sections may have to be done on foot. Ascents and descents vary from 400 to 1100 metres per day. 

 

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

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 small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) layers, 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 definite day to day itinerary will depend on local conditions. For this trip you should budget approx € 25 for ski lift fares.

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival

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

- 5 nights accomodation on half-board basis and picnics for 6 days (from lunch day 1 until lunch on day 6 included)

- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing

- Certified and expert mountain guide services (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

- Extra fees for Xmas & New-Year

- AZIMUT welcome pack

 

The price does not include

- Transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Gear rental if required

- Personal insurance

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

During the trip

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

- Half board in a gite, shared showers and toilets. Bed sheets, linen supplied, towels not supplied.

- Hotel room option with private bathroom and toilets possible for the first 3 nights: subject to availability. Single supplement: € 80 per person, double room supplement: € 60 per person 

- Breakfast, lunch and dinner: we have breakfasts and dinners at the gite, 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: to boost your energy we've chosen to provide Mulebar, tasty and top quality organic cereal bars, no additives, coloring nor conservatives.

 

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")

- 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 (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) 215 €
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 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 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 ! 

 

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 relevant 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:

Black Crows

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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