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The secrets of the Val Maira - ski touring (all comfort)

6 days from 925 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

Comfort
Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 2800 m Skill level : 2 Montagne Stamina level : 3 Montagne Direct train from Paris

In a nutshell

We talked so many times about the Val Maïra that we'll be really tedious and repeat ourselves once again: Val Maïra is a must for every ski tourer who respects himself. Now that we've gone over that principle, most important is the sense of freedom and the comfort that this trip offers ! Every morning we head off to a different place that will be dictated by sun exposure, snow and more generally by the season. This trip really is designed to give you a true sense of freedom ! 

In the afternoons, when we head back to our basecamp. There'll be time to chat and sample a glass of our host's excellent wine cave in are relaxing setting. That said, if you're on a diet, this trip may be the one to avoid ;-). But if you're in for great skiing and good Italian cuisine, then this newly set up Val Maïra ski touring trip is made just for you !

Pros

- More than 300 different itinerary possibilities

- Welcoming and comfortable accommodation

- Itineraries that are suited for experienced skiers

- Easy access: direct TGV access to Oulx (Cesana) on the Paris - Milano line, then transfer with our minibus

- Hassle-free: our minibus comes with us for the entire trip so we can easily get around and about; if you've rented gear we deliver it on spot at the start of the trip.

No booking fees

 

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 - Welcome & warm up

Meet up at Briançon or Oulx-Cesana TGV train station, followed by shuttle transfer to Val Maïra (a 3 hours drive).

We drop off our luggage at the hotel and head off to Costa Chiggia (2150 m). This is an excellent warm up for the rest of this fantastic week in Val Maïra. 

Ascent/descent: +/- 600m

Meals included: picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel
 

Day 2 - Monte Estella (2316 m) with a sublime descent via the Ponte Maria valley 

Ascent/descent: +/-800m

Meals included:  breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel

 

Day 3 - Bric Boscasso (2589 m), Chialvetta (1475 m), Pratorotondo (1622 m), Bandia Lunga,  Boscasso (2083 m)

Powder as much as you wish.

Ascent/descent: + 1100 m/ - 1300 m 

Meals included:  breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 4 - Monte Ruissa 2736 m

Steady climbs up the mountain pastures lead us up to a slightly steeper slope that takes us over to a belvedere allowing you to discover the entire mountain range. 

Ascent/descent: +/- 1100 m

Meals included:  breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel 

 

Day 5 - The Monte Cassoro (2774 m)

This is an absolute superb classic outing via Par le Preit (1541 m), Grangia Selvest (1661 m) and Grange Servino (1816 m), we climb to the top to benefit from a magnificent descent.

Ascent/descent: +/- 1233 m

Meals included:  breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel  

 

Day 6 - Le Bric Cassin (2640 m)

From Chialvetta we head off to Pratorotondo (1622 m), then to Viviere (1709 m), Prato Ciorliero (1941m) with wonderful views and finally Passo della Gardetta (2440 m).

Transfer to Oulx and Briançon train stations where we break up.  

Ascent/descent: +/- 1150 m

Meals included:  breakfast and picnic

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a ski touring trip in Val Maira, Italy and should just be used as a guideline. 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 same standards, according to logistics and availabilities.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

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  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

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  • Pignerol (Pinerolo), in front of the railway station

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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 accommodation.

 

 

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

Skill level 

The slopes may have some short steep passages. You should be at ease with ski touring techniques and skiing on all types of snow. You should master kick turns without hesitation.

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, some uphill sections may have to be done on foot. Ascents and descents vary from 800 to 1500 meters per day. Depending on the chosen itinerary, there may be two outings per day. If you're eager you can continue skiing, if you're tired you can rest and relax.

 

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

No lifts.

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 in a hotel and picnics for 6 days

- 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

- Harness for glacier use

- 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

- All drinks (including those with meals at the hotel), personal extras, and 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

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

- Half board in a hotel, triple rooms with showers and toilets. Bed sheets, linen and towels supplied.

- Hotel room option with private bathroom and toilets: subject to availability. Single supplement: € 140 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 charcuterie, 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, 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):

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

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 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 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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