BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS TO OFF-PISTE WITH LIFTS AND SKINS
The perfect extension from our Backcountry and Off-Piste courses. Backcountry Access is for skiers that are willing to put in a bit more work in order to access unbelievable off-piste with the use of touring skis and skins combined with use of the local lift system and helicopters where possible.
The whole purpose of the Backcountry Access Course is to use the lift system to gain as much height as possible then skin from there to open up a whole world of off-piste skiing where only those with skins can access. What does that get you? Fantastic off-piste skiing with little or no other skiers. Heaven!
Backcountry Access combines lift served Backcountry skiing with the use of skins to access even more backcountry. Some days may have no skinning whilst other days skinning between 2 to 3 hours (possibly up to 4 on occasions). It’s all about getting great off-piste experiences.
St Foy – The Auberge Sur La Montagne
The courses will be based in St Foy at the Auberge Sur La Montagne. 5 minutes to St Foy, 10 Minutes to Tignes, Val D’Isere, Les Arcs and into La Plagne and 25 minutes to Rosier and La Thuille. There is probably no other place in the world where you can access so much terrain in such a short time.
The Auberge has everything you need to provide for a great off-piste experience. On hand ski tech and service centre with access to ski touring equipment, hot tub, bar and lounge and undoubtedly one of the best features of the Auberge – The food. You will not find such a high level of cuisine on a ski holiday of this price!
Like all itineraries of this nature flexibility will be maintained throughout to offer the best possible off-piste experience for the conditions at the time. Itineraries are liable to change.
From the top lift in St Foy a 1 hour skin and your into the North Face and a 1,800, vertical descent to La Mazure where a 10 minute minibus transfer will take us back around to the St Foy ski area.
Col de Chal
A 1,100, off-piste descent to Peisey with a 5 minute bus ride back into the Les Arcs system.
From the Grand Col chairlift a 30 minute easy skin to the Col followed by a magnificent north east off-piste bowl below the Aiguille Rouge and Mont Turia. A steep entrance followed by a magnificent off-piste descent to Villaroger.
Col Grenier, Montseti Ridge
From the top chair in St Foy, a traverse and followed by a short north facing off-piste descent to the Mecurel Valley. A 2/3 hour skin from here will take us to the Montseti Ridge with stunning views across to the Ruitor Glacier in Italy. Another north facing off-piste descent down to the Ruitor Refuge and on to the village of Mazure where we can get picked up by minibus and 15 minutes later you could be soaking in the hot tub with bar service provided by the Auberge – luxury!
Val D’isere and take the top lift at Le Fornet. A short 30 minute skin where you can look down the valley towards the ski resort of Bonneval. A magnificent off-piste descent to Bonneval and take a helicopter back to Val D’sere..
Lac du Chevril
Tignes – no skins but a short 30 minute hike to ‘Mickeys Ears’. From here a fabulous steep off-piste descent all the way to Lac du Chevril followed by a 5 minute helicopter pickup and drop off in Val D’Isere.
A short steep hike, followed by a magnificent off-piste descent.
Skiing off-piste on north facing slopes.
Col Du Four, Refuge du Four
An relatively easy skin of 2.5 hours to the Col du Four in Val D’sere then an off-piste descent to refuge Fond du Four for lunch followed by off-piste skiing in Val D’sere.
Lift Accessed Off-Piste Skiing
Lift accessed off-piste skiing in St Foy, Rosier, La Thuile, Val D’sere, Tignes, Les Arcs and La Plagne
• Touring skis with skins, ski crampons
• Backpack with carrying facilities for skis
• Off-piste safety equipment comprising of shovel, probe and transceiver
• All can be hired from Snoworks and the Auberge if required.
Get in quick. 18 persons, 3 groups of 6.
See Videos of a few classic routes in the Tarentaise area:
Val D’Isere to Bonneval and return by helicopter
Lac du Chevril and return by helicopter
Spatule – Val D’Isere Off-Piste