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FREERIDE MONTEROSA & AOSTA VALLEY
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Skiing Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Beginner to Expert
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Explore the wonders of the Aosta valley & Monte Rosa, Matterhorn & Mont Blanc with your own guide & host. Ski the best of Italy in Monterosa, Cervinia/Zermatt, Pila, La Thuile/La Rosiere, Courmayeur & Monte Bianco. Fully customise your own tour for 1 to 7 people with dates, locations & duration that suit you.
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Freeride Monterosa & Aosta Valley Overview

Explore the best resorts in the Aosta Valley amongst the greatest mountains in western Europe on this fully hosted & guided ski & snowboard safari.

Discover ski resorts including Monterosa, Cervinia (& Zermatt Switzerland), Pila, La Thuile (& La Rosiere France), Courmayeur & Chamonix (Monte Bianco a.k.a. Mont Blanc).

Fully customise your own ski or snowboard tour for 1 to 7 people with dates, locations & duration that suit you or enquire to join another group's tour.

Highlights

  • Ski or snowboard up 8 different resorts in three countries with your own private group;
  • Travel in carefree comfort to each resort & ski in safety under the watchful eye of your host & guide.
  • Enjoy skiing & riding some of the best ski resorts in Europe amongst the Alp's iconic Monte Rosa massif, Matterhorn & Mont Blanc.
  • Explore Aosta & learn about its amazing history, plus find its best hidden bars & restaurants in the old town.

Skiing Terrain

Ski terrain ranges from 1200m in Alagna to just below 3800m on the Klein Matterhorn in Zermatt. Tours will stay on groomed piste unless the group wishes to explore the off-piste or sidecountry.

Your guides will adapt the daily program according to your skills, the weather, snow conditions & most importantly, the wishes of the group.

Skier/Boarder Ability

This tour caters for all abilities from beginners to expert skiers. The tour itinerary will vary upon the ability of the group. A group with similar ability makes the tour more enjoyable for all.

Safety

All groups are led by an experienced professional IFMGA/UIAGM guide with expert local knowledge of the terrain & snow conditions.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival at the Airport

Arrive at the airports of Milan (Malpensa or Linate) or at the airport of Bergamo Orio al Serio, before 2pm. You will be met by your guide/host at the exit door of the international flights (or other location in Milan as arranged). After a short briefing with a good Italian coffee (why not?) you are transported directly to your hotel in the Gressoney valley at the Monte Rosa (3 hrs). Here, in the central valley, stay 3 days to explore the three connected ski areas of the Monte Rosa.

Overnight – Hotel in Gressoney

DAY 2: Monterosa – Gressoney ski resort

The first day begins easy if required to account for any jet-lag & to explore the great territory of the Monterosa. In the morning ski the slopes on right side of the valley, in the afternoon on the left side. If you like, freeride powder ski opportunities exist.

Overnight – Hotel in Gressoney

DAY 3: Monterosa – Alagna ski resort

The second day is dedicated at the 2000 meters of vertical in the Alagna ski area. From the Col dei Salati, ski nearly 2000m vertical to the village of Alagna. An incredibly long slope where it is possible to go on piste or freeride. In any case we arrive in the charming town of Alagna for lunch at the super nice Unione restaurant - an old-style eatery with classic 1930s decoration & furniture. A perfect end for one of the greater ski slopes in the Alps. Return to Gressoney via the lifts & ski slopes.

Overnight – Hotel in Gressoney

DAY 4: Monterosa – Champoluc ski resort

The third day on the Monte Rosa is in the Champoluc ski area that is connected with Gressoney via the Bettaforca pass. A long system of ski slopes lead to the main town where we can taste the Aostan specialities. Champoluc is the first valley of the Aosta region where the people speak “Patua”, a French dialect typical of this area of the western Alps.

Here we leave our tour in the Monte Rosa mountains. If you are in for 5 to 9 days, you continue to your hotel in Saint Vincent (.1.5hr) - a charismatic town on the main Aosta valley.

Overnight – Hotel in St Vincent

DAY 5: Matterhorn – Cervinia/Zermatt

Start early at 8am (not early really!) from Saint Vincent and go to Cervinia, the town at the southern side of the famous Matterhorn (1 hr). Buy the international lift pass & in only one day we cross the ski slopes from Cervinia to Zermatt & return…. With good weather, an unforgettable experience! In the evening you go back to Saint Vincent.

Overnight – Hotel in St Vincent

DAY 6: Pila – Aosta valley

The ski resort of Pila is the most important ski area for the city of Aosta. Access is directly from the city. Ski deserted slopes all day on or off piste at this surprisingly large ski resort. In the evening we visit the amazing old town of Aosta, an original roman city with imperial ruins & interesting mediaeval structures. We stay in a hotel of Aosta and taste the “fonduta”‘ a local speciality of this region.

Overnight – Hotel in Aosta

DAY 7: La Thuile – Aosta valley

La Thuile is the most classical & historic ski resort in the Aosta valley. Located south of Mont Blanc, great ski slopes with huge panoramas are a perfect combination for a day full of amazing descents! Opportunity to ski into France & the La Rosiere ski resort. In the evening, either the tour ends & you are transported to the airport, or if the tour continues, go to our hotel in the famous town of Courmayeur, near the base of the Mont Blanc.
Either return to airport or Milan etc or if continuing the tour…..

Overnight – Hotel in Courmayeur

DAY 8 & 9: Mont Blanc & Courmayeur & Chamonix

The ski resorts of Mont Blanc need a minimum of two days, one for the Italian side at Courmayeur and one for then French side at Chamonix. These ski areas are unique! In these two days we have the possibility to see the Mont Blanc from south and then, especially from the Brevent/Flegere ski area in Chamonix, from north….. The greatest view of the highest peak of the continental Europe…. a perfect end of a great ski tour in the western Alps!

Drop off at Milan airport hotel (book the Moxy or Sheraton airport hotels), Milan city centre or other pre-arranged location on the same route.

NOTE: This itinerary is a guide. The tour is dictated by your daily wishes & the weather each day. Your guide will fit around where the best conditions are. That’s the beauty of a guided ski safari tour!

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

All ski safaris are fully customisable from 3 - 10 days for groups of 1 - 7 people.
5 day Ski Safari (4 ski days, 4 nights) - €1125
6 day Ski Safari (5 ski days, 5 nights) - €1330
7 day Ski Safari (6 ski days, 6 nights) - €1535

Inclusions
  • 7 days with your own qualified mountain guide – max 1:7 ratio
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Return transfers from a Milan airport.
  • All ground transport in private van for duration of tour.
  • Airport meet & greet plus fully hosted for duration of tour.
Add-ons
  • Ski lift passes - purchased at each resort.
  • Ski or snowboard equipment hire - available on request.
  • Extra days - available on request
  • Heli skiing at Monterosa, La Thuile or Courmayeur (price on request)
Not Included

Booking Conditions & Cancellations

Payment
– 30% deposit (via PAYPAL to confirm the reservation)
– 70% at the begin of the tour

Cancellations & Refunds
If at any time, after the payment of the deposit: but before 3 weeks from the start date of the tour, you experience an incapacitating incident, a serious illness or personal/ family matter, upon written confirmation by email, the deposit will be returned to you minus the costs (documented) of the Pay Pal management (about 4.2% on average).

At less than three weeks to the start of your tour, your deposit will not be refunded, but will be considered valid for the following year for an equivalent tour.

If at any time you give up on your tour, after paying the deposit, simply because you change your travel plan, or do you not come up at the start date of the tour: the deposit will be deducted and the service will end with the start date of the tour.

The operator will inform you of any other specific terms & conditions at the time of booking.