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GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,961
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari

Welcome to the heart of the French Alps!

The Tarentaise Valley in the Savoy region of France is home to some of the most famous ski areas in the world. Val d'Isere, Tignes, La Plagne, Les Arcs and more are all right here.

The Tarentaise Valley can be traversed using the lift network, which will lead you the most beautiful spots on the backsides of the resorts, which remain undeveloped because they are in the Vanoise National Park.

For 6 days you'll ski across glaciers, down untouched snowfields, through forests and down the valley floor to the villages below. You'll enjoy the famous Savoyard hospitality, and your bags will be waiting for you in 3 cosy family-run hotels at the end of each day. Every day your guide chooses the best itinerary to make the most of the local snow and weather conditions.

So come have a glass of wine with the locals. Taste their Savoyard specialties while you discover the wild regions of the beautiful Tarentaise.

Your great off-piste skiing adventure awaits!

Skiing Terrain

From the top of a ski lift you will traverse, hike or skin away from the ski resort to find the secret passages that will reward you with descents up to 2,000 metres vertical (over 6,000 vertical feet) on virgin slopes even after several days of good weather.

Your guides will adapt the daily program according to your skills and mood.

Skier/Boarder Ability

This tour caters to strong intermediate to expert skiers. You should as a minimum be able to ski a steep black run with short controlled turns, plus you should have some prior experience off-piste and in deep powder.

This tour incorporates lift access with traversing, hiking and skinning to get to the best untracked snow, therefore you should have a good level of fitness.


 Freshies  going to Lanches village

 Hotel Les Marmottons - Valmorel

 Typical after ski plate at Le Monal
Please note: images are © Ski Safari 9V

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome meeting at Hotel Le Monal 
Participants and guides meet at the bar at 6:30pm. Verification of individual equipment and distribution of group equipment when needed. Meal and night at the hotel.

Day 2: Tignes-Val d'Isère - Paradiski - Espace San Bernardo
Warm-up, safety briefing… You'll ski wherever conditions are best. Picnic lunch with a specialty item brought by each group member from their homeland. Night at the Hotel Le Monal.

Day 3: Tignes-Val d'Isere - Paradiski - Espace San Bernardo
You'll ski wherever conditions are best. At 5:30pm, a taxi will drive the group to the Hotel Les Marmottons in Valmorel. Dinner and night at the hotel.

Day 4: Valmorel - Saint Francois Longchamps
Untracked itineraries and tree skiing are legion in this area. Night at the hotel Les Marmottons.


 Lots of freshies to be had

 Maybe a place to avoid!

 First tracks Col de la Marquise

Day 5: Valmorel - Deux Nants
This is sure to be one of the most incredible days of the safari. Skiing ends up in a comfortable hut where you will spend the night away from your baggage. Claudette the owner will welcome the group with great local meals… showers are available.

Day 6: Bellecote - Aiguille Rouge
A taxi ride will bring you to the gondola in Champagny. Ski down the famous north face of Bellecote in La Plagne and the famous north face of Aiguille Rouge in Les Arcs. Two very long runs! Night at the hotel Le Monal in Sainte Foy.

Day 7: Sainte Foy
It's a classic day of powder skiing in the French Alps to cap off your incredible trip, followed by a final night at the Hotel Le Monal.

Day 8: End of Safari

You'll prepare with a good breakfast, and then you'll be on your way to whatever of life's adventures await you next!

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

Hotels & Huts

The tour operator has chosen cosy hotels conveniently located next to the big industrial ski resort. Each place of stay is run by a local family that has played its part in the history of the valley. All these hotels have been recently refurnished and offer a great stay. Each dinner will be a feast; well deserved after a good day in the mountains.

As you will be staying in 3 different places, one night without baggage transfer, be sure to pack what you need during the week in one bag, which is light and practical.

HOTEL LE MONAL in Sainte Foy en Tarentaise. This lively hotel run by a local family in a classic Savoy village is the meeting place for the inhabitants of the upper valley. Very comfortable, it offers many amenities, including a ski room and web connections in the rooms. Yves, the owner, will show you his cellar, he loves wine!

HOTEL LES MARMOTTONS in Valmorel is a charming hotel. In addition to the beautiful open fire place in the restaurant you will appreciate a tasty "àagrave; la carte" dinner.

REFUGE DU NANT BRUN in Deux-nants hamlet is a very comfortable mountain hut. Our host will cook for us a great typical meal made with local ingredients. Bedrooms of 2 to 5 people offer a beautiful wood carved atmosphere. Hot shower are available.


 Hotel Le Monal

 Rooms at Hotel Les Marmottons

 Refuge Du Nant Brun

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

8 days, 7 nights, 6 days skiing from €1720

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Price based on twin-share
  • Based on 7+ guests on the tour
  • Custom dates: available for groups of 4+
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Inclusions
  • Fully qualified guide/instructor for tour duration– max 1:7 ratio
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts & dinners
  • 6 days of lift passes
  • All ground transport during the tour.
  • Avalanche Safety Equipment (Shovel, Probe, Beacon)
Add-ons
  • SINGLE ROOMS: (30€ per day) Extra privacy each night for individuals.
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: (65€ to 150€ per person) From/To the hotel for Geneva or Lyon airport.
  • WIDE SKIS W/ TOURING BINDINGS: (35€ per day). Ultimate fun on a great pair of powder skis with touring bindings and skins !
  • AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK: (15€ per day): For added safety.
  • HELI-SKIING (210€ per person): 1 drop on the Ruitor glacier at 3486mts high.
  • VALLÉE BLANCHE (To be quoted): Add 2 nghts in the valley of Courmayeur. Ski the Toule Glacier and Vallee Blanche from Punta Helbronner, plus off-piste skiing in the Courmayeur-Val Veny.
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BOOKING
Deposit of € 750 per person required to secure booking. You will receive confirmation and invoice by return. It is preferable to contact us first to be sure there is room for you in a suitable group on the expected departure. No booking will be registered without a paid deposit and a signed booking form. Any booking made within 31 days of departure date must be accompanied by full payment.

PAYMENT OF DEPOSIT : by cheque made out to "Association Safari 9V" or by Visa or MasterCard.

BALANCE PAYMENT is due no later than 31 days before the trip. Any trip not fully paid 31 days before departure date will be considered as cancelled by the participant. -By credit card: 31 days before departure, “Safari 9 V” will charge on your credit card the balance amount indicated on your booking form, unless you have sent written cancellation or disapproval of the invoice before this deadline. -By cheque: Your balance cheque should be received by “Safari 9 V” no later than 31days before departure of the tour.

CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES
All changes or cancellations requested more than 90 days before departure date will cost € 80 for administration fees.

CANCELLATION FEES BEFORE DEPARTURE : -90 to 60 days ; 30% of tour price ; -60 to 32 days ; 60% of tour price ; -31 and less or “No show” : 100%. -If some undertaker charges 9Vallees for some fees as transportation, accommodation, … booked for the participant, if “Safari 9V” is supporting fixed fees for this participant and, if the cancellation fees do not cover the expenses, the cancelling participant will be charged with the difference. All cancellation must be made in writing (by fax or by mail), the date with held being that of reception.

CANCELLATION WITHOUT FEES REPLACEMENTS: Any person enrolled can send another person in his/her place at any time free of charge, as long as the replacement person has the required skiing ability.

CREDIT: When cancelled at least 7 working days in advance, we can credit the total amount paid for a trip on the following year. In this case, we keep the total amount and send you a credit voucher worth one year, which you may use for yourself or offer to the person of your choice.

PRIVATE GROUP BOOKING
In case of booking within a group, the cancelling participant will be reimbursed according to the above “cancellation fees” paragraph , minus the afforded group reduction or the group will announce Safari 9V that it shares the difference. CANCELLATION BY “Safari 9V”

INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: “Safari 9V” reserves itself the right to cancel any group for which less than 4 persons have booked (6 for Norway and Russia) 31 days before departure, in which case, the client will be fully reimbursed, or choose to join another tour.

LACK OF SNOW: “Safari 9V” will try to propose another tour at the same dates (alternative programme or location). A disagreeing participant would have the choice between postponing the same tour or being reimbursed.

INTERRUPTED TOURS
Any trip that has been started and then interrupted by a participant will not be reimbursed, whatever the cause. Only personal insurance can guarantee refund of partial cost for a justified cause. (see “Insurance” there under).

QUALITY
The places of accommodation have been chosen both for their strategic location and for the charm of their mountain atmosphere, however luxury can not be promised. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme at any time, in the aim of improving quality or making the best of prevailing conditions. Each guide has an average of 6/7 skiers per group, however on the spot it may be necessary to shift skiers in order to make the groups more homogeneous, consequently changing the size of each group.

INSURANCE MOUNTAIN RESCUE INSURANCE is mandatory. Check your coverage for accidents, repatriation and luggage. Mastercard covers rescue off piste, when accompanied by a professional. We may help participants living in the European Union to find such an insurance

CANCELLATION INSURANCE is optional, and may be contracted only privately. Visa Premier and Gold MasterCard provided by the French banks afford cancellation insurance for tours paid by credit card. Check with your own bank.

RESPONSIBILITY
In booking with “Safari 9V”, each participant declares him/herself fully aware of the inherent risks in the practice of all mountaineering activities. A guide should not be considered as a comprehensive insurance policy. We are dealing with something more than just sports, as we are confronted with a natural environment, which we may know profoundly, but can never control. The role of a guide or instructor is to reduce risks to a minimum. Therefore, any participant who does not respect the guide’s instructions, becomes entirely responsible for any accident he may subsequently cause or be involved in and will not be able to claim against the Safari 9V guides or organisers. Generally, “Safari 9V” cannot be held responsible for accidents which may occur during the trip, such as personal injury, loss of belongings, etc... unless professional failing can be proved. For all legal action, whatever the nationality of the participant or the place concerned, only French courts can deal with legal cases.

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR HELI-SKIING CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES
All changes or cancellations requested more than 31 days before departure date will cost €80 for administration fees. Under 30 days the date may be changed only if there is a free seat at another time.

CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 31 DAYS OF DEPARTURE: All costs left to Safari 9V will be charged to the person who has cancelled: empty seat in the helicopter, bed in the hotel, share of the guide and organisation costs.

REPLACEMENTS: Any person enrolled can send another person in his / her place at any time, free of charge, as long as the replacement person has the required skiing ability.

INTERRUPTED TOURS: Any trip that has been started and then interrupted by a participant will not be reimbursed, whatever the cause. Only personal insurance can guarantee refund of partial cost for a justified cause.

CANCELLATION OR CHANGE BY SAFARI 9V: In case of insufficient snow cover for heliskiing, Safari 9V will propose an alternative tour at the same date or the same tour at a later date. If neither are accepted by the client, he will be fully reimbursed.

QUALITY OF REIMBURSEMENT The guides will organise the daily programme to make the best of prevailing conditions. When heliskiing is not possible or not recommended by your guide, an alternative ski programme will be proposed. If the total number of flights made by your group during the week is less than the number booked, the missing flights will be reimbursed *€ / person each, less the eventual cost of extra lift passes. *Ask us for more info as every different heliski operation has a different rate for missing flights.

INSURANCE RESCUE INSURANCE is compulsory (for mountain rescue, assistance, transportation to nearest hospital,…)

CANCELLATION INSURANCE may be subscribed privately for cancellation before the trip or interruption due to accident and repatriation. Highly recommended, as all subsisting costs will be charged in case of absence. Payment by credit card, Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard, may provide cancellation insurance. Check your contract.

RESPONSABILITY AND LIABILITY In booking with Safari 9V, each participant is fully aware that there are inherent risks in the practice of all mountaineering activities. A guide should not be considered as a comprehensive insurance policy. We are dealing with something more than just sports, because man is confronted with a natural environment, which he may know profoundly, but can never control. The role of a guide or of an instructor is to reduce risks to a minimum. Heli-skiing involves an additional risk, which is that of the helicopter itself and the landing points which are sometimes quite narrow. Each participant is responsible for his own behaviour during pick-ups, flights and landings and is expected to respect precisely all specific instruction given prior to the flights, as well as every guide’s instruction during the helicopter manoeuvres and the skiing. The guide will instruct, warn and give orders, but can not physically control the behaviour of the people he is guiding, therefore, any participant who does not respect his instructions, becomes entirely responsible for any accident he may subsequently cause or be involved in and will not be able to claim against the 9V guides, the organisers or the pilot.