Italian infinite off-piste options

With this 7-day stay, including 6 days of skiing, you will be immersed in this Italian valley which has remained wild and authentic and will be able to fully appreciate the Occitan culture.

In this deep valley the snow is present even late in the season.

From December to April this little corner of paradise offers you the choice of more than 100 ski-mountaineering itineraries, without you crossing any ski lift. Your guides know the region well and will know how to make this raid in magnificent landscapes, far from mass tourism, a time of rejuvenation and sporting pleasures.
The very varied summits, of all difficulties, all heights allow to adapt to the weather (possibly), the level and the shape of the participants. From the beginner's course, to the very accessible high summits, to the glacier course, you will have something for all your desires. The off-piste and ski touring itineraries are little frequented, which will allow us to enjoy the virgin snow without restriction!
Depending on the weather and snow conditions, we can also move to the neighboring valleys to take advantage of beautiful ski touring opportunities from typical villages with preserved culture.

Region

Italy - Piemont

Duration

7 Days

Months

March, April

1,480 /personne for 6 people

Difficulties

Ski touring Level 2 - Advanced
  • Ski with a 6 to 8 kg backpack

  • Competent to ski in all snow types and all terrain up to slopes of 30 to 35º

  • Be capable of physical effort for 4 to 8 hours

  • Competent to use the equipment (ski and safety) and to make the kick turn technique

  • Be able to climb up from 600 to 1200m of elevation

Itinerary

Day 1

Meeting with your guides at 9.30 am at Briançon train station. Checking of equipment, loading of vehicles.
Departure at 10.00 am maximum,


Meeting point for participants arriving at Oulx railway station, and at Turin airport at around 12:00, Arrivals Hall.
Departure for Acceglio in Val Maira (about 2.5 hours drive).

Accommodation in Le Marmotte gîte-hotel in the Refuge formula.

Lunch on the way, depending on the circuit: meal from the bag, not included.

Night at Le Marmotte, half board.

Day 2

Departure at 8.30 am from the gîte, by car (30 min to 1 hour drive) for a first contact with the snow.
Ascent of Bric Boscasso - altitude 2589m

- height difference 1114m, in BS* difficulty

- Climbing time: about 3 hours.

- This summit is exposed NE for the approach and NW afterwards.

- Exposure to danger: E1*.
This route is likely to be very busy because its exposure is guaranteed, with the most downwind, powdery snow.

Vast slopes at the top and larch forest in the middle part.

Numerous downhill possibilities, some of them not very busy.

Lunch - Picnic.
Night at Le Marmotte, half board.

Day 3

Departure at 8.30 am from the gîte, by car (30 min to 1 hour drive)

Ascent of Bric Cassin - altitude 2637m

- height difference 1162m, in MS* difficulty
- Climbing time: about 3 hours.
- This summit is exposed NE for the approach and NO-S afterwards.

This summit is not to be missed and is also accessible to beginners.
A hike with moderate slopes, which can be done even after heavy snowfalls.

Ascent in a preserved valley and panoramic view from the summit on Prato Roton- do and Rocca la Meja.
Lunch - Picnic.

Overnight at Le Marmotte, half board.

Day 4

Departure at 8.30 am from the gîte, by car (30 min to 1 hour drive)
Ascent of Monte Ruissas - altitude 2736m

- height difference 1226m, in MS difficulty

- Climbing time: about 3 hours.

Wide, regular and sunny slopes, facing SW.

Ideal at the beginning of spring, with the first transformed snow.

Lunch - PicNic.
Night at Le Marmotte, half board.

Day 5

Departure at 8.30 am from the gîte, by car (30 min to 1 hour drive)

Ascent of Monte Ciaslaras - altitude 3002m

- height difference 1371m, in difficulty good skier

- Climbing time: about 4 hours.

- This ascent is oriented SE-S.Lunch - PicNic.

Night at Le Marmotte, half board.

Day 6

Departure at 8.30 am from the gîte, by car (30 min to 1 hour drive)

Ascent of Monte Bouillagna - altitude 2905m

- vertical drop 1365m, in difficulty steep skiing
- Climbing time: about 3h30.
- Dominant exposure : S.
Little-known route. Direct and with slopes never exceeding 40°. 
Magnificent panoramic view.

Lunch - Picnic.
Night at Le Marmotte, half board.

Day 7

Departure at 8.30 am from the gîte, by car (30 min to 1 hour drive)
Ascent of Monte Estelletta - maximum altitude 2318m (Monte Estelletta), 2310m (Monte Midia)

- 917m at Monte Estelletta and 909m at Monte Midia, in difficultyAverage skier

- Climbing time: about 2h30.

- Dominant exposure : N-NW (Cresta

Midia).

A fairly safe itinerary even after heavy snowfalls, due to the gentle slope and the development of ar- bres.


Panoramic view of the upper Maira valley.

Lunch - Picnic.

At 15.00 transfer back by car to the Turin train station (about 2.5 hours drive) to drop off participants returning by train. Then continuation by road (about 2 hours) to Briançon railway station.

Or direct return transfers to Briançon train station (about 4 hours drive).

Included

  • Overnight accommodation described in the program
  • Breakfasts, picnics and dinners included in the program
  • The organization and transfers mentioned in the program using rental vehicles
  • The meal at lunchtime for both you and your guide
  • A fully qualified and experienced IFMGA guide for the duration of your trip
  • Mandatory off-piste safety equipment (shovel, tranceiver, probe)
  • Mountain rescue radio
  • Free membership to the association for the organization of stays
  • Collective equipment necessary for progression and safety

Not included

  • Ski equipment rental (shoes, poles, skis, ...)
  • Personal insurance covering the activity
  • All that is not included in "the price includes".
  • Cancellation insurance (4%), repatriation assistance / search costs - rescue (1.5%)
  • Transportation to the meeting point and from the point of separation
  • Personal expenses: additional drinks, energy bars, souvenirs, tips, etc.

All Ecrins Prestige guides have gained the highest guiding qualification from the IFMGA and are certified to guide anywhere in the world

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