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GUIDED OFF-PISTE FREERIDE POWDER SKI TOUR
6 Days | 5 Nights | 6 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 6 days/5 nights twin-share lodgings in low season, minimum group of 5 people.
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,279
Be guided to the best Savoie freeride powder (& Reblochon cheese) in the Tarentaise' most authentic ski resorts. Discover Areches Beaufort, the Powderhounds favorite of Sainte Foy & the huge descents into Villaroger at Les Arcs. Join a fixed date tour or create a custom tour to suit your best dates & group size.....
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Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Ski Tour

Overview

Keen on freeride skiing? Real freeride? Well that’s exactly what’s on offer on this trip in the Tarentaise. Come along and be guided to the best Savoie freeride powder (& Reblochon cheese) in the Tarentaise' most authentic ski resorts. Discover Areches Beaufort, the Powderhounds favorite of Sainte Foy & the huge descents into Villaroger at Les Arcs. Join a fixed date tour or create a custom tour to suit your best dates & group size.....

Program

The week will start in Arèches-Beaufort, a large mountain range, that often receives huge amounts of snow from the north, and just as often has no one skiing its long descents. For 3 days long we’ll ski some of the best off-piste runs. Once we’ve got those covered, mid-week, we leave for a little gem, Sainte-Foy Tarentaise, a little ski resort particularly well-suited for BIG freeride skiing. Mixed in it all will the possibility of a classic Tarentaise 2,000m vertical drop descent from Les Arcs into Villaroger.

Whilst the newbies find their feet on the kiddy slopes, we’ll take you to do some real skiing, starting off with some easy runs, as well as some more committing downhill skiing & short uphill skinning. After all these ascents and descents, you will have deserved a little comfort, we’ve selected two charming hotels where you will be able to tell your freeriding tales by the fireplace and sample plenty of the local legendary Eblochon - a soft washed-rind, smear-ripened French alpine cheese made from raw cow's milk, Reblochon.

See the full program via the Itinerary tab.

Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Ski Tour
Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Skiing Tour
Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Skiing Tour

Meeting Point & Transport

The meeting point for the tour is either of three train stations - Briançon (France), Oulx (in Italy) or Albertville (in France). Oulx is on the Paris-Lyon-Turin-Milan fast train line so is a handy way to get to the tour, whilst Albertville is easy to get to from Geneva or Lyon and is the closest pick up point to the tour area. Once picked up, your group will have its own minibus to transport you to up to the three different ski areas on the tour. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and open: the group can chat, sleep and listen to your own music during the road journeys! See the Itinerary tab for more.

Accommodation & Meals

Enjoy the hospitality, food & drink of two authentic French Alps villages for 5 nights in 3-star hotels. Spend two nights in either Areches or Beaufort, and 3 nights in Sainte Foy Tarentaise. Suffice to say, everyone will be comfortable wherever you rest your head! Depending on the size of group, you may need to share a room with someone of the opposite sex. All accommodation is half board in a 3 star hotel, double/twin room to share, private bathroom and toilets, bed sheets and towels supplied. Depending on the group size, triple rooms may be used.

Breakfast and dinners are included in the price and are served in the hotels. Lunches are open: participants are free to choose where they wish to have lunch. Food is one the highlights of ski trips and we know all the good mountain restaurants and other small hideouts... Just trust the guide! Snacks: to boost your energy you will be provided with Mulebar, tasty and great quality organic energy bars, without additives, nor coloring nor preservatives. Drinks are not included in the tariff, but are available at the hotels and along the way.

Guides & Group Size

All guides are fully certified mountain guides with extensive local ski & mountaineering experience, plus their understanding of clients’ needs/wishes, and their teaching/organisational skills. The maximum number of guests per guide/group will be 8, but may be as low as 5, depending on conditions.

Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Ski Tour
Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Skiing Tour
Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Skiing Tour

Technical & Personal Requirements*

Ski Ability, Experience & Gear

Participants must be good skiers (no splitboarders on the fixed date tours - sorry, these are ski tours, read further for splitboard option!). Split-boarders can only be catered for in a specific group (please enquire if you have a group of boarders or a mixed group for a private tour!). You should be at ease with skiing on all types of snow at a sustained pace all day long. Slopes may have some short steep sections. Short periods of skinning uphill will be involved, but will be no more than 45 min per day. Some previous skinning/ski touring experience is expected, but you are not required be a master! All ski touring gear can be rented & avalanche safety gear is included in the tour price.

Fitness

Good physical condition is required, skinning or short ascents on foot will not exceed 45 min/day. You should be prepared to ski all day long at a good pace, approximately 4 to 6 hrs skiing.

*Good to know: if you don't have the level required, the guide may ask you to leave if necessary for the well-being of the rest of the group. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask!

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary may be modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price. They are at your own expense and are to be purchased on site in order to allow for flexibility. In case of bad weather or snow conditions, it is then easier to transfer to another spot to find the best conditions. Your guide will advise you on the type of ski lift pass to purchase (6 days or less). You should budget approximately € 200 for a 6-day ski lift pass.

A Note About Covid

The tour operator undertakes to follow all the recommendations issued by the relevant government. The tour vans are disinfected after each use and wearing a mask is strictly compulsory for all trips. This for the clients and for the guides. Participants will be informed of the health protocols relating to the accommodation where they stay - it is mandatory to respect them. For the latest on travelling to Europe see the website Reopen Europe.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival & Warm-up in Arèches Beaufort

Get together at Briançon, Oulx or Albertville (for those coming by TGV) train station, or directly in Arèches-Beaufort ski resort. Meet up with the guide and then minibus transfer to Arèches. Warm up and freeride safety briefing. Then off skiing, a combination of ski lifts and short uphill passages on foot to the Grande Combe pass, followed by a lovely descent to the la Bathie mountain pass (1,995 m) followed by another easy freeride descent into the Arrondine valley.
Ascent/descent: +50m/ -950m
Accommodation included: hotel in Areches Beaufort
Meals included: dinner.

Day 2 - Brassa Lake and Combettes valley

Great skiing awaits the group from the top of the Planey lifts at Areches Beaufort. A short climb on skins and then a fabulous descent to Brassa Lake. A final descent takes the group to the Combettes valley before hitting the piste slopes.
Ascent/descent: +100m / -1,000m
Accommodation included: hotel in Areches Beaufort
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 3 - Grand Mont d'Arèches

A stunning & renowned itinerary awaits at the top of the ski lifts at Arèches. After a short uphill skinning section of 300 vertical metres, you will be up on top of the Grand Mont d'Arèches (2,686 m). During the super-long descent you will get a chance to take a few short breaks to recover from the powder and catch back your breath. Transfer to Sainte Foy by minibus in the afternoon.
Ascent/descent: +300m / -1,400m
Accommodation included: hotel in Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Ski Tour
Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Skiing Tour
Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Skiing Tour

Day 4 - Legendary Foglietta

Set off for Foglietta via the ski lifts of Sainte Foy. The group will ski the legendary north-face of the Foglietta where numerous fun couloirs await. Off-piste itineraries are incredibly varied here and it is possible to rack up huge amounts of vertical with only a little uphill skinning effort in the right conditions. Cap of the day having fun in the Sainte Foy forests.
Ascent/descent: +300m / -1,500m
Accommodation included: hotel in Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 5 - Les Arcs

The groups heads across the valley to Les Arcs ski resort with it's numerous off-piste possibilities that the guides know like the back of their hand. Your anticipation will rise as you climb up in the cable car. No skinning require today! Once on top, tackle the North-face and it's many different options, with a well earned rest at midday, before concluding with a stunning descent of more than 2000 metres down to Villaroger.
Ascent/descent: -2,000m
Accommodation included: hotel in Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Meals included: breakfast & dinner.

Day 6 - Monal Itinerary

Set off for the Monal itinerary where the group uses the ski lifts to reach a long descent face to face with the region's glaciers. The route will end in the middle of charming Savoie villages. Again ascending the with the ski lifts up to the Granier pass, where you will be led through the forest off the beaten track back down to the valley. End of this freeride skiing trip in the Tarentaise. Transfer on the minibus back to Albertville, Oulx or Briançon.
Ascent/descent: +100m / -1,650m
Meal included: breakfast.

Please note this itinerary is an example of a freeride skiing trip in the Arèches-Beaufort and Sainte-Foy Tarentaise areas (Savoie). 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. There may also be changes to accommodation, whilst maintaining identical standards, according to logistics and availability.

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

Fixed Date Ski Tours
Low Season - 6 days/5 nights from €1195
High Season - 6 days/5 nights from €1345

  • Split-boarders - private tours only (please enquire)
  • Invoice / base currency is EUR €
  • Price based on 5 nights, twin share, minimum group of 5
  • Custom dates for solos or private groups on request
  • Convert to your currency here
Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights in a 3-star hotel, twin share
  • MEALS: Half-board - breakfast & dinner
  • GUIDE: Full-time professional guide during entire tour (max. ratio 1:8)
  • TRANSPORT: All ground transport during tour from the meeting point
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQT: Beacon, shovel & probe, plus harness for glaciers
  • TRAINING: In the use of all safety & rescue equipment
  • SMALL GROUP: 5 to 8 guests
  • GIFT: Azimut welcome pack
Add-ons
  • SINGLE ROOM: from €220 for entire trip (if available)
  • SKIS, SKINS, POLES & SKI CRAMPONS: €175/trip
  • ABS AIRBAG BACKPACK: €120/trip
Not Included

Terms & Conditions

As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, Azimut, at the time of booking, and including, but not limited to the T&Cs listed below. Any contractual arrangements as a result of a booking enquiry are directly with the tour operator and is subject to their terms and conditions.

Payment

A 30% deposit is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due 30 days prior to departure.