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USD 490

GUIDED OFF-PISTE SKIING & LEARNING
4 Days | 4 Nights | 4 Days Skiing

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
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USD 490
The Ride & Learn tour is an 'active learning' powder-chaser trip where the location in the Alps is dictated by the best powder conditions at the time. Options include Livigno, Santa Caterina Italy, Graubuenden Switzerland or Montafon Austria. Ride amazing off-piste snow & do it safely over a long weekend ...
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Ride & Learn in The Alps Ski Tour

Overview

The Ride & Learn in The Alps ski tour is an off-piste 'active learning' trip where you are not formally guided, but you have to think as a guide. You will discover incredible off-piste snow & terrain, whilst learning to ride it safely across an extended weekend in the Alps.

Whilst a learning experience, the tour is also about chasing powder. As such, the location will be kept flexible until the last minute (read about 'Locations' below) and decided upon according to current conditions. To get to the goods, a combination of ski lifts & ski touring (60% lift access, 40% ski touring/skinning) will be utilised.

During learning sessions throughout the tour, you will be given all the tools and theory necessary to allow you to prepare tours and make your own decisions. All the while getting constant feedback from a UIAGM guide. With this method, you should learn much more and are then better equipped to pick the best routes & lines by yourself next time you are in backcountry. You will get as much skiing as one would on a usual freeride camp, but the added benefit of improving your own guiding skills.

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Program

After arriving on a Wednesday evening, over 4 ski days from Thursday to Sunday, participants will take turns in “leading” the group and making decisions whilst riding the best powder lines we can find. The guides will be right behind you, giving you feedback, and questioning your decisions. You will put the knowledge you learn at the lodge into practice on the mountain. By doing, you will learn far more than by passively listening. There will be night presentations and discussions, however during the day, there will as much skiing as on any other tour.

For freeriding the tour will focus on safe line choice, map reading, avoiding terrain traps, and finding the best snow. For ski touring the guide will go through safe ascent, understanding avalanche forecasts, quick and practical snow profile testing, and more.

For more details on the program, see the Itinerary tab.

Guiding Upside Down in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride
Learn by Guiding in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride
Guiding Upside Down in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride

Locations

Part of guiding is being flexible & finding the best snow conditions. To get the best powder, the location will be chosen according to the best powder conditions closer to the date of departure. Whilst some flexibility is required, the tour location will be in the snowier parts of the Alps in a small area bounded by Vorarlberg Austria in the north, Graubuenden (Grisons) Switzerland & the Alta Valtellina Italy in the south (a distance of only 70km from north to south!). Ski resorts utilised on the tour will include either: Livigno & Santa Caterina Italy; Arosa, Bivio, Diavolezza-Lagalb, Davos Klosters or Lenzerheide in Switzerland; Silvretta Montafon & Gargellen in Austria. Click on the resort links above to find out more about the possible ski/splitboard locations of the tour.

Learn by Guiding in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride
Guiding Upside Down in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride
Guiding Upside Down in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride

Accommodation & Food

Accommodation will be in a simple, but comfortable local lodge, pension or mountain hut and will include breakfast. Request to have your accommodation booked with the guides.

Food will be self-catered or done within the group as per personal preference. Breakfasts will be included with the accommodation.

Transport

You will need to organise your own transport to the tour start location, however the guides can assist with organising ride-sharing to the start point. The guide will give clear directions as to when & where the tour starts with plenty of time to spare for preparations.

Guiding & Equipment

The tour is operated by UIAGM qualified mountain guides. There will be 2 groups so you can choose between a faster or slower one.

You will need to bring your own ski/splitboard gear and avalanche safety equipment on the trip.

Who is This Trip For?

This trip is for Strong Intermediate to Advanced skiers & snowboarders who should be able to climb with skins & ski /ride powder runs with confidence in variable conditions for an entire day. You should have previous experience with freeriding (off-piste skiing) and ski touring (or splitboarding) and should be willing to push your backcountry and avalanche skills to the next level.

The trip is for both skiers and snowboarders. It is for individuals, couples or bigger groups. If you travel solo – don’t worry, you will get to know fellow skiers/riders and have a good time.

Want to do a private tour? Enquire here.

Itinerary for Ride & Learn Ski Tour - Active Learning Whilst Chasing Powder in the Alps

WEDNESDAY EVENING - ARRIVAL

Arrival at the chosen location. The tour guides can help organize ride sharing.

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY - TOUR PROGRAM

After each evening presentation, the participants will have to plan the tour and apply new skills in the off-piste the next day. The group will ski or snowboard the whole day using lifts during good freeriding days and go for a ski tour when the powder is harder to reach.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON OR MONDAY MORNING - DEPARTURE

Departure home. You can extend your trip either before or after the standard trip (upon agreement).

EXTRA DAYS

Longer trips available for 120EUR per day.

Learn by Guiding in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride
Learn by Guiding in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride
Learn by Guiding in the Alps Tour - Sherpas Ride

Rate, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

4-days: €480
Extra days: €120

Inclusions
  • GUIDE: Mountain guiding (UIAGM qualified) for entire tour
  • TRAINING & EDUCATION: 'In the field' learning of route planning, avalanches, snow conditions & more
  • POWDER CHASER: Flexible location for best snow conditions
  • SMALL GROUP
  • NIGHT PRESENTATIONS
Add-ons
  • ACCOMMODATION & BREAKFAST: Lodge, pension or mountain hut - from €40/night including breakfast
  • EXTRA DAYS: Longer trips available for 110 EUR per day
Not Included
  • TRAVEL: Transport to the ski location
  • FOOD: Meals & drinks will be self-catered or shared with the group
  • SKI & SAFETY GEAR: AT ski or splitboard gear plus avalanche safety equipment
  • LIFT PASS: Dependent on location
  • INSURANCE: Travel & rescue insurance

Terms & Conditions

As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, Sherpas Ride, 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.

Cancellation Fees

If the cancellation is made:
More than 10 weeks before the Event starts - the advanced payment is forfeited
31 days to 10 weeks – 75% of the total cost
0 to 30 days – 100% of the total cost
Not showing up at the event – 100% of the total cost

*that said, Association always tries to find a replacement for the Member to be able to refund him/her in full.

COVID-19 CANCEL CONDITIONS

For 2021 and 2022 season, Sherpas Ride offers 100% free cancellation and full refund of all deposits and payments for all Events should there be COVID-19 related travel ban in-force, which stops outbound travel from your home country or inbound travel to trip destination or if a mandatory quarantine on arrival into trip destination is in place.

Sherpas Ride reserves the right to cancel the Event (upon assessing COVID-19 situation and related travel ban developments) and refund all deposits and payments to all clients booked to mentioned Event.

We will be in close touch with all booked clients and inform you about current status of your trip.

For securing the trip we require 20% deposit, 2nd payment is due 90 days prior to your travel.

*Since flight ticket is not part of the package; we strongly recommend buying only 100% refundable flight tickets (even for cancellation for no reason) or waiting with ticket purchase until we confirm you that Event is happening with 100% certainty.

IN SHORT: You can book with us 100% worry free. Wait with the flight ticket or get one with 100% refund option.