05 SkiSublime

Ski- & Roadtrip in the Ecrins - Parpaillon and Monte di Luna

Period


Week 03 12 January - 18 January 2020
Full
Week 12 15 March - 21 March 2020
Full

Specifications

Price:
€980,-

Included:
. 5 days full guiding
. 6 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner, based on twin or triple rooms
. safetyequipement (transceiver-shovel-probe)
. organizational costs

Not included:
. avalanche airbag
. transport to location
. lift tickets, between 20,- and 48, - euros per day
. lunches and drinks
. gear
. travel insurance

Group:
. minimum of 5 to a maximum of 6 participants per guide

Level

  • Descend
  • Ascend
  • Physical condition

Anyone who thinks that the world ends south of La Grave or Briançon is wrong. This trip is tailored for freeriders who want to have guaranteed first tracks on wild but not-too-technical itineraries. The small ski areas in the southern regions of Piemont, Queyras and Parpaillon are famous for their open larch tree forests, easy to ride and very safe, even with big snow conditions. Here you can make your own track all week, even if snow hasn’t fallen for days. And when a storm comes from Italy… woooosh, it gets even better!

If the famous “retour d’Est” (a fierce front coming from Italy with extreme snowfalls) will craps the village of Sestriere in Italy and Abries in the Queyras there is often more than 1 meter of fresh snow within 24 hours. Many of our guests have experienced it already, and this trip is getting more successful every year. We have in average three of these “retours d’Est” per winter. If the storm doesn’t come from the East, but rather from the South, then the peaks of Parpaillon with the secret place Crévoux and the Ecrins will be exposed, and we will go to hunt this fresh snow where it is, in north and west-facing resorts, perfectly designed for such a weather scenario.

Although we might walk up a little bit sometimes to access the greatest runs, descending is the main theme for this week. You will ski in open meadows, large natural bowls and amazing woods.

We will meet in Cesana Torinese, Italy, right behind the Fréjus tunnel, and will start the next day around Oulx and Sestriere. This medium-sized area offers beautiful slopes, perfect for a warm up. The next day, we will go skiing in Clavière and Montgenèvre, before driving to l’Argentière-la-Besssée for a good night’s sleep in the cottage La Pierre d’Oran. On Wednesday, we will ski in Crévoux or Puy-Saint-Vincent, depending on the snow conditions. On Thursday and Friday, we will ride in the wonderful area of La Grave, the latter being one of the best forest zones in the French Alps for sure. We will ski the classic and not to difficult valleys of la Meije and Chancel.

This trip is the perfect combination of powder, wilderness, safety and charm, and PowderGuides is the absolute expert here, as most of the team members live around in the neighborhood!

During SkiSublime we will stay in 3 different, cosy hotels with local food, and the number of days depends on the best place for snow at the time being. These places might change, as we want to have the maximum flexibility to adapt to the snow conditions. Of course, before your trip, you will receive an exhaustive email with the hotel details.

A travel insurance covering mountaineering and/or alpine activities is compulsory. This insurance must cover all levels of avalanche conditions guided by a UIAGM mountain guide. Please note that some insurances do not cover back-country skiing. A travel insurance covering mountaineering and/or alpine activities is compulsory. Please send us your insurance details as soon as possible.

Vegetarian

Type

High quality

Our maximum group size is 6 people per guide and in rougher, more exposed alpine terrain, this number will be decrease even more. This allows us to make no concessions on quality or safety, and to give every guest enough personal space and attention to improve.

Experience

PowderGuides consists a team of international certified mountain guides with each 1000plus hours of expertise in the immense terrain. With no lost of enthusiasm they will improve your skills of freeriding and touring very fast, but they are also involved in professional training. And this last point makes them up to date on every latest trick in the profession.

Languages

All the guides speak several languages as French, German and English. If you have any question about your trip you can contact us by phone in the office or send us an email in English, French or Dutch.

FAQ

What can we do for you? Although you’ll find many explanations on our Frequently Asked Questions page below. Please use the inquiry form via the contact page for customer support and service, general and specific inquires for any help.