Freeride : France-Italy-Switzerland

The three bordering countries of Mont Blanc offer you the most beautiful off-road paths of North-Alpes mountains. This trip has been made for you to enjoy steep slopes and breathtaking views. Our guides will take you skiing on Chamonix, Courmayeur, Verbier and Zermatt slopes for five days of pleasure, out of pisted areas.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Warming up next to the Tour

    Warming up next to the Tour We meet in front of the Aiguille du Midi cable car where guides will check your equipment and brief you on following days program. Then, we will leave towards the ski area of the Tour and the Feston des Posettes, and have fun on wild off-road slopes, far from chairlifts.

  • Day 2 From France to Italy

    From France to Italy The Aiguille du midi cable car shoots us up in 20 min to the kingdom of high-altitude mountaineering (3777m). At the top, this is where you press the pause button and open your eyes to contemplate the beauty of what lies ahead. We start our trip up there, on a path at the beginning of the Vallée Blanche until the giant glacier to go back up to the oriental Toule pass and arrive in Italy. Then, we ski on the Toule glacier right down to Courmayeur. The descent on the South Face is great fun, never too extreme and with many different itineraries, allowing each and every skier to find fresh tracks in the powder!

  • Day 3 Let's enjoy skiing on the Veny valley

    Let's enjoy skiing on the Veny valley After a nice breakfast, your energy for the day should be at its peak!
    We take a chairlift and escape from the tourists to slide on unknown slopes, between pastures and Mélèzes forests, heaps of fun! We reach the Youla pass and the Arp pass to ski on the Arp Dolonne off-road and join Courmayeur once more.

  • Day 4 Verbier, pure freeride

    Verbier, pure freeride Verbier is not a usual ski station, it is a freeride station! We have no choice but to stop there and enjoy this fantastic secured space, and also explore more and ski on the Bec de Rosses, famous step of the Freeride World Tour. We enjoy the freeride marked trails, learn more about snow conditions and make some research exercises with avalanche transceivers.

  • Day 5 The hugeness of Zermatt

    The hugeness of Zermatt Zermatt has also integrated freeride culture to its ski area. Its beautiful snow beds are easily accessible by chairlifts and will allow us a succession of runs through amusing forest paths to finish our trip in a perfect way!

Important info : The program can be modified by your guide due to weather conditions or participants physical conditions. For safety reasons and to ensure a uniform level corresponding to the one announced, the supervision and organisation boards have the right to interrupt your participation if your technical or physical levels are lower than those required. The interruption will not give you any right of refund or payment of compensation. 

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: SHPFIS

Included

A deposit of 30% of the trip price will be necessary for the subscription, it must be paid at least 30 days before departure.

  • Technical organisation of the trip
  • Half board accomodation in refuges
  • Lunch picnics
  • Cable cars needed for the good process of the trip
  • Stagexpe bus during the time of your travel
  • High-altitude mountain guide supervision
  • Equipment needed for safety
  • Rented material : helmet, harness, via ferrata rope, absorber

Not included

  • Individual equipment : helmet, ski, shoes, poles
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Insurance / assistance : cancellation, research and help fees by helicopter, hospitalisation,..
  • Booking fees
  • Accomodation
  • Avalanche transceiver battery (LR03 AAA)
  • Everything not included in « included »

Insurance

We can offer you three formulas :
  • Rapatriation insurance : 2% of your trip's price, includes mountain search and rescue fees, disease or injury assistance during your trip.
  • Cancellation insurance : 3% of the price of your trip, includes all accidents or diseases, dismissal, transfer, and any events occuring before your departure and preventing you from achieving the trip.
  • Multi-risk insurance : 4% of the price of your trip, includes the same features as the cancellation insurance, as well as search and rescue fees, hospitalisation, disease assistance, and medical fees refund during your trip.

If you are not willing to subscribe to any of our insurances, you must send us the insurance discharge and your travel subscription confirmation. If you chose any other insurance and assistance contract, please check that the search and rescue cover is suitable : cover sector, fees, risk covered. For your information, a minimal fee of 15 000€ is recommended for an appropriate search and rescue cover. Credit cards offer only a few or no garantee at all.

Practical info

Staff

The trip is supervised by a mountain guide who has been chosen for his field experience, his specifc knowledge of one geographical area and the culture attached, and his passion of high mountain.

Supplied equipment

Technical equipment and rental of individual security material (Avalanche transceiver without battery, shovel and probe) if you need (please inform us when booking).

Vital equipment

Head

  • Windstopper bonnet
  • Hat or cap
  • Scarf
  • Solar cream (high protection, face and lips)
  • Glacier sunglasses (index 4 category) + ski googles 

Upper body

  • Technic breathable undershirt with long sleeves (Carline-type), no cotton (it is not drying quickly)
  • 1 technic breathable undershirt
  • 1 thick polar coat
  • 1 warm massive coat
  • 1 windproof and waterproof coat (Goretex-type)
  • 1 pair of windproof and waterproof mittens (polar or wool)
  • 1 pair of windproof gloves (polar or wool)
  • 1 pair of silk undergloves 

Down body

  • 1 windproof and waterproof ski pants (Goretex-type)
  • 2 pair of socks (1 thin and one thick) 

Other

  • One toilet bag + one night outfit
  • One evening outfit
  • Biafine
  • Toilet paper + lighter
  • 1 trash bag to protect your belongings if rain
  • One waterproof sleeve where you will put your ID, phone, money, insurance and assistance contract, and emergency numbers
  • Warm hands and feet

Material

 Rented material

We can advise you on material rental shops in Chamonix :
  • Freeride ski, shoes, poles, helmet and backpack
  • Technic clothes 

Technic material

  • One pair of ski
  • One pair of ski shoes
  • Telescopic shoes
  • Ski helmet
  • Ice anchor
  • Swivel snap hook rope
  • Harness 

Other

  • Life blancket
  • Clasp knife
  • Thermos

Luggage

You will be carrying all your belongings in a 35/40L bag in the mountain. One bag containing replacement clothes will remain in the hotel.

Medicine

Your Stages Expéditions guide will carry a collective first aid kit. However, it is important that you bring your own individual pharmacy :
  • analgesic (avoid aspirin)
  • anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
  • bandages and second skin
  • elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
  • sun cream, biafine cream
  • light sleeping drug (if you need some) and/or Quies earplugs
  • your own medecine...  
Non-exhausive list.
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Sandra

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  • Mountain and ski touring lover. She will advise you on Mont Blanc tours, trekking, hiking and multi-activities.
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Region
France
Activity
Winter
Duration
5 days
Group
4 to 6 people
Code
SHPFIS
Price
From €1,495
Language(s)
French

Strengths

  • Discovering of Mont Blanc massif from all angles
  • 5 days of unique and wild ski off-road and far from cable cars
  • Descent of one Vallée Blanche variant and hiking of the Aiguille du Midi
  • Diversity of views on the North Alpes
  • Supervision and learning on avalanche rescue missions by a high-mountain guide
  • Small groups : max 6 persons
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