Freeride : France-Italy-Switzerland
Day 1 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
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
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 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
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!
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- The technical trip organisation
- Cable cars
- High mountain guide
- Safety equipment : avalanche transceiver (without battery)
- Collective material (carried by your guide)
- Lunch picnics
- Free access to : valley buses, Richard Bozon centre (swimming pool, sauna, steam room), ice-skating rinks of Chamonix, Argentière and Les Houches (free skate rental), museums (Alpin museum and Chamonix Tairraz space, mountain museum in Les Houches), one descent of sledge in the Planards (entrance of Chamonix) and price reduction for cinema in Chamonix (3,5 euros)
- Individual equipment : helmet, ski, shoes, poles
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Insurance / assistance : cancellation, research and help fees by helicopter, hospitalisation,..
- Booking fees (18€ per person)
- Avalanche transceiver battery (LR03 AAA)
- Everything not included in « included »
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s price
- Less than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs : plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plane changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs : you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees : Insurance fees will not be refunded if you subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Changes to travel contract
- Repatriation 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 occurring 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.
- Lunch : home made picnics
- Diners in refuges
- Bring some snacks that you like for quick bites during the day (cereal bars, chocolate, dried fruits...)
- Personal drinks are not included in the trip’s price : water, tea, coffee, beer, coke...
- Water is not free in the refuges, and it is quite expensive (around 5 to 8 euros for one bottle) so think about bringing water-purification tablets (Micropur-type) in case you don’t want to buy water there. Warning! Water is frozen sometimes during winter so you may have no choice but to buy some bottles.
Budget & exchange
- Windstopper bonnet
- Hat or cap
- Solar cream (high protection, face and lips)
- Glacier sunglasses (index 4 category) + ski googles
- 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 under gloves
- 1 windproof and waterproof ski pants (Goretex-type)
- 2 pair of socks (1 thin and one thick)
- One toilet bag + one night outfit
- One evening outfit
- Biafine (cream for sunburns)
- 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
- Freeride skis, shoes, poles, helmet and backpack
- Technical clothes
- One pair of skis
- One pair of ski shoes
- Telescopic shoes
- Ski helmet
- Ice anchor
- Swivel snap hook rope
- Life blanket
- Clasp knife
- Thermos bottle
- Analgesic (avoid aspirin)
- Anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
- Bandages and second skin
- Alastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- Sunscreen (SPF 50)
- Biafine cream (for sunburns)
- Light sleeping pills (if you need some) and/or Quies earplugs
- Your own medicine...
- Up to 90 days visit : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France, Italy or Switzerland.
- Over 90 days visit : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France, Italy or Switzerland over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavours which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.