Beaufortain ski-touring in 3 days

The Beaufortain is a small massif between Savoie and Haute Savoie. It is truly ski touring paradise: you can ski almost anywhere, giving you the chance to practice your skills on safe trails. This little gem in the Northern Alps is defined by its authentic Savoyard way of life, great snow in winter, fir trees forests and its traditional agriculture (does Beaufort cheese ring you a bell? Well, this is where it comes from!). 

Ski touring in the Beaufortain is a lifestyle, and it is an integral part of the local life. For a long time, the virgin slopes of ski lifts have called the skiers to come to make bends in the powdery, especially as the snow coverage is particularly good all winter long in this little piece of heaven. 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arêches - Roche Parstire (2109m)

    Arêches - Roche Parstire (2109m) Early in the morning, we meet up with our guide in Arêche for an equipment check (rental if needed), a briefing on the following days program and to give us our freshly homemade picnics. Not long after, we hop in our cars heading to the small and picturesque village of Boudin, higher in the Arêches.
    To warm up, we start our tour on gentle slopes to join the "Prés" pass at 1703m, from where we can observe the unbelievably pretty lake of Roselend in absolute quietness. Then, we head South to join the edge, with a small path on foot with the skis on our backs, to get to the Roche Parstire (2109m). It’s the most beautiful 360° viewpoint on the surrounding summits of the Beaufortain. It’s only a warmup day and we’re already mind blown by the magnificence of the landscapes! Can it get any better than this?

    Ascent: about 800m | Descent: about 800m | Max. Alt: 2109m | Accomodation : cottage | Activity time: 4 to 5 hours

  • Day 2 Arêches - Roche Plane peak (2166m)

    Arêches - Roche Plane peak (2166m) After an invigorating night and a quickly devoured breakfast, we set off from "Les Maisonnettes", above Arêches, ascending through high mountain pastures, lush forests and beautiful slopes, until we reach the Roche Plane. It’s one of the most frequented summits of Beaufortain due to its ideal conditions for ski touring. Arrival at the main peak (2166m) from a small edge. Easy and peaceful descent between small fir trees, with the only sound of our skis sliding on the fresh snow. We’ll have a chilled evening in a comfy mountain cottage.

    Ascent : about 1070m | Descent : about 1070m | Max Alt : 2166m | Accomodation : lodge

  • Day 3 Arêches - St-Guérin lake road - Mont Coin (2539m)

    Arêches - St-Guérin lake road - Mont Coin (2539m) Today is our biggest hiking day of the trip! Wake up bright and early for a car ride to the road terminus leading to the St-Guérin lake. We get our skis back on and skin on gentle climbs through pastures to the Mont Coin (2539m), by its west side. We’ll descend by the same road, before going back to Arêches, and saying goodbye around noon.

    Ascent: 1260m | Descent : 1260m | Max Alt : 2539m

ITINERARY CHANGE

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 English-speaking groups:

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Departures for French-speaking groups:

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Trip code: SRBE3J

Included

A deposit of 30% of the trip’s price will be needed during the subscription, the whole price must be paid at least 30 days before departure.   

  • The technical organization of the stay
  • Supervision by mountain guide 
  • Accommodation in a cottage, half board / Arêche-Beaufort valley  : shared rooms.
  • The picnic - lunch 
  • Safety equipment: Avalanche transceiver (batteries not included), shovel and probe 

Not included

  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Energetic bars (cereal bars, dried fruit, chocolate bars, etc ... at your convenience)
  • Hiking ski equipment + warm suit + knives + sticks
  • Technical equipment : crampons, harness
  • Batteries for avalanche transceiver (4 LR03 AAA)
  • Cable cars (around 30 euros)
  • Transfers in the valley and to the meeting points
  • Insurance / Assistance
  • Anything that is not in "the price includes"  

To be paid on site
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Rental of personal equipment if necessary
  • The lifts if necessary 

International flights

If you wish, we can take care of booking your international flights to the closest airport of your destination. 

Terms and conditions

Subscription


Subscribe to one of our activities or travels means accepting general sales conditions. Each client must fill a subscription form, which will be accepted only after the payment of a deposit accounting for 30% of the travel’s price and according to the availability. If you subscribe less than 30 days before the trip, you must pay the whole price during the subscription. You can pay by bank transfer (SWIFT/IBAN) or with your credit card directly through our website (available soon). A booking confirmation will be sent to you be e-mail very soon.

Invoice procedure


Once your booking is registered, we will send you an email containing the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Altaï Alpes has the right to cancel the booking free of charge. 

Cancellation policy


If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:
  • 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 

Particular case :

Whatever the date of the cancellation or contract change, the following fees will be added to the charges above :
  • 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

If you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Altaï Alpes and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.

The receipt date will be taken as the cancellation date to charge cancellation fees.  

If Altaï Alpes has no choice but to cancel a group travel due to an insufficient number of participants, the decision will be taken and the clients informed at least 31 days before departure. Altaï Alpes can also cancel a departure due to exceptional events threatening participants safety (social events, strikes, weather conditions). In that case, the trip’s price will be fully refunded but the participants will not get any compensation.

Changes to travel contract


If any change in travel contract is made at the customer’s request, any fee that might arise from this change shall be paid by the customer. In any case, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Alpes might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will endeavour to advise you of any changes as quickly as possible.

Pricing


All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Contract transfer


In case of transfer of the contract by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply.

Insurance

We recommend you to get personal insurance before your departure to cover the activities undertaken by Altaï Alpes. If you have not purchased any of our insurances, we ask you to email us your insurance contract information (company, contract name, contract number, phone number) and bring those information with you on your trip. 

Practical info

Staff

This tour is supervised by a high-mountain guide who will bring you all the technical skills needed for the good progress of the tour. He may modify the program in order to ensure safety regarding weather and snow conditions as well as participants’s physical conditions.

Food

Meals

  • Lunch : home made picnics
  • Diners in refuges
  • Bring some snacks that you like for quick bites during the day (cereal bars, chocolate, dried fruits...)

Drinks

  • 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.

Accommodation

We'll spend 2 nights in either a cottage or a refuge, depending on availabilities. 
Dormitories are equipped with blankets (bring your own sleeping bag). Slippers are available in the refuges. Bring some earplugs to avoid being bothered by potential noises!

Transportation

During this trip, transport will mainly be on foot and skis, but there will be short journeys by car.  You will be carrying all your belongings daily : please do your best not to carry too much weight (in a 40L bag). Your guide will check your belongings before departure. Keep some space for water and picnic.

Budget & exchange

France is in the Eurozone. Therefore, the unit of the currency is the Euro.

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances (but don’t forget to bring your PIN number!).
ATMs are available in most of the towns you will cross during your stay, but there are no guarantees that your credit card will actually work in France. Also, refuges often don’t have EPT (Electronic Payment Terminal): it is best to bring cash.
Be aware of the fees usually applied when purchasing products or services on a credit card. 

Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spend your trip constantly feeling short on funds. 

As currency exchange rates can often fluctuate, we recommend to check the following website for daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/

Tips

Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation). 

Supplied equipment

  • Collective material (ropes) if needed
  • Slippers and blankets in refuges, bring your own sleeping bags
  • Individual safety material (avalanche transceivers, no battery provided, shovel, probe)

Vital equipment

Head:

  • Wind stopper hat
  • Hat or cap- Scarf and / or a "tube"-style neck scarf
  • Sunscreen (high protection index) and SPF lipstick
  • Snow Goggles category 4 + ski mask 

Upper body:

  • Two breathable underwear with long sleeves "Carline"-type (avoid cotton that dries too slowly)
  • 1 breathable turtleneck sweater
  • 1 thick fleece jacket
  • 1 jacket or down jacket
  • 1 windbreaker jacket and waterproof Goretex
  • 1 pair of wind stopper mittens (fleece or wool) 
  • 1 pair of wind stopper gloves (fleece or wool)
  • 1 pair of glove liners

Lower body:

  • 1 pair of breathable tights like "Carline"
  • 1 cozy pair of trousers
  • 1 pair of wind stopper trousers and waterproof Goretex
  • 2 pairs of socks:  a thin one and a thick one

Other:

  • 1 small toilet bag 
  • 1 fast drying towel
  • Biafine (sunburn cream)
  • Toilet paper (biodegradable)
  • 1 or 2 100L plastic bags and protection bag to protect your backpack
  • 1 waterproof pouch where you will put your identity papers, phone, money and Insurance / Assistance contract with all phone numbers in case of emergency  

Material

Technical equipment 

SKIS :

  • 1 pair of lightweight hiking skis with their customized fasteners and brakes or security strips, waxed
  • 1 pair of ski touring boots VIBRAM
  • 1 pair of self-adhesive sealskins suited to skis
  • Knives suitable for fixings
  • Telescopic Poles 

OTHER :

  • Security Equipment: avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe
  • Survival blanket
  • Pocket knife
  • Thermos flask  

Luggage

  • While trekking, you will be carrying all your belongings and equipment in a backpack, capacity of 40 liters, with straps to attach your skis
  • Your other personal belongings will remain at the cottage and can be transported in a second bag (travel bag-type)

Medicine

Individual pharmacy 

Your guide will be carrying a first aid kit. In consultation with your doctor, prepare your personal pharmacy kit:
  • Personal medications
  • Anti-pain medications (paracetamol)
  • Double-skin
  • Elastic adhesive tapes
  • Bandages
  • Local disinfectant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-diarrheal pills
  • Eyewash
  • Light tranquilizers and sleeping pills (if needed)
  • Earplugs 

Passport

Please make sure your passport and travel documents are valid.

Visa

  • Up to 90 days visit in France : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France.
  • Over 90 days visit in France : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France over 90 days.

For further information, please check the following website : https://france-visas.gouv.fr/

Identity card

For EU citizens, you can use your identity card to travel to France. 

Mandatory vaccines

No required vaccination. 

Health information & recommendations

It is important to consult your doctor for medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements.
Please keep in mind that we are often in remote areas, away from medical facilities. Please carefully read the brochure and itinerary when selecting your trip, to make sure our style of travel suits you. 

Please note you will travel to high altitude. Most people can travel to 2 500m with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts differently to altitude and altitude sickness can occur.
For details on how to best prepare your trip please consult your physician.

Weather

The weather in the French Alps varies up and down the mountain chain. It is a mountainous region between 800 and 4000 meters, so altitude plays a big part in the local weather.
As you climb higher into the mountains it gets 1 degree cooler every 100 meters. It is the case all year around but other factors such as temperature inversions and winds influence the climate.  The sun plays a very important role too. In the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky, some lower or north facing valleys are blocked from the sun by mountains for a large part of the day and are colder.  

Spring can be a bit unpredictable : rain, sometimes even some snow interspersed with hot sunny days. 
It can be quite hot in summer: around 20 to 30 degrees, but the fresh mountain air cools you down during your hike. 
In autumn, temperatures start to cool down, but it is still perfect conditions for a walking holiday.  
During winter time, the higher you get, the more snow you will see. Snow usually starts to fall in November and stays until April. 

Keep in mind that weather conditions are unpredictable. Therefore, the trip organization can me modified for your safety.

Electricity

There will be electricity in most places you will stay. If you are scared to run low on battery, we advise to bring an external battery charger.  

Power plugs in France have the particularity of being male and female at the same time : they have 2 prongs and a receptacle. If you need an adapter, please purchase if before departure.

In France the power plugs and sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Local time

France is in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

Like most states in Europe, Summer Time (Daylight-Saving) is observed in France, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
After the summer months, the time in France is shifted back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET or GMT+1).

Sustainable tourism

We do our best to offer trips subscribed to the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our aim is to allow visitors to discover the many facets of France by taking you off the beaten path and getting you in touch with its nature and residents, while ensuring that your visits do not have a negative effect on its natural environment and people.

  • 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 flavors 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.  
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Region
France
Activity
Ski Winter
Duration
3 days
Group
5 to 8 people
Code
SRBE3J
Price
From €525
Level
2/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
English / French

Strengths

  • Peaks for every level
  • Exceptional snowfalls
  • Family station in a beautiful environment

Guide's advice

Three days to get away from your daily life and hit the Beaufortain slopes: it will bring happiness to nature lovers in an authentic village, far from the crowd.

Required level

A trip accessible to skiers with a good level in alpin and off-road ski (at least level 3). They must be in a good physical condition (endurance) and have a first experience in ski-touring.   
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