Beaufortain ski-touring in 3 days
Day 1 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)
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)
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
Dates & prices
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Departures for French-speaking groups:
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Trip code: SRBE3J
- 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
- 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"
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Rental of personal equipment if necessary
- The lifts if necessary
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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Security Equipment: avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Thermos flask
- 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)
- Personal medications
- Anti-pain medications (paracetamol)
- Elastic adhesive tapes
- Local disinfectant
- Anti-diarrheal pills
- Light tranquilizers and sleeping pills (if needed)
- 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.
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 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.