POWDER SKIING STAR SAFARI TARENTAISE, SAVOY - FRANCE
3 days / 3 nights from 1055 Euros*
4 days / 4 nights from 1405 Euros*
Star safari tarentaise - France
"À la carte" - All winter long...
-30th Jan to 2nd Feb : 3 days / 3 nights : available, ask for the booking form
-27th Feb to 2nd March : 3 days / 3 nights : available, ask for the booking form
-5th to 8th March : 3 days / 3 nights : available, ask for the booking form
-11th to 15th March : 4 days / 4 nights : available, ask for the booking form
-19th to 23rd March : 4 days / 4 nights : available, ask for the booking form
Group of 4 people or more, notify us your preferred dates.
*Prices per person based on a group of 4 people.
Above 2000 meters, the Upper Tarentaise valley is snow-covered from December to May. This guarantees great off-piste skiing all season throughout the world-famous surrounding resorts : Tignes, Val d'Isre, Champagny, La Plagne, Montchavin, Peisey, Les Arcs, Villaroger, Sainte Foy, La Rosiere - La Thuile (Italy).
For the Star Tarentaise, we base ourselves in Sainte Foy Tarentaise in Hotel Le Monal. Strategically located for our purposes, this lively hotel run by a local family in a classic Savoy village is the meeting place for the inhabitants of the upper valley. Very comfortable, it offers many amenities, including a ski room and web connections in the rooms.
It enables us to radiate out to all the surrounding resorts of the Upper Tarentaise, which can be reached in a 10- to 30-minutes drive. This way, we can choose a daily destination that will make the best of the local snow and weather conditions; the right place at the right time. There are major itineraries that call for multiple descents of 1500 to 2000 meters.
Some days we will follow inter-resort itineraries that connect several of the major ski areas. We can spend one night in a mountain lodge so that we can also explore some more distant areas.
DAY IN SAINTE FOY TARENTAISE: Major itineraries down to the wild valleys of Mercuel and Le Clou. A paradise of off-piste skiing in an area that offers vast snowfields of powder above treeline, sublime descents through the forests and bucolic routes through fields and clearings with pasture huts, down to picturesque hamlets, all the way back to the village of Sainte Foy.
DAY IN VILLAROGER - LES ARCS: This is the area with the longest itineraries. Vertical drop up to 2200 meters on entirely untouched mountainsides. We can ski from the 3200-meter Aiguille Rouge, or the Grand Col, 3000 meters down to the Isere River. Or from the 3500-meter Col des Roches down to the Peisey Valley via the Glacier du Geay. Just to name a few possibilities...
DAY IN "ESPACE KILLY": Ski either classic off-piste routes throughout the Tignes - Val d'Isere area or climb 1 to 2 hours on skins beyond the highest lifts to reach a pass or a peak of the Vanoise Massif, above 3000m, and ski down inside the National Park.
DAY IN LA ROSIERE-LA THUILE: A trip to Italy on skis! They often have powder when we need it, and it's a great chance to hop over the border for some good pasta or to go heliskiing. A flight to the legendary Ruitor costs about 130€ per person, for a descent of 2200 vertical metres on the French side.
ACCESS TO THE UNTRACKED ITINERARIES
From the top of a ski lift, we traverse, hike or skin away from the ski resort to find the secret passages that reward us with descents up to 2000 meters vertical (over 6000 vertical feet) on virgin slopes even after several days of good weahter.
Your guides will adapt the daily program according to your skills and mood.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
9V GUIDE: Registered professional mountain guide U.I.A.G.M. or a ski instructor, specialist of the Tarentaise valley.
ACCOMMODATION: Nights half-board in hotel Le Monal**, on a twin room base.
MEALS: Buffet breakfast and gourmet dinner are provided by the hotel and are made with fresh dairies and local ingredients.
LIFT PASSES: Daily ski pass for all the ski resorts we cross.
SAFETY KIT: Shovel, avalanche probe and avalanche beacon are Lent to each participant for the week, must be worn under your jacket and turned on at all times while skiing. If you have your own bring it!
RESCUE INSURANCE: Compulsory for all trips in Europe, even those that only ski at the resorts, for mountain rescue, assistance, transportation to nearest hospital, etc. Contact us for more informations!
TRIP INSURANCE (Check your credit card policy): May be subscribed privately for cancellation before the trip or interruption due to accident and repatriation. Highly recommended, as all subsisting costs will be charged in case of absence. Payment by credit card, Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard, may provide cancellation insurance. Check your contract.
LUNCHES & DRINKS: Often group members will pool their money for lunch and wine at the dinner table. Lunchs are often picnics on the mountain when sunny, enhanced by specialities brought by the participants to be shared. Or home cooking in mountain, but when the weather is bad it is very nice to stop on a small dry and warm hut for a traditional meal. Guide lunch is to be offered by the participants.
SINGLE ROOMS (35€ per day): A little extra privacy each night for individuals traveling alone who would like a little extra space.
WIDE SKIS W/ TOURING BINDINGS (35€ per day): For the ultimate fun factor, we'll get you set up on a great pair of powder skis with touring bindings and skins. You may use your own alpine ski boots with these bindings.
AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK (15€ per day): 30 years of research and development have made the ABS airbag system what it is today. A sophisticated and proven system that aims to prevent burial in an avalanche and help victims pulled along by the snow mass to come out as unharmed as possible. ABS backpacks are recognized worldwide.
TRANSPORTATION FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL (100€ to 150€ per person):From/To Geneva, or Lyon airport. For groups, we can send a taxi or a minibus to take you directly from the airport to the hotel. Reserve in advance.
HELISKIING (150€ per person): 1 drop at tête du Ruitor at 3486mts high.
GROUP EQUIPMENT (PROVIDED BY 9V)
SAFETY KIT: Including shovel, avalanche probe and avalanche beeper: Must be worn by each participant at all times off-piste. If you have your own, please bring it. Indicate whether or not on booking form.
SAFETY AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT: Each guide will have all that is necessary for the safety of his group in his rucksack : radio or mobile phone, first aid kit, tools for repair, space blanket, rope, shovel, avalanche probe...). The guide may ask you to carry such equipment in your rucksack. If you are an experienced mountaineer with your own equipment, bring it with you.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING
TOURING SKIS: 9V guides use and recommend wide skis that make all kinds of deep snow fun, allow you to carve on piste and on any hard snow, are light enough to use with touring bindings to go uphill with skins in order to garanty access to untracked snow.
BAGGAGE: Make sure that your bagage is practical, quickly packed and easy to carry.
SMALL RUCKSACK for daily necessities. 32 liters will be a good choice. Inside your pack you should have:
-Goggles with double anti-fog screen orange for bad weather and mirror lens for sun.
-Scarf or neck-warmer to protect against wind, cold, sun or powder.
-Sun screen for lips and face (high protection).
-Pocket knife for picnics.
-Foil Blanket in case of accident (or even chair lift breakdowns).
-Spare glove if you fall often!
-Beverages, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, muësli bars...
-Shovel and probe. If you have your own, bring them. Your guide may give you such equipment to carry on.
-Optional: Camera, video or binoculars.
CLOTHING: Remember that most of your time will be spent in ski wear. At any time of the season, weather can be sunny and warm, or bitterly cold, windy, snowy or rainy. If properly equipped, you'll enjoy the skiing, whatever the weather. We ski in all conditions. Bring bad weather gear with you, as during major snowstorms we ski fantastic powder in the forest. Plan to have extra clothing and gear in your rucksack each day, which will enable you to adapt to all changes in temperature and weather. Temperature varies with altitude about 10°C. per 1000 mts. Therefore, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summits will be about 20°C., and even more considering wind chill factor.
SPECIALITIES FOR THE “GRAND 9V BUFFET”: On Sunday, lunch will be made up of all the specialities brought by the participants, from the homeland or elsewhere. All will be spread out on a table to share. They must be transportable in your rucksack and edible without cooking or drinkable. This lunch will be one of the finest meals you can imagine.
HOW TO REACH HOTEL LE MONAL – F 73320 – SAINTE FOY EN TARENTAISE, FRANCE
BY CAR: Follow direction Albertville Moutiers Bourg Saint Maurice. You will find Sainte Foy 10 km after Bourg, on the way to Tignes / Val d'Isère. The hotel “Le Monal” is on the left hand side of the main street.
BY PLANE: Fly to Lyon or Geneva. From these airports there are regular bus connections to Tignes / Val d’Isère. Buy ticket to Sainte Foy (about 10 km after Bourg St Maurice and 20 km before Tignes / Val d’Isère) and tell the bus driver you want to get off there at Hotel Le Monal.
BY TRAIN: Get off at end of the line, Bourg Saint Maurice, which is only 10 Km away from Sainte Foy. Regular bus connection to Val d’Isère / Tignes, buy ticket for Sainte Foy and advise the bus driver.
SKI RESORTS BUSES FROM / TO: Geneva or Lyon airport: http://www.alpski-bus.com