POWDER SKIING SAFARI TARENTAISE TOUR, ALPS - FRANCE
Ski safari Tarentaise Valley tour - Photo gallery
Sunday to Sunday from the 10th January until the 28th March
Private group of 4 people or more: notify us your preferred dates.
*Price based on a private group of 7 people.
Welcome in the heart of the Alps!
The Tarentaise Valley in the Savoy region of France is home to some of the most famous ski areas in the world. Val-d'Isere, Courchevel, La Plagne and more are all right here.
The Tarentaise Valley can be traversed using lift system network, which lead you the most beautiful spots on the backsides of the resorts, which remain undeveloped because they are in the Vanoise National Park.
For 6 days, we'll ski across glaciers, down untouched snowfields, through forests and down the valley floor to the villages below. You'll enjoy the famous Savoyard hospitality, and your bags will be waiting for you in 3 cozy family-run hotels at the end of each day. Every day your guide chooses the best itinerary to make the most of the local snow and weather conditions.
So come have a glass of wine with the locals. Taste their Savoyard specialties while you discover the wild regions of the beautiful Tarentaise. Your great off-piste skiing adventure awaits!
DAY 1: Welcome meeting at Hotel Le Monal
Participants and guides meet at the bar at 6:30pm. Verification of individual equipment and distribution of group equipment when needed. Meal and night at the hotel.
DAY 2: Espace Killy - Paradiski - Espace San Bernardo
Warm-up, safety briefing… We'll ski wherever conditions are best. Picnic lunch with a specialty item brought by each group member from their homeland. Night at the Hotel Le Monal.
DAY 3: Espace Killy - Paradiski - Espace San Bernardo
We'll ski wherever conditions are best. At 5:30pm, a taxi will drive us to the Hotel Les Marmottons in Valmorel. Dinner and night at the hotel.
DAY 4: Valmorel - Saint François Longchamps
Untracked itineraries and tree skiing are legion in this area. Night at the hotel Les Marmottons.
DAY 5: Valmorel - Deux Nants
This is sure to be one of the most incredible days of the Safari. Skiing ends up in a village called la Flachère. A taxi will drive us to a comfortable mountain hut called refuge du Bois, where we will spend the night away from our baggage.
DAY 6: Bellecote - Aiguille Rouge
A taxi ride will bring us to the gondola in Champagny. Ski down the famous north face of Bellecote in La Plagne and the famous north face of Aiguille Rouge in Les Arcs. Two very long runs! millions of turns amust do in Tarentaise. Night at the hotel Le Monal in Sainte Foy.
DAY 7: Sainte Foy
It's a classic day of powder skiing in the French Alps to cap off your incredible trip, followed by a final night at the Hotel Le Monal.
DAY 8: We'll prepare you with a good breakfast, and then you'll be on your way to whatever of life's adventures await you next!
Note: This program is subject to change in order to make the best of the prevailing weather and snow conditions.
Click here to see pictures of one of our 2012 trip
HOTELS AND HUTS
We have chosen cozy hotels conveniently located next to the big industrial ski resort. Each place of stay is run by a local family that has played its part in the history of the valley. All these hotels have been recently refurnished and offer a great stay. Each dinner will be sort of a feast, well deserved after a good day in the mountains.
As we will be staying in 3 different places, one night without baggage transfer, be sure to pack what you need during the week in one bag, which is light and practical.
HOTEL LE MONAL in Sainte Foy en Tarentaise. 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. Yves, the owner, will show you his cellar, he loves wine!
HOTEL OXIGÈNE in Valmorel is a charming hotel. In addition to the beautiful open fire place in the restaurant you will appreciate a tasty dinner.
REFUGE DU BOIS in Champagny le haut is a very confortable mountain hut. Our host will cook a great typical meal made with local ingredients. Dormitory sleeping. Hot shower available.
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 weather.
Your guides will adapt the daily programme according to your skills and mood.
GUIDE 9V: Registered professional mountain guide U.I.A.G.M. or ski instructor full-time for 9V, equipped with radio and safety equipment.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner are provided by our hotels and are made with fresh dairies and local ingredients.
ACCOMODATION: Half-board 7 nights.
- Half-board 6 nights in comfortable hotels** & ***, twin rooms with shower or bath.
- Half-board 1 night without baggage in a comfortable mountain hut with shower.
LIFT PASSES: 6 days ski passes for all the ski resorts we cross.
TRANSPORTATION: All transportation along the route during the safari for participants and baggage.
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 if you need more info!
TRIP INSURANCE (Check your credit card policy): Trip insurance covers the full price of the trip for cancellation before the Safari, or it covers partial costs in case of interruption of the Safari for any reason.
LUNCH + DRINKS: Often group members will pool their money for lunch and wine at the dinner table. Lunchs are often picnic on the mountain however 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 night) Extra privacy each night for individuals traveling alone who would like extra space.
TRANSPORTATION: (65€ to 150€ per person) From/To the hotel for Geneva or Lyon airport. Please contact us for help!
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 !
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.
HELI-SKIING (210€ per person): 1 drop on the Ruitor glacier at 3486mts high.
VALLÉE BLANCHE (To be quoted): Two nights spent in the valley of Courmayeur make it possible to ski the Toule Glacier and Vallee Blanche from Punta Helbronner, plus off-piste skiing in the Courmayeur-Val Veny.
AIRLINE TICKETS: Domestic and international flights.
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 garantee access to untracked snow.
BAGGAGE (Please travel light!): As you will be staying in 3 different places during the Safari, make sure that your baggage is practical, quickly packed and easy to carry.
It will be transported from one hotel to the next, but there are no "porteurs" to and from the rooms, and please think of the bus driver who will be loading and unloading all the baggage. Please, only one baggage per person to be transported and no loose belongings likely to get lost.
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 1000m. Therefore, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summits will be about 20°c., and even more considering wind chill factor.
DAILY RUCKSACK: 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.
- Sunscreen 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.
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 GET TO HOTEL LE MONAL - F 73640 - SAINTE FOY TARENTAISE - FRANCE
BY CAR: Follow direction ALBERTVILLE - MOUTIERS - BOURG ST MAURICE. You will find SAINTE FOY 10K after Bourg St Maurice 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 10K after Bourg St Maurice and 20K 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 10K away from Sainte Foy. Regular bus connection to Val d’Isère / Tignes, buy ticket for Sainte Foy and advise the bus driver.
SKI BUSES: -From/ To: Geneva airport connection every day.
-From /To: Lyon airport connection on the week-end only.
Click here for more info: http://www.alpski-bus.com