Backcountry skiing and avalanche safety weekend in Val Cenis, French Alps

Join a certified mountain guide for this exciting and informative weekend of backcountry skiing and avalanche safety at the gorgeous Val Cenis ski resort of the French Alps!




Trip Duration

3 days

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    Welcome to Val Cenis in the French Alps, if one is looking for top quality backcountry skiing then look no further. Beautiful alpine slopes with deep powder snow await, plus a comprenhensive avalanche saftey training!

    Located in the Maurienne region with its good transport links, Val Cenis is most easily accessed from Turin, lying about 60km west of Turin-Caselle airport. One can also approach from Geneva, with its international airport situated 120km or 2.5 hours drive to the north.

    Val Cenis ski resort is of the highest quality and presents the skier with stunning alpine terrain to explore, along with all the modern comforts.

    Still relatively unheard of outside France and Italy, these wild and wonderful off-piste landscapes are more likely to be quiet than at other well-known resorts.

    Due to this anonymity, the lifts rarely reach long queues. The highest lift takes the skier to an altitude of 2800m, then it’s all down hill carving from here!

    You can visit the peak of Lac du Mont Cenis, where you will discover a picturesque frozen lake. Here you can take photos from the ‘Canopée des Cîmes’, a suspended platform shaped like a boat.

    The main ski areas of Val Cenis are Termignon, Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard. In order to find the best backcountry skiing terrain, we will head past the slopes of Lanslevillard.

    The backcountry skiing options here comprise of wide gullies, large forested areas and plenty of deep powder snow to get lost in!

    We will meet on the friday night and finalise all the details for the first skiing on saturday, as well as check the weather forecast.

    I do not lead a classic avalanche safety course, we will only spend a small amount of time indoors. The vast majority of the teaching will be conducted practically, whilst on the mountain skiing.

    You need to be at least an intermediate skier to join this trip and have some backcountry skiing experience under your belt.

    If you would like to enjoy some high level backcountry skiing and also learn some practical avalanche safety skills, then sign up now and I will be delighted to share this wonderful experience with you!

    If you would enjoy a longer trip then consider this 7-days off-piste and ski touring around Maurienne in the French Alps!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    350 EUR

    Group of 2
    350 EUR

    Group of 3
    350 EUR

    Group of 4
    350 EUR

    Group of 5
    350 EUR

    Group of 6
    350 EUR

    Group of 7
    350 EUR

    Group of 8
    350 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     Price per person to join a group.

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    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


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    Depending on which lifts you will use, we have discount tickets for sale, from 25€ to 30€ / day


    About the Guide


    Founded by two IFMGA-certified mountain guides, Fred Buttard and Victor Charron, Up Ski and Mountain Guides is made up of a passionate group of guides and ski instructors.

    Originally from Maurienne, in France, the team also spends several months a year skiing the mountains of Norway and Sweden, and travelling to off-the-beaten-path destinations, including Morocco, Albania and Japan.

    Eric Tollund, Fabien Berrod, Jean Baptiste Buttard, Fabien Suiffet, Pauline Bermon, Oscar Wahlund, Clément Bléteau, Sylvain Rechu, Fred Buttard and Victor Charron are the members of our amazing team :) Get in touch with us and let's explore the mountains together.



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    Bonjour Pauline et Fred, Je suis très heureux de prendre un moment aujourd’hui pour vous écrire. Le séjour au Finnmark été exceptionnel. Clément est un excellent guide. Très dévoué, soucieux de rendre l’expérience agréable, Clément est vraiment très talentueux et dévoué. Sa personnalité est agréable, il est à l’écoute de nos besoins et démontre, malgré son jeune âge, un haut niveau de compétences et de savoir-faire. Son enseignement sur recherche de victimes suite à une avalanche est de loin, la meilleure formation que j’ai reçue à ce jour. Les paysages du Finnmark sont exceptionnels, nous avons été particulièrement chanceux pour les conditions météorologiques. Nous avons vraiment eu le loisir d’admirer ces magnifiques paysages de montagnes entre ciel et mer. L’expérience de groupe a aussi été excellente, la chimie entre les participants-es a été fort agréable. Nous avons vraiment passé de bons moments ensemble.  Je vais très certainement voyager avec vous dans le futur, l’expérience a été extrêmement positive. Au plaisir de nouvelles aventures !!! Serge
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    Serge Dumont
    La beauté des paysages est exceptionnelle. Up Ski & Mountain Guides offre un service et un encadrement remarquables. Les compétences et la qualité de travail du guide contribuent à rendre cette expérience inoubliable. Bravo à l\'équipe !!!
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    Serge Dumont
    Whow! Amazing trip in Finnmark, our guide Sylvain made the trip perfect, looking every day for the best snow conditions and beautiful itineraries! Arriving on ski after a crazy descent in powder to the water in lonesome fjords and getting home by boat as well as kayaking to the start of itinerary on a perfect sunny day are unbeatable! Sauna after a powder day, dog sledging and watching northern lights in the night make the trip even more unforgettable!
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    Valentine Mercier
    Thursday was a fantastic day, we were lucky with the conditions and I was lucky with the company! A big thanks to you and the team for such a great week, but particularly to Clement who made each day so different and showed me so much of Maurienne - I\'m sure I\'ll be back!
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