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