On this 3-day trip, a certified mountain guide from the Azimut Montagne team will introduce you to ski touring in Briançonnais. Learn the basics in a beautiful setting!
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Do you want to discover one of the most beautiful valleys in the Briançonnais massif? In fact, this valley is full of history, tradition and old architecture. Therefore, by exploring it we can understand the ancient living conditions.
Besides, our hotel is a calm oasis in the heart of the valley. From there, skiing or walking, we can reach beautiful itineraries. Furthermore, it’s a very comfortable and warm accommodation.
A long weekend is ideal to discover the wild and wonderful region of Briançonnais!
The highlights of this trip are the following:
– A trip designed for beginners
– A sunny mountain, even during the winter
– My advice to improve your skills
– Accommodation in an authentic village
– Delicious meals and a warm welcome
– Easy access by TGV
Do you find this trip interesting? Then please contact me! You can either join an existing trip (the dates are below) or we can plan a different one.
- Guiding fee
- Accommodation included
- Transport during the trip
- Mountain guide expenses
The price includes:
- Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival.
- All minibus transfers upon arrival from one of the indicated meeting points.
- 2 nights accommodation on half-board basis and picnics for 3 days.
- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing.
- Certified and expert mountain guide services (including all his expenses: meals, accommodation, transportation, ski lift fares.
- Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear.
- AZIMUT welcome pack.
The price does not include:
- Transportation to/from the meeting point.
- Ski lift fares.
- Gear rental if required.
- Personal insurance.
- Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel), personal extras, and any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”.
A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due latest 30 days prior to departure.
Get together at the Oulx train station. Then we head off to Montgenèvre ski resort on the France-Italy border. The day will be spent getting the lay of the land; the guide will teach or go over the necessary safety techniques. If weather permits we take an off piste itinerary to reach our gite in Cervières. We picnic at lunchtime and have dinner at the gîte.
Ascent/descent: + 400/- 400 m
Meals included: picnic and dinner
Accommodation included: gîte
We have breakfast and then jump into the practice! A nice day of ski touring in Serre-Chevalier Valley, facing the National Park of Les Ecrins and its glacier. You will love it!
Ascent/descent: +/- 800 m
Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner
Accomodation included: gîte
After breakfast we go touring in the Piemont valleys on the France-Italy border. There we climb up the Cîme Saurel (2449 m) where we have spectacular views over the Fonts valley and its’ traditional hamlets and the entire Sestrières valley. Then there’s one last descent to wrap up the trip in a truly memorable way. We head back to the gîte to pick up our luggage and take those who have a train to catch back to the station in Briançon or Oulx.
Altitude variation: +/- 800m
Meals included: breakfast and picnic
Please note this itinerary is an example of a skitouring discovery weekend with Azimut and should only be used as a guide. The weather conditions on the mountain or participants skills and stamina may require the guide changes the itinerary or inverse the itinerary. We kindly as you to request such decision. We may also have to change accomodation, with the same standard, due logistics and/or availability.
Hotel-lodge half board, shared bathroom. Bed sheets, linen and towels supplied. Hotel room option with private bathroom and toilets: subject to availability. Single supplement: € 75 per person, double room supplement: € 35 per person
Group size: 5 to 8 people.
The price varies between 565€ and 585€ depending on the dates. Please contact me for more details.
Level: for people that never practiced ski touring but with a red/black piste level in alpine ski. I will teach you techniques for ski touring, safety and use of safety equipment. To carry: a light bag with what you need for the day and a picnic.
I recommend you to have cancellation insurance. Search and repatriation insurance is mandatory. I propose you to hire insurance through Europ Assistance upon booking the trip with me.
Equipment: skis with ski touring fixations, seal skins, poles, ski boots, 35L backpack (with airbag if possible), AVD, shovel, probe. I can loan you the safety equipment (AVD, shovel, probe). If you don't have the necessary equipment, you can rent it with me! Skis (with poles, skins and knifes) €110, boots €50, ski pack (skis, poles, skins, boots) €130, helmet €15, airbag 40€.
At the Oulx train station.
Rent equipment on site
Other gear: - Warm hat or buff/scarf. - UV factory 4 protective lenses. - Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity and are very useful. - Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe. - Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks - Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack - Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs - Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold ! - Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed. - Ski socks. - Slippers recommended for evening wear - a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback) - a pocket knife - duck tape - factor 50 sun cream - a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in a vehicle. No suitcases.
We enjoy very much discovering and rediscovering the most beautiful spots in the world, in the Ecrins mountain range but also all around the planet.
Together with the guides in the team, we will share with you unique moments and an amazing journey. From les Ecrins to Chile, from Morocco to Greenland, from Les Gorges du Verdon to Japan, from Italy to Norway… tons of destinations offering all types of mountain activities, different every season. It makes us so happy when I can share them with my friends and clients.
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Thx to Pierre for guiding us these days, everything was excellent. We were going to nice powder places even with difficult snow conditions. I didn’t have to think of anything, just followed the guide and enjoyed touring and skiing. Thx to Isabelle at le petite cerf for her hosting, food and excellent Organisation:)
Antoine at Azimut was an excellent guide. I had a great first climb because of him, will go again!
Had an absolutely fantastic experience on a 3 day trip of Gran Paradiso. Our guide Christophe Garrigues was incredibly knowledgeable and patient and ensured everyone in our group felt comfortable and confident when on the mountain or using new equipment. Definitely a trip to be repeated with Azimut and hopefully Christophe!
Awesome experience, knocked another item from my bucket list.
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Quelques petits problèmes d'organisation , vite reglés par le guide très impliqué . Très bon choix pour l'Hotel. pour le programme, on devrait avoir un peu plus d'intensité lors de la préparation . le 1/2 jour de repos est le bienvenu
Well organised trip with excellent guides and admin support Highly recommend 😊
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The Guide did not even know I'am on splitboard. Everyone else was on skis, I was the only one on board. Guide has no experience on board, so the daily trips was designed for skiers, not borders. I would like to know which company is responsible putting me in a ski group, Azimut or Explore-Share? If you don't know the difference between what is doable with skis and splitboards, you would not sell trips for splitboarders! In the only day I could enjoy somehow, I did very hard time to stay on my feet on icy steeps, because I should have had a crampon, but I did not have it, because the list of necessary equipment does not mention it. All the skiers had one. The guide anyway did what he could to help me, all the respect for Rafael. But the whole trip was a fuckup for me that way. I really want to know who is responsible!?
J'attends le remboursement mais dans l'ensemble tous étaient super. Les guides géniaux. Une bonne expérience.
Had a great trip. Unfortunately the guide was not fluent in English as written in the description. That is something that could lead to a very tricky situation if there would‘ve been a dangerous situation. The selection of the group by azimut was not the best as at least one person was physically not capable of doing this trip. However, the service by explore-share was great!
Merci beaucoup à Manu et Antoine, nos deux guides, pour cette excellente semaine. Ils ont été aux petits soins et très professionnels: s'assurant que chacun était en sécurité et profitait le plus possible de son séjour, de la montagne et de la bonne neige ;). L'hébergement, à l'hôtel Les Agneaux était aussi fantastique: nourriture faite maison, locale, chambres très confortables et propriétaire encore une fois aux petits soins. C'était top!
We really enjoyed the trip. As well the group, the skiing as the guide. A good hotel with enough facilities and very guest friendly. Thank you for your service and organization
What an incredible experience. Everything went superbly , the guides, organization and the team did a spectacular job.
I was disappointed. I was slower than the rest of the group reaching Tete Rousse, and the guide discouraged me from going to Gouter. I had a slight ankle sprain the day before which slowed my ascent. I recovered 95% the day after. My complaint: when I decided to go for a second guided attempt, at a slower pace, I received no help in securing a guide, or a reservation at Gouter. The online reservation showed fully booked both for Rousse and Gouter. But I know that there were lots of empty bunks at Rousse, and I suspect the same at Gouter. I received sympathy, but only as a formality. Initially I had sought a single dedicated guide, but I was encouraged to join a group. I did not get a choice.I should have known better, I knew my pace would be a bit slower, but I counted on your support and understanding. I got neither. I was on my own with no help.
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