Mar, Apr, May, Jun
Welcome meeting with some drinks to celebrate and a nice dinner to discuss the week’s plans. Overnight stay in Argentiere.
Early in the morning and after breakfast, we’ll move over the Swiss border to catch our first lift. An exciting heli drop to the Trient Glacier to land on the Col des Plines. From here we have many options to choose. One of my favorites is to hike a short trail, pass by the Trient Hut and ski one a steep couloir that leads into the Val d’Arpette. Night in Champex.
The first ride of the day will be down to the valley by a taxi to catch our helicopter which will take us to one of the best runs of the week: the North Face of the Petit Combin.
After a nice ski run back down into Fionnay, we catch another heli ride to the summit of the Rosablanche. More powder turns and a late lunch will see us back to the Rhone valley by the evening. Night in Arolla.
Our first heli drop of the day will lead us to the Pigne d’Arolla. We’ll start with a great powder skiing down from the summit to reach the Vignettes Hut and the Bertol glacier. Finally back into Arolla. Once in there, we’ll get another heli ride, this time up to the Col de Valpelline for another 2300m long run below the Matterhorn and into Zermatt. Beer time. Night in Zermatt.
A nice breakfast in Zermatt is followed by a long heli flight to Monte Rosa. We’ll land very close to the summit. This is the highest point of our week and the run back into Zermatt is also an epic descent. Another overnight stay in Zermatt.
The day starts with a flight to the Swiss-Italian border and with some amazing ski runs near Cervinia, in the Chateau des Dames. Pick up and head back for another drop below the towering east face of the Matterhorn and back into Cervinia. If you still have legs left we’ll have one last run back into Zermatt via the Schwartzor.
A final celebration party in Zermatt with a goodbye dinner and overnight stay in Zermatt.
The minimum per group is 3 people and the maximum is 4.
The price does not include:
- Personal equipment,
- Lunches and drinks,
- Additional heli runs
IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide
I am a professional mountain & ski guide. I have been guiding now since 1994. I have always been into the mountains – skiing at age 4 and secretly sneaking away for overnight bivouacs in the mountains behind my parents house. At age 13, I decided to pursue my airy scrambles for something that looked a bit more fun. I went to work as an assistant bringing out other young teenagers on exciting hiking and more importantly to me, climbing outings. One thing led to another and before I knew it my world revolved around the mountains.
At the age of 18 I moved to France to pursue my passions, later becoming actively involved with the French Alpine Club in Dijon and organizing outings and putting up climbing routes here and there in Burgundy.
In 1992, I entered the infamous ENSA or French guides school in Chamonix and became the first American to receive international certification (UIAGM/IFMGA) through this prestigious school.
Since then I have been making my living as a full time professional guide, climbing and skiing in many of the worlds great mountain ranges. I speak fluent French, some Italian and I am now learning German.
Previously I have worked as a technical consultant for Petzl, and Grivel.
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