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Introduction to ski mountaineering in Courmayeur

A 5-day ski mountaineering course in Courmayeur and its surroundings to enjoy long days and improve your skills with Edy, IFMGA certified mountain guide.

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5 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar


Join me for this 5-day ski mountaineering course in the beautiful area of Courmayeur, in Aosta Valley. Can you ski off-piste all day or do skinning for a couple of hours during a ski holiday? Then this course is ideal for you, step up your game and do it for many days!

The Mont Blanc area is a world mecca for ski mountaineering. As such, there is an immense variety of mountain ski itineraries that we can sample, challenging ourselves.

We will use the renown high altitude lifts in Courmayeur to reach stunning glacier routes, having great day tours while staying comfortably in the valley. We will also go to some more remote regions of Aosta Valley or the Swiss Rhone Valley. Indeed, we can access both areas easily from Courmayeur. And we will sleep one night in a mountain hut to be able to access a high summit or pass.

 In short, the objective of the course is to complete some classic medium to long ski mountain itineraries in Courmayeur area and its surroundings.

Rather than a structured training, this course is meant for people that already have the basic ski mountaineering skills. Although we will revise your skills during the course, the goal is to get some big journeys and do great skiing.

We will enjoy a great week meeting other enthusiastic ski mountaineers that may end up becoming your future ski companions.

Dates 2017: 
– January: 15-21
– February: 05-11, 19-25
– March: 12-18, 19-25
– March 26 – April 01
– April: 02-08, 09-15

Does this course in Courmayeur sound interesting? Then please contact me, I would love to help you make the best of this week!

And if you think this level is too advanced for you, have a look at this course!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Lift tickets

- Transport during the trip


Day 0: Arrival in Courmayeur - Planning

Travel to Courmayeur, to arrive in time for the Evening Briefing. We will go through safety routines and kit checks. I will also give you the rental equipment. Then we will talk about everyone’s ambitions for the week. Combined with the weather and mountain conditions, we will make a plan. You can also have a look at the maps and guidebooks and clear all your doubts. PM Overnight in the valley.

Day 1: Micro ski tours in the Courmayeur area

Introduction and equipment check. We quickly revise your ski mountaineering skills and do some ‘micro-ski-tours’ out of one of the Courmayeur resorts. Opportunities to refresh skinning technique, avalanche emergency procedures and some basic mountaineering elements. Overnight in the valley.

Day 2: Combe Varin

A full day tour with the aim of skiiing a substantial peak Combe Varin (2613 m) in La Thuile Area. Overnight in the valley.

Day 3: Combe de Citrin - Flassin summit

Today we make a 5 hour ascent using skins, rope, crampons and ice-axe through the ‘Combe de Citrin’ which leads us to the Flassin Summit (2750 m, Gran San Bernardo Valley), the classic ski-mountaineering peak of the area. From here we enjoy breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and the Grand Combin. Overnight in the valley.

Day 4: Col Passon - Le Tour glacier

Col Passon (3028 m, Argentière – Grand Montet Area – France). This amazing ski traverse to the Le Tour glacier and down to the village of Le Tour is very popular and rightly so. The climb is about 500 m to the Col and you’ll often need crampons and an axe to get up the final 80 m boot-pack safely. Overnight in the valley.

Day 5: Choosing the best route for the day

The itinerary may vary depending on the fitness condition of the group, also on the weather and snow conditions. There are many alternative routes which can be taken if a lighter (or indeed more demanding) day is required! Overnight in the valley. End of program.



More info

Technical level: confirmed Off Piste Skier. You can put down a reasonable set of tracks in powder, but difficult snow types – heavy wet snow, crusts, poor visibility or 40° slopes can all cause problems (though you can cope with them safely, if not elegantly!). You are likely to say ‘I’d like to handle difficult snow/steep slopes more confidently in better style’.

Fitness level: you run/cycle (or equivalent ) 2- 3 sessions per week. You climb/bike/walk or run regularly at the weekends, plus once or twice during the week. At this level you should be happy doing either a 4-5 hours hill walk, cycling 30 miles or mountain biking 2-3 hours without being exhausted.

About the guide

I was born in 1966. I was an aspirant Mountain Guide from 1986 and a Mountain Guide (IFMGA) as from 1989. In 1988, I joined the Mountain Guides company of Courmayeur, which was the 1st Italian guiding company and the 2nd in the world in 1850. From 1995 to 2001, I had the role of leading guide with as main function the coordination of the work and the promotion of the guiding programs we were organising.
From 1986, I worked in the Mountain Rescue Team of the Aosta Valley. I became a Mountain Rescue Instructor in 2000. As a mountain guide, I practice a lot mountaineering, rock climbing, off-piste skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing, etc.
The past 22 years, I have climbed with my clients many classic routes in the Alps, of mixed, ice and rock; I have climbed the mountains of South America (Aconcagua in Argentina, Cordillera Blanca in Peru, trekking in Torres del Paine in Chile and Fitz Roy in Argentina, the slopes of Alpamayo Pequeno, Sajama, Huayna Potosi, in Illimani Bolivia, Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo in Ecuador). Each year, I keep on travelling the Andes with clients and friends to discover new mountains to satisfy the desire of mountaineering.


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