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Pierra Menta ski mountaineering training

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4 days of ski mountaineering to train for the famous race of Pierra Menta taking place in the Beaufortain (Savoie), together with an IFMGA mountain guide.



4 Days

Jan - Apr


Discover the route of the famous Pierra Menta ski mountaineering race, the most legendary in the world. During 4 days you will move the vertices and edges that the biggest names in the sport take every year. Your guide will be Matheo Jacquemoud, multiple world champion and IFMGA-certified guide.

Indeed, you'll find great routes and a course for the more experienced skiers who want to live the altitude and technical descents.

The advantages of this unique trip are the following:
– Comfortable accommodation in 2* hotel at the center of the village
– A course of mountaineering ski oriented to trekking for fans of endurance exercise
– A mythical journey

In the ‘extra’ section below, you’ll find information about the required trail running level you need to have. You will also see the equipment that you need to bring with you.

During these 4 days we will ascend on average 1000 to 2500 meters and ski 4 to 8 hours a day. There are many ascents and descents with technical passages, using ropes and crampons. There are some aerial passages.

I invite you to contact me if you’re interested in this 4-day course. Then we will have the opportunity to discuss your level, your wishes and other practical aspects. My colleague Matheo Jacquemoud will be your guide. It you want to combine amazing ski with winter trail, then check out this trip in Les Saisies!

A certified guide from my team will be in charge of guiding this ski touring itinerary.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner


Day 1: Bathie pass - Côte 2000

A day departing from the Planay hamlet that takes you to Bathie pass and to Côte 2000 with a short, nervous stage.

Day 2: Mirantin, Vache Rouge, Grande Journée

The summits follow one another for this second stage with passages in ridges and technical descents: Mirantin, Vache Rouge, Grande Journée… the legendary names of this race and nearly 2800m of positive vertical drop await you!

Day 3: Pierra Menta

A magnificent and wild day at the bottom of the Pierra Menta. Some passages of edges will allow you to admire the Tarentaise valley from the top of the Mont Coin. This is another big day of 2800m of positive vertical drop!

Day 4: Grand Mont - Forclaz pass

For this last day, you’ll have the highlight of the show with the legendary stage of the Grand Mont and the passage to Forclaz pass. The edge of the Grand Mont will make you appreciate the technical side and downhill of the Beaufortain! One last day full of colour and elevation of 2500m of positive vertical drop.



More info

A minimum number of participants (defined in advance) is required for the departure to take place. If the number of participants is insufficient and the departure is cancelled, clients will be informed via a phone call at least a week prior to the scheduled departure date and will receive a complete refund.

Clients are required to have a multi-risk insurance, covering cancellation fees, rescue and accident, repatriation and baggage loss or theft.

(Sur les traces de la Pierra Menta avec Matheo)

Location: Arêches Beaufort


  • Regular practice of ski-alpinism
  • Good skier in all snow types
  • To know how to put on and remove seal skins keeping the skis on
  • To be able to carry a 1-victim search with an ADV
  • To be able to evolve at least at 800mD+/h during 2h
  • Knowledge of the mountain environment


  • During the day: a backpack (30-35L) with a system to attach skis containing waterproof jacket (goretex or novadry), an individual pharmacy kit*, sunglasses suitable for the mountain, a warm jacket, cereal bars, a minimum reserve water of 1.5L, a spare t-shirt
  • To wear: waterproof breathable pants, long-sleeved breathable t-shirt, hat and gloves, a polar vest, socks, a cap or headband
  • Technical equipment (can be rented there): skis, poles, boots, seal skins, knives for the skis, AVD with new batteries, shovel and probe, ski mask
  • Extra equipment: harness, lanyard, crampons
  • Individual pharmacy kit: sunscreen, lips protection, gastric bandages type Smecta, dressings and double skin, small toothbrush and toothpaste

Meeting point


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hôtel de l'Arve
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Chamonix Mont Blanc
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France Hôtel Les Granges d'en Haut
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Chamonix Mont Blanc
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France Hôtel Le Morgane
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Chamonix Mont Blanc
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About the guide

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Mountain Leader

I hold the State Certificate of Mountain Leader (UIMLA), Athlete of Team Garmin Adventure. I won many trail competitions such as Oxygen Challenge, The Glaciers Tour of Vanoise, Albertville Trail, Drayes Blanches of Vercors, the Frison Roche Beaufort, Run and skate of Chamonix… I have also some racing podiums such as the Saintélyon, the Lyon Urban Trail, the Causses Marathon, the Allobroges. I am an ex-sportswoman of high level in rowing (World Championships, World Cups, France Championships). I have a mastery STAPS (Sport) and BEES First degree in rowing. I organise and supervise many trail courses in the Alps with a pro team, a friends group with whom we have a mission: Run and enjoy! I invite you to contact me if you want to train and/or discover these incredible massifs.


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What people are saying about -Caroline


J'ai eu l'opportunité de participer à deux stages, l'un dans le Cantal, l'autre à Chamonix. Un grand plaisir de partager une passion commune avec des participants très sympas de tous niveaux et de tous horizons. Caroline, une grande professionnelle de la montagne et du trail, n'a pas son pareil pour organiser ces rencontres, et tout cela dans une super ambiance et des paysages à couper le souffle.


J'ai fait deux stages avec Caro, c'est devenu une amie, et chacun de ces stages m'a laissé des souvenirs inoubliables. Le premier stage en 2014 en Haute Savoie à l'occasion du Trail du Gypaète. Le Deuxième stage en 2015, dans les Calanques de Marseille. Ces stages auront été parfaits à tous les niveaux: Paysages grandioses (on sent qu'ils ont été choisis avec soin), des échanges techniques avec des "pros" (un grand moment quand Caro inspecte les sacs à dos...), pleins de conseils nutrition - mode de vie etc... La découverte des autres stagiaires mais aussi des autres encadrants (très bon contact avec Guillaume Lenormand par ex.). Des conditions matérielles top (hébergement, repas, organisation etc...). Seule critique: le temps passe trop vite, c'est toujours trop court! Donc au final quand c'est fini, on n'a qu'une envie... c'est de repartir pour un autre stage! Et vu le nombre de personnes que l'on croise sur les stages qui en sont à leur n-ième participation, je peux affirmer que ce sentiment est partagé!


Pour moi le trail c'est avant tout la découverte de nouveaux territoires, les rencontres et les échanges avec d'autres passionnés, le respect de la nature. Mes 3 stages avec Caroline m'ont permis de retrouver ces fondamentaux dans un cadre toujours bon enfant, mais pas moins professionnel. Caroline est une passionnée de montagne et de tout ce qui y touche (sport, culture, gastronomie) et elle sait comme personne transmettre sa passion et ses bons conseils, toujours avec le sourire. Je garde un excellent souvenir des rencontres avec les autres stagiaires et mais aussi avec les autres encadrants, Guillaume, Seb, Cédric, Lydie et tant d'autres rencontrés au cours de ces stages.



Great experience, but definitely favored toward elite runners. One of our guides, JC, was amazing. He cared about every runner. The other guide seemed only to care for the elites (and himself). On top of Col des Montets, I asked if we had time to put on warm layers. The guide said "of course," but then quickly proceeded to run off with the entire group while I stood bare and freezing with my gear unpacked. Total lack of consideration for the well-being of his runners. Otherwise a great tour.



Well organized tour of the TDS course. Amazing views await even if you’re not planning to run the race

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