Pierra Menta ski mountaineering training


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, Feb, Mar, 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.


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.




Hotel 2 * in the village center.

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

Level: - 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

Equipment: - 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


About the guide

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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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1980 Each

Group of 2

EUR 990 Each

Group of 3

EUR 660 Each

Group of 4

EUR 495 Each

Group of 5

EUR 396 Each

Group of 6

EUR 330 Each

Group of 7

EUR 953 Each

Group of 8

EUR 953 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner



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