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1+ winter day trips in Valais or Vaud

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Interested in experiencing an adventure in the Swiss winter? Enjoy a unique, tailored adventure in Valais or Vaud in skis or snowshoes, led by a certified guide. We will choose the route based on your preferences and needs, and take care of logistics, weather requirements, and avalanche risk!

Private

Alps

1 Day

Jan - Mar, Dec

Low

All levels


Highlights

* Enjoy an unforgettable snowshoeing or skiing trip in the Swiss Alps.

* Let a certified guide tailor your adventure to suit your preferences and needs.

* Discover awe-inspiring landscapes and pristine wilderness.

Description

Whether on snowshoes or skis we’re able to offer a variety of day and multi-day trips within the Swiss Alps of Valais and Vaud.

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity because it is low impact but high in rewards! On these snowshoeing adventures, we will make sure to outline the best route for you and your group. Whether you decide to travel with friends, family, as part of a small or large group, we can find a way to make snowshoeing in Switzerland an experience you will never forget!

Ski touring is a growing winter sport that allows you to ‘earn your turns’ and experience some incredible winter landscapes with off-piste descents. Some off-piste ski experience is essential for this trip.

Off-piste skiing allows you to escape the crowds on the pistes whilst experiencing some of the great terrains of the Swiss Alps. If you’re interested in developing your off-piste skiing skills we can create a trip to meet your needs.

Because we offer flexible itineraries that are adapted to your needs, everyone is welcome to join. Of course, we will assess your level and preferences as well as snow conditions, in order to ensure your enjoyment and safety.

You can either meet us at the agreed starting point, or we can arrange to pick you up from a train station in the Rhône valley, from Montreux to Visp. 

SKI RESORTS we cater to: Leysin, Les Diablerets, Villars, Gryon, Ovronnaz, Anzere, Crans-Montana, Zinal-Grimentz, Nax, Verbier, Champex-Lac, Les Marrecottes, Champery, Morgins, Chatel, Torgon and more…

We’re sure you will love these spectacular programs! Contact us now and let’s start planning an unforgettable adventure.

Or, if you prefer you can join us on this unique 3-day snowshoeing program to the St. Bernard Monastery!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Avalanche equipment

- Trekking poles

Price details

Price Includes:

✔Guide

✔Snow Shoes

✔Walking Poles

✔Avalanche Safety Equipment

NOT INCLUDED:

❌Skis and ski boots

❌Accomodation

❌Food & drink

❌Ski, uplift or train passes, if required


Equipment you will need to bring

Suitable winter clothing and footwear. Daysack * A kit list will be provided to meet the needs of your trip Other gear: Avalanche equipment is included. For snowshoe bookings, snowshoes and poles will be provided.


FAQs

What sort of activities do you guide?

We offer a wide variety of winter activities, from skiing off-piste, ski touring, and cross-country skiing, to snowshoeing. If you've got a specific idea in mind, you can run it by us and we can find alternatives for you! We've got access to many guides with a multitude of skills and qualifications.

How fit do I need to be?

This depends on what you would like to achieve in the day. Our guides will tailor options to your needs. Ideally, for a full day's adventure, you need to be fit enough to walk or ski in the mountains for up to 5 hours per day.

What's included?

1 day's guiding cost

Specialist avalanche equipment (if applicable)

Snowshoes and poles (if applicable)

  • Please note, ski equipment is size specific so is NOT included. You should look to rent this from a local ski shop should you not have your own.

Are there any extra costs?

Depending on the activity or location you choose to explore, there may be extra costs involved such as:

  • mountain trains
  • uplifts
  • lunch/café stops
  • guide accommodation costs, including dinner and breakfast if multiple days

What should I bring?

Equipment

  • For snowshoeing, trekking boots (4-season waterproof, warm, lightweight)
  • For skiing, appropriate skis, and boots, helmet and goggles

Clothing

Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.

  • pair of synthetic under-top and bottom (long johns or similar)
  • hiking or ski socks, depending on the activity
  • fleece
  • light down or Primaloft jacket
  • waterproof jacket and trousers, or ski jacket and trousers, depending on activity
  • warm, waterproof winter gloves
  • sun hat, warm hat and
  • buff or scarf

Other

  • day bag: 35 - 45 liters - all your kit should fit into this bag.
  • dry bag or liner
  • water bottle: At least 1L
  • sun protection: Sunglasses, sun cream, and sun hat

Where does the trip start/end?

As a tailored trip, this will be agreed upon with your guide. It will be influenced by your location, what your aims are for the day, and the snow conditions.

What is the maximum group size?

This is dictated by the activity.

Snowshoeing - 12 people

Cross-country skiing - 8 people

Off-piste skiing - 4 people

Ski touring - 4 people

For other activities, please check.

Is there a minimum group size?

No, you are paying a daily guide rate, with maximum group sizes applied for safety. Your group can split the cost of the day.

What is the minimum age?

As a private trip there is no minimum age, however, we would ask that you have a good conversation with us to discuss the needs and capabilities of your group, particularly if there are children under the age of 16 years.

What altitude do reach?

This depends on the activity and snow conditions. Expect to go up to 2500m of altitude. Altitude sickness is not normally an issue at this height.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. We would always recommend getting travel insurance well before your trip departure date. Even if you sprain an ankle you will need a helicopter pick-up, and without insurance, this will be pricey. If you need to cancel last minute, you may be able to claim insurance for the cost of the trip.

Your travel insurance needs to include search and rescue, with hiking up to 3000m. We are sorry that we are unable to recommend insurance providers. Check the normal price comparison websites but be sure to select winter sports cover.

What is the weather like?

It varies. On ideal days it is cold and sunny but this is a mountain pass and we can have any of the 4 seasons. So come prepared. If there are snow storms we will need to adapt the itinerary.

What if there is bad weather?

While we do everything we can to match this advertised itinerary, your safety is our number one concern. We can always get out and about and do something, but the guide will need to consider if a route is potentially dangerous and at risk of avalanche conditions. In such a situation your guide will choose another suitable and safe route.

About the guide

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Alps

4.90

(26)

Guide Agency

We are Tom (UIMLA Mountain Leader) and Paul (UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide), two friends who have worked in the outdoors for over 20 years each.

We have lived around the world and have an incredible wealth of outdoor experience and qualifications. We all love, work and play in the Swiss Alps.

We love sharing our local environment with guests and helping them to get the best out of their holidays. We have trips going out most weeks so come and join us or contact us if you would like something similar on a different date.

Languages

Norwegian | French | English

Certificates

UIMLA | UIAGM | IFMGA

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What people are saying about Alps

5.00

Highly recommend this Alps Adventures tour. An unforgettable experience from beginning to end. The transfer from Geneva airport to Randa by train was seamless with stunning views of Lake Geneva and an adventure even before the tour began! Tom Brodie, our tour guide provided an impeccably organized itinerary with challenging walking routes (all doable with a reasonable level of fitness) and breathtaking views of the mountains. His knowledge of the wildlife and fauna was extensive, and we spotted many indigenous species including chamois deer, marmots and the elusive wild edelweiss. We crossed suspension bridges and swam in one of the many wonderful lakes. Accommodation within mountain huts was exceptional and the food was plentiful and of a very high standard. We shared the tour with lovely like minded people and swapped many photos all of which tell a tale and will make me smile for years to come. Cannot recommend more highly.

5.00

Tom is a knowledgeable and experienced guide. He was always keen to share his knowledge and was very attentive to our needs throughout the hike. A great sense of humour and a pleasure to be with, we laughed with & at him throughout!

5.00

Always keen to make sure everyone is having a good time and adjusts pace excellently for the required group

5.00

Two excellent adventures with Tom and Alps Adventures. Via Ferrata was a Dads and Daughters adventure and was perfectly pitched to beginners. Tom takes time to build confidence and encourage communication for everyone at every level. Beginners ski touring was a short expedition in Morgins, CH to learn technique, safe travel and avalanche search and rescue. Again, Tom was patient with all abilities and always good humored

5.00

Wonderful trip , Christel was a delightful experienced guide her passion for nature and the environment came through beautifully. I absolutely loved the trip and I hope we meet again.


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