Ski Safari – Sat 17 March 2018

Courmayeur

Description of Holiday

Last season we enjoyed our first ski safari. We are returning to the same hotel in 2018 but this time adding new resorts of Champoluc, Gressoney and Cervinia.

Champoluc.

Champoluc is the largest resort in the Monterosa area, with great glacier views, uncrowded slopes and fabulous off-piste.

A huge ski area also known as Italy’s very own “Three Valleys”. Surrounded by wooded terrain and based at one end of the Monterosa ski area (with Gressoney in the central valley and Alagna on the far side).

Champoluc boasts spectacular views of the region’s dramatic glaciers and peaks. Renowned in particular for its uncrowded slopes and fabulous off-piste terrain.

Cervinia.

With the best snow record in Italy, access to Europe’s highest lifts, and a friendly village ambience, Breuil-Cervinia is one of the world’s top ski resorts.

Cervinia is one of the world’s leading resorts. Located at the head of a long valley leading off the Aosta Valley, this high-altitude ski area links with both Valtournenche, and Zermatt in Switzerland, offering 350km of pistes overall.

We will stay half board in the Hotel Alpechiara but travel out each day to a different resort by minibus driven by our instructors/ guides. This means we can reach lots of smaller resorts we wouldn’t normally get to enjoy. We will be guided on 5 days with one free ski day, usually Wednesday. The guides plan the route each day to give us the best possible experience to enjoy all that the area has to offer (including the restaurants). As there will be at least 2 guides we can offer a choice of speed but as a minimum guests must be able to ski all day 9-4 including some red runs at a good pace stopping for a coffee & lunch. There will be no formal teaching drills in this week but those who wish can ask the guides for tips as they ski and should therefore finish the week having had the best of both worlds, improving their skiing without going to lessons!

Below is an example of how the week might be. Valle Blanche would be an option for better skiers and would incur an additional charge for the local guides.

Itinerary Suggestions:

• Day 1: La Thuile
• Day 2: Pila
• Day 3: Courmayeur
• Day 4: La Thuile going through to the linked French resort of La Rosiere
• Day 5: La Valle Blanche*

Mountain-Guides

– The internationally renowned off-piste route with Mountain Guides, from Courmayeur using the brand new revolving SkyWay lift to Punta Helbronner over 3500m, descending to Chamonix 1000m (approximately 2500m of verticle descent off-piste over glaciers and through granite peaks)(subject to snow conditions a competent intermediate skier would complete this route – parallel on red runs). Return by bus from Chamonix to Courmayeur. *(subject to weather conditions)

Plan-Checrouit

 

Day off:

Free Local bus services will take skiers to either Courmayeur or La Thuile.

Numerous historic sites are available to visit.

Terme di Pre.St.Didier (www.termedipre.it) only 3km from the hotel.

Visit to Val Ferret (cross-country skiing, walking, restaurants and phenomenal scenery), just outside of Courmayeur.

 

Val-Ferret

 

Accommodation / Price

Alpechiara Hotel

Twin room for single use : £980

Twin room shared £780

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Flights

We will ask you to book your own flight but please do not do so until your room has been reserved.

Heathrow (London) – Geneva – Saturday 17 March 2018
Departs 13:2517 Mar Carrier British Airways
Arrives 16:1017 Mar Cabin Euro Traveller
Flight BA0732

Geneva – Heathrow (London) – Saturday 24 March 2018
Departs 13;30 24 Mar Carrier British Airways
Arrives 14.20 24 Mar Cabin Euro Traveller
Flight BA0729

Transfers

A transfer will be organized to serve the above flight price £100 return

If you can find another flight landing well before our nominated one & departing later you can share this transfer. If your flight was delayed and you miss the transfer you would be responsible for making your own way to resort at your own expense (unless you are insured for this)

Lift Passes

Alpine Italy will buy the passes for us & bring them to the hotel. Payment will be in cash on arrival. Anyone hoping for a discounted pass must produce their passport to prove age.

Ski Hire

Alpine Italy will accompany you to the local hire shop to get the best rates and quality of equipment locally

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Piste Map & Web Cam

http://www.lathuile.it/datapage.asp?id=84&l=3&s=I

http://www.courmayeurmontblanc.it/lang/EN/homepage

http://www.pilaski.co.uk/skiing

http://winter.larosiere.net/

https://www.chamonet.com/ski/area/vallee-blanche-ski-area

http://www.chamonix.net/english/winter-activities/off-piste-skiing/vallee-blanche

Booking

To book please go to www.singlesport.com & find “my bookings” in top right of screen. Register if you have not used this system previously then log on to request a place. If you require a senior lift pass please give your date of birth in the “Additional information” section Please email ruth@singlesport.com if you have any questions before requesting your place

Insurance

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