If you’re an experienced skier, who is comfortable on red runs and have done a small amount of off-piste before, then you will enjoy our ski-touring holidays. They allow you to get into the wild mountains, away from the pistes, and to see a true winter wonderland.
Our introduction week begins with tuition on-piste and practising your new skills, before you get away from it all and into the heart of the mountains.
The first four nights, and last night, of your accommodation are based in the village of Barèges. You have a choice of our 3-star catered chalet or 3-star hotel.
The other two nights will be in mountain refuges as part of our hut to hut tour, so we can reach pure wilderness and empty mountains.
A typical week’s itinerary
Saturday – arrival
Arrange equipment and lift passes.
Sunday- learning and practice
We spend today in the local ski resort learning about downhill off-piste skiing and familiarising ourselves with new equipment and off-piste techniques in the best way possible – using them.
Monday- Plateau d'Aoube
We leave the resort and the ski lifts behind us and ascend into the beautiful, sunny bowl of the Plateau d'Aoube.
Tuesday - Cirque du Gavarnie
No trip to the Pyrenees is complete without visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of the Cirque du Gavarnie. But you’ll get to see it from a totally different view to the thousands of tourists that visit every year.
Wednesday – begin our hut to hut tour
Today is the start of our three day hut to hut tour in the spectacular Pyrenees National Park.
Thursday - Pic du Cambales
We have an early start for a challenging day, where we’ll climbing towards the Pic du Cambales and its ice locked attendant lakes.
Friday- Marcadau valley
We wake up in the heart of the mountains for another full day's ski touring, before returning to your accommodation , ready for hot showers and large meals!
Saturday – Depart
This is a typical ski-touring itinerary. Please note that your guide will choose your route according to the weather and snow conditions as well as the ability of your group, to ensure you have the most enjoyable and safe experience possible.
What the price includes
The price of your ski-touring holiday includes:
- 3-star ensuite accommodation at either our chalet or hotel, based on two people sharing
- breakfast and evening meals
- Minimum group size of 4, maximum 8
- Mini bus transport during the ski-touring days
- Qualified instructor and guide
- avalanche transceiver, probe and snow shovel
What you will need to pay for out here:
- Equipment hire, priced at around 25€ a day for touring skis, skins, crampons and boots
- Lift passes for days in the ski resort are about 30€
- Drinks, lunches and snacks in the ski resort and refuges.
As you’d expect the routes we’ll take will depend on the weather and snow conditions. Mountains are changeable things, so we could be ski-touring in blazing sunshine or in overcast, cold weather. We’d recommend you bring layers to wear so you can take them on and off as you move and cool down.