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Freeride Skiing in Val d'Isere

Treat yourself to the best off-piste terrain the Alps has to offer with 2 mornings of guided backcountry skiing.

Val d’Isere is a mecca for on-piste and off-piste skiers with everything from gentle, rolling powder fields to steep couloirs. Explore the area’s backcountry terrain with a professional ski guide to show you the best powder stashes and most enjoyable runs. Your hassle-free package includes:

  • 2 mornings of guided off-piste skiing in a small group
  • Professional, qualified, English-speaking guide
  • Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe)

Perfect for:
This is for good skiers that can handle black pistes without problems. You need to be confident with speed, able to link turns and stop on steep slopes. Prior off-piste skiing experience is preferred, but not required. We will split groups as required. You need to be in good physical condition - fit enough to handle 4 hours activity.

  • Accommodation not provided
  • —Val-d'Isere Centre
  • Activity Type
    • Day tours, returning to a base
  • Groups up to 6

Service

Day 1: Morning of off-piste skiing

Meet your guide at the snowfront and catch the lift at 9:00 AM – an early start means fresh tracks! Once at the top you have your choice of runs. Your guide will help choose the best terrain given the conditions and your skill level.

One option is to head to Fornet and stay high on the glacier. Alternatively, you can descend to the trees for amazing powder skiing. Or, perhaps you’ll head to the steep, sustained slopes of Solaise or Face de Charvet, both offering 1000m of continuous vertical.

Head back to town at 1:00 PM for a well-deserved lunch and an afternoon to do what you like. Maybe you’ll venture out for more skiing, or maybe you’ll indulge in some apres ski food and drink.

Day 2: More off-piste skiing!

Same time, same place, but today your guide will find new terrain for you to ski. Head to one of the areas you didn’t visit yesterday, or maybe ski to Tignes via the Bellevarde massif to ski a different part of the valley.

Return to town at 1:00 PM with plenty of time to further explore the ski area, or to relax in town.

Accommodation

Not Set

Location

Val d’Isere is a world-class ski resort forming part of the Espace Killy ski area. Featuring everything from gentle, rolling terrain to steep, gnarly couloirs, Val d’Isere has something for every skier.

Nestled in the valley beneath impressive peaks, the little town of Val d’Isere is composed of both cozy chalets and luxurious high-rises, allowing you to choose the experience you want. The town is also full of delicious restaurants and bars for all your apres ski needs.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at the foot of the slopes each morning. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will finish back at the bottom of the hill. Your guide will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Val d’Isere is easily accessible by car or shuttle from Geneva airport, making it a perfect weekend getaway. The 2 ½ hour drive from Geneva is generally straight forward, though winter conditions can cause traffic leading up to the valley.

F.A.Q.

What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Lift passes
  • Ski equipment
  • Travel insurance that covers off-piste skiing
  • Tips for your guides

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How many in the group?

You will be skiing with between 2 and 6 people max. Your guide will aim to match people of similar abilities and tailor accordingly.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is perfect for good skiers that can handle black pistes without problems. You need to be confident with speed, able to link turns and stop on steep slopes. Prior off-piste skiing experience is preferred, but not required. You need to be in good physical condition - fit enough to handle 4 hours activity.

What’s the weather like?

Winter in Val d’Isere is cold, but that just makes the snow conditions better! Average temperatures range from -8 to 3 °C. The sun often shines, however, making for beautiful views over the Alps. More than a meter of snow falls each month.

What should I pack?

Bring your own ski equipment if you like, or you can rent in Val d’Isere. Pack plenty of warm and waterproof layers, several pairs of ski socks, sun protection, gloves and a hat, a waterbottle or thermos, and a rucksack to carry personal gear.