CALENDAR 2021

SKI TOURING CALENDAR 2021

December 2020
Luz St Sauveur Base Camp

19-26 Dec 2020 // 26 Dec - 2 Jan 2021 :

Intro Ski Touring / Winter Skills or Private Ski Tour
Price: 1255€ / 1355€pp
Grade: D1:A1:F1 OR fit to client
Meet: Luz St Sauveur

LW/E 19-22 Dec  // 26-29 Dec 2020 :

Intro Ski Touring Weekend - Price : 595€ (including equipment)
Private Ski Tour Weekend - Price : 650€pp
Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit
Meet: Luz St Sauveur

January 2021
Luz St Sauveur Base Camp

19-23 Jan  //  23-30 Jan 2021 :

Intro Ski Touring / Winter Skills or Private Ski Tour 
Price: 1255€/pp
Grade: D1:A1:F1 or fit to client
Meet: Luz St Sauveur

LW/E 16-19 Jan  //  23-26 Jan 2021 :

Intro Ski Touring Weekend - Price : 595€ (including equipment)
Private Ski Tour Weekend - Price : 650€pp
Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit
Meet: Luz St Sauveur

February 2021

Luz St Sauveur Base Camp

30 Jan – 6 Feb 2021:
Pyrenean Ski Safari (hotel based in Luz)
Price :
1315€
Grade : D2:A2:F1
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

30 Jan – 6 Feb, 6 – 13 Feb 2020:
Intro Ski Touring / Winter Skills
or Private Ski Tour Pyrenees
Price : 1225€
Grade : D1:A1:F1 OR fit to client
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

LW/E 30 Jan – 2 Feb, 15 – 18 Feb 2021 :
Intro Ski Touring Weekend or Private Ski Tour Weekend
Price : 595€ (inc. equip)
Grade : D1:A1:F1, grade to suit
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

Ski tours Pyrenees

6 – 13 Feb 2021:
Pyrenean Day Tours
(hotel based in Luz)
Price : 1255€
Grade : D2:A2:F2
Meet : Lourdes

13 – 20 Feb 2021 :
Néouvielle Nature Reserve – Lakes and Peaks (Pyrenees)
Price :
1295€
Grade : D1:A1:F1
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

SW 13 – 18 Feb 2021 :
Néouvielle Nature Reserve – 5 nights/4 days
Price : 1095€
Grade : D1:A1:F1
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

20 – 27 Feb 2021 :
Encantats Ski Tour
Price : 1395€
Grade : D1:A1:F2
Meet : Monrejeau or Toulouse

SW 20 – 25 Feb 2021:
Encantats Ski Tour – 5 nights/4 days
Price : 1195€
Grade : D1:A1:F2
Meet : Monrejeau or Toulouse

March 2021

Luz St Sauveur Base Camp

27 Feb – 6 Mar 2021:

• Off-Piste Improvement - Price: 1425€, Grade: D1:A1:F1

Meet: Luz St Sauveur

• Pyrenean Ski Safari (hotel based in Luz) - Price: 1315€, Grade: D2:A2:F1

Meet: Luz St Sauveur

6 – 13 Mar 2021: 

• Off-Piste Improvement - Price: 1425€, Grade: D1:A1:F1

Meet: Lourdes/Luz St Sauveur

Pyrenean Day Tours (hotel based in Luz) - Price: 1255€, Grade: D2:A2:F2

Meet: Lourdes

13 – 20 Mar, 20 – 27 Mar 2021:

Intro Ski Touring / Winter Skills or Private Ski Tour Pyrenees

Price: 1225€ Grade: D1:A1:F1

Meet: Luz St Sauveur

LW/E 13 – 16 Mar, 20 – 23 Mar 2021

Intro Ski Touring Weekend or Private Ski Tour Weekend

Price: 595€ (inc. equip), Grade: D1:A1:F1, grade to suit

Meet: Luz St Sauveur

Tours Southern Alps - Pyrenees

13 – 20 Mar 2021: 

• Spanish High Route Pyrenees Ski Tour

Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A3:F2

Meet: Montrejeau or Toulouse

• Cerces Southern Alps Ski Tour

Price: 1395€, Grade: D1:A2:F2

Meet: Gap

20 – 27 Mar 2021:

• Larche – Briançon Traverse

Price: 1395€ Grade: D2:A2:F2

Meet: Turin

April 2021
French and Swiss Alps Tours

27 Mar – 3 Apr 2021:
Gran Paradiso Ski Tour

Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A2:F2

Meet: Geneva,

27 Mar – 3 Apr 2021: 

• Lepontines (Tour du Soleil)

Price: 1555€, Grade: D2:A2:F2

Meet: Geneva

3 – 10 Apr 2021: 

• Vanoise Ski Tour

Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A2:F2

Meet: Geneva

SW 3 – 8 Apr 2021: 

Vanoise Ski Tour -  5 nights/4 days

Price: 1225€, Grade: D2:A2:F2

Meet: Geneva

10 – 17 Apr 2021: 

• Haute Maurienne Ski Tour

Price: 1395€, Grade: D2:A3:F2

Meet: Geneva

SW 10 – 15 Apr 2021: 

Haute Maurienne – 5 nights/4 days

Price: 1195€, Grade: D2:A3:F2

Meet: Geneva

10 – 17 Apr 2021: 

Tour of La Meije

Price: 1395€, Grade: D3:A3:F3

Meet: Grenoble

GRADE CODING

D = DESCENT

D1 – simple skiing on wide slopes with little danger of exposure due to cliff faces, seracs or glaciers. Expect slopes similar to a red piste in gradient terms.

D2 – expect some slopes with object dangers like cliff faces, narrow passages between crevasses or ice falls and the occasional gully or couloir. Slopes may be slightly steeper than in our D1 grade but generally do not exceed 30 degrees.

D3 – expect steeper slopes, narrower gulleys, and skiing in more confined spaces. You must be able to ski completely in control in all snow conditions on slopes up to 35 degrees.

A = ASCENT

A1 – climbs on these ski tours average between 800 and 1000 metres a day at a moderate pace on gentle terrain. Expect to spend fours hours climbing. A1 tours do not generally require the use of an ice axe but you may need boot crampons on one or two passes.

A2 – longer climbs up to 1200 metres a day but with optional peak ascents requiring some mountaineering skills. You will use crampons and may need an ice axe (see individual tour requirements). Expect to cover the 1200 metres in 3.5 hours – so these tours do move at a faster pace than our A1 groups.

A3 – these tours are tougher and require climbs of 1400 metres and occasional longer days up to 1800 metres a day. You need to be completely competent with uphill kick turns (able to perform them in steep tricky situations) and you need an ice axe and crampons. A3 tours are only suitable for people who have completed at least three ski tours before.

F = FITNESS

F1 – these tours require basic hill and ski fitness as they are only at moderate altitude and you are climbing and skiing at a moderate rate. We expect you to be able to climb and ski at a steady pace with two or three breaks during the climb.

F2 – as these groups move at a faster pace, and many of these tours are at a higher altitude, you need to be fitter. You should be a regular hill walker or cycle a fair amount and you should be ski fit too – so ideally you will have been skiing on piste (or on an off -piste week) before joining these groups.

F3 – these groups cover ground at a fast pace without stopping very often. You need to be able to climb with a good rhythm at this pace for up to five hours. These tours are only suitable for people who have many years ski touring experience and are well prepared physically.

Note : please bear in mind that although we have given each tour a D.A.F grade the actual grade of a route may well feel different if the conditions are hard – i.e if there is a lot of breakable crust, or stormy weather for example.