CALENDAR 2023

SKI TOURING CALENDAR 2023

January 2023
Refuge Wallon OR Luz St Sauveur Base Camp

2 - 7 Jan, 7 - 14 Jan, 14 - 21 Jan 2023 :

• Marcadau Valley - Refuge Wallon base  - Price : 1100€ - 1375€pp (twin share hotels, dorm room in refuge)
Grade: D1:A1:F1 or grade to suit if group of 4P or more
Meet: Lourdes

21 - 28 Jan 2023 :

Intro Ski Touring / Winter Skills or Private Ski Tour 
Price: 1450-1590€/pp (different accommodation options), 2P base. Reduction if more in group.
Grade: D1:A1:F1 or fit to client
Meet: Luz St Sauveur

February 2023

Luz St Sauveur Base Camp

28 Jan – 4 Feb 2023:
Pyrenean Ski Safari (hotel based in Luz)
Price :
1590€
Grade : D2:A2:F1
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

28 Jan – 4 Feb, 4 – 11 Feb 2023:
Intro Ski Touring / Winter Skills
or Private Ski Tour Pyrenees
Price : 1590€
Grade : D1:A1:F1 OR fit to client
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

LW/E 28 Jan – 2 Feb 2023 :
Intro Ski Touring Weekend or Private Ski Tour Weekend
Price : 575€
Grade : D1:A1:F1, grade to suit
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

Ski tours Pyrenees

4 – 11 Feb (or 4-9 Feb) 2023 :
Néouvielle Nature Reserve – Lakes and Peaks (Pyrenees)
Price :
1395€ / 1195€ Grade : D1:A1:F1

Meet : Luz St Sauveur

11 – 18 Feb 2023 :

• Carlit – (Eastern Pyrenees)
Price :
1395€ Grade : D1:A1:F1

Meet : Ax Les Thermes

18 – 25 Feb 2023 :
Encantats Ski Tour
Price : 1395€
Grade : D1:A1:F2
Meet : Monrejeau

March 2023

Pyrenees Ski Tours

25 Feb – 4 Mar 2023:

• Marcadau Valley Refuge Wallon base

Price: 1495€, Grade: D1:A2:F2

Meet: Luz St Sauveur

4 – 11 Mar (or 4-9 Mar) 2023 :
Néouvielle Nature Reserve – Lakes and Peaks (Pyrenees)
Price :
1395€ / 1195€ Grade : D1:A1:F1
Meet : Luz St Sauveur

11 – 18 Mar 2023:

• Spanish High Route Pyrenees Ski Tour

Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A3:F2

Meet: Montrejeau

18 - 25 Mar 2023:

• Pyrenees National Park Ski Tour

Price: 1425€, Grade: D2:A3:F2

Meet: Luz St Sauveur

 

Ski Tours Southern Alps

4 – 11 Mar 2023:

• Cerces Southern Alps Ski Tour

Price: 1495€, Grade: D1:A2:F2

Meet: Gap

11 – 18 Mar 2023: 

• Larche – Briançon Traverse

Price: 1495€ Grade: D2:A2:F2

Meet: Gap

18 – 25 Mar 2022:

• Albula High Route

Price: 1595€ Grade: D :A :F

Meet:

April 2023
French and Swiss Alps Tours

Swiss Ski Tours

25 Mar – 1 Apr 2023: 

• Silvretta

Price: 1600€, Grade: D2:A2:F2

Meet:

1 – 8 Apr 2023: 

• Tour du Soleil

Price: 1600€, Grade: D2:A3:F2

Meet:

8 – 15 Apr 2023: 

• Urner High Route

Price: 1600€, Grade: D2:A3:F2

Meet:

French Alps Ski Tours

25 Mar – 1 Apr 2023: 

• Domes de la Vanoise

Price: 1595€, Grade: D :A :F

Meet:

 

1 – 8 Apr 2023:

• Grand Paradis

Price: 1595€, Grade: D :A :F

Meet:

 

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.