TIGNES - VAL D'ISERE - SAINTE-FOY-TARENTAISE - VALMOREL - LA PLAGNE - LES ARCS - LA ROSIÈRE
Explore on skis the many untouched and wild routes linking the many ski areas of Haute-Tarentaise
Right from the start of the ski safari, the tour of the Haute Tarentaise seduces skiers from all over the world. Renowned around the world, this corner of Savoy has given birth to the largest and most beautiful ski areas in the world: Val d’Isère, Tignes (formerly Espace Killy), Les Arcs, La
Plagne (Paradiski), La Rosière, La Thuile (Espace San Bernardo), Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise …
Those who already know the Haute Tarentaise will be pleasantly surprised to discover a completely different facet of this fantastic valley. Our logistics are well oiled and in the company of a guide who is here at home, we invite you to ski the powder of the most beautiful north face of the region: Bellecôte, Aiguille Rouge, Foglietta without forgetting the couloir of the “9 vallees” in La Lauzière between Valmorel and Saint François Longchamp …
As you ski from one valley to another, your luggage is transported by road! Stopovers in small typical hotels, located in mountain villages well placed among the mega ski areas, will allow you to get to know and appreciate the Savoyard welcome.
Join us for what former participants call “the greatest ski adventure of their lives”.
What you will do during your trip
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
The 9V guides use and recommend backcountry skis from 95 mm to 120 mm wide, depending on your size. Fitted with pin-type touring bindings with ski stops, these skis are fairly light, allowing you to ski with ease and save your legs in all types of snow. We recommend 4-hook freerando boots with 60° of travel.
Nop, we rather be slackcountry skiing. Slackcountry or sidecountry skiing is a mix of classic freeride/powder skiing with one or more short walks on foot or with skins from the top of the lifts. The aim is to quickly reach the beautiful powdery, trackless slopes, even when it hasn’t snowed for a long time. The emphasis is on the pleasure of the descent rather than the effort of the ascent.
Slackcountry skiing is THE powder guarantee!
TRAVEL BAG AND SKI BAG
As we travel by plane, boat, car or minibus, space is often at a premium. So it’s best to keep your luggage small and easy to carry. We advise you to travel with a soft duffel bag with wheels, a soft ski sleeve without wheels and a separate ski boot bag.
BACKPACK (25 / 35 liters with carrying strap for skis) for the day’s essentials:
– warm down jacket at the bottom of the bag,
– goggles with a screen for bad weather,
– neck warmer against wind, cold, powder and sun,
– high-protection sun cream for face and lips,
– spare gloves if you fall down a lot, or mittens if you’re afraid of the cold,
– thermos flask if it’s cold or camel bag if it’s mild,
– dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars,
– survival blanket, shovel and probe.
You’ll spend a lot more time in ski clothes than in après-ski gear.
At any time of year, the weather can be fine and mild, or extremely cold, snowy or rainy.
Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing: During a snowstorm, skiing is fantastic in the forest. Pack an extra layer of clothing in your daypack to adapt to any changes in temperature. Temperatures vary with altitude, on the order of 10°C per 1000 meters. As a result, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summit can vary by 20° or more with the effect of the wind.
If you’re properly equipped, you’ll enjoy skiing whatever the weather. We ski in all weathers.
If you have an avalanche transceiver, we advise you to bring it with you. If it’s an old model, it’s a good opportunity to check that it’s working properly, and to practice with it. If it’s brand new, it’s important to use it as often as possible to familiarize yourself with its operation. Regular training is the only way to be efficient when you need it! If you don’t have a transceiver, please let us know on the registration form and we’ll provide you with one when possible.
DAY 1: Meet at Le Monal hotel in Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
Meeting at 6.30 p.m. – Meeting with the guide, checking of everyone’s ski equipment, distribution of rental skis (for those who have ordered them) and safety equipment provided. Meal and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 : Tignes – Val d’Isère
Hotel Le Monal is ideally located less than half an hour by taxi from the most incredible ski resorts in the world. Your guide will select the area that offers the best skiing, depending on the weather and the snow. You will start this day with an off-piste safety briefing. At lunch, grand 9V picnic. Return by taxi to Hotel Le Monal.
DAY 3: La Rosière – La Thuile
The guide will have selected the best ski area of the day. At 5.30 p.m. once the skiing is over, a taxi takes us to Valmorel. Overnight at the Hotel Oxygène.
DAY 4: Saint François Longchamp – Lauzière
Virgin snow in the Valmorel / St-François-Longchamps ski area. The last descent takes us back on skis directly to the Hotel Oxygène.
DAY 5: Valmorel – La Flachère
Exploration on skis of the forests of Valmorel, then the last descent via the immense 2 Nants itinerary. A taxi will be waiting for us at the bottom of our ski itinerary to join Champagny. The meal will be traditional and plentiful. Night at the hotel Les Glières.
DAY 6: La Plagne – Les Arcs
Goal of the day: The famous north face of Bellecôte 3200 mts which offers a descent of 1700 mts of sustained vertical drop. Then, the ski lifts of Les Arcs will take us to the top of the Aiguille Rouge for a descent of 2200 mts in varied terrain. A memorable ski day!
Night at the hotel le Monal in Sainte Foy.
DAY 7: Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
We will end this ski safari in style by skiing the from Fogliettaz North Face towards Sainte Foy village, followed by another descent to the hamlet of Pigettes or Monal. You will then have covered the most beautiful off-piste itineraries of this beautiful Tarentaise valley. Night at the hotel le Monal in Sainte Foy.
DAY 8: Breakfast – End of Ski Safari
The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.
Hotels and Huts
Hotels and Huts
We have chosen typical accommodation in each valley, so you can experience the authentic mountain atmosphere. Run by local families, they have their own history in the valley. The hoteliers give us a warm welcome and the hotels comfort is remarkable. Each dinner will be like a well-deserved feast after a good day of skiing in the mountains!
HOTEL LE MONAL Located at Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise. It is “the place to be” of the whole valley. This hotel will allow you to live at the pace of the Tarentaise. The mountain atmosphere is warm and the comfort of the completely renovated rooms is worthy of a superior class hotel. Yves the owner is particularly fond of good food and quality ingredients. In his cellar, he will make you taste some wines from the region where the good bottles are mixed with the best hams and sausages!
HOTEL OXYGENE is ideally located in the small hamlet of Charmettes connected to Valmorel. The interior of the completely renovated hotel is magnificent. The rooms, all in wood, are very comfortable and its restaurant by the fireplace offers delicious cuisine.
HOTEL LES GLIERES is located in the center of Champagny-en-Vanoise a few steps from the ski lift which provides access to the ski area of La Plagne.
Full time supervision for 6/7 people by a UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide or a fully certified ski guide specialist of the region.
6 days ski pass for all the ski resorts we cross.
7 nights half board on a double room basis.
– 4 nights at the Hotel Le Monal, with buffet breakfast and gourmet dinner.
– 2 nights at the Hotel Oxygène, with breakfast and gourmet dinner.
– 1 night at the Hotel Les Glières, with breakfast and Savoyard meal.
All transportation during the safari for participants and luggage. Transportation will be by taxi driven by a local driver.
BACKCOUNTRY / SIDECOUNTRY SKIS
AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK
Often group members will pool their money for wine at the dinner table.