ALL-INCLUSIVE GUIDED OFF-PISTE AND BACKCOUNTRY SKI SAFARI IN UTAH AND WYOMING

"Greatest Snow On Earth". This sentence inscribed on the license plate of Utah cars made us very eager to verify for ourselves this provocative adage! After a successful first trip in 2020, we decided to offer this road trip to all powder skiing enthusiasts wishing to test the snow of the American West. *(La meilleure neige de la planète).

Level 3 / 5

6600€

Price: 6290€

Valid until: 15/11/2020

6600€

Price: 6290€

Valid until: 15/11/2020

Valid until: 15/11/2020

JACKSON HOLE - GRAND TARGHEE - ALTA - SNOWBIRD - SNOWBASIN - GRAND TETON

Ski the many pristine and wild itineraries of the Wasatch and Rockies.

Looking out of the plane’s window before landing in Salt Lake City, we can see the great salt lake which gives the region’s snow its legendary lightness! Just next door, the impeccable whiteness of the Wasatch summits is dazzling!

As soon as you set foot on the tarmac you can see the skyscrapers of the center of Salt Lake City with sparkling mountains in the background, the show is breathtaking … it feels like passing behind the 16:9 screen of a Hollywood movie!

After a few days of powder skiing and backcountry skiing from Alta, Snowbird, Park City, Snowbasin, Powder Mountain ski areas, direction the Rocky Mountains where Jackson Hole and its long descents on the north face are waiting for us.

In Wyoming, the scenery is completely different and the vast landscapes always leave you dreaming. From the top of Jackson Hole aerial tram, you can enjoy the view of the extended plain (the hole) and once at the bottom, you will appreciate to come face to face with an elk (wapiti) and many other wild animals protected by the Grand Teton National Park. Be prepared to be amazed.

Guaranteed great skiing in cowboy country.

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What you will do during your trip

As soon as you step out of the plane, you will enter the American dream.

You will enjoy pristine snow in the Wasatch massifs and in Grand Teton National Park,one of the iconic massifs of the American rockies.

At Jackson Hole, you will drink and eat the delicious spare ribs of the famous Mangy Moose steak house.

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.

CLOTHING
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.

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Program

DAY 1: Meet at SLC airport
Meeting with your guide, transfer to Ogden 30 miles from Salt Lake City, overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: Snowbasin
Discovery of the Snowbasin ski area and its long descents, overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3: Powder Mountain
Skiing at Powder Mountain, then drive to Little Cottonwood Canyon in the suburbs of SLC. Our hotel is located at the foot of the canyon that leads to Alta. Overnight at Cabanas Ecobox andino.

DAY 4: Alta
Discovery of the numerous freeride double black diamond itineraries of the American powder mecca, overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5: Alta – Solitude
Day of ski touring in the heart of the Wasatch, between Alta and Solitude, overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6: Alta
Ski in Alta then drive to Jackson Hole, overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7: Jackson Hole
Discovery of JH, quick trip to Corbet’s Couloir, off-piste skiing in the Casper bowl sector, night at the hotel.

DAY 8: Teton Pass
By dropping off the car at the top of the Teton Pass we gain precious vertical meters and ensure a fantastic day of ski touring, overnight at the hotel.

DAY 9: Jackson Hole
Ski at Cody bowl, overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10: Grand Targhee
Ski Grand Targhee powder fields and drive to Salt Lake City, overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: Alta
Skiing in Alta, overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12: End of the trip
Skiing in Alta, overnight at the hotel.

The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.

Hotels and Huts

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Hotels and Huts

We have chosen three hotels offering an appreciable comfort after a good day of powder. Each hotel offers large rooms, a good buffet breakfast and a fitness area and swimming pool.

BW PLUS HIGH COUNTRY : On the way to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain ski areas, the town of Ogden is a good base offering a nice choice of restaurants and bars with local color.

HYATT PLACE : Located at the foot of Little Cotton Wood Canyon, the hotel allows you to enjoy the amenities of the city that hosted the Olympic Games in 2002 while being less than half an hour from Alta ski area.

HOMEWOOD SUIT : Right in the center of Jackson, the Home Wood is super comfortable. We love the cookies that are kindly offered to us when we come back from skiing.

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9V GUIDES

Full time supervision for 6/7 people by a UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide or a fully certified ski guide specialist of the region.

LIFT PASSES

6 days ski pass for all the ski resorts we cross.

ACCOMMODATION

11 nights in a B&B hotel on a double room basis.

– 2 nights at the BW plus high country Inn hotel in Ogden with buffet breakfast.
– 5 nights at the Hyatt Place hotel in Salt Lake City with buffet breakfast.
– 4 nights at the Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Jackson Hole with buffet breakfast.

 

TRANSPORTATION

All transportation during the safari for participants and luggage. Transportation will be by 4-wheel drive pick-up driven by your guide.

SAFETY GEAR

You don't have the famous avalanche beacon, shovel, probe triptych? We can lend it to you. If you have your own safety equipment bring it!
RESCUE EQUIPMENT

Each guide will have all that is necessary for the safety of his group in his rucksack.

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RESCUE INSURANCE

Compulsory for all trips. A good contract covers mountain rescue, transport to the nearest hospital and repatriation. Check your personal insurance contract which may include this risk.
TRIP INSURANCE

Considering the costs incurred, this insurance is strongly recommended. A personal contract can be subscribed individually. The cancellation to be covered may be the cancellation of the stay or the refund of the remainder of the stay in the event of an interruption. Check your credit card policy. Payment by credit card, Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard, may provide cancellation insurance.
SINGLE ROOM

For snorers or simply to be more comfortable!
LUNCHS AND DINNERS

Often group members will pool their money for lunch.
BACKCOUNTRY / SIDECOUNTRY SKIS

For this ski safari, the 9V guides recommend and use skis of 100 mm under the foot, equipped with touring bindings, climbing skins and ski crampons for hard snow.
Plane tickets

All flights are at your expense.

VISA

Check your passport before applying for a visa for the United States.

Meeting point

Salt Lake city airport (SLC) -

Information

VISA

Link to the ESTA application allowing you to apply for a visa for the United States:https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/faq

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