Val-Thorens - Courchevel - Méribel - Les Ménuires - Les Arcs - Montchavin - La Rosière - La Thuile
Explore on skis the many virgin and wild ritineraries of the Haute-Tarentaise valley preserved by the Vanoise National Park.
A star safari allows you to choose a new destination every day depending on the ski conditions and this is the best option to be in the right place at the right time. Discover the Haute Tarentaise valley in the most beautiful way by skiing descents of 1500 to 2200 meters vertical on the wild and preserved slopes of the largest ski resorts in the world.
For this ski safari, we will stay at the hotel l’Alpin in Landry. It is ideally located about 15 minutes from 4 of the ski resorts of this circuit. Those who wish to regain warmth and conviviality after a day full of powder will not be disappointed…
A night at the Lac du Lou mountain hut at 2035 meters high, located in front of the resort of Les Ménuires and just below Val-Thorens, will bring a touch of authenticity to this tour. Situated in an unspoilt valley on the shore of a mountain lake with a magical view, this is a warm and comfortable refuge that was completely renovated in 2017.
What you will do during your trip
You will ski off-piste à la carte for a weekend, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days.
Realizing beautiful descents from 1500 to 2200 meters vertical drop.
Discovering all the potential of the wild mountains of the Vanoise National Park and its surroundings.
Taking the opportunity to sleep in a mountain hut.
And have a drink with the locals while tasting their culinary specialties made with local products.
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.
A DAY SKIING AT VAL-THORENS – LES MÉNUIRES: A night at the Lac du Lou mountain hut located between the Carron peak and the Pointe de la Masse allows you to discover an ideal area for off-piste skiing in the 3 Valleys area …
A DAY SKIING AT LES ARCS – PEISEY – VILLAROGER: It is on this area that you will find the ski itineraries with the greatest vertical, up to 2200 mts of descent on wild slopes, either by going down to Villaroger from the Aiguille Rouge 3200 mts high or the Grand Col 3000 mts high, or on the high valley of Peisey.
A DAY SKIING AT SAINTE-FOY-TARENTAISE: Another anthological day of skiing in perspective to discover the magnificent north face of Foglietta and its surroundings.
A DAY SKIING AT LA PLAGNE – MONTCHAVIN: We have time to enjoy the immense Paradiski area with its grandiose itineraries including the descent of the north face of Bellecôte starting at 3200 mts high.
A DAY SKIING AT LA ROSIERE – LA THUILE (ITALY): The opportunity to take a tour in Italy by the off-piste routes from the top of the new Montvalezan chairlift or to take the helicopter in La Thuile to drop off on the Ruitor glacier from where we descend on the French side by a beautiful route of 2200 mts of vertical drop.
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
HOTEL L’ALPIN: Relaxation and comfort are the key words of the 15 rooms of the hotel l’Alpin. The restaurant of the hotel l’Alpin offers a tasty cuisine that mixes with malice, tradition and modernity. The chefs Benjamin and Laurent offer you regional specialties but also invite you to travel. The menu is based on fresh, seasonal produce, with a daily menu and a menu featuring a choice of wines selected by their wine merchant “Les Vignerons des Grésilles”. The buffet breakfast is made with fresh products and highlights local Savoyard products, especially local producers.
LAC DU LOU MOUNTAIN HUT: Rehabilitated in 2017 it is a modern, functional and pleasant to live in while preserving the authenticity of the place. As soon as you arrive there, all you have to do is relax in the warmth by the stove with a drink. Ideal for retracing your ski day while waiting for the meal. Dormitories are equipped with comforters. Disposable covers will be at your disposal. Don’t forget your towel if you want to take a hot shower.
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.
Half-board for 7 nights.
– 6 nights at the Hotel L’Alpin, in a double room with buffet breakfast and gourmet dinner.
– 1 night at the Lac du Lou mountain hut, with breakfast and typical meal based on local products.
BACKCOUNTRY / SIDECOUNTRY SKIS
AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK
Often group members will pool their money for wine at the dinner table.