CERVINIA - ZERMATT - CHAMPOLUC - GRESSONEY - ALAGNA
On the Italian side of the Monte Rosa Massif, each valley has its own ski resorts, so it is possible to go from one valley to the other thanks to the ski lifts that can take us up to 3820 mts of altitude.
This vast region offers versatile skiing with countless itineraries at all altitudes. Depending on weather and snow conditions, we will ski up high on glaciers or we will stay below the tree line.
The imposing peaks of this massif all culminate above 4000 mts, the Matterhorn, Breithorn, Castor, Lyskamm, Polux etc.. Some of these peaks can be reached with a short hike using sealskins or by helicopter (at an additional cost), for spectacular descents over 2400 meters of vertical drop.
From Valtournenche, we will ski some of the large Swiss glaciers towards Zermatt. This exceptional day will allow us to ski around the majestic Matterhorn.
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 the Hotel Des Roses in Antey-Saint-André
Participants and guides meet at the bar at 6 PM. Verification of the individual equipment and distribution of the group equipment when needed. The first and last nights of this ski safari will be spent in Hotel des Roses in Antey-St-André. Cars will be left at the hotel until our return at the end of the week.
DAY 2: Valtournenche
Off-piste skiing in the area of Chamois, village with no access by road. Short climbs with skins reward us with fantastic descents. Beacon training and off piste skiing in the area of Chamois. At lunch, grand 9V picnic. The last run of the day will take us down to Cheneil, a secret snowbound village, that can be reached only on skis in winter. No luggage transport for this night. An unforgettable evening will be spent in the historical and picturesque Albergo Panorama, a high mountain-hut.
DAY 3: Valtournenche – Val d’Ayas
We leave Cheneil on ski in the morning. Exploration of Valtournenche and Cervinia off-piste skiing areas. Last descent from Gobba di Rollin 3750 mts, Testa Grigia 3300 mts, or Cime Blanche 3100 mts, to Saint Jacques 1689 mts in the Val d’Ayas, second valley. Night in Hotel Genzianella, where our luggage has been transported.
DAY 4: Val d’Ayas and Zermatt
Skiing in the Val d’Ayas area. If weather the seems perfect, be ready for the grand tour via Zermatt. Second night in Hotel Genzianella.
DAY 5: Val d’Ayas to Gressoney
Lifts to Bettaforca. ½ hour climb to Punta Bettolina, descent to Stafal in Val Di Gressoney, the third valley. A glimpse of the immense Gressoney area. Night in Rifugio Gabiet, above the pistes of Gressoney. Our luggage will have been transported there by bus, cable car and snowmobile.
DAY 6: Gressoney to Valsesia
Discovery of the immense off-piste area of Alagna in the Valsesia (fourth valley) via the Punta Indren lifts, 3600 m and large and wild valleys offering over 2400 mts of vertical drop. Possibility of sealskin variants or helicopter drop-offs. Second night in Rifugio Gabiet.
DAY 7: Alagna – Valtournenche
If we have not yet managed to make the big tour via Zermatt, this is our last chance! In that case, we ski down to Valtournenche at the end of the day and get the bus back to Hotel des Roses, where our luggage will have been transported. Another possibility is landing on La Roisetta to ski down to Valtournenche. Otherwise, another day of grandiose skiing in the Gressoney area awaits us. Transfer of skiers + bagage at the end of the day, (1¾ hour) back to Hotel des Roses, where we spend the last night.
DAY 8: End of your ski safari after breakfast
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 cozy hotels or lodges in each valley, which will allow you to have an authentic mountain experience. Each place of stay is run by a local family that has played its part in the history of the valley. The atmosphere will be warm and friendly, yet the comfort will be, like in olden times, a little rustic. However, the home cooking, often done by the grandmother and other members of the family, is exquisite! Each dinner will be sort of a feast, well deserved after a tough day in the mountains. As we will be staying in 4 different places, one night without baggage transfer, be sure to pack what you need during the week in one bag, which is light and practical.
HOTEL DES ROSES located at Antey-St-André: very practical for the day of arrival and departure, on the road to Valtournenche. Comfortable rooms for 2 or 3 persons with shower and toilet. Excellent dinner.
ALBERGO PANORAMA in Cheneil, a preserved hamlet reached on skis in the winter. At the origin of this hotel, was Sir Whimper himself, explaining to the farmers that they should have rooms to receive mountaineers and tourists. The present owner is a mountain guide, who runs the hotel with his family and has even bought a snow cat to take skiers up to the Chamois ski area. Bathrooms and toilets inside the house; some of the rooms have a wash basin. 2 to 3 persons per room.
HOTEL GENZIANELLA Located at Saint Jacques en Val d’Ayas: held for generations by a Walser family (in fact this end of valley at the foot of the 4000s was populated by German immigrants called the “Walser”), who have preserved their traditions and their dialect through centuries. The highlight of this hotel is its very fine restaurant with local specialities. Rooms for 2 or 3 persons with shower and toilet.
GABIET MOUNTAIN HUT the fun atmosphere of a mountain hut with the advantage of commodities like a big bar for after-skiing, a cozy video room with fireplace, spacious hot showers in a unisex washroom with one long sink where you just have push to get space… The rooms are tiny with 2 to 6 bunk beds covered with a sheet and puffy quilt. We arrive at the Rifugio in the evening when all the other skiers have gone down to the valley. In the morning we put on our skis in front of the door to glide away before any one is up from the valley…
Full time supervision for 6/7 people by a high mountain guide UIAGM / IFMGA specialist in Monte Rosa.
6 days ski pass for all the ski resorts we cross.
Half-board for 7 nights.
Half-board for 2 nights in hotel des Roses, 2 or 3 persons per room with shower or bath.
-Half-board for 1 nights at Albergo Panorama 2 or 3 persons per room with shower or bath.
Half-board for 2 nights in hotel Genzianella, 2 or 3 persons per room with shower or bath.
Half-board for 2 nights at Rifugio Gabiet. It is a wonderful lodge above the pistes of Gressoney, but is not a hotel.
All transportation during the safari for participants and luggage.
Often group members will pool their money for wine at the dinner table.
BACKCOUNTRY / SIDECOUNTRY SKIS
AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK
1 drop off by helicopter at the “Col du Lys” at an altitude of 4200 meters. From 200€. (final price according to the number of people).