Off Piste Rover Gressoney
We will once again be offering an 'Off Piste Rover' trip, using the proven format roving around the alps, sampling the best resorts on offer from year to year. When visiting a new area sometimes the security of a well practiced routine is important, and in this case both James Thacker and Andy Nelson will be on hand to offer instruction and guiding. This year we will be visiting the Italian Monte Rosa freeride paradise with a trip based in Gressoney.
Off Piste Skiing in Gressoney - Monte Rosa
The linked ski area of Gressoney - Monte Rosa Ski offers a huge variety of off piste skiing on the Italian flanks of the Monte Rosa massif. Including the main ski areas of Champoluc, Gressoney and Alagna, with the potential to reach 4000m using uplift and skins the area is a great choice for the "all mountain" skier.
The conditions are often reliable here, with a good vertical drop allowing plenty of skiing along the Swiss - Italian frontier.
2018's 'Off Piste Rover' is visiting a mecca for off piste skiers, with Gressoney offering some of the most varied terrain served by lifts in Europe. Despite this, the area isn't as well known as some of it's counterparts in Switzerland and France, resulting in a slightly quieter experience.
The skiing is predominately lift served but by skinning or making a short ascent on foot even more terrain can be accessed. A touring ski/binding is essential to access the whole mountain. This week is predominately aimed at those who might have received ski lessons before and are further aiming to put their skills into practice. Plenty of coaching input will be available along the way as we aim to ski some of Gressoney's best itineraries, as well as doing some day tours nearby. With this in mind we have one night at the friendly Orestes Hütte to further maximise our time and experience on the mountain.
Guiding and Instruction
This trip will be led by Andy and James giving the benefits of both high quality guiding and ski instruction, not to mention a great deal of enthusiasm for the excellent skiing the area offers. Having an informal but dual discipline team brings a lot of flexibility to cater for groups of different ability or aspirations as well as allowing ski coaching or guiding time as appropriate. You can download a sample programme here.
In order to provide a unique experience we have arranged accommodation at the Hotel De Gletscher - Gressoney La Trinitè. With comfy rooms, this new but simply designed hotel was an obvious choice. Situated at 1850m, the lift station is a short walk away and is ideally placed for skiers. During the week, 1 night will be spent at the mountain hut, Orestes Hutte. For convenience, rooms will be kept at the hotel for this night, so there is no need to pack up belongings.
£1500 per person
5 days skiing
Maximum 8 people (at a ratio of 1:4)
- 5 days dual guiding and ski instruction with IFMGA Mountain Guide and BASI ISIA Ski Instructor
- Accommodation (double or twin rooms) and food on half board basis at Hotel De Gletscher for 6 nights (Sun 4th Feb - Sat 10th Feb)
- 1 night half board accommodation at Orestes Hutte (7th Feb)
- Use of shovel, transceiver and probe
What’s not included?
- Transport to and from the resort. Click here for information on getting to and from Gressoney.
- Lift expenses
- Insurance for cancellation, rescue, repatriation and medical expenses
- Kit. Check out course kit list
For this course you must be able to ski confidently off-piste on slopes of up to 30 degrees in most conditions. You might find it challenging when it gets bumpy, really deep or crusty, but you are prepared to have a go. You are happy to tackle slopes of up to 40 degrees when conditions are good, but perhaps would like to gain more confidence on these slopes. You’ll need to be able to cope with full days out on the mountain. You will have had some prior experience of using skins and have the fitness to skin steadily uphill for a few hours at an approximate rate of 300m per hour. This will feel like hill-walking uphill not running uphill. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss any aspect of your ski ability or for advice on your preparation.
James Thacker is an IFMGA Mountain Guide, based in Chamonix where he helps to run Off Piste Performance Ltd.
Andy Nelson is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and BASI Ski Instructor (ISIA) based in Glencoe, Scotland. More information on the guiding and instructional team can be found by visiting the About Us section.
- Off-Piste Ski Ability
- Effective but not efficient, Experienced
- Ski Instruction, Off-Piste Ski Guiding, Ski Touring
- Ski Instructor & Mountain Guide