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LEVEL 1 - Introduction | In search of mines! 

This introductory hike will bring you through the Inversins Valley, where copper and lead were once mined by the locals in the 18 century. This hike is done on fresh, untouched snow where you will see a mixture of valleys and hills allowing you to enjoy a unique experience in nature. Discover the world of ski touring and the equipment we use on a beginner-level hike. This hike is perfect for people with Class 3 that have never before done a ski tour. 

DETAILED ITINERARY: 
  • Meet up in front of the ESF Valmeinier 1800 office at 9am.
  • Mountain safety being so important to us, we make sure you know the weather conditions and how to use your equipment.  
  • Departure at the ski lift, where we will reach the valley entrance on skis.
  • This is where the hike starts. We put on our skins and we're off to enjoy an amazing hike.
  • During the hike, we will make a pitstop to enjoy some local specialities and get a little energy boost.
  • Return at noon to the ESF 1800 office.
EQUIPMENT
What we provide:
  • Backpack 
  • Avalanche receiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe
What you need to bring: 
  • Skin skis
  • Helmet 
  • Lift pass
  • Water
CONTACT US
Outings can be cancelled at any moment if the weather does not cooperate. In the event of a cancellation or modification, we will contact you the night before to let you know.
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LEVEL 2 - Wilderness Hike | Your first slides! 

Day-time and night-time ski tours are offered so that you can explore the natural beauty of the resort and enjoy local specialities along the way. This outing is perfect for people with Class 3 that have some knowledge of ski touring. We will head to the end of the Valmeinier Valley where we will explore the resort. Here the mountain huts are made of rock with stone slate roofs. This is due to the mining expeditions of slate and charcoal carried out during the 18th and 19th centuries. This is a pretty casual hike that takes you around the outskirts of Neuvache which is 3000m above sea level. Don't fret, the valley is a safe and secure area, perfect for getting away from it all and enjoying beautiful landscapes.

DETAILED ITINERARY: 
  • Meet up in front of the ESF Valmeinier 1800 office at 9am.
  • Mountain safety being so important to us, we make sure you know the weather conditions and how to use your equipment.
  • Departure in skis towards Chenalette parking lot. This is where the hike will start. We put on our skins and we're off on an amazing hike.
  • During the hike, we will stop and try local specialities to get an extra boost of energy.
  • Return to the ESF 1800 office around 2pm.
EQUIPMENT: 
What we provide:
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche receiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe
What you need to bring:
  • Skin skis
  • Helmet 
  • Lift pass
  • Water
CONTACT US
Outings can be cancelled at any moment if the weather does not cooperate. In the event of a cancellation or modification, we will contact you the night before to let you know.
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LEVEL 2 - Under The Stars

Once the lifts have closed for the day, we will hit the slopes to enjoy the beautiful sunset. A restaurant at the top of the slopes awaits us with a warm drink. After, we will enjoy a starlit descent back down and, with a bit of luck, the full moon will light the way.

DETAILED ITINERARY:
  • Meet up in front of the ESF Valmeinier 1800 office at 5pm.
  • Mountain safety being so important to us, we make sure you know the weather conditions and how to use your equipment.
  • Departure at the foot of the slopes for a climb on the green slopes of thistle.
  • A quick stop at 2100m above sea level at a restaurant for a warm drink.
  • Night-time descent via lamplight. Return at the foot of the slopes at 1800m around 8pm.
EQUIPMENT:
What we provide:
  • Head lamp
What you need to bring:
  • Skin skis
  • Helmet
  • Backpack
  • Water
CONTACT US
Outings can be cancelled at any moment if the weather does not cooperate. In the event of a cancellation or modification, we will contact you the night before to let you know.
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LEVEL 3 - Downhill | An unforgettable descent! 

It only takes a bit of effort to get the most out of this adventure! The goal of this hike is to reach the peak and bask in its beauty. After, you will be able to descend the piste and enjoy the beautiful views the whole way down. This outing is perfect for those we love snow sports, are in good physical shape and have in-depth knowledge of ski touring and off-piste skiing.

DETAILED ITINERARY:
  • Meet up in front of the ESF Valmeinier 1800 office at 9am.
  • Mountain safety being so important to us, we make sure you know the weather conditions and how to use your equipment.
  • We will take the cable car lift to get to the starting point of the hike.
  • Tasting of local specialities during the hike for a little energy boost.
  • Return to the ESF 1800 office around 2pm.

TWO POSSIBLE ROUTES:
  •  Reach the top of Sandonnière at 2925m above sea level and then descend through Inversins Valley (900m).
  •  Reach Black Rock Lake at 2550m above sea level and go back down through the valleys all the way to Valmeinier.
EQUIPMENT:
What we provide:
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche receiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe
What you need to bring:
  • Skin skis
  • Helmet
  • Lift pass
  • Water
CONTACT US
Outings can be cancelled at any moment if the weather does not cooperate. In the event of a cancellation or modification, we will contact you the night before to let you know.
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LEVEL 3 - 100% Fun | Descent and meal! 

DETAILED ITINERARY:
  • Meet up in front of the ESF Valmeinier 1800 office at 9am.
  • Mountain safety being so important to us, we make sure you know the weather conditions and how to use your equipment.
  • We will take the ski lift to reach the starting point of our hike.
  • Return to the ESF 1800 office around 2pm.

TWO POSSIBLE ROUTES: 
  • We will either pass through the mountainside of Crey du Quart or Gros Crey to reach the highest point of our hike which will lead us to a mountain hut. 
  • Regardless of which route we take, fun and adventure are always guaranteed! 
EQUIPMENT:  
What we provide:
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche receiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe
What you need to bring:
  • Skin skis
  • Helmet
  • Lift pass
  • Water
CONTACT US
Outings can be cancelled at any moment if the weather does not cooperate. In the event of a cancellation or modification, we will contact you the night before to let you know.
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LEVEL 4 - My First Summit

Climb all the way up to one of the peaks of Valmeinier, achieve this feat and enjoy the breathtaking views and tranquillity of the mountains! My First Summit is a route that can be 100% customizable for people who have a very good ski level, are in good physical shape and have in-depth knowledge of ski touring.

DETAILED ITINERARY:
  • Meet up in front of the ESF Valmeinier 1800 office at 9am.
  • Mountain safety being so important to us, we make sure you know the weather conditions and how to use your equipment.
  • We will take the cable car lift to reach the starting point of our hike. The physical shape of the group will determine the intensity of the hike.
  • Arrival at ESF 1800 around 2pm.

POSSIBLE ROUTES:
  • Sandonnière's Peak, Pass of the Marches, Black Rock, Castle Rock... These summits are among the most well-known of the resort.
EQUIPMENT:
What we provide:
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche receiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe
What you need to bring:
  • Skin skis
  • Helmet
  • Lift pass
  • Water
Contact us
Outings can be cancelled at any moment if the weather does not cooperate. In the event of a cancellation or modification, we will contact you the night before to let you know.
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