Verbier Steep Skiing Camp

January 17th - 23rd, 2021  (Ski days Jan 18th - 22nd)

Verbier has a high concentration of easily accessible, fun, steep skiing with plenty of interesting couloirs and steep faces to explore.  It is a friendly resort with a fantastic lift system connecting a huge area of skiing together, allowing us on our camps to cover a huge amount of terrain.  It is often less intimidating than other resorts with little need for much rope work to access terrain and less high consequence. 

If you are looking to join us for the first time, Verbier is a great option for your first steep skiing camp and the first introduction to skiing steeper terrain.

 

No matter how experienced or how well you ski, you will learn and be challenged by the camps.  As we usually have multiple groups on our camp we split the groups according to ability and fitness. 

Itinerary/What to Expect

 

The camp itinerary is to stay as flexible as possible so that we are always skiing where the skiing is best.  There is not a “typical” day for the Steep Camps.  Each day is different; each day is a new adventure.

 

The camp starts with a welcome drink and dinner on Sunday at 6:30 pm.  We will talk about the current conditions and our tentative plan for the week.  The first ski day is Monday, 8th January.   

 

We will do an equipment check Monday morning and then head up on the mountain to begin our week of adventure. 

 

Our start time will usually be around 8.30 am, where we take the lift from Verbier center that links into the whole 4 valley's lift system.  Endless options and long lift hours allow for full ski days.  You will have the option to save your legs for the next day but if you want more, there is always more skiing to be had.

 

After 5 days of phenomenal skiing and mind-blowing descents, we will cap off the week with a celebration dinner on Friday night. Awards are given and stories told!

You can arrange your departure for the morning of Saturday, January 23rd.

 

Price description

$3650 per person

 

Cost Inclusions:

•5 days skiing with UIAGM/IFMGA certified guides (maximum 4 skiers with each guide)

•6 nights lodging on a shared basis at the Hotel Les Chamois in Verbier (arriving Sunday and leaving Saturday)

•6 days breakfast at Hotel Les Chamois

•2 Dinners with the Team (the welcome dinner on Sunday and a celebration dinner on Friday)

•1 Helicopter lift to access an epic big mountain descent

•5 days lift tickets to 4 Vallées

•Ground transportation as necessary from the hotel in Verbier

•Use of avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack, and harness

•Instruction in steep skiing techniques

•Instruction in ski mountaineering techniques and safe mountain travel

•Instruction in avalanche awareness and rescue

•Lots of exciting and challenging skiing in spectacular terrain!

 

Cost Exclusions:

•Transportation from your home to the hotel in Verbier and back

•Dinners in town (except for the 2 previously mentioned)

•Lunches on the Mountain

•Alcoholic Beverages

•Rescue Insurance

•Travel Insurance 

•Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance

•Any equipment rental or purchase in addition to the equipment provided which is listed above

•Tips for Guides

 

Private Room Supplement: If you would prefer not to share a room, please request a private room when you sign up.  The fee for a private room is $760.  Private rooms are subject to availability.

 

Skiing Level

 

Am I good enough or am I too good?

 

Clients range in age from 16 to 75.  You should be able to ski black and double black ski area runs with control and confidence.  No ski mountaineering experience is required but if you have experience the camps will build on that experience.  Our guides can provide plenty of challenges for even the most accomplished skiers.

 

You will ski with one guide and up to three other skiers whose ability and fitness are similar to yours.   We keep the camp ratio low for safety and for your enjoyment of skiing with skiers of a similar level.

 

The camps are designed to accommodate a range of skiers, from those just breaking into the steeps to those with many steep lines under their belt.  The great thing about the venues for these camps is that there is plenty of challenge for every skier at every level.

 

No matter how experienced you are, you will enjoy and learn from these camps.  Your UIAGM Certified Guides knows the terrain intimately and will find the best lines and the best snow for your group.  They will show you the experience of a lifetime!

 

Travel Information

To get to Verbier it is possible to take the train from Geneva airport to La Chable (the village below Verbier) then take the gondola lift up to Verbier town and walk to our hotel.  To check train timetables for Switzerland use sbb.ch/en you want to enter Geneva Airport as your departure point and La Chable VS gare as your arrival point.  Typically there are trains each hour and it takes 2 hours 15 minutes with 1 change in Martigny.  Please note that timetables are published about 3 months in advance on the website. 

Alternatively, Alpybus offers private and shared airport transfers by road from Geneva airport to Verbier town.  You can request a quote and book online directly with them.

 

Once you book your airline ticket and transfers, please send us your itineraries.  If you have questions about getting to Verbier or need assistance, please contact us.

 

Our equipment list for the steeps camp is available here (click the PDF link to download):

Contact Us:

Tel: 206-925-3991

Email: steepcamps@mac.com
 

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