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Monte Rosa Ski Tour 2017
Course overview
This is one of the most famous ski tours in the Alps, as the Monte Rosa massif has the highest land area in the Alps over 4000m. The high altitude means this ski tour can keep good snow for longer and so run later in the season than others ski tours.

For those with a mountaineering focus, this tour will give you the ability to summit several summits over 4000m in a week, as well as some fantastic long ski descents.

Good ski ability and stamina will make the week more enjoyable and mean you achieve more summits. Due to the altitude, descents over spring snow powder is guaranteed!
Your expert IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide will help to develop your technical skills in crevasse rescue, Alpine ropework and avalanche tranceiver searches, as well as route planning for ski touring in terms of your avalanche awareness.
The mountain huts in the area are all comfortable with great quality cooked meals and stunning mountain views. The week includes skiing all the way up to the Margherita hut at 4556m.
Please note that due to the altitude and snow conditions, this ski tour has to be more flexible than most, so read the itinerary as an outline of what you could do, but it is not set in stone!
The Italians affectionately call this the 'Spaghetti Tour' due to the wriggly ridge crests, and the pasta in the mountain rifugios. It is normally one of our popular Italian guide team leading these trips.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.

Brief course itinerary options
The Monte Rosa massif offers so many options for ski touring, that the itinerary can be flexed to allow for any changes in conditions, and cable car openings in the late season. This itinerary flexibility allows us to offer this trip all the way through until late April each year, so really appeals to skiers who want the longest winter season possible. This trip is normally guided by one of the Italian guides from our core guiding team.
  Option 1
Option 2
Sun Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings are over by 19:00 and the Guide usually accompanies the group to pre-dinner drinks. Night in Chamonix.
Mon
Day 1: Drive to Breuil-Cervinia and catch the cable car to Plateau Rosa 3480m (ticket costs c.20€pp). From here you skin across the plateau and ascend to the summit of Breithorn 4168m, and ski down to reach the Rifugio Guide del Cervino at 3480m, where you spend the night.
Day 1: Drive from Chamonix to Gressoney, then catch the cable car and skin up to the Gnifetti hut. This will start your acclimatisation, and you will have the opportunity for some transceiver training, as well as ski touring techniques skills. Night in the Gnifetti mountain hut.
Tue Day 2: An Alpine start for good conditions to skin to the summit of Castor 4228m and / or Pollux 4092m, before the long and exciting ski descent all the way down to Champoluc 1800m, where you stay the night in a great local Italian hotel on a half board basis for the night. Day 2: Early start to ski tour all the way up to the highest hut in the Alps, the Margherita hut or to the summit of Zumstein, and then ski down all the way back to the Gnifetti hutt. Although you are skiing to high altitude today, you are sleeping lower, to avoid altitude sickness.
Wed Day 3: From the village you catch the cable car (ticket costs c.40€pp) and spend the day ski touring, and enjoying great freeride aound the Monterosa ski area, before heading up skinning to reach the Rifugio Gnifetti 3647m, where you spend the night. Day 3: Another early start to ski up to the summit of Piramide Vincent, your second 4000m peak of the week, and then ski all the way down to the valley in Gressoney. The night is spent in a hotel in the village on a half board basis.
Thu Day 4: Today is the highest point of the ski tour with an ascent of Signalkuppe 4554m, where the Margherita hut is perched, and possibly take in several other 4000m peaks such as Pyramide Vincent, Punta Parrot etc, before skiing back down to reach the Gnifetti hut for the night. Day 4: Drive around to Cervinia, and take the cable car up to Plateau Rosa. From the hut, you set of to skin up and ski down the Breithorn, your third 4000m peak of the week. You ski back to the Guide del Cervino hut, where you spend the night, again on a half board basis.
Fri Day 5: An early start to ascend the top of Punta Giordani 4046m, then it's time to enjoy the long ski descent all the way down to Gressoney, your third valley of the Monte Rosa massif. There's a short taxi transfer back to Cervinia, and then the return to Chamonix for a celebratory meal in the evening.

Day 5: An early start again, to ski to the summit of Pollux or Castor, your fourth 4000m peak of the week, and ski back down to Cervinia. From here you drive back to Chamonix. You stay there on a B&B basis, and most groups opt to go out for a celebratory meal in the evening.

Sat Breakfast then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most arrange their airport transfers to leave around this time, to catch a flight from about midday. Depart for home.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

Course Prices
Standard course
5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
£1099
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guides for five days, 2) Alpine course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Two nights B&B accommodation in Chamonix (inc. bedding & towels), 6) Four nights half board accommodation in mountain huts / hotel including three course cooked evening meals. 8) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 9) Road transport in Aosta valley to and from Cervinia.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable Cars (budget on approx. £50), 3) Equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 6) Taxi from Gressoney to Cervinia (c.20€pp), 7 Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Upgrade options
Avalanche Skills Weekend
£149 (throughout the season)
To learn avalanche prediction, reutschblocks and use of avalanche tranceivers. Course is available on any dates, either scheduled or private, details.
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Course Dates
Monte Rosa Tour
  • [ 2 ] 26 Mar - 1 Apr 2017
  • [ 4 ] 9 - 15 Apr 2017
  • [ 0 ] 23 - 28 Apr 2017
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Alternative courses
Chamonix Off Piste
Haute Route Ski Tour
Gran Paradiso Ski Tour
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Client feedback


I had a great time, especially the party in the hut on the last night. The area was amazing for the choice of summits that we could ski to the summit of each day

Stavros O , Monte Rosa Tour

Brilliant week, and we were so lucky with the weather too. Definately will be back for more next year. Thanks guys

Russell J , Monte Rosa Tour

So many summits and the huts were amazing, but the lodge in Champoluc was AMAZING. Thank you

Sal D , Monte Rosa Tour

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Location data for this trip
The trips all start in Chamonix, and we provide road transport through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy. Chamonix is easily accessed via minibus transfer from Geneva airport.
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Skis & equipment advice
Because we know it is so important to you to have the most suitable equipment and clothing for off piste skiing and touring, we have devoted a page especially to it, which you can access by clicking on the image, or by clicking here. This page outlines the key equipment you should bring, and gives examples of skis that are suitable for the course. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
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