A Private Ski Safari in the European Alps

This experience takes you beyond the crowds of commercial pistes to otherwise inaccessible descents over spectacular mountain terrain.

The tours are designed to take advantage of the quickly changing weather patterns in the Alps whilst guaranteeing your safety at the hand of professional mountain guides.

This means that on any given day your itinerary may change to allow you to ski the best conditions that Switzerland, France and Italy have to offer, across glaciers or from mountain hut to ancient monastery, enjoying authentic mountain life and unique cuisines along the way.

Day 1: Geneva, Switzerland to Courmayeur, Italy

Fly into Geneva where you will be met by a Lightfoot representative who will take you by private transfer to your hotel in Courmayeur via the Mont Blanc tunnel, alternatively you can fly into Turin. On arrival at the mountain village of Courmayeur you will be taken to you private chalet known as Pitit Chalet which will provide quiet cozy relaxation, as well as the ideal setting and base for your journey through this wonderful Italian region of the Alps over the next 8 days. Your guide will rendezvous with you for an aperitif in the evening while looking at a detailed map of the coming journey.

Enjoy the setting, in a local bar overlooking Mont Blanc, which gives a dramatic viewpoint from close up. Mont Blanc remains the icon of the Alps and you will be skiing in its presence through your time here. Enjoy Italy as the Italians do with an evening in the cobblestoned streets of the village amongst the charming, effusive Italian personalities.

Day 2: Val Veny

Today you will begin to explore the spectacular skiing that this area of Italy has to offer. Three cable cars will take you to the very top of this ski domain up to 3000 meters. You will pass through a variety of valleys near the groomed runs before enjoying lunch on the slopes of the ski resort of Courmayeur. Spend the last hour of the day with some relaxed carving on the groomed runs of this charming ski resort. Unwind this evening in the hot waters, whirlpools, saunas and Turkish baths of the thermal springs in this region that have been frequented since roman times.

Tonight your guides invite you to join them for an aperitif in a local bar where the furnishings are a testimony to five centuries of architecture and beauty. Admire the 18th century details of the coats of arms carved during the French revolution above the 15th century fireplace. Then walk through the cobbled stones streets, bubbling with Italian locals to dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Day 3: Courmayeur

Today’s skiing starts in a small family ski resort that offers lovely off-piste skiing not far from the ski lift system. There are many possibilities today as this small ski resort borders many charming Italian villages. Depending on which descent you take through the forests you will find yourself in beautiful open snow covered fields that lead you to the wooden chalets and small winding streets of snow covered villages. It is then a short transfer by road to meet up again at the bottom of the ski lifts. Enjoy a last descent at the end of the day across the top of the mountain, all the way to the valley floor.

Day 4: Vallee Blanche

Today’s high altitude off-piste skiing is the most spectacular of all, among the tumbling ice-falls and dizzying crevasses of the Mer de glace down the Vallée Blanc. Today you will take the cable car up to the Point de Helbrunner at 10 000 feet. The ride in this cable car is an event in itself, offering stunning views of the valley and the mountain massif. While this descent is at high altitude, it is not difficult but rather a long leisurely descent through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the world. It is a 27-kilometre descent that finishes in the village of Chamonix and is one of the mythic descents in Europe.

Enjoy lunch in France with time to explore this little French Alpine village before your transfer back across the border to Italy. Enjoy an aperitif this evening, at a spot well known amongst the locals and mountain guides from the region, a small hidden restaurant where many a mountain story has been told.

Day 5: La Thuile

Today’s skiing will be in a large isolated valley with spectacular views. You will be a short distance away from the village of Courmayeur, close to the French border near the town of La Rosiere. The skiing in this area offers long descents crowned by spectacular summits. Here you are in the center of the Alps across the French border in huge open landscapes. You will be skiing amongst the charming and authentic hamlets of this area, which is a delightful mix between the old and the new.

Day 6: La Pila

Today you will be skiing more off-piste runs with many steep and powdery decents. Skiing down the gladed runs in amongst the trees is an exhilarating feeling. The runs come out onto open snow covered fields taking you down to a peaceful Italian village where a short transfer by road will take you to the bottom of the ski lifts. From here you can enjoy one last run before the slopes close for the day. You will need to cross the top of the mountain and ski all the way to the valley floor.

 

Day 7: Between Switzerland and Italy

Today you will be skiing the area that borders Switzerland and Italy. Skiing in the area around the small family resort of Super St Bernard is breathtaking. It is a valley abounding in wildlife and as you will be a small group, there is a good chance of catching a glimpse of a wild ibex or chamois, both native to the mountains in Europe. You will hike with touring ski’s to the hospice on the border between Switzerland and Italy. In use since the Bronze Age, the St. Bernard pass was for centuries the only route linking northern and southern Europe. You will be following in the footsteps of Napoleon, who used the pass to enter Italy in 1900. The monks have guarded this hospice at the top of the pass since the 10th Century.

The day will end with the descent from the Swiss side of the border into Italy, After your descent enjoy an aperitif and late lunch at a small café catering to locals whose colourful patron will greet you with Italian hospitality.

Day 8: Couremayeur - Home

Relax at the hotel this morning before your departure home or on elsewhere.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Geneva, Switzerland to Courmayeur, Italy
Day 2: Val Veny
Day 3: Courmayeur
Day 4: Vallee Blanche
Day 5: La Thuile
Day 6: La Pila
Day 7: Between Switzerland and Italy
Day 8: Couremayeur - Home

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Excursions
  • Transfers or car hire
  • Activities with guides
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visa if necessary
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel early check in / Late check out
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that this is required for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1- Geneva 2- Courmayeur 3- Vallee Blanche 4- La Thuile

Price available upon request

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant