Spring Ski Summits – May 2019
May 6 - May 10
This is a 5 day guided ski mountaineering team programme offering the chance to do multiple demanding physical and technical high altitude ski peaks. In 2019 we have an ambitious programme attempting to ski 4 x 4000m peaks in 4 days, after a Chamonix based warm up touring & acclimatisation day. Even by the normal tough standards of this course, this year is pretty physical and presents a sustained yet highly inspiring week! So if you have good ski touring experience, and excellent mountain fitness, we hope you can join us in May 2019!
- Ski some classic spring ski mountaineering summits (including major 4000m peaks) in the Mont Blanc Massif & Swiss / Italian Alps according to conditions. See 2019 itinerary below…
- Spend 2-3 nights in mountain huts allowing early starts for long summit days
- Improve your ski mountaineering skills
- Meet up with like minded ski mountaineers for a challenging & enjoyable week & ski journey in the high mountains
Sample Itinerary – Flexible according to weather, conditions and group aims
Day 1. Chamonix warm up & acclimatisation day
Day 4. Ski the Strahlhorn 4190m en route to the superb Monte Rosa Hut
Day 5. Skin up the huge Grenzgletscher leading to the 4554m peak of Signalkuppe
Those wanting to benefit further from their excellent acclimatisation won over the last 5 days in the high mountains can have the weekend off before doing our 3 day Ski Mont Blanc summit programme starting on the Monday morning!
Fitness, Ski, Touring & Mountaineering Experience – Pre-requirements
A very high level of mountain fitness is required for this course in order to complete multiple long summit days in a row. Thus an ability to comfortably maintain an ascent rate of 350m+/hr on skins or foot for up to 5 hours with regular transitions, which also require effort and energy! Very strong and effective off-piste skiing ability is also required with an ability to ski in all types of snow conditions including steep and exposed terrain. Significant ski touring experience is also required to ensure you have a strong and reliable kick turn and ability to use ski crampons and make efficient transitions. Some existing mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons is also preferable. If you are keen to join this programme and don’t have quite all the skills listed here, please contact us to arrange other courses and private guiding to offer a suitable and inspiring progression.