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Ski Tour Silvretta

Course Overview

This six-day adventure is the next step for off-piste skiers to go to places where you can really put those skills to the test. That's where out guides come in. With their expert guidance and local knowledge you'll enjoy a unique journey as you pick your way from one mountain hut to another, taking in high mountain passes, deep powder descents and acres of pristine snow slopes.
What's more, along the way our guides will teach you how to make your own decisions in the mountains and help you to develop the skills that make ski touring so rewarding.
By the end of the week, you'll have completed one of the finest ski-tours in the Alps and have a tale to tell that will be the envy of all of your friends.
All you need to do is to get yourself to our hotel in Galtur where you'll spend two comfortable nights before heading off into the mountains.

Experience Required

Have skied off piste before and would like some great stories to tell in the bar.


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Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?
This course is for accomplished skiers, wishing to get away from the resort and complete a classic journey. The emphasis is on safe and exhilarating travel through the mountains - far from the lifts and crowds - in search of the best skiing. You should be able to ski linked parallel turns on red or black pisted runs. Ideally, you should have some experience of off piste skiing, with a degree of control being more important than style at this stage!

The Venue
We shall be based in the alpine village of Galtur, 1600m high in the Austrian Silvretta Alps. This area gives the off piste skier a wealth and variety of terrain to suit all abilities, without the crowds of more famous venues. There is a choice of three extensive lift systems (Galtur, Ischgl and Kappl) giving access to plenty of fresh snow "off the back". Each of these areas provide different terrain and a range of learning opportunities to suit the conditions.
Once in the mountains, long descents, majestic peaks and stunning scenery combine to make this a brilliant place for ski touring in a memorable alpine setting.

What we cover
This practical course gives six full days of skiing. Starting "just off" the lift systems, we will give you the chance to find your ski legs, before we progress further into the exciting world of off piste skiing and ski touring. After the first couple of days, we will leave the crowds and lifts far behind, touring from one valley to the next as we seek out the best snow. Over the six days we will look at the following areas:


  • Off piste skiing techniques

  • Avalanche risk evaluation

  • Safe travel in avalanche terrain

  • Transceiver search and rescue

  • 'Skinning' techniques - to climb away from the crowds

  • A structured and comprehensive taste of all aspects of 'ski touring'

For a better impression of the course, you could watch Keith's excellent footage of a Ski Touring week on our video gallery.

Qualified or aspirant International Mountain Guides will staff the course, enabling a degree of flexibility to cater for differing skiing abilities and fitness within the group. All our Guides are experienced Mountaineering Instructors and coaches - to help you get even more from the experience.

Getting there
All our ski courses have a "changeover day" on Saturday, to make it as easy as possible for you to travel. Arrive on Saturday for a Sunday morning start. Friday is the last day of skiing, but you are welcome to stay for a departure on Saturday - with all this extra accommodation included in the course price. Within easy reach of several airports (all linked by superb public transport) Galtur is easier to get to than you may think. This year, Easyjet are flying direct to Innsbruck, from Bristol, Gatwick and Liverpool. But Munich, Friedrichshafen, Salzburg, and even Zurich are within a feasible transfer distance.

Useful Books

There are lots of useful texts on Ski and Avalanche. We particularly recommend:
  • Snow Sense by Jill Fredston - as the most succinct, or 'easily digested' book on avalanche
  • Backcountry Skiing by Volken, Schell & Wheeler. A great technical reference, published by 'The Mountaineers Books'
  • Explore, Climb, Ski - An inspirational celebration of 100 years of ski mountaineering - from the Alpine Ski Club
  • Staying alive in Avalanche Terrain - Bruce Tremper. Published by Baton Wicks
  • A Chance in a Million by Barton and Wright, published by Scottish Mountaineering Trust, available from BMC
  • Skiing Real Snow by Martin Hurn. Published By Crowood
  • Ski Mountaineering by Peter Cliff. Published By Unwin Hyman
  • Ski Powder by Martin Epp. Published By Fernhurst
  • Avalanche Safety For Skiers And Climbers by Tony Daffern




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What's Included In The Price?

    Instruction/coaching
    Lift Pass
    Snow safety equipment hire


    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Accommodation the night after your course and breakfast before you leave
    Breakfast & evening meal

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Accommodation For This Course

Alpen Hotel Tirol

All your accommodation (shared) plus half board (breakfast & evening meal) is included in your course fee, so you just need to pay for your lunches and your drinks. Your evening meal on the night of arrival and breakfast on the morning of departure is also included.

You'll be staying at the excellent family run Alpen Hotel Tirol. On our Ski Tour Silvretta holiday you'll spend a few nights in a mountain hut during the week (also included in the course fee). On our Off Piste Ski Safari holiday you'll be staying in the hotel all week.

Linen and towels are provided in the hotel but you will need a sleeping bag liner for the mountain hut.

Hotel address and contact details,

Alpen Hotel Tirol
Famillie Lorenz
Nr68
A-6563
Galtur
Tel: 0043 5443 8206
Email: alpenhotel-tirol@netway.at

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

It is preferable to use your own equipment if you have it, but all personal safety and technical equipment (marked with an asterisk* below) can be provided by us at no extra cost. We bring this kit out from Plas y Brenin - so please fill in the equipment loan form to ensure we bring what you need.


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You will need to hire ski touring kit if you do not have your own, but don't worry as on the first morning of the course we will be visiting the rental shop to get fitted out with the right kit. For a 6/7 day rental Touring Skis and Skins are 133 Euro and Touring Boots are 56 Euro.


For Off Piste Safari Only: If you have your own downhill boots please bring these with you, they prove useful for the first couple of days.


It's common to have lots of questions about kit - so but do not hesitate to seek advice from Plas y Brenin if you have any doubts about suitability or reliability of your own equipment.


The following list is not meant to be exhaustive - merely to prompt you to remember to pack everything. We find it easier to 'tick off' our packing list in groups.


Ski Kit (all for rental in Galtur):


  • Ski mountaineering boots (Feel free to bring your own liners/footbeds to make hired touring boots more comfy)

  • Skis fitted with touring bindings

  • Climbing skins for skis

  • Ski crampons (couteau/ harscheisen)

  • Ski poles

Avalanche Kit (these "off piste essentials" are included in the price - but do let us know if you need them please on your equipment loan form):


  • Avalanche probe

  • Avalanche transceiver

  • Lightweight snow shovel (but must be metal)

Essential Paperwork:


  • Passport

  • Alpine Club Card (if you have one)

  • European Health Insurance Card

  • Copy of insurance (see below)

Personal Essentials:


  • Rucksack to put it all in (with side straps)

  • Waterproof shell jacket/overtrousers

  • Ski trousers/salopettes

  • Fleece tops (lots of thin layers are better than 1 or 2 thick layers)

  • Thermal tops and long johns

  • Thin gloves, warm ski gloves and spare mitts

  • Warm hat, balaclava & sun hat

  • Good quality sun glasses

  • High factor sun screen and lip salve

  • Ski/snow goggles

  • Water bottle

  • Lunch snacks & emergency food

  • Emergency bivi bag (polythene)

  • Blister kit/small first aid kit (we will carry a larger group first aid kit)

  • Whistle

  • Velcro ski strap

Personal Extras (as you wish)


  • Camera

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • Maps

  • Head torch (keep it light)

For Ski Tour Silvretta Only - Glacier & Mountaineering Kit:


  • Crampons (lightweight - to fit ski boots)*

  • Ice axe (short and light)




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Customer Reviews For This Course

what more could you want........

Stephen Roach

I arrived in Galtur to overcast and unseasonably cold and snowy weather. Our recap day involved skiing the Wirl ski area in challenging conditions. However day one of the tour brought sunny conditions which lasted most of the week. Paul Warnock guided superbly and was flexible as to our requirements as I was keen to ascend peaks along the way – the highlight being Piz Buin. The mountain huts were very welcoming, with the Wiesbadner outshining the rest. The fish main course on this evening was the best hut meal I’ve had. I experienced a bit of everything during the week: white out skiing, powder skiing, horrible crust, gully climbing, airy ridge traverses, yard sale falls, blisters, sore legs, headaches, weiss beer, skating, skidoo ride, lots & lots of laughs. All in all one of the best trips I’ve had in the mountains. The Silvretta region is fantastic for ski touring with a host of huts to choose from. Can’t wait for next year.


Nice Weather All Week In Otztal Apart From The Volcano

Peter Charles-Jones

Good team of guides, friendly and low pressure technical training.

Excellent huts with table service, hot showers and not over crowded.

Was expecially impressed with PyB helping us get home after Volcano stuffed our personal flight plans - they sorted out a mini bus for 14 of us with all our ski gear and the PyB office (many thanks) booked us a ferry crossing.


Andermatt Ski Safari

Graham Smith

A fantastic guide in the form of Phil Dowthwaite, and great quality ski equipment hire from Alpina Sport in Andermatt, but this was my first foray into ski touring and I wondered on several occasions what it was all about - sure it was great to get into way from the lift systems into the back country, but did I really want to be hiking up the mountain on skins for 4 hours? I'm not convinced.....

Interestingly though, when another of the group emailed me some photos after the course, I saw it in another light - a fantastic opportunity to get away from the crowds and ski some open off-piste pitches.

The conditions tended to be very hot in the afternoon, with the snow very heavy - I'm still not sure why PYB and other similar operators run ski touring trips so late in the season - is it to minimise avalanche risks? Certainly I was left thinking that some of the skiing would have been much more enjoyable if it had been a few weeks earlier.

Most of my fellow students seemed to have a mountainerring background. I have a skiing background, and hence there was something of a mis-match.

One of the nicest things about the resort was the mountain railway system which stops right in the heart of Andermatt, and provides an alternative to getting the Gemstock cable car out of the village.

Overall I'm left feeling rather unconvinced about the merits of ski touring, but come next year I may well be ready to give it another try!


Ski Touring Andermatt

David Spence


Thanks - great ski tour. Rob, Simon and Stuart were all great guides. Very sociable, helped rather than hassled whenever I was having a slow start (generally due to faffing...).

You also managed to assemble a really nice group of clients.

I'd happily come along on another tour with you.

Cheers.

David.


Ski Tour Andermatt

Richard Littlewood

- Really enjoyed the course overall.
- New price structure that now includes everything except ski/boot hire is fairer than before for those that choose to purchase our own kit.
- Instructors were really good.
- Would like earlier notification of accommodation so that personal arrangements to arrive early can be made in good time.
- Hotel Badus was fine (staff very friendly) although not quite as good as in Galtur. (No hot tub / nice lounge area). Appreciated it being so close to the train station though.
- Hope that a new itinerary can be put together for next year.
- Hope price will not increase further!


Recommended

Andermatt Safari

Our guide was informative and explained his decisions as we sought fresh tracks and quality descents. thus there were no regrets when it was decided that we should turn back on a journey up to a hut due to avalanche risk.I felt we made best use of the conditions and were blessed by 2 fantastic days in particular- one of spring snow and one tremendous powder day. The group was consulted about their preferences and priorities.

Useful session on avalanche transceivers and discussions about route choices.

Could perhaps have offered a bit more advice/input on off piste technique though I appreciate role of guide and ski instructor is not the same.

The dynamics of the group were good and all in all a tremendously enjoyable trip. Great destination for this type of trip which allowed maximum time off piste while utilising the lift system.

Recommended.


Niall van Someren

3 mountain guides for 12 delegates makes for a secure and relaxed skiing environment.
Guides were excellent at adult learning, and everyone improved during the week.
Amazing skiing country, with plenty of time to enjoy the views and practice on many kinds of snow.
Pre-course information was readily available, and group bonding continues after the course finished.
It's a pity the touring season is too short!




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