Beaufortain Weekend

Ski-touring in the Beaufortain is an art of living!


It is fully integrated in the local way of life, up to the creation of a ski-mountaineering mythical race : the Pierra Menta.
From the outset, cable-car free slopes calls skiers to come and make beautiful bends in the powdery snow, so much that the level of snow is particularly great all winter in this little place of paradise. 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arêches - Roche Parstire (2109m)

    Arêches - Roche Parstire (2109m) We meet in Arêches early in the morning and rent some material if we need to. Our guide will brief us on the weekend's program and will give us our picnics.
    We start with a car ride to join the small and authentic hamlet of Boudin in the heights of Arêches : you start walking towards the East to regain the Pré pass at 1703m from where the overlooking view on the Roselend lake will delight you. From the pass, the slope going towards South will lead us to the ridge : we'll have to follow it and take off our skis for a small portion before arriving at the Roche Parstire at 2109m. The 360° view is magnificent : a farandole of peaks and Mont Blanc in the background, what's better to start this trip and put ourselves in good conditions.

    Positive difference in altitude : around 800m | Negative difference in altitude : around 800m | Altitude Max : 2109m | Accommodation : lodge

  • Day 2 Arêches - Roche Plane summit (2166m)

    Arêches - Roche Plane summit (2166m) Departure from Maisonnettes, just abode Arêches, crossing mountain pastures, forest and finally a nice slope before ascending the Roche Plane, one of the most crowded summits of Beaufortain because it is ideal for ski-touring. Arrival at the principal peak (2166m) on foot, by a ledged ridge. gentle descent twisting between firs !

    Positive difference in altitude : around 1070m | Negative difference in altitude : around 1070m | Altitude Max : 2166m | Accommodation : lodge

  • Day 3 Arêches - St-Guérin lake road - Mont Coin (2539m)

    Short car ride towards the St-Guérin lake. Going through mountain pastures, we'll ascent the Mont Coin (2539m) on its Westside. It will be our biggest difference in altitude of the trip.
    We'll descend on the same tracks to Arêches, and we'll say goodbye in the afternoon.

    Positive difference in altitude : 1260m | Negative difference in altitude : 1260m | Altitude Max : 2539m

ITINERARY CHANGE
The program can be modified by your guide due to weather conditions or participants physical conditions. For safety reasons and to ensure a uniform level corresponding to the one announced, the supervision and organisation boards have the right to interrupt your participation if your technical or physical level are lower than the one required. The interruption will not give you any right of refund or payment of compensation.

Dates & prices

International departures:

No departure for now

Trip code: SRBE3J

Included

  • A deposit of 30% of the trip’s price will be needed during the booking, the whole price must be paid at least 30 days before departure. 
  • The technical organization of the stay
  • Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
  • Collective equipment provided (ropes)
  • Half-board accommodation in refuges, cottages and lodges
  • Lunch picnics

Not included

  • Individual equipment : harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet
  • Ski-touring equipment : shoes, skis, skins, knifes, poles
  • Safety equipment : avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel
  • Batteries for the avalanche transceiver (4 batteries LR03 AAA)
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Snacks (cereal bars, dried fruits, chocolate bars, etc...) at your own convenience
  • Transfers to the meeting and dispersion points
  • Insurance / assistance : research fees and helicopter rescue, hospitalisation and repatriation mandatory

International flights

If you wish, we can take care of booking your international flights to the closest airport of your destination. 

Terms and conditions

Subscription

Subscribe to one of our activities or travels means accepting general sales conditions. Each client must fill a subscription form, which will be accepted only after the payment of a deposit accounting for 30% of the travel’s price and according to the availability. If you subscribe less than 30 days before the trip, you must pay the whole price during the subscription. You can pay by bank transfer (SWIFT/IBAN) or with your credit card directly through our website (available soon). A booking confirmation will be sent to you be e-mail very soon. 

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is registered, we will send you an email containing the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Altaï Alpes has the right to cancel the booking free of charge. 

Cancellation policy

If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:
  • More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
  • From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
  • From 20 to 14 days before departure,  you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
  • From 13 to 7 days before departure,  you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure,  you will be charged for the whole trip’s price 

Particular case :

Whatever the cancellation or contract change date, the following fees will be added to the charges above:
  • Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
  • Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
  • Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt. 

The receipt date will be taken as the cancellation date to charge cancellation fees.  

If Montagne Expeditions has no choice but to cancel a group travel due to an insufficient number of participants, the decision will be taken and the clients informed at least 31 days before departure. Altaï Alpes can also cancel a departure due to exceptional events threatening participants safety (social events, strikes, weather conditions). In that case, the trip’s price will be fully refunded but the participants will not get any compensation.

Changes to travel contract


If any change in travel contract is made at the customer’s request, the customer shall pay any fee that might arise from this change. In any case, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Alpes might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will inform you of any changes as quickly as possible.

Pricing


All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Contract transfer

In case of contract transfer by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply. 

Insurance

We recommend you to get your personal insurance before your departure to cover the activities undertaken by Montagne Expedition. If you have not purchased any of our insurances, we ask you to email us your insurance contract information (company, contract name, contract number, phone number) and bring those information with you on your trip. 

Practical info

Staff

Your trip will be supervised by a high-mountain guide who will teach you the technical elements needed for the good progress of your stay. He may need to modify the program in order to ensure safety regarding weather conditions and participants physical conditions.

Food

Meals
  • Lunch picnics and diners in refuges.
  • Bring some snacks according to your own tastes.

Drinks
  • Personal drinks are not included in the trip’s price : water, tea, coffee, beer, coke...

Accommodation

Hotel/lodge accommodation in shared rooms (4 to 6 people).

Budget & exchange

France is in the Eurozone. Therefore, the unit of the currency is the Euro.

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances (but don’t forget to bring your PIN number!). 
Refuges often don’t have EPT (Electronic Payment Terminal): it is best to bring cash.
Be aware of the fees usually applied when purchasing products or services on a credit card. 

Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spend your trip constantly feeling short on funds. 

As currency exchange rates can often fluctuate, we recommend to check the following website for daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/

Tips

Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation). 

Supplied equipment

  • Collective material (ropes) if needed.
  • Sleepers and blankets in shelters : bring your own sleeping sheet.
  • Safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, non provided batteries, probe, shovel) : please let the agency know if you have your own. 

Material

Technical material

Skis
  • One pair of light touring-ski equipped with breaks or safety straps
  • One pair of ski-touring shoes with VIBRAM-type sole
  • 1 pair of sticky sealskins suitable for ski
  • Knife
  • Sticks with fender washers 

Other
  • Safety equipment : avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
  • Crampons with « anti bott » system
  • Ice axe
  • Life blanket
  • Harness and swivel snap hook
  • Clasp knife
  • Thermos or bottle
  • Headlamp with replacement battery
Everything must be in good condition before departure. 

Personal equipment

Head
  • Windproof bonnet
  • Hat or cap
  • Scarf
  • Solar cream (high protection index), face + lips
  • Glacier sunglasses (category 4 index) + ski goggles
  • A balaclava can be useful in case of wind or great cold

Upper body
  • 2 technic breathable underclothing with long sleeves (Carline type, no cotton, it is drying too slowly)
  • 1 breathable technic undershirt
  • 1 thick polar coat
  • 1 windproof and waterproof coat (Gore-tex type)
  • 1 pair of windproof mittens (polar or wool)
  • 1 pair of windproof gloves (polar or wool)
  • 1 pair of under gloves 

Lower body
  • 1 pair of technic tights (Carline type)
  • 1 pair of comfortable mountain pants
  • 1 pair of windproof and waterproof pants (Goretex type)
  • 2 pair of socks (one thick, one thin) 

Other
  • Toilet paper + lighter
  • Biafine (sunburn cream)
  • One sleeping bag
  • One toilet bag with one quick-drying towel
  • 1 plastic bag (100L) + one upper bag to protect your belongings and backpack from the rain
  • 1 waterproof sleeve to put your ID, phone, money, insurance/ assistance contract with all your emergency numbers
  • Some warm-hands and feet  



Luggage

  • You will be carrying your one-day belongings and equipment in a 40L- bag (equipped with ski racks, ice axe,…)
  • Your personal belongings will stay in the lodge in another bag (travel bag)

Medicine

Your guide will be carrying a first-aid kit. However, plan to bring your own pharmacy kit :
  • Personal medicine
  • Pain killers (paracetamol)
  • Double-skin 
  • Elastic adhesive tapes
  • Bandages
  • Local disinfectant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-diarrheal pills
  • Eye drops
  • Light tranquilizers and sleeping pills 
  • Earplugs 
Non-exhaustive list.

Passport

Please make sure your passport and travel documents are valid.

Visa

  • Up to 90 days visit in France : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France.
  • Over 90 days visit in France : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France over 90 days.

For further information, please check the following website : https://france-visas.gouv.fr/

Identity card

For EU citizens, you can use your identity card to travel to France. 

Mandatory vaccines

There are no mandatory vaccines needed to travel to France. 

If your have any questions concerning a trip to France or if you’re wandering what vaccines you might need for your trip, take an appointment with your local clinic and travel doctor. You can call Passport Health at 1-888-499-7277.

Health information & recommendations

For this trip, you must be fit : you can train with other sports such as running, cycling, swimming or sportive walk. To have a reasonable chance of success, a high degree of fitness and stamina, some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended. 

Training advices to check with your general practionner : six months before departure, try to do at least 1 to 2 endurance sport sessions a week (each one must last at least one hour) and do a 6 hours trekking during the week-end with an elevation of 400m/hour during three hours. Three months before departure, try 2 to 3 endurance sport sessions a week and increase your trekking time during the week end from 7 to 8 hours.

Please inform us of any health issues : allergy, diabetes, asthma, or old strokes...

Weather

The weather in the French Alps varies up and down the mountain chain. It is a mountainous region between 800 and 4000 meters, so altitude plays a big part in the local weather. 
As you climb higher into the mountains it gets 1 degree cooler every 100 meters. It is the case all year around but other factors such as temperature inversions and winds influence the climate.  The sun plays a very important role too. In the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky, some lower or north facing valleys are blocked from the sun by mountains for a large part of the day and are colder.  

Keep in mind that weather conditions are unpredictable. Therefore, the trip organization can me modified for your safety. 

Electricity

There will be electricity in most places you will stay. If you are scared to run low on battery, we advise to bring an external battery charger.  

Power plugs in France have the particularity of being male and female at the same time : they have 2 prongs and a receptacle. If you need an adapter, please purchase if before departure.

In France the power plugs and sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Local time

France is in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

Like most states in Europe, Summer Time (Daylight-Saving) is observed in France, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
After the summer months, the time in France is shifted back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET or GMT+1).

Sustainable tourism

We do our best to offer trips subscribed to the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our aim is to allow visitors to discover the many facets of France by taking you off the beaten path and getting you in touch with its nature and residents, while ensuring that your visits do not have a negative effect on its natural environment and people.

  • Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
  • France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
  • Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
  • Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
  • Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.  
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Sandra

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Sandra

  • Technical adviser on all trips.
  • Passionate about mountains and particularly with backcountry skiing.
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Region
France
Activity
Ski Ski-Touring
Duration
3 days
Group
5 to 8 people
Code
SRBE3J
Price
From €525
Level
3/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
English

Strengths

  • Summits accessible to every level
  • Incredible snow
  • A friendly skiing area in a magnificent environment

Guide's advice

This trip in supervised by a high mountain guide which will teach you the technical elements necessary to the good progress of the trip. The guide might have to modify the program in order to ensure your safety depending on the weather conditions and the physical conditions of the group.

Required level

An accessible trip to good skiers (level 3 minimum) and freeride skiers as well as a good physical condition (endurance), and a first ski-touring discovery experience.
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