Off Piste Alpes Vaudoise

Leysin provides the perfect base for this week of off-piste skiing. Along with the neighbouring ski resorts of Villars, Les Mosses and Glacier 3000 you will enjoy some spectacular off-piste skiing and plenty of fresh tracks.

Level 2 Instruction & Coaching

5 days 6 nights

Prerequisites: Ski Touring Skills Or equivalent

Price: £1345*

* Fully inclusive price

Leysin Ski 11

Course Highlights

  • Uplift access.
  • Ideal for those wanting to ski untracked powder and get away from the crowds.
  • Comfortable 3-star accommodation throughout in Leysin.
Is this course for me?

Ski Ability required: To be able to enjoy off piste powder skiing! There may be a bit of ski touring (skinning) required but this will be not be for long (less than one hour).

Coaching can be given on ski technique if required, but the idea is to get as much quality off piste skiing in during the week.

 

The Alps Vaudoise are situated in the area just to the east of Lake Geneva. They are not the highest of the Swiss mountains but do give very good off piste skiing and ski touring. This is especially during the early winter season when the best powder snow can be found low down from the shelter of the high winds in the cold Alpages. Leysin is centrally situated in the Alps Vaudoise and provides the perfect base to spend a week off-piste skiing or ski touring. Leysin and its neighbouring ski resorts of Villars, Les Mosses and Glacier 3000 offer some spectacular off-piste skiing and plenty of fresh tracks. Unlike the busy resorts of Verbier, Chamonix and Zermatt where most of the snow is skied out by the end of the morning it is normal to be able to find fresh tracks days after the last snowfall.

Sample Programme

Day 1. A warm up day skiing some of the off piste at the local Leysin lift system. There are many excellent classic off piste runs such as: The Stohl couloir which descends steeply down gully to the east of the Berneuse lift, The classic “between the tours”, which is accessed by an impressive traverse under the north face of the Tour d’Ai The col Luisset which gives excellent skiing on the slopes to the west of the Berneuse lift. The chains to from the northern slopes of the “tours” gives a scenic and spectacular journey to Truex which has many off piste descents. We shall also have a session/review on transceiver training and avalanche rescue protocol. There is a training centre at this resort.

Day 2. We ski through the Leysin lift system and take the shuttle bus to Les Mosses where the powder fields await. Les Mosses is a traditional resort with drag lifts with open skiing.

Day 3. The Diablerets lift system which connects to Villars is another great powder resort giving excellent tree skiing and for the confident some steep north facing couloirs to attack. We use the train to re-join the pistes and this gives a brilliant sense of adventure to our journey.

Day 4. A short drive (20 minutes) takes us to one of the most best kept secrets in the Alps which is Glacier 3000. From the col de pillon we take the 2 jumbo lifts to the Sex Rouge (3000m) and it is from here that we can see the incredible off piste potential that Glacier 3000 has to offer. If the conditions are good we have many steep powder fields which are situated between the cliffs to the north. On the south side of the resort there is a classic Combe Audon which has one small black piste in it and many off piste variations.

Day 5. Depending on conditions we shall revisit some of the above areas in search of the fresh powder. There is also the chance to sample heli skiing on peaks such as the Walighurli (2050m), Wildhorn (3248m), Gstellihorn (2820m) and Staldenhorn (2262m). The heliport is situated in Gstieg near Glacier 3000 and is only a 40 minute drive from Leysin. If we add in some short ski touring then we really have access to some of the best (untracked) snow in the alps.

Maps: Rochers de Nayer 262 S. Wildtrubel 263 S and St Maurice 272 S

Course Dates

Please call +44 1539 721561 for availability