Our base in Gressoney lies in the heart of the highest peaks, and has it’s own extensive and modern lift system. The area offers a huge variety of slopes, including several 4,000m peaks, vast high altitude slopes, steep couloirs and the highest drop zone in the Alps at 4500m.
The area has over 25 landing sites and a large choice of descents spread over three valleys. The dramatic landscape make the helicopter flights alone an unforgettable experience and nothing beats the thrill of being dropped off at the top of a peak and preparing for the ride of your life in endless untracked snow.
On our varied and exclusive programme your IFMGA mountain guide will take you to the most beautiful descents in the Monte Rosa massif; making this a truly unique skiing experience. Our heli weeks are specifically aimed at experienced freeriders and off-piste skiers eager to find fresh tracks on high remote peaks. Deep powder and long descents are why our clients keep coming back for more. Ideally you should be a strong intermediate skier or better with a keen sense of adventure.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Heliskiing trips to Gressoney.
On these trips you’ll be staying in a comfortable hotel. This means when skiing you only need to carry just a day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items or extra clothing layers you may need.
Many heliski operators now demand that all skiers have ABS packs. These can be hired in resort (from the heli-operator).
For heliskiing you also need to have a harness as many of the runs are glaciated.
Heli dropzones can be above or close to 4000m and so temperatures can be very cold. A good down jacket is therefore essential.
This winter our lead guides are using Salomon Explore MTN and Salomon QST touring skis. The MTN 95 is an award-winning ski with great stability at high speeds whilst the MTN 88 is a best-selling lightweight touring ski. The QST’s are slightly heavier and therefore suited to charging; perfect for day-touring.
Lockwoods Ski and Outdoor are supporting our guides and we suggest that if you’re interested in any of the MTN or QST skis, you should make Lockwoods your first point of call. This winter our lead guides are using Salomon Explore MTN and Salomon QST touring skis.
There are many ‘all-mountain/freeride’ skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from Salomon, Dynastar, Movement, Black Crows, Trab Skis, Scott and Volkl. Look for a ski that is the right size for your height, typically the tip of the ski should be somewhere around your nose height. As for the width of the ski or “side cut” a mid-fat ski – 90-110mm under the foot is a good place to start; this offers plenty of flotation off-piste while remaining suitable for day tours and they should also handle reasonably well on piste and mixed terrain.
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com/
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us/
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
There are plenty of other great skis to choose from so if you’re planning on buying skis for ski touring or general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us, or Lockwoods, to discuss the options available.
If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.
For our Off-Piste Adventure courses its best to have a pair of ski touring boots – they have great skiing performance and with the vibram soles, they are much safer for scrambling around on the rocky or icy ground. However standard downhill ski boots are also acceptable. We do not recommend you come on a trip with brand new boots.
If you are going to be getting into off-piste and ski touring, then rather than having a pair of downhill boots and a pair of ski touring boots, we strongly suggest that you opt for a good pair of ski touring boots. With advances made in plastics, mouldings and materials in recent years you can now get a ‘hybrid’ touring boot that offers as much downhill performance and stiffness but they come with a walk mode and good flexibility for the uphill too. Many boots fall into the category "hike & ride" so a 3 or 4 buckle boot, walk mode, vibram/grippy sole and possible Pin binding compatible.
It just makes more sense - not only are they much more comfortable to walk in compared to ordinary ski boots, they are great to ski in too.
Scarpa has lead the way in touring boots for many years but they have been joined by other manufactures like Dynafit, Salomon, Scott, Black Diamond, Dalbello and K2; all producing their own versions of a ski touring boot.
The best of the rest are:
Fischer - Transalp
Black Diamond – Quadrant and Factor
K2 – Pinnacle boot
Dalbello – Lupo or Sherpa
Langue – XT series offer a ski boot with a walk mode in various flex options
These days many manufacturers offer ‘thermo-fit’ liners as standard equipment. You may also want to consider a custom liner. Heated and moulded to your foot and boot for a perfect fit, they can make all the difference especially if you have trouble finding really comfortable
‘off-the-shelf¹ boots. Zipfit liners are a great option for anyone seeking total customisation in fit and comfort. They will replace the original liner.
Essential kit – to provide additional comfort and ski control. If you want to get footbeds made or a pair of new boots fitted then we suggest you visit somewhere like Profeet for a professional fitting. Don’t forget if you have footbeds in your downhill boots but need to rent touring boots then you can bring the footbeds with you and put them in the hire boots.
We prefer you to have ski touring bindings on your skis for our adventure courses but if you have downhill bindings mounted on your skis then this is perfectly acceptable. The new touring bindings are every bit as safe for downhill as alpine bindings, yet you have the additional advantage of being able to walk uphill with them to access the real off-piste. Fritschi Diamir and Marker both have great bindings which can be used with ski touring boots and downhill boots. Many more people are seeing the advantage of the “pin” binding system now offered by a number of manufactures; they are light and offer ever improving security despite their minimalist looks!
Although Pin bindings have been around since the Dynafit Low Tech bindings over 30 years ago. Since their patent expired the technology has advanced substantially. Salomon, with their Shift Binding, are at the forefront; they’re ‘multi norm compatible’ so fit a selection of boots and are lighter than most freeride bindings. Our lead guides are using the Shift binding this winter, so if you’d like to know more about them give Lockwoods a ring.
Although our Off-Piste Adventure courses rely heavily on the lift systems in resorts, access to and egress from runs sometimes involve climbing and walking a short way and you may undertake 1 or 2 day ski tours, for this reason its best to have skis with ski touring bindings, skins and ski touring boots.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses and ski tours.
We recommend simple and intuitive ORTOVOX AVALANCHE RESCUE KIT 3+.
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or Ortovox AVABAG. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €20-30 per day or around €100-120 for 6/7 days.
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out https://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
The Italian resort of Gressoney is part of the Monte Rosa ski region and is an emerging resort with a reputation for some superb off-piste skiing. Huge, deserted off-piste snowfields and scenic, wooded descents are all set in impressive scenery. The area has some great heli-skiing opportunities too.
The resort itself is very small and split between the main village of Gressoney St Jean and Gressoney La Trinite, which is where the main lifts are found. Nightlife in the area centres around a handful of restaurants and the hotel bars.
The resort is situated at 1,625m and the highest lift takes you to 3,550m.
Gressoney, together with Champoluc and Alagna make up the Monterosa ski area, one of the largest linked ski areas in Italy.
Our top reasons for visiting Gressoney
Resort height: 1,625m
Highest Lift: 3,275m
Nearest Airport: Turin or Milan Malpensa
Accommodation in Gressoney
We work with a number of hotels in Gressoney La Trinite these are all comfortable 3* hotels located a short walk from the village centre and next to the Bedemie-Seehorn chairlift so access to the main ski area is fast. You can also ski back to the hotel via the red piste.
We also work with the Hotel Nordend in Staffal Hotel Nordend another comfortable 3* hotel in a good location next to the main ski lifts and pistes in Staffal.
Recommended Travel Options
The nearest airport is Turin with a 90 minute transfer time by road to the resort. Easyjet from Luton, Ryanair from Stansted and BA from Gatwick are the most convenient flights. Indirect flights are available from other UK airports.
The trip includes a return group transfer from Turin Airport.
Milan Malpensa is slightly further away but can also be used. Public transport to the resort is possible by bus or a combination of train and bus. Some travel information is available here Travel from Turin Airport
Bus timetables for the Aosta Valley can be found here Aosta Valley Bus timetables
Pont St. Martin is the town at the bottom of the Gressoney valley, from here you can get the bus to the resort a copy of the timetable is available here Pont St Martin - Gressoney - Pont St Martin Timetable
To get to Pont St. Martin from Turin Airport or City Centre you can use this link to find bus and train links and timetables Turin - Pont St. Martin - Turin Travel
Car hire from the airport is also an options, journey time is 1hr 30mins. There is parking available close to both hotels.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson, and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 maximum, our advanced weeks typically run on a 1:4 ratio with expert trips either 1:2 or 1:1 we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
You will need to have ski passes for the off-piste days, plus you may need to buy other ski passes depending on the pick-up zones. Your guide will advise on the best passes to buy.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.