Overview

About Skiing in Europe…
European skiing is completely unlike skiing in North America, in that it fuses a superb European cultural experience with excellent skiing…and a ski day that’s structured completely different from what you’re use to. Imagine a balance of finely groomed slopes combined with dramatic off-piste runs, all served by a giant network of lifts and gondolas. You can ski all day and not have to do the same run twice…unless you want to. Picture lunch at charming mountain refuges, complete with fantastic local cuisine. Envision downhill skiing under some of the most amazing scenery in the world, gliding down the mountain from cozy hut ot cozy hut, using the slopes and the lifts to cover an impressive amount of territory by the end of the day. Think about skiing with a professional local guide each day who knows the area intimately, and can lead you to all the best snow for that day, for your level of expertise.

European slopes tend to be impeccably groomed, and there are no shortage of on-mountain bars and restaurants! European ski areas often encompass several towns, and as the trails and lift systems connect them all, you’ll often find yourself visiting two or three towns in a single ski day! For an American, skiing with a local guide is a huge advantage as European slope signs are sometimes tricky to understand (much like European road signs while driving), and the slope rating system can vary from area to area, and even changes based on conditions! This is why it’s far more enjoyable to have your own private mountain guide, who will easily sort all this out so you don’t have to guess, and make sure you are getting everything you want out of each ski day. They’re a constant source of information AND a lot of fun! Of course you’re always free to take off on your own whenever you want, armed with a map and a sense of adventure. Best of all, each evening you’ll be in a beautiful Italian ski town, ensconced in a gorgeous 4-Star spa hotel, enjoying world-class food and wine!

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This ski adventure explores the far northwest of the Italian Alps, and visits ski areas that straddle the borders of France and Switzerland as well. Each day you’ll be skiing a different area, with new views and new territory to discover. You’ll glide down the excellent runs of the Val Veny, overlooking the cozy alpine village of Courmayeur, then the very next day you’ll find yourself on a glacier adventure as you ski the Vallee Blanche from Italy all the way to Chamonix, France! Then off to the west and the adjoining ski areas of La Thuile, Italy and Rosiere, France. Without pause you’ll then go north, to experience skiing under the awesome south face of the Matterhorn, known as Cervino in Italy. You’ll be able to cross over the top into Switzerland and ski the Zermatt area as well!
And this is just the skiing…don’t forget you’ll be in luxurious 4-Star accommodations, have plenty of private transfers incuding pick up and delivery to Torino airport, all ski passes are included, your own local ski guides, and most of your meals, too! Fully escorted by a Go Get Lost tour manager to make sure all the bumps get smoothed out.  
Be sure to check out our other European ski tour, Dolomites Ski Adventure, based in the Dolomites in the eastern Alps of Italy, not far from Austria. This tour explores the famed Val di Fassa and Alta Badia ski areas near Cortina d’Ampezzo. We’ll also access the world’s largest ski network, the Dolomiti Superski to ski the renowned Sella Ronda, possibly the most famous day of skiing in Europe.

All of our group tours are also offered as private tours for individuals or groups…pick your own dates!
 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Courmayeur

Plan to arrive in the international airport of Torino (Turin), where you'll be met for a private transfer to your 4-Star hotel in the picturesque ski village of Courmayeur, nestled deep in the Italian Alps. You'll fall in love with this 17th century gem, with its winding cobblestone streets lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and apres' ski bars! With only 3000 residents, it's truly a classic alpine ski village. Tonight we'll have an orientation meeting with our local ski guides and get organized for your exciting week ahead! You'll have your rental ski gear delivered and have the chance to try it on for size. (Of course it's simple to bring your own gear as well.) Tonight we'll enjoy an arrival dinner featuring local specialties and produce from the area. As this tiny corner of Italy is only a short distance from both France and Switzerland, you'll find a fascinating fusion of cuisine from three distinct cultures.

Day 2: Val Veny

Our first day will start with wonderful Italian coffee and breakfast, after which we'll have a very short (3 minute) transfer to the lift at Val Veny ski area, which literally overlooks Courmayeur. Today you'll get introduced to European-style skiing, with a private guide (group size about 6 maximum), stunning alpine scenery, and ample stops at the mountain "rifugios" or "baitas" for warmth and refreshment. Our guide will choose your route today based on conditions, your level and abilities, and your input. Val Veny features 31 runs in two valleys, with a good assortment of beginner, intermediate, and advanced runs. We'll have lunch at one of the many rifugios somewhere on the mountain, and, then continue to ski for the entire afternoon. At any time you can peel off and ski back to town, or take a cabin or chair lift back down.

Sometime during the day be sure to stop and have an Italian "Chocolato con Panna", which is the Italian version of hot chocolate. You can order in "normale" or "denso". The normal version is thicker and richer than anything you've ever experienced, topped with a type of whipped cream that's so delicious it defies belief...and the "denso" version is so thick it's more like melted dark chocolate, the consistency of pudding! You can easily develop a habit with these. At the end of the ski day you'll find yourself in one of Courmayeurs excellent apres' ski locations, enjoying one of the areas world-class beverages. Tonight you're free to wander the town to find your own special place to dine.

Val Veny: 31 Trails
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Lifts: 20

Day 3: Mont Blanc and the Vallee Blanche to Chamonix

Now that we've got our ski legs and are over the jet lag, today after breakfast you'll embark on a very special ski adventure! Another short 5 minute transfer will bring you to the massive Funivie Monte Blanco, a huge cablecar that takes you up to Punta Helbronner, one of the higher ridges of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in all of Europe! From here we'll ski the famous Vallee Blanche route, using the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier to work our way down Mont Blanc and eventually into Chamonix, France! Truly a spectacular day with unparalleled, world-class views at all times. (This day is appropriate for intermediate and advanced skiiers.) Arriving in Chamonix in the afternoon, you'll be free to eat a late lunch and explore a bit before we catch a bus back to Courmayeur, through a 15 mile tunnel beneath Mont Blanc, just in time to catch the apres' ski action in town.

Don't indulge too much though, because tonight your guides will treat you to a very special meal, after which you can trundle off to bed or enjoy some of the late night spots in town.

LEVELS - Valle Blanche is considered Intermediate when accompanied by a professional mountain guide

Day 4: La Thuile, Italy to La Rosiere, France

After breakfast this morning we'll have a short transfer to the Italian ski area of La Thuile, on the Italian-French border. With at least 42 runs at La Thuile, and most of them above the treeline, you'll be treated to stunning alpine panoramas in almost every direction. One of the featured intermediate runs here is San Bernardo, which meanders nearly 7 miles down the mountain, with much of the run in remote valleys on the "off-side" of the mountain. You can use the excellent cable-system to work your way over the ridgeline of Col De Fourclaz and into the French ski area of La Rosiere, with another 35 runs (and totally different scenery) to occupy you. Typical of Alpine ski areas, you'll find no less than 16 on-mountain bars and restaurants on the slopes of La Thuile, and another 9 above La Rosiere!

This afternoon we'll arrive back at the base area of La Thuile, enjoy some apres' ski time, and load onto our private coach for a 90 minute transfer north and east to the town of Cervinia, near the Swiss border. Here we'll check into our 4-Star hotel right at the base of the mountain. You'll find Cervinia to be another enjoyable European ski village, completely surrounded by impressive Alpine peaks, with a great assortment of shops, restaurants and apres' ski bars. One of the most iconic mountains in the world, the Matterhorn, looms over Cervinia with its extraordinary silhouette! Tonight we'll be treated to yet another excellent meal highlighting the expertise of the local chefs.

La Thuile: 42-80 Trails
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LIfts: 19
La Rosiere: 35-87 trails
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Lifts: 19

Day 5: Cervino to Zermatt, Switzerland

This morning we'll get an early start to maximize our time on the mountains. This ski area is immense, with around 190 runs spread over two countries. You'll concentrate your time on the Cervino-Breuil ski area on the Italian side, and the Matterhorn-Zermatt ski area on the Swiss side. Once again your private guides will craft a fantastic itinerary for our day, and once again you're welcome to explore on your own! There are plenty of mountain rifugios and baitas to recharge with food and drink, and you can go at your own pace all day.

Tonight is free to wander and Get Lost on your own to find a quiet (or noisy) dinner spot.

Cervinia-Breuil: 24-38 Trails
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Lifts: 23
Matterhorn-Zermatt: 35-71 Trails
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Lifts: 36

Day 6: Cervinia to Aosta

This morning is a free day, you have the option to ski on your own or explore the town. You can enjoy some of the runs you could only gaze at yesterday, or you could explore a whole new area, like the Valtournenche Ski area, adjacent to Cervino and served by lifts from Cervinia.

This afternoon we'll check out and meet our private coach for the 40 minute transfer to Aosta, the capital of this region of Val D'Aosta. An historic, bustling small city with a wonderful pedestrian old town center, Aosta will be your last stop on the tour. Our 4-Star hotel is perfectly located, right in the old town just 100 feet from the main square. You'll have the rest of the day to explore and wander. Tonight we'll meet for a wine tasting before our final farewell dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. There are lots of new memories to enjoy, stories to tell, and pictures to exchange...and new trips to plan!

Val Tournenche: 23 Trails
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LIfts: 6

Day 7: Arrivederci

This morning you'll have a private transfer to the airport in Torino.

What´s Included

  • 6 nights accommodations in 4-Star hotels, double occupancy
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners, wine included (day 1, 3, 4 and 6)
  • Arrival and departure transfers to Torino airport
  • All daily transfers according to the itinerary
  • Tour Leader on each day/Ski Guide at Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, La Thuile and Cervinia, as listed
  • Ski Passes/Lift Tickets for all ski areas listed.
  • Wine tasting in Aosta
  • Fully escorted by a Go Get Lost tour leader for any groups over 8 people

What´s not Included

  • Airfare
  • Any meals not specified in itinerary
  • Beverages at meals other than listed
  • Ski or Snowboard gear (available for rental there)
  • Trip Interruption/Cancellation and Medical Insurance (Mandatory, call for details)

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