Backcountry Skiing Vacations in Valle Maira, Italy
This remote alpine valley on the border with France is a spectacular destination for remote, "earn your turns" touring. Long a well kept secret amongst local Italian ski mountaineers, Valle Maira is a mecca for those seeking pristine terrain unspoiled by the commercialism of established ski areas. There are no lifts, no helicopters - just iconic Alpine villages that support the hikers and skiers who come here to explore.
Valle Maira offers unlimited excellent routes and descents for backcountry skiing. The valley typically receives a tremendous amount of snow due to its proximity to the Mediterranean and high elevation of terrain. Our guides, lodge owners, and dining hosts are natives passionate and knowledgable about the region and the backcountry skiing terrain it has to offer.
A week with us can include:
Fitness Level: High
Day 1 Lodging and dinner in Cuneo, Italy, approximately a 2.5 hour drive from airport. The food and wine of the Piedmont is central to the allure of this region and we choose our lodging so you can enjoy excellent cooking.
Day 2 In area ski at Limone, with afternoon transfer to Acceglio in Valle Maira for lodging.
Days 3, 4, 5, 6 Touring throughout the peaks and ridges above the valley – most days touring right from our lodging, but short van transfers possible to access some variety of routes. All days are fully guided with UIAGM / IFMGA certified guides.
Day 7 option is an in area day.
Evening of day seven or morning of day eight transfer to Milan Malpensa for departing flights.
Ground transportation, lodging, dining and guiding $3,200. Randonee ski touring equipment, avalanche beacons, shovels, probes are included in the cost. Trip insurance (cancellation, trip interruption, medical coverage, etc.) is available through Travelex and is encouraged. One year membership in the Italian Alpine Club is included. This includes an insurance policy for evacuation in case of accident in addition to discounts and a years subscription to their beautiful magazine (in Italiano!). Bruno Rosano's guidebook with delineated ski routes of the Valle Maira is also included and will be posted with your trip confirmation.