Club Tours 2017

No Dates Title Organiser Grading Status Description
1 20 Dec - 3 Jan British Columbia

Susie Amann / Jack Waters

E3 S3 M3 Full An East to West traverse from the Wapta Icefield to the Little Yoho Valley, with multiple nights in unguardianed huts to allow for extra powder skiing & peak bagging along the way.
2 1-3 Feb Level 1 Avalanche Course - DATE CHANGE

Bruce Goodlad IFMGA

E1 S1 M1 Full A solid platform of learning for those who spend time on skis in the mountains and want to learn more about avalanche hazard evaluation, management and rescue. Based in St Gervais
3 5-8 Jan Level 2 Avalanche Course

Bruce Goodlad IFMGA

E1 S1 M1 Full The level 2 course is designed for students with level 1 avalanche skills. We will go deeper into the science of snow metamorphism, and use this to have a better understanding of the snowpack history and the nature of existing avalanche risk. Based in St Gervais.
4 7-14 Jan Grimentz off-piste training

Graham Frost IFMGA Tom Saxlund BASI

E2 S2-4 M1 Full Develop your off-piste skills and mountain awareness. A combination of ski coaching and guided day tours with Tom Saxlund (BASI 4) and Graham Frost (IFMGA guide).
5 9-13 Jan Chamonix Day Tours and Off Piste

Rick Marchant IFMGA

E2 S3 M1-2 Full 5 days of guided skiing. Members are free to book their own accomodation. Minibus transport will be provided to search out the best snow in the Chamonix valley or nearby regions.
6 14 - 21 Jan Klosters #1

John Hogg IFMGA

E1 S2 M1 1 Place Left A week for those wishing to improve their off-piste technique and confidence, with lots of instruction and short tours as well. S3s are welcome but it will be at an S2 pace.
7 16-19 Jan Chamonix off-piste training

Alison Culshaw BASI Coordinator - Gareth Heathcote

E1 S1-3 M1 Full Accessibly priced course based on the well-established "Ski Performance for Mountaineers". Develop off-piste performance and skiing with less effort in all conditions. Self catering. 12 people: morning and afternoon groups.
8 16-20 Jan Vallorcine day tours

Hannah Burrows-Smith IFMGA

E2 S3 M2 1 Place Left For the dates 16-20 Jan this week is FULL but there are SPACES available on a second similar week 30th JAN to 3rd FEB. 5 days of adventurous ski-tours and off-piste skiing based around the mountains above Vallorcine, Argentière and the Swiss village of Finhaut.
9 21-28 Jan Grand St Bernard and Valpelline Day Tours

Rick Marchant IFMGA Co ordinator Paul Cook

E2 S2-3 M1 Full The Aosta valley offers a big selection of tours and our week should give us the chance to ski in a variety of venues. We will stay in 2 comfortable valley bases in Etroubles and Bionaz. The Aosta valley is an area I have toured in extensively and I hope I can share it with you.
10 21-28 Jan Lenzerheide-Arosa, Switzerland: Off-piste Training

John Eames BASI

E1 S2-4 M1 Full Off-piste Skills for Ski Tourers. Mornings: skills input. Afternoons: long, lift-served off-piste runs (upto 1400m). Benefit from a BASI instructor with almost 30 years of off-piste skiing experience; open to Alpine & Telemark skiers.
11 28 Jan - 4 Feb Tour Leaders Course

Rick Marchant IFMGA Coordinator - Ali Bramall

E1 S2-3 M1 Full A course for those who wish to lead a Club tour.
12 3-5 Feb Argentière (Hotel de la Couronne)

Coordinator - John Hayward

E1-3 S1-5 M1-3 Available The ESC winter meet returns to Argentiere again this year. New members and all abilities welcome. Book accommodation directly with the hotel (, mention ESC and let John know you are coming.
13 4 - 11 Feb Klosters #2

John Hogg IFMGA

E2 S3 M1 Full A good opportunity for strong S3 skiers to do a lot of great off-piste skiing. Klosters/Davos has over 200 off-piste routes with very long descents.
14 6-12 Feb Aosta valley day tours

Neil Thompson

E1-2 S3 M1 Completed 5-6 days of tours based in a small hotel in St.Pierre. There are optional lift assisted off piste venues if the weather is grim. Follows on from the Argentiere meet Monday-sat/sun tba.
15 12-19 Feb Parnassos, Greece: Off-piste and Day Tours

John Eames BASI

E1 S2-4 M1 Available Untouched powder high above the Aegean Sea! Lift-served off-piste and touring in this unique environment from a valley base - with Greek food, wine and hospitality! Open to Alpine & Telemark skiers.
16 11-18 Feb Gemmi Explorer

Julie-Ann Clyma IFMGA

E2 S2 M2 Full Day tours on the easier peaks accessible from around the Gemmi Pass. This area gives fine skiing at a relatively relaxed pace and with overnights in very comfortable accommodation.
17 12-26 Feb French Pyrenees: Gavarnie valley

Dave Wynne-Jones

Week 1 - E2/3 S2/3 M1/3 Full First week based in an apartment with nearby spa in Luz St. Saveur. Day tours using the new guidebook at about S2/3 level. Second week through the Breche du Roland to the Refugio Goriz (2200m) as a base for for day tours. Possible for people to attend for the first or second weeks only.
18 16 Feb - 2 Mar subject to flight schedul Georgia

Mike Spencer (plus local Armenian guide - Mkhitar Mkhitaryan)

E3 S3 M3 Full Day tours in the Svanetia and Mount Kazbek regions, accompanied by Mkhitar Mkhitaryan. Plenty of opportunity to explore the country’s history and culture. Guest house/hotel accommodation.
19 18-24 Feb Chamonix to Zermatt Winter Room

Graham Frost IFMGA

E3 S2-3 M2 Full The more adventurous way to tackle the classic Chamonix - Zermatt Haute Route! Before the main season most of the huts are still closed and the mountains deserted.
20 18-24 Feb Val Clarée

Andy Perkins IFMGA

E1 S2 M1 Full The Val Clarée, is ideal for early season touring with comfortable huts and attainable summits. The valley lends itself to flexible days with ascents up to 900m.
21 19 Feb - 3 Mar Stubai Alps - A longer way round

Ian Johnson

E2-3 S3 M2-3 Full 10 days to traverse the Stubai alps including extra days at some huts to allow for day tours and ascent of some peaks. To avoid the main pisted ski areas, we will use some winter unguarded huts.
22 4-19 Mar Spanish Pyrenees

Dave Wynne-Jones

E3 S3 M3 Full Val de Boi & Benasque. First week of day tours in the Val de Boi and western Aiguestortes national park including two or three 3000m peaks. The second week based in Benasque touring from valley roadheads or the staffed Estos & Renclusa refugios again with a view to skiing 3000m peaks.
23 4-11 Mar Western Oberland

Leader Niall Kydd (co-leader Phil Jardine)

E3 S3 M2 Full A classic hut to hut traverse with summits along the way and looking for any interesting lines that take our fancy.
24 4-11 Mar Queyras

Neil Thompson

E2/3 S3 M2 Full Non glaciated touring on the border of France and Italy. Gite and hut based day tours from Ceillac,Abries or St.Veran climbing cols, peaks and any other adventures the conditions allow.
25 4 – 11 March Relaxed Silvretta

Andy Perkins IFMGA and Julie-Ann Clyma IFMGA

E1-2 S2 M1 1 Place Left This tour in the classic Silvretta region provides a relaxed approach. We have consecutive nights in very comfortable huts to enable people to take a rest or have a shorter day if required.
26 5 - 11 Mar Austria day tours

John Hogg IFMGA

E1 S2-3 M1 Full Easy to intermediate days tours from a hotel in the Bregenzerwald - Grosses Walsertal/Austria. Slow ascents from 500m to 1000m to a maximum altitude of 2500m followed by gentle descents. Seniors welcome!
27 5-12 Mar Maurienne valley - Steep off piste coaching & adventures

Simon Christy BASI

E2-3 S4-5 M1 Full A week of steep off-piste coaching and adventures, based in Bramans, in the Maurienne valley. Bonneval, Val Cenis, Aussois, La Norma and Val Frejus are all within easy reach, with great terrain to test out & work on steep skiing skills.
28 11-18 Mar Grimentz off-piste training

Graham Frost IFMGA Tom Saxlund BASI

E2 S2-4 M1 1 Place Left Develop your off piste skills and mountain awareness. A combination of ski coaching and guided day tours with Tom Saxlund (BASI 4) and Graham Frost (IFMGA guide).
29 11-18/19 Mar Ossola and Binntal Day Tours

Nick Donohue

E2 S2-3 M2 Completed A week of non-glaciated day touring exploring ski-peaks in the Ossola / Binntal region based at the convivial CAI refuge in Alpe Devero and the well-equipped Binntalhutte (2-3 nights, unguardianed).
30 11 -18 March Urner Haute Route

Mark Gardiner

E3 S3 M2-3 Full The skiers haute route ! A 6 day hut to hut traverse from Andermatt to Engelberg. Remote mountain terrain with daily big north facing descents.
31 13-17 Mar Chamonix off-piste training

Alison Culshaw BASI Coordinator - Tim Taylor

E1 S1-3 M1 Full Accessibly priced course based on the well-established "Ski Performance for Mountaineers". Develop off-piste performance and skiing with less effort in all conditions. Self catering. 6 people max morning only.
32 18-25 Mar Introduction to Alpine Ski Touring

AndyTeasdale IFMGA

E2 S2 M1 Full This Arolla based instructional meet is designed as an introduction to Alpine Ski Touring for people who would like to ski off the beaten track and venture deeper into mountainous country. It is also a perfect week to improve or refresh your skills if you have some touring experience.
33 4-11 Mar Dolomites: NOTE DATES

Paul Cooper

E2 S3 M2 Full Day tours from the Fanes hut.
34 18-25 Mar Grand St Bernard and Mont Velan

Keith Hampson

E3 S3 M3 Full A hut to hut tour, starting and finishing in Bourg St Pierre. We'll stay at the spectacular Grand Saint Bernard Hospice and the Cab du Velan and hope to climb Mont Velan.
35 Wednesday 22nd March - Wednesday 29th Ma Haute Maurienne Traverse

Neil Grant

E2 S3 M2/3 Full The classic alpine traverse of the Haute Maurienne: Carro-Evettes-Avérrole with day tours from each hut.
36 25 March - 01 April 2017 Gran Paradiso - Introductory hut to hut tour

AndyTeasdale IFMGA

E2 S2-3 M2 Full Start and finish in the Aosta valley, heading into the Val di Rhemes for two nights, then towards the main Gran Paradiso massif. Some days will be hut to hut, others will be day tours returning to the same hut.
37 25-31th Mar Ötztal high level route

Catherine Mangham

E3 S2-3 M2 2 Places Left Hut to hut Austrian high level circular route starting and finishing in Vent, including ascents of Similaun (3700m), Fineilspitze (3600m), Weisskugle (3740m) and Wildspitze (3770m) the highest peak in Austria. This will involve some cramponing and easy scrambling.
38 22 Mar - 1 Apr Northern British Columbia

Owen Day ACMG Ski Guide 

E2-3 S3 M2 Completed This will be a fly in fly out base camp, just north of Terrace, British Columbia in the Skeena Mountains. This area has a wide range of ski mountaineering lines in glaciated terrain and is an amazing location to spend a week.
39 25-31 Mar Arolla - Slightly Steeper Day Tours

Graham Frost IFMGA

E3 S4 M2 Full The Val d'Hérens has lots of challenging skiing accessed by touring from the 3 lift areas. This week explores the more exciting day tours in Arolla and surrounding areas. For skiers who can ascend 1000+m and ski 40 degrees.
40 25 Mar - 1 Apr Gargellen, Austria: Day Tours and Off-piste

John Eames BASI

E1 S3-4 M2 Full Off-piste runs and day tours discovering the delights of this little known area in western Austria, using uplift and local buses for access from an excellent valley base. Open to Alpine and Telemark skiers.
41 25 Mar - 2 Apr Norway, Lyngen Day Tours

Dave Smith

E2-3 S3 M2 Completed Summit to sea day tours from a comfortable self-catering base with daily ascents up to 1600m for strong S3 skiers aiming to reach some of the classic Lyngen summits.
42 27 Mar - 7 Apr Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route

Brian Horn

E3 S2-3 M2 Full Classic Chamonix to Zermat high level ski tour.
43 1-8 Apr Bernese Oberland

Andy Teasdale IFMGA

E3 S3 M2 Full The Bernese Oberland is a wonderful area for ski touring. It is enormous, adventurous, committing and rewarding. This tour will start in Fiesch in the Rhone Valley and follow a circuit that leads us out of the Oberland via the Lotschental.
44 1-8 Apr Haute Maurienne - Averole Hut

Phil Wickens

E2 S3-4 M3 Full Using the Averole hut (2210m) as a base we plan to make day tours and ascents, with a focus on summits and steeper lines. Most tours will involve ascents of over 1000m.
45 1-8 Apr Stubai

Dan Carron

E2-3 S3 M2 1 Place Left 19/3/17 Update: 1 place available as someone has had to withdraw. A visit to the Hochstubai using the comfortable Franz Senn and Amberger huts and Valley accommodation. For experienced ski tourers looking for a moderately challenging excursion, with ascents over 1100m on most days.
46 2-8 Apr Jotunheim Haute Route

Andy Perkins IFMGA

E3-4 S4 M2 2 Places Left This 5 day traverse crosses Norway’s highest mountain area. It uses a network of comfortable huts and takes in several 2000m summits including the country’s highest summit, Galdhøpiggen, weather and conditions permitting.
47 6-19 Apr (tbc) Freshfield Glacier, Rockies

Steve Wright

E4 S3 M4 Full The trip fill start with a fly-in camp to the Freshfield Glacier, with numerous splendid peaks to climb (Nanga Parbat, Mount Barnard). The second week will be a journey, exiting via the Blaeberry River and the ridge east of this to reach Mount Baker and the Wapta Icefield.
48 8-15 Apr Haute Maurienne Glaciers and Steeps

Andy Teasdale IFMGA

E3 S3 M2 2 Places Left Aimed at those who fancy skiing some steeper peaks on day trips, whilst undertaking the classic hut to hut glacial traverse of this region between the Vanoise and Italy.
49 8-15 Apr Val d'Anniviers Ski Tour

Hannah Burrows-Smith IFMGA

E2 S3 M2 1 Place Left A high-level hut-to-hut tour that travels amongst the spectacular scenery of rocky peaks and glaciers that surround the Val d'Anniviers, with the main objective being the ski-peak of the Bishorn, with either the Brunegghorn or Barrhorn as an acclimatising peak.
50 8-15 Apr Bernese Oberland

Roy Ruddle

E2 S3 M3 Full On this tour we plan to spend multiple nights in the Konkordia and Finsteraarhorn huts, skiing fine peaks and one of the 4000ers. If conditions are particularly good then we could be a little more ambitious on some of the days. We start from Feisch, exit the mountains at Reckingen or Münster.
51 5 - 21 May *** DATE CHANGE Alaska

Susie Amann / Jack Waters

E4 S3 M4 Full 2 weeks in Wrangell-St Elias National Park with an attempt on Mt Sanford (4949m) via the Sheep glacier, one of the classic ski lines of North American mountaineering.
52 16-21 Apr Ortler

Bruce Goodlad IFMGA

E2 S2 M2 Full The Ortler Alps are a hidden gem crossing the divide between the Sud Tirol and classic Italy. We will meet in Bormio and spend a week exploring the high glacial peaks, enjoying comfortable huts and great skiing.
53 8-17 Apr (Note dates) Ortler

Chris Allan

E3 S3 M3 Available Day tours from the Branca hut followed by an ascent of Monte Cevedale.
54 29 Apr - 7 May Iceland

Rick Marchant IFMGA

E2 S2-3 M1 Full Here we go again... building on the experience from the last 2 years we will be travelling to Iceland for the end of April. Definitely an Arctic environment and certainly the best cod you will ever eat!Plus home to a great football team..
55 29 Apr - 20 May Kamchatka expedition

Dave Wynne-Jones

E3 S3 M3 Cancelled Ski-mountaineering in Kamchatka.
56 7-18 May Reverse Haute Route, Sass Fee - Chamonix

Ian Johnson

E3-4 S3 M3 Full Saas Fee to Chamonix via Tete Blanche, Bertol Hut , Plateau du Couloir and Col du Grand Lui using both guarded and unguarded / bivi huts taking in summits en-route. If sufficient interest, potential ascent of Mont Blanc.
57 12-19 May Alpine Peaks of Southern Spitsbergen

Phil Wickens

E2 S3 M2 Full Day tours in Isfjord, Bellsund and Hornsund, from sea level to peaks up to 1000m. Based on the comfortable 168 foot sailing ship Rembrandt van Rijn. Cost: £2500 plus flights to Longyearbyen.