Club Tours 2018

No Dates Title Organiser Grading Status Description
1 16-19 Dec Level 2 avalanche course

Bruce Goodlad IFMGA

E1 S1 M1 Available The level 2 course is for those with level 1 avalanche skills. We will go deeper into the science, and use this to have a better understanding of the nature of avalanche risk.
2 21 Dec-2 Jan (TBC) Powder skiing in British Columbia

Susie Amann

E3 S3 M2 Full Valley based day touring from Revelstoke, British Columbia over Christmas & New Year.
3 8-12 Jan Chamonix Day tours

Rick Marchant IFMGA

E2 S3 M1-2 Available 5 days of day tours based out of Chamonix. You are free to organise your own accommodation. There will be a morning pick up and we will use a minibus to access the best snow in the Chamonix valley and surrounding regions.
4 13-20 Jan Gargellen (Austria) club meet

Simon Duvivier

E1 S2-3 M1 Full 15 places booked in the Gasthof Hotel Wulfenia with half board. Some shortish lift assisted day tours are planned, up to 600 m skinning but with 1000m or more of descent. In addition there is ample medium level piste skiing in Gargellen and linked resorts.
5 13-20 Jan Grimentz off-piste training

Graham Frost IFMGA Tom Saxlund BASI

E2 S2-4 M1 Available 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).
6 13-20 Jan Klosters #1

John Hogg IFMGA

E1 S2 M1 Available 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 15-19 Jan Chamonix off-piste training

Alison Culshaw BASI Coordinator - Emma Cairns

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 split into morning and afternoon groups of 6.
8 15-19 Jan Vallorcine day tours

Hannah Burrows-Smith IFMGA

E2 S3 M2 Available 5 days of adventurous ski-tours and off-piste skiing based around the mountains above Vallorcine, Argentière and the Swiss village of Finhaut.
9 20-27 Jan Bivio Day tours

Paul Cook

E2-3 S2-3 M2 2 Places Left A week of day tours in this well known Swiss village. We will go touring every day the weather allows us.
10 20 - 27 Jan Les Contamines Off-piste Skills & Skiing

John Eames BASI

E1 S3-4 M1 Available CONFIRMED to run - 4 spaces left! MORNINGS: skills input “If it is white, we will learn how to ski it!” AFTERNOONS: putting it in practice on long, lift-served off-piste runs. Benefit from a BASI instructor with 30 years of off-piste skiing experience; open to Alpine & Telemark skiers.
11 28 Jan-3 Feb Tour Leaders Course

Rick Marchant IFMGA Coordinator - Neil Thompson

E3 S3 M3 Full A course for those who wish to lead a Club tour. A return to the Champoluc valley. A week of lift accessed off piste and day tours. Staying in a very comfortable hotel.
12 1-2 Feb Navigation and skiing pick and mix

Andy Perkins IFMGA

E1 S2-3 M1 Available The first of three new 2-day skills courses spanning the Argentière meet week end (below). Pick any or all from: Skiing and Navigation, Skiing and Snow safety, Skiing and glacier travel. 1 course: 250 euros/ person/course. 2 courses: 225 euros, 3 courses: 200 euros.
13 3-4 Feb Snow safety and skiing pick and mix

Andy Perkins IFMGA

E1 S2-3 M1 Available Three new 2-day skills courses spanning the Argentière meet week end (below). Pick any or all from: Skiing and Navigation, Skiing and Snow safety, Skiing and glacier travel. 1 course: 250 euros/ person/course. 2 courses: 225 euros, 3 courses: 200 euros.
14 5-6 Feb Glacier travel and skiing pick and mix

Andy Perkins IFMGA

E1 S2-3 M2 2 Places Left Three new 2-day skills courses spanning the Argentière meet week end (below). Pick any or all from: Skiing and Navigation, Skiing and Snow safety, Skiing and glacier travel. 1 course: 250 euros/ person/course. 2 courses: 225 euros, 3 courses: 200 euros.
15 2-4 Feb Argentière (Hotel de la Couronne)

Coordinator - John Hayward

E1-3 S1-5 M1-3 Available Fourth year of this popular week end club meet for independent tourers with a focus on member to member day touring, but also the opportunity to join guided tours. Book accommodation directly with the hotel (http://www.hotelcouronne.com/en/), mention ESC and let John know you are coming.
16 3-18 Feb French Pyrenees (Luchonais)

Dave Wynne-Jones

E3 S3 M3 2 Places Left Day tours and a probable couple of nights at huts making the best of the local skiing including 3000m peaks and interesting couloirs. Valley delights include thermal baths.
17 5-11 Feb Aosta valley day tours

Neil Thompson

E1-2 S3 M1/2 Full Based in St Pierre in a small hotel. Follows on from the weekend meet i.e. Monday to Sunday. Some lift assisted off-piste if the weather is poor.
18 11-18 Feb Parnassos, Greece: Off-piste & Day Tours

John Eames BASI

E1 S2-4 M1 Available CONFIRMED TO RUN! Places 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! Refer to the Yearbook for last season’s experiences. Open to Alpine & Telemark skiers.
19 11-16 Feb Val Stura

Andy Perkins IFMGA

E2 S3 M1 Full Val Stura is just south of the more well-known Val Maira. It has more snow, less people, a single chair lift and stunning ski touring terrain.
20 17-27 Feb Morocco - Central High Atlas

Dave Smith

E3 S3 M2 Full We will be based in the Tarkeddit Refuge in one of the less frequented areas of the High Atlas from which a number of attractive ski peaks are attainable. A reputable local agent will be used to help with logistics and we will have the opportunity to explore the area’s rich Berber culture.
21 17-24 Feb Klosters #2

John Hogg IFMGA

E2 S3 M1 Available This week is for good S3 skiers who wish to ski at a good pace in all snow conditions! Good parallel skiing technique and good fitness is a must! S4s are welcome but it will be at an S3 pace.
22 18-23 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.
23 24 Feb-3 Mar Tuxeralpen Fitness Tour

Khalid Qasrawi

E3 S3 M1 Available Based at the Weidener Hütte and Lizumer Hütte. Up to 1600m a day focusing on moving faster, covering ground and skiing the good snow where we can find it.
24 2-10 Mar Albula Alps Traverse

Brian Horn

E2-3 S3 M2 Full The Abula Alps in the Engadine region of eastern Switzerland offer reliable snow, magnificent panoramas and great ski touring. A six day traverse for experienced ski tourers.
25 3-18 Mar French and Spanish Pyrenees (Val d'Aure and Bielsa)

Dave Wynne-Jones

E3 S3 M3 Available Day tours and 3 hut tour in the St Lary Soulan area before heading over the border to Bielsa to tackle some of the 3000m peaks of Spain.
26 3-10 Mar Andorra

Peter Edgerton

E3 S3 M2 Full Ascents of some of the best of the ski peaks in Andorra from 2 comfortable huts which may be wardened. A good region for snow-holding.
27 3-10 Mar Maurienne valley - steep off piste

Simon Christy BASI / UIMLA

E2 S4-5 M1 1 Place Left A week of steep off-piste coaching and adventures. The lift systems of Bonneval, Val Cenis, Aussois, La Norma and Val Frejus are all within easy reach, with great terrain to test out and work on steep skiing skills, and endless touring possibilities too.
28 4-9 Mar Relaxed Silvretta

Andy Perkins IFMGA and Julie-Ann Clyma IFMGA

E1-2 S2 M1 1 Place Left This tour is for Eagles looking for a relaxed approach. For those needing a rest or a shorter day, we have consecutive nights in some of the most comfortable huts in the Alps!
29 10th - 17th March Val Formazza

Ali Bramall

E2-3 S3 M2 Full Day tours of the peaks on the border of Italy and Switzerland, based in two rifugio's.
30 9-16 Mar Silvretta Hut-to-Hut

Phil Jardine

E3 S3 M3 Full Classic hut to hut tour with plenty of opportunity for peaks along the way and comfortable huts.
31 10-17 Mar Grimentz off-piste training

Graham Frost IFMGA Tom Saxlund BASI

E2 S2-4 M1 Available 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). 6 full days tuition.
32 10-18 Mar Iceland Day / Hut Trip

Owen Day ACMG Ski Guide

E2-3 S3 M2 Available Provisional dates. The Troll Peninsula, Iceland is a great location to spend a week enjoying descents to the sea and 4 nights in a remote hut in the interior part of the range.
33 15-23 Mar Otztal High Level Route

Phil Wickens

E2-3 S3 M2 Full Hut to hut tour from Obergurgl to Huben (near Solden) in the Oetztal Alps, staying in comfortable guardianed huts. The ascent of plenty of summits is a priority, especially those with a good ski descent.
34 17-24 Mar Gemmipass / Wildstrubel Tour

Declan Phelan

E2 S2 M2 Full The Gemmipass offers some great ski touring terrain, with options to suit most snow conditions and some classic summits, including Wildstrubel 3243m. Access is by cable car from Leukerbad and this circular tour will allow some consecutive hut nights.
35 17-24 Mar Ortler

James Rooney and Joanne Waldie

E2 S2 M3 Full A lesser known area in the Stelvio National Park (Italy) with an interesting blend of Germanic and Italian culture, a reputation for comfortable huts, good food and ski touring terrain.
36 17-24 Mar Sunnmøre Norway

Bruce Goodlad IFMGA

E2-3 S3 M2 Available The guidebook to the best ski touring in Norway describes Sunnmore as “possibly the most scenic ski touring area in Norway” this is a pretty big claim so we thought we had better organize a trip and see if it lives up to its reputation.
37 17-24 Mar Tour Soleil

Rob Collister

E2 S2 M2 Full Classic hut to hut tour from Realp to Binn. Mostly in Switzerland but one night in Italy. Member led.
38 18-23 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.
39 18-24 Mar Upper Engadine Valley, Switzerland

John Hogg IFMGA

E2 S2-3 M1 1 Place Left Beautiful day tours in a spectacular high alpine setting around St. Moritz, Switzerland. Very comfortable hotel accommodation with all facilities and excellent meals. Use of ski lifts for most tours. Climbs of up to 3 hours with easy to intermediate descents.
40 21-28 Mar Queyras

Neil Grant

E2 S3 M2 2 Places Left Exploring the Queyras touring in Gites and Refuges. Meeting in St. Veran. Days of up to 1000m skinning.
41 24-31 Mar Andermatt, Switzerland: Day Tours & Off-piste

John Eames BASI

E1 S3-4 M2 Available CONFIRMED TO RUN! Places still available. Day tours and off-piste discovering the delights of this quiet and ‘under-used’ yet superlative area, using uplift and local trains for access from an excellent valley base. Open to Alpine and Telemark skiers.
42 24-31 Mar Urner haute route

Roy Ruddle

E3 S2-3 M2 2 Places Left A skiers’ haute route. We’ll start with 2 nights in Engelberg and a lift-assisted day tour. Then catch the train to Realp, and ski to Engelberg with nights at the Albert Heim Hut, Chelanalp hut, Steingletscher Hotel, Sustli hut and the final night in Engelberg again.
43 24 Mar-1 Apr Haute Route Imperial

Alain Hosley

E3 S3-4 M3 Available Starting from St Luc and heading South, this classic tour should allow us to summit the Bishorn (4153m), before traversing south over the col Durand to the Schonbiel Hut, exit via either Ferpecle or Zermatt.
44 31 Mar-7 Apr Alpine Ski Touring Training - Arolla

Andy Teasdale IFMGA

E2/3 S2/3 M1 Available All necessary skills and techniques for safe travel in glaciated mountain country are covered during this skiing intensive week. During the week we can expect to go for an overnight hut tour.
45 31 Mar-14 Apr Northern mountains of Iran

Nick Donohue

E3 S3 M3 1 Place Left A 2 week trip exploring the Alborz range (north of Tehran) with a local guide, plus a cultural visit to Isfahan. We intend to avoid Damavand to focus on lower and quieter peaks.
46 4-11 Apr Ortler

Rick Marchant IFMGA

E2 S2 M2 Available Starting and finishing in Bormio we will have 3 nights at the Branca hut and 2 nights at the Pizzini. Comfortable huts offering a wide choice of excellent ski tours. The dates are midweek to offset with the Easter weekend.
47 6-15 Apr Lyngen – self catering

Christine Watkins

E2 S3 M2 Available This trip is for women only (sorry lads). Based from a self catering base with day tours in close-by mountains in the Lyngen area. Flying into Tromso and hiring a couple of cars for transport. We may also use a boat to access mountains on some days.
48 7-14 Apr Norway (Tamok Dalen)

Andrew Duncan

E2-3 S3 M2 Available Day trips from a self-catered cabin in Tamok Dalen, a 30k valley surrounded by mountains of up to almost 1600m, using a car to find the best conditions; with emphasis on interesting descents.
49 7-14 Apr Gran Paradiso Introductory Hut to Hut Tour

Andy Teasdale IFMGA

E2 -3 S3 M2 Available 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.
50 7-14 Apr Venediger group

Dan Carron

E3 S3 M2-3 Full A moderately challenging excursion in the Venediger group for experienced ski-mountaineers comfortable with ropes and glacier travel. A combination of hut-hut and day tours with various summits on offer from the Essener-Rostocker, Johannis and Kursinger huts.
51 7-14 Apr Val d'Anniviers Ski Tour

Hannah Burrows-Smith IFMGA

E2 S3 M2 Available A high-level hut-to-hut tour amongst the spectacular rocky peaks and glaciers that surround the Val d'Anniviers, with the main objective being the ski-peak of the Bishorn, with the Brunegghorn, Barrhorn and the Blanc de Moming as additional ski peak options.
52 8-14 Apr Saas 4000m

Terry Ralphs IFMGA (coordinator Brian Mead)

E3 S3 M2 Full A circular high level ski tour, from Saas Fee, climbing the 4000m peaks of the Allalinhorn, Strahlhorn and Alphubel. This is a demanding high altitude ski tour and will give a big glacier experience.
53 9-18 Apr Alaska Ski Road Trip

Joe Stock IFMGA (Coordinator Phil Jardine)

E3 S4 M2 Available A road and ferry loop starting and finishing in Anchorage. We start in the Kenai Mountains, ferry through Prince William Sound to Thompson Pass at Valdez, and finish by driving and skiing back through the Talkeetna Mountains to Anchorage. Optional M2M add on (possibly Eklutna traverse).
54 14-21 Apr Bernese Oberland

Andy Teasdale IFMGA

E3 S3 M2 Available Accessing the Bernese Oberland from the south. Nights will be spent in the Konkordia hut, Finsteraarhorn hut, Monchjoch hut and Hollandia huts.
55 14-22 Apr Oberland Traverse

Pete Lancaster

E3 S3 M3 Full A crossing of the Bernese Oberland from Kandersteg to the Grimsel Pass, following in the tracks of Arnold Lunn, who made the journey in 1909. One night in an unmanned hut and a possible ascent of the Finsteraarhorn.
56 15-21 Apr Relaxed Jotunheim

Andy Perkins IFMGA

E2 S3 M1 Available We will tour along the western edge of the Jotunheim, staying for consecutive nights and doing day tours from 2 different huts. More flexibility and less demanding than the classic traverse.
57 21 Apr-6 May (TBC) USA

Susie Amann

E4 S3 M2 Available Sierra Nevada, California or Wind Rivers, Wyoming. An adventurous wilderness camping journey with peak bagging en route for self sufficient ski mountaineers. Decision on location taken once snowpack develops.
58 22-28 Apr Ski photography week

Andy Teasdale IFMGA

E3 S3 M1 Available This week is aimed at developing your eye for ski photography. We will be looking at uphill and downhill ski photography during a week in the stunning Bernese Oberland.
59 29 Apr-6 May NW Spitsbergen

Phil Wickens

E2 S3 M2 Full Day tours in the remote northwestern fjords of Spitsbergen, from sea level to 1000m. Based on the classic and comfortable 153ft sailing ship Nord Noorderlicht.