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Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry Skiing at Portetta

FEELING ADVENTUROUS?

Backcountry skiing gives you the opportunity to go off the beaten track and adventure outside of a marked and groomed piste or trail with an experienced guide who will take you to the best off-piste routes in the skiing area! Being in the heart of the Courchevel Moriond (1650) means you’ll be situated on the tip of Parc National de la Vanoise which is a stunning national park – the perfect chance to explore the nature and wildness of the area. Escape the hustle and bustle of the busy slopes and explore Courchevel’s natural slopes without the crowds and ski lifts and you’ll encounter a lots of different snow conditions and terrain; from virgin powder fields, to tree runs.

Backcountry Skiing is best suited for people who are confident on skis, but it can be flexible around different levels whether you’re new to the slopes or a seasoned skiier.

What can you expect?

Expert Mountain Guides

It is essential for the Backcountry Skiing trips to have an expert Mountain Guide who knows the routes and slopes and can give you the ultimate experience. On this trip you’ll be guided by an expert Mountain Guide from Le Bureau des Guides Courchevel. The day before the trip our guide will introduce themselves to you to ensure you have everything you need and will get an idea of your experience level to best prepare for the right off-piste route.

On the day

At 9am, you’ll meet with our Guide in our Ski Room at Portetta to get everything you need and then you’ll head straight out! Our Guide will lead you to one of the entry points of Les Avals Valley. This gives the opportunity for a leg warm up on piste! The ski touring adventure then begins and very soon you will be away from the crowds, surrounded by the untouched valley and enjoying the silence. The amount of ski touring can vary according to the many itineraries available in Les Avals.

There is a perfect day for every skier. Some will prefer smooth off piste runs when others might aim for the summit of Le Petit Mont-Blanc, and the most experienced will prefer skiing a couloir at La Portetta - the peak the hotel is named after! 

When it’s time for lunch, guests can either enjoy a wild picnic on a virgin snow field or be guided back to civilisation to enjoy the comfort of a mountain restaurant. After lunch, guests can venture back for some more remote skiing in the hidden valley or make their way to Portetta for some relaxation at the spa.