Introduction to Ski Touring
Summit & Blue’s introduction to ski touring in the tranquil wilderness of the Spanish Pyrenees, near the Spanish ski resort of Baqueira Beret, was developed to offer individuals the opportunity to try ski touring for the first time without having to committed to a whole week.
Who does it suit?
The trip works best for a group of up to 7 people, preferably a group that knows each other. We have found that when there is a ‘common denominator’ the group dynamics work really well not only during the day but also in the evening. Participants should be able to ski black runs and be moderately fit. Your guide will gauge on day one the overall standard and choose the most suitable terrain for the ensuing days.
The Spanish Pyrenees
The Pyrenees is the perfect place to learn to ski tour – the terrain is accessible, there’s loads of it and most importantly, there’s nobody else around! This is a place where you’ll truly want to earn your turns. The advantage of the Spanish Pyrenees is its proximity to Toulouse airport which offers exceptionally priced flights at timings very convenient for long weekends. You will stay on both Vielha and Boi located on the edge of the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. We love Vielha, located down the valley from the ski resort of Baqueira Beret, and serves some of the best gin and tonics and tapas!
What can you expect?
Over the course of 4 days you will be introduced to the essentials of ski touring by your qualified mountain guide. From touring equipment to avalanche awareness and rescue skills, from route planning to off piste skiing techniques, the days will be spent getting to grips with the basics and the nights will be spent relaxing and recharging back at your hotel. In the evening there are a great range of authentic local restaurants serving traditional dishes many cooked over hot embers.