Europe Haute Route Ski Tour

Health & Fitness

Your Health

Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication.  Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.  

Level of Experience Required

You will need to be a confident off-piste skier for this tour, as well as having a good background level of fitness. Though the days will be relatively short (up to six hours long) you will cover high altitude ground and will need a good level of aerobic fitness.

Most days will start well before dawn, but there is usually some scope for some later starts and relaxed evenings enjoying the classic European culture.

Even skiing and climbing at the moderate altitudes in Europe has a definite physical effect on people.  Most skiers notice a lower performance rate than normal. Summit days and touring days are the most physically demanding of the days and can entail 1000m/3,300ft ascent at altitude. These rewarding and photogenic days typically take around six hours.

The Haute Route ski tour is suitable for people wanting to learn and practice general ski-mountaineering skills while touring over classic and challenging passes. Though not essential, some climbing experience is desirable and prior use of ice axe and crampons advantageous.

Preparing for your Trip

To make the most of your skiing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness and skiing/snowboarding prior to the trip. Your guide places special focus on fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly. 

 

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