Sublime skiing from the comfort of your hotel

Grindelwald Ski Touring Week

Switzerland sports some of the world's best winter terrain with an almost endless amount of amazing skiing and infrastructure to support it. Our Grindlewald Ski Touring Week is based for in a comfortable chalet located in the centre of the renowned ski-town of Grindelwald, which is nestled below the mighty Eiger.

Enjoy the pleasure of waking up each morning with the prospect of numerous runs beneath the spectacular mountains that surround the village - or enjoy that feeling of blasting powder through perfectly spaced trees. You may even discover why people here feel like yodelling!

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 5 days
Elevation 2,000M / 6,562FT
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Powder day views in Grindelwald - Tim Robertson

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Touring in Kiental, near Grindelwald - Tim Robertson

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Explore the spectacular mountains around the Gindelwald region - Tim Robertson

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A variety of terrain from steep untracked powder to tree runs - Tim Robertson

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Sublime tree skiing in Grindelwald - Tim Robertson

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Wengen Grindelwald from the Schilthorn - Tim Robertson

From January to April
Departs from Grindelwald, Switzerland
RATIOS 5 DAYS
1:1 €5,990 EUR
1:2 €3,690 EUR
1:3 €3,030 EUR
1:4 €2,650 EUR
  • Overview

    • Sublime skiing in some of the world's most iconic mountains
    • Stay in Grindelwald hotel then head out each day to ski tour the surrounding terrain


    This ski-touring week is based in the well-known ski town of Grindelwald, which has the envious location under the mighty Eiger. Enjoy waking up each morning knowing that you have the option of skiing numerous runs beneath the spectacular mountains that surround the village or enjoying un-tracked powder turns through the numerous tree runs.

    Your guide will take pleasure in introducing you to their favourite locations enabling you to fully appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the area. You will be able to collaborate with them on the terrain and regions you would like to ski each day to maximise your enjoyment.

    We utilise a combination of funicular trains, ski lifts and ski touring to optimise our skiing time and each night you return to Grindelwald.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to their trips. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition and trip to offer our ski tourers the best possible experience.

    We employ strong and specialised IFMGA Ski Guides, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry.

    Many of our expedition members and climbers come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions and guided ski tours safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Ski tour guide
    • Lift passes as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Hut or hotel accommodation as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Local ground transport as per the scheduled itinerary


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Any costs that are additional to the programme that come about due to changes to the programme caused by weather or organisational changes (any changes will generally be due to factors outside our control such as weather, lift failure, etc. and actioned only after you have been consulted by your guide)
    • Personal ski/mountaineering clothing and equipment as per lists supplied
    • Evening meals during hotel nights in town
    • Lunches
    • Extra additional meals or snacks/drinks purchased from huts/hotels
    • Insurance
    • Transport to and from trip departure location (although we can arrange it for you)
    • Gratuity

    Account Information

    Following is the EURO bank information for Adventure Consultants Ltd., 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand, Ph +64 3 443 8711. All deposits and final payments for European trips should be sent by telegraphic transfer to this account unless advised otherwise.

    Bank Name and Address:
    Bank of New Zealand - Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand

    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22
    Beneficiary’s Account Number: 1000-594771-0002
    Beneficiary’s Account Name: Adventure Consultants Limited
    Beneficiary’s Address: 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
    Account Type: Euro Dollars

    Please request that all charges are for the remitter’s account.

    Please contact us if you have any problems sending money to this account.

    We can accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% transaction fee.

    Deposit

    In order to confirm a guide and your trip, we require a completed Booking Form and a non-refundable deposit of EUR500.

    Balance Payment

    The balance of payment is due 60 days prior to the start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. You may then cancel your participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • Inside 60 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • Inside 30 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee.
    • Inside 15 days of the departure date forfeits 100% of the full fee.


    We recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Grindelwald Ski Tour WeekThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Grindelwald Ski Touring Week.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Grindelwald Ski Touring Week Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The number of guides is determined by the size of the group, the ratio of guides to climbers is 1:2 or 1:4 depending on the skill level of the group.

    Our Guides

    You will find the Adventure Consultants Mountain & Ski Guides companionable and strong guides with considerable power and willingness to see you enjoy your ski touring journey through the Alps.

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to their trips. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition and trip to offer our ski tourers the best possible experience.

    We employ strong and specialised leaders/mountain guides, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams with the best back-up and support available.

    Many of our climbers, ski tourers and trekkers come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make our expeditions and trips safe, enjoyable and successful.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison for European and Himalayan Operations. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.


    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    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

    To ski tour in the European Alps you need to be physically fit, and be capable of strenuous exercise each day. Most days will start early, but there is usually some scope for some later starts and relaxed evenings to enjoy the classic European culture.

    Even skiing and climbing at the moderate altitudes in Europe has a definite physical effect on people. Most climbers and skiers notice a lower performance rate than normal. Touring days are physically demanding and can entail 1000m/3,300ft ascent at altitude.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    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. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your trip.

    History

    The European Alps are full of climbing and skiing history. They are the birthplace of mountaineering and the rich heritage adds to the superb facilities (catered huts and lift systems), which provide for mountaineers and ski-tourers that is not seen elsewhere.

    Food

    You will be required to pay for your lunches and evening meals whilst on the trip. Any additional food, beverages or meals you purchase that are not mentioned in the inclusions will be at your own expense. In addition to lunches, it is a good idea to bring a small selection of your favourite snack food and hydration drinks with you to ensure you are fuelled by your preferred brands. Actual amounts depend on your consumption but two snacks per day would seem reasonable.

    If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. If your dietary requirements are especially strict you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided on a twin share basis in hotels for 6 nights. The hotels we utilise are clean and comfortable. If you want single accommodation or a higher standard of accommodation, we may be able to arrange this for you. Please enquire about options and costs at time of enquiry.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Grindelwald skiers will be sent a list detailing all necessary individual clothing and equipment to be provided.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    0 Arrival day in Grindelwald, Switzerland and overnight at hotel.
    1 Travel up the First Cable Car and then to the Oberjoch (2,486m/8,156ft) and from here, we ascend to the Faulhorn (2,681m/8,795ft) where we are treated to views of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and Lake Brienz. We then ski down to 1,600m/5,250ft near Bussalp or to the valley floor at 930m/3,050ft depending on how far our legs are willing to take us. This provides us with a good warm up day. Overnight at Grindelwald hotel.
    2 This morning we head to Isenfluh, where we catch a tiny 6 person cable car up to Sulwald (1,500m/4,920ft). From here, we ascend to Kleine Löbhorner at 2,519m/8,264ft and ski towards the scenic Soustal. There will be an option to combine this with ascending Schwalmere for an extra 400m/1,300ft ascent. We finish the day off by descending back to Isenfluh (1,080m/3,540ft) for another hotel night.
    3 We head off to explore the Rosenlaui Valley from where we will ascend from the Schwarzwaldalp Hotel, which is situated under the Wellhorn (3,191m/10,469ft) for an 1,100m/3,600ft ascent and powder descent. Overnight at hotel.
    4 Our objective today is the head up to the Oberjoch and then ascend the Reeti (2,577m/8,454ft), before moving onto the Uf Spitzen (2,381m/7,812ft) for some steeper powder skiing. We finish the day by skiing back to Grindelwald and spend another night at the hotel.
    5 We travel through the famous Lauterbrunnen Valley and take the lifts to the Schilthorn (2,980m/9,777ft). From here, we ski some exciting ridgelines towards a 400m/1,312ft ascent to the summit of Hundshorn (2,930m/9,612ft), which culminates in a 2,000m/6,560ft vertical descend to Kiental (950m/3,120ft). We finish the day with a celebratory drink on the train that will take us back to Grindelwald. Enjoy a final hotel night.
    6 Depart for home
  • Add Ons

    Chamonix is located in the heart of the Alps and is central to some of the best ski touring that Europe has to offer. There is a huge variety of properties on offer in Chamonix and after many years of operating in the Alps we have uncovered some of the area's finest. At Adventure Consultants we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing accommodation providers to remain aligned with our high standards.

    Contact us if you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your European Alps trip, as there are several superb properties in the area. We profile our favourite selection below:

    HOTEL MONT BLANC

    Why we recommend this property

    Originally built in 1849, this fine establishment is located in the heart of Chamonix. Surrounded by private gardens, the hotel was recently renovated to be reminiscent of an elegant 19th-century palace. Each room offers a stunning panorama of the surrounding mountains and has been interior-designed by renowned French designer Sybille de Margerie, inspired by nature and the environment. The 14-metre outdoor heated swimming pool can be used year round and offers spectacular views of nearby Mont Blanc. The hotel's in-house restaurant, 'La Mafatan', produces cuisine that will take you on a culinary journey.

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    HOTEL LE MORGANE

    Why we recommend this property

    This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the centre of Chamonix and offers guests top-quality service. Chef Daniele Raimondi produces some of Chamonix's finest cuisine at 'Le Bistrot' restaurant. Le Morgane offers a variety of rooms from singles to deluxe and suites, each featuring balconies with views of Mont Blanc or Le Brévent. Hotel facilities include a small lounge, library, relaxation pool and spa, a ski storage room and free WiFi. Rental of bicycles and electric bikes, as well as a valet car service is available.

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    euro ice jon bracey 2Looking to make the most of the winter break in the Alps? Have a go at ice climbing on our Cogne Ice Climbing Weekend, or push it out to a full week of adrenaline and exploration on our Chamonix-Cogne Ice Climbing Week, taking in some of Europe's best and most classic ice climbing routes. Suitable for both beginner's and more experienced climbers, contact us to learn more.

    Your family or friends may wish to join you on your holiday but may not like the idea of ski touring or climbing a mountain. Let us know if this is the situation and we will be able to put together an itinerary that keeps them busy while you are up high. There are so many wonderful things to do, so contact us and we will help to organise the perfect programme.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

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