FREERIDING WEEK IN BAQUEIRA-BERET

Everyday plan will be similar:

  • You will meet the guide at the agreed time and place to get on the first lifts of the day (8:45 is the opening time).
  • According to weather and snow conditions we will head to the chosen area by accessing the chairlifts to get quickly to the selected descents.
  • There will be a break at midday to snack/drink or have a proper lunch in one of the appealing bars/restaurants of the resort.
  • After the break, we will keep skiing until the legs and the want hold up.
  • Back to the meeting place and well-deserved rest in the Hotel

 

The areas that we will explore have at least one of the emblematic descents of the ski resort. They are considered so for their beauty and their perfect and diverse terrain to fully be pleased.

From West to East, these different areas are:

 

  • Beret: Tuc de Costarjàs (2,338m) and Tuc de Blanhibar (2,245m)

The Blanhibar ski lift gives access to one the most beautiful descents of the whole resort. We will get down to the idyllic village of Bagergue.

  • Beret: Dossau and Dera Reina

From Tuc deth Dossau (2,516m), the highest point of the ski station, we find the two most famous off-pist runs. They are called Pradet and Laveja and they go down to the Montgarri Sanctuary.

  • Saumet / Baciver / Cap de Baqueira

There are endless choices on every side of these three mountains but often very crowded because of its easy and fast access.

  • Tuc de la Llança / Teso dera Mina

With a small approach to Tuc de la Llança we will get to an exceptional descent named Utah. We will ski down on its north face towards Orri.

  • Peülla

Located quite far away from the core of the ski resort, it is less frequented and is one of the best hiding places in days of powder snow. The descent to Les Ares hut is one of the best kept secrets.

Included:

  • 6 day UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide services
  • Advices prior the start
  • Security equipment for the whole group
  • Reservations management assistance
  • 6 days Baqueira-Beret ski pass
  • 7 nights stay at Hotel deth Pais 2**: 350€ p/p u Hotel Mauberme 4****: 580€ p/p

 

Not included:

  • Individual equipment
  • Snacks/drinks or proper lunch during the ski day of both assistant/s and guide/s
  • Transfers to the ski resort and back to the hotel
  • Drags on snowmobiles if necessary (between 10 and 25€ p/p)
  • Meals in the evenings
  • Client/s and guide/s extra expenses due to unexpected program variations

 

General Information:

  • Each group member taking part in this program is required to possess an at date license issued by the Mountaineering Federation valid in the Pyrenees.
  • Freeriding is an extraordinary pass time but it involves risks. Each member of this journey takes full responsibility of what could happen.
  • The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program depending on snow conditions, weather, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
  • Powder skis (waist width>90mm)
  • Ski poles appropiate for poder snow

 

  • Helmet
  • Ski carry backpack (ABS optional)
  • Snow shovel
  • Probe 240cm
  • DVA (pilas revisadas)

 

  • Goggles (suitable for both sunny and cloudy days)
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Spare gloves
  • Buff
  • Hat

 

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream 50+
  • Lip balm 50+

  • Gore-Tex pants
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Primaloft
  • Fleece
  • Thermal t-shirt
  • Medium thickness socks

 

  • Snacks (sandwich, cereal bars, nuts,...)
  • 5l. bottle of water

 

  • Baqueira-Beret ski pass
  • Mobile Phone
  • ID/Passport
  • Cash
  • Mountaneering Federation License valid for the Pyrenees

For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.

 

Ski touring & Freeride

 

    TECHNICAL level

  • 1 = Beginner. Never ski toured before. Is a regular ski resort skier that occasionally goes off-piste. Black runs are not a problem for its level.
  • 2 = Starter. Has experienced ski touring, climbing with skins (skinning). Is familiar with all the ski touring gear. Capable of uphill kick turning on not very steep terrain. Knows how to place and use ski crampons. Ski climbs safely through all kinds of snows on a trace. Skies down efficiently on ungroomed terrain, even on steep but wide slopes.
  • 3 = Intermediate. Regular touring skier,  . Trained on the basic techniques of skinning and uphill kick turn. Can change directions on slopes of 35º. Able to place ski crampons and crampons in an autonomous way. Skies down effectively on all kinds of ungroomed terrain and steepness.
  • 4 = Advanced. Masters the technique of skinning on slopes up to 40º - 45º. Moves safely with skins on steep and icy slopes. Basic knowledge of mountaineering, use of crampons and ice axe as well as rope work. Skies down safely on every snow condition and steepness.
  • 5 = Very advanced. Extensive experience in touring and mountaineering ski. Moves effectively changing direction on all kind of terrain, even on exposed places. Very good skier on every snow condition and steep terrain, as well as in exposed passages. Goes frequently on one-day or multi-day ski tours, spending the nights in huts. Familiar using the ice axe and crampons on all types of mountain domain. Knowledge and training on rope work, protection and self-arrest.
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    FITNESS level

  • 1 = Able to ascend 600 meters of elevation gain skinning for 3 hours carrying a light backpack of about 5 kg.
  • 2 = Able to ski tour for 4 or 5 hours overcoming 800 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 5 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 3 = Able to accomplish 5 to 7 hours routes and 1000 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 7 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 4 = Able to succeed on alpine routes of up to 8 hours and 1200 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 8 kg at a 400 meters an hour pace.
  • 5 = Able to carry out alpine routes of more than 8 hours long and between 1500 and 2000 meters elevation gain with a 10 kg backpack at a 400 meters an hour pace.

Next Dates :

From January to April 2021

Description

Baqueira-Beret thanks to its distinctiveness is considered as the best ski station in the Pyrenees.

In the first place, its orientation (Northwest) favours a large amount of snow carried by the frequent storms that comes from Great Britain. That is the reason for the amount of snow accumulated to be larger than in the rest of the mountain range, mostly facing south.

In second place, it is important to highlight the exceptional work done by the Baqueira staff to mark off the ski runs, to review thoroughly the lifts and renewed them constantly, to groom the snow perfectly every night, to ensure the safety on the whole complex, without a doubt that is what makes Baqueira-Beret to be on a level above.

Regarding what concerns this program, the immensity of the ski domain will allow us to spend a whole week skiing in different areas, every one of them with spectacular and memorable descents, without ever going down the same run. We will explore every corner but will probably not get to know every spot. The great experience and knowledge of the TUC mountain guides will benefit the joy of the ski days.

LEVELS :

FITNESS
2
TECHNICAL
3

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