Mount Rose and off-piste skiing

The Monte Rosa massif by its Italian side to combine beautiful descents in the powder and climb a summit at 4554m.

A perfect mix for 3 days of great skiing close to France. This trip requires a solid endurance training and a perfect mastery of the off-piste. Since Staffal we leave for a first day off-piste around the station Gressonney-la-Trinité. To acclimatize we will make the 2nd day the ascent of the Giordani Point to 4046m and climb to the refuge of Mantova. The third day will be marked by the ascent of Point Gnifetti (or Signalkupp) the 4th highest peak of the massif at 4554m. the return will be made by the off-piste of the Vallée du Lys or the Vallée Perdue.


Itinerary

  • Day 1Off-road skiing in the area of Gressoney-La-Trinité

    See you early in the morning at Staffal, located 4km from Gressoney-la-Trinité, 1850m above sea level. A beautiful day of off-piste skiing awaits you to discover the hidden routes of the resort. The guide will then be able to evaluate your level and give you the necessary advice for the next 2 days.

    - Elevation gain + : 3295 meters
    - Accommodation: Meals and overnight at the shelter Gabiet

  • Day 2Ascension towards Pointe Giordani and descent by Malfatta corridor.

    After an early morning wake up, we take the Punta Indren cable car. From here we go up the glacier of the same name, first to the West then to the North, along its eastern shore to reach the Pointe Giordani at 4046m by its ridge following the conditions. The pyramid Vincent still overhangs us of 170m.

    - Elevation gain + : Approximately 1000 meters
    - Vertical drop -: Approximately 1100 meters
    - Max Altitude: 4056 meters
    - Accommodation: Meals and overnight at the refuge Mantova
    - Activity hours: 7h to 8 h

  • Day 3Ascent from the Point Gnifetti at 4554m

    From the Mantova hut we start the day going up the Garstelet glacier to the Northeast, towards the Pyramid Vincent, then to the small glacier of the Lys along the western base of the Pyramid Vincent. After the rocky island of Balmerhorn we reach a plateau at 4150m then the Col du Lys at 4248m. We continue along the seracs of the north-facing base of ParrotSpitze. After Col Sesia, we go north, crossing the top of Grenzglacier. Shortly before reaching Col Gnifetti 4454m, we turn to the right and we climb the last steep section to get to Gnifetti Point or Signalkruppe at 4554m.
    The effort was intense but the reward offered by the magnificent view of the surrounding peaks is well worth the trip. But do not hang around because the descent is still long and we reserve some beautiful off-road to find our cars in Staffal.

    - Elevation gain +: Approximately 1000 meters
    - Vertical drop - : Approximately 2800 meters
    - Max Altitude: 3282 meters
    - Activity hours: 9 to 11 h

MODIFICATION OF THE PROGRAM
Important: This program can be modified by decision of the guide if the conditions of the mountain, the weather or the physical condition of the participants require it and for the sake of safety. For security reasons and to ensure a consistent level corresponding to that announced, the management and the organization reserve the right to interrupt your participation if your technical level and / or your fitness do not correspond to those required. In no case may this interruption give rise to a refund or payment of compensation.

Dates & prices

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Trip reference: SRMR

The 30% deposit is payable at time of registration, the balance of the stay must be paid 30 days before departure. 


This price includes :

- Technical organization of your stay
- Supervision by mountain guide
- The lifts required for the normal conduct of program
- Accommodation in a cottage / shelters half board
- The picnic – lunch
- Technical equipment/gear
- Safety and technical equipment necessary for security VDA - Victims Detector in Avalanche (batteries not included), shovel and probe

This price does not include :

- Individual technical equipment: mountaineering shoes, crampons, ice ax, carabiners, harness, helmet, backpack, thermos etc ...
- Batteries (4 LR03 AAA)
- ski touring equipment: shoes, skis, skins, knives, sticks
- Drinks and personal expenses 
- Food like cereal bars, dried fruit bars, chocolate, etc ... at your convenience
- Insurance / Assistance: research costs, first aid and emergency costs and repatriation, mandatory for Italy
- The transfer to Staffal   
- Anything that is not in "the price includes"

To be paid on site

- Drinks and personal expenses
- Rental of personal equipment if necessary

Insurance

We can offer you two options (to subscribe to our insurance is mandatory to be domiciled for tax purposes in Europe):
 - Cancellation Insurance- 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal or event occurring before your departure that could prevent you from caring out with the journey
Multi risk Insurance - 4% of the price of your stay: it takes the "cancellation" above and covers you during your stay, it covers also research and rescue costs, as well as possible hospital coast and medical expenses.
 - Rapatriation assistance -2% of the price of your stay: assistance to persons in the event of illness or injury during the trip.

If you do not wish to subscribe on our insurance, you need to return us, mandatory, the discharging insurance sent to you with your registration confirmation.If you choose some other insurance and assistance company, please be so kind to verify that a part considering “Research and rescue by helicopter” is well adapted: coverage area, amount, risks covers.For information, a minimum of 15,000€ is recommended to cover Research assistance. Cards Credit offer little or not much of desirable guarantee. 

Equipment


Baggage:

- In the mountains you carry all your staff and your equipment in a backpack, capacity of 45/50 liters, with straps to attach the skis. 

Personal equipment  :

For the HEAD:
- Hat Wind stopper
- Hat or cap - Scarf and / or around the neck
- Sun cream (high protection index) and lips stick
- Snow Goggles category 4 + ski mask

For UPPER PARTS OF BODY : 
- two breathable underwear with long sleeve type "Carline" (not from the cotton that dries too slowly)
- 1 breathable turtleneck sweater
- 1 thick fleece jacket
- 1 jacket or down jacket
- 1 windbreaker jacket and waterproof Gore-Tex
- 1 pair of mittens (fleece or wool) wind stopper
- 1 pair of gloves (fleece or wool) wind stopper
- 1 pair of glove liners

For LOWER part of BODY :
- 1 breathable tights like "Carline"
- 1 cozy mountain pants
- 1 wind pants and waterproof Gore-Tex
- 2 pairs of socks: one thin and one thick 

OTHER :
- 1 sheet like "sleeping bag" for shelters / cottages
- 1 small toilet kit with one easy and fast drying towel
- Biafine
- Toilet paper + lighter
- 1 or 2 plastic bags 100L and protection bag to protect your backpack
- 1 waterproof pouch where you put your identity papers, phone, money and Insurance / Assistance contract with all phone numbers in case of emergency.
- Liner for shelters

Technical equipment

SKIS :
- 1 pair of lightweight hiking skis with their custom fasteners and brakes or security strips, waxed.
- 1 pair of ski touring boots VIBRAM
- 1 pair of self-adhesive sealskins suited to skis
- Knives suitable for fixings
- Telescopic Poles 
OTHER :
- Security Equipment: DVA, shovel, probe
- Crampons with "Anti Bot"
- Ice Axe
- Harness and screw carabiners
- Helmet
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Thermos flask
- 1 headlamp with spare batteries and bulb

Equipment rental

In Chamonix you can rent ski equipment:
- Touring skis
- Touring skis shoes
- Hiking ski equipment: sealskins, knives
- Sticks
- Ice Axe
- Crampons
- Harness
- Snowshoes
- Backpack
- Frontal light
- Gloves
- Jackets
If your stay takes place outside of the Chamonix valley, or the appointment is given somewhere else then you will need to present yourself with your equipment or rent it in place you will stay.

Equipment on the spot

- The group equipment (ropes) is provided.
- Slippers are available at the shelter / cottage
- Blankets are provided at the refuge: remember to take with you cloth bag for hygiene issues.
- Individual Safety Equipment (batteries not included DVA, shovel, probe).
Thank you for informing the agency if you have yours.

Practical information


HEALTH

Recommendations

Before departure, it is important to have a good physical condition, corresponding to the requirements and activities of the program. Every day activity and the regular practice of a sport with elements of endurance is mandatory for high mountain activities. This sport can be jogging, cycling, swimming or hiking. For information about the levels of difficulty for our holidays, check the "Test your aptitudes" sight. Thank you for informing the agency about your medical conditions and particularity concerning your health: food allergies, diabetes, heart and vascular accidents you might had have, asthma, etc ... 

Altitude

Adaptation of the body to cold and altituder
During your stay in the mountains, where there so far any medical indications related to the altitude and cold weather? It important to answer to this question and we highly recommend you to consult with your physician. We can distinguish two types of stay: one below 1.500 m (accommodation and sport activities), and the one beyond that altitude. Medical side effects/contraindications may occur for a stay beyond 1,500 meters, except in exceptional cases even o the lower altitudes.

Medical side effects/contraindications during your stay in the mountains may appear in the following forms:
- Cardiac
Medical side effects, mainly related to the altitude: heart attacks, serious heart failure/ insufficiency, coronary illness, in general all sort of heart diseases. Please be cautious if you had any kind of heart diseases before; no matter where they were stabilized by treatment they may evolve despite the treatment.
Why? Mainly due to the effect of altitude, related to reduced amount of oxygen - hypoxia, body reaction called “polycythemia".
- Vascular
People who have had a stroke recently or ones who are at increased risk of a stroke cannot stay on these altitudes. Those who have had strokes before controlled, treated and followed should seek medical advice before they get to these heights.
Why? Due to oxygen deficit in relation to altitude.
- Respiratory
Respiratory problems may have temporary or relative side effects temporary depending on the severity thereof; those who have problems with asthma have to be careful because of the cold and dry mountain air.
- Neurological
Epileptics and those with problems related to the balance cannot stay in high altitudes. Those taking treatments, and those who did not have a major crisis for a long time, must adjust their treatment because opportunities for new relapse related to the increased activity, stress and hyperventilation created by the altitude.
- Dermatological
People sensitive to cold or strong sun and those who have skin diseases should consult their doctor or specialist primarily living for high altitudes should protect themselves before any significant sport activity at certain heights specially if sanding in the cold.e
- Pregnancy
You should consult with your specialist. Exposure to winter activities depends on the stage and progress of your pregnancy and medical history.- Other side effects For osteoarthritis, recent trauma, poorly controlled diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, recent illness requiring any monitoring or treatment you should consult with your doctor!

Adaptation to altitude:

- The effects of altitude on the body:
Altitude results in a decrease in atmospheric pressures. This reduction has a direct impact on the amount of oxygen available for the human body. Under these conditions, altitude causes oxygen deprivation forcing the human body to adapt on higher ventilation from the normal one (hyperventilation) forcing the red blood cells creating what called polycythemia. Furthermore, the direct effect of the increase breathing, on the organism, is increased heart rate, called tachycardia. The oxygen decrease is proportional to the altitude. Your oxygen ventilation rates at sea level "100". On altitude of 1,000 meters, it will rate 88%, and 78% on 2,000 meters, 69% on 3,000 meters, 60% up to 4,000 meters. The direct effect on humans is a relative decrease in what we call VO2max. Its effects are still negative on the body, at least at first, but slowly adapting to the height allows a number of athletes to prepare for competitions at sea level due to this polycythemia (increased red blood cell), which allows to recover for a short time a "natural doping" of the human body. How to fight against the harmful effects of altitude? A priori in France, there are no sufficiently high altitude to cause serious and urgent problems of acute mountain sickness. However, the only solution, in case of emergency is to descend the person, as soon as possible, to lower heights. In case of urgency, it is done by helicopter, but in normal circumstances, one may descend quickly by car or train.

Conclusion

The effects of altitude are taken into consideration, but the pleasure of ski touring in the mountains during the holidays the benefits go beyond the deficiencies. You may suffer unknowingly from some disadvantage, however, only the pulmonary edema or brain edema remains a serious potential danger that may lead to death. It only takes to descend to lower heights. A hyperbaric chamber is also a solution! If case of any doubt, consult your doctor before your holiday, if not for yourself but for the sake of your children, children are more susceptible to altitude sickness. 
Source: article by Dr. P. Bacquaert on the medical information website athletes and sports professionals and health: www.irmbs.com

Individual pharmacy

Your guide has a first aid kit.
In consultation with your doctor prepare your personal pharmacy:
- personal  medications
- anti-pain medications (paracetamol)
- double-skin
- elastic adhesive tapes
- bandages
- local  disinfectant
- anti-inflammatory
- antispasmodic
- anti-diarrheal pills
- intestinal  disinfectant
- eyewash
- light tranquilizers and sleeping pills
- earplugs

Accommodation

All shelters are comfortable and warm. The dorms are from 4 to 10 people. Blankets and quilts are provided in a refuge. Bathrooms, also shared with other participants. Slippers are available at the shelter. Remember to take liner for hygiene issues.Provide something for prevention against noise: ear plugs, etc ...

Coaching

Your trip is monitored by a mountain guide who provide you with the technical elements. The guide may need to change the program to ensure safety based on weather, mountains and other participants condition.

Displacement

Touring skis. Personal affairs and picnic lunch. 8 - 10 kg backpack.

Food

- lunch
- picnic,
- dinner at the cottage.
- Remember to bring sweets and dried fruits up to your taste before departure.
- Drinks are not included in the price (water, tea, coffee, beer, cola, etc ...).Good to know: bottles of water are quite expensive at the shelter, cca 5 € to 8 €.Please to provide / take with you the pills for water purification, something like Micropur kind if you do not want to buy bottles of water (despite possible). In the mountains, custom is that clients pay for the guides drink: the best would be to provide a pot for the group at the beginning of your stay within the possibilities of all participants.