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3 weeks in Europe?

post #1 of 9
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Where should I go? I know I'm going to St. Anton. Is St. Anton, Lech, Zurs big enough to spend 3 weeks? I like backcountry skiing and maybe do some heli/cat-skiing. Any suggestions?
Thank you
post #2 of 9
You should be OK with St Anton. Heli-skiing isn't as common in Europe as in North America, but also European ski areas are considerable larger (I think I posted before how Whistler/Blackcomb is the largest in North America at 7,400 acres, while the 3 Valleys in France is 29,000), with a resort like St Anton, you'll be happy enough. I just hope you have plenty of spending money with you, cause beer and food are not cheap!

post #3 of 9
meant to add,

Welcome to the forum!

post #4 of 9
Welcome Goadws...
Be aware that in some regions Heli-skiing is forbidden (too environment-unfriendly, increases the risk of avalanches and so on are the reasons provided).
Tirol in Austria should be be one, and South Tirol in Italy
as well.
This, of course, if you don't join the Alpenjaeger or the Alpini, then you'll be more than welcome to jump from a Bell 412
with skis and an mg-42/59 strapped on.

[ December 19, 2002, 01:36 PM: Message edited by: Matteo ]
post #5 of 9
Never been there but a friend from Europe recommends La Grave for off-piste skiing: http://www.skierslodge.com/

Looks incredibly cool and the price is right: 6 days guided skiing, accomodations and 2 meals a day 930 euros.

I'd be there in a minute but my wife and kids won't let me go without them
post #6 of 9
La Grave is a great place, 'tho you need to have a guide as the area primarily involves skiing on a glacier and there are LOTS of crevasses. However, from the top of the lift you're skiing nearly 6,000 vertical feet.

For heliskiing, try Valgrisenche, which is up the end of the Aosta valley (near Courmayeur), just under Mt Blanc. European heliskiing isn't anything like North American heliskiing (none of the emphasis on skiing lots of vertical ~ everyone spends lots of time enjoying the scenery), but still a fantastic way of enjoying the Alps to the fullest.
post #7 of 9

you should consider Les Deux Alpes if you're keen to do La Grave - it's connected by a lift on the glacier. Hire a guide for La Grave and leave the family in Les Deux Alpes (pretty extensive resort with good range of skiing - I don't like it much though!)


I'm skiing St Anton in January - I've got an off-piste day booked with these guys:

piste to powder

I'll let you know how I get on if you like.

post #8 of 9

You've picked a great spot for a 3-week adventure. You won't need a helicopter if you hire a good guide. I'm sure there are more than enough routes to explore in and around St. Anton. The party scene in St. Anton is legendary too. If you need a change of scenery, you can hop on a train or bus to other parts of the Alps for a few days. Have a great time!
post #9 of 9

I spend at least a month in St. Anton every year - my boyfriend owns a tour company that provides hosted trips in St. Anton in February. You have chosen an excellent spot for a ski adventure. I have quite a few tips about the area. As the other respondents said it is very important to have guide. The famous Valluga II is not even accessible without one. As well the skiable terrain is so massive that you would never find even one quarter of it by yourself - this really goes for all of Europe- we have found this to be true in France, Italy and Switzerland as well as Austria. You need to call the ski school and arrange your guide prior to your trip. This is easiest if you or someone you know speaks German. By the time you arrive all the good off piste guides (not all guides are certified to lead skiers into the backcountry) will be taken - we reserve the same guide for the same weeks every year as do many Europeans who holiday there every year. Likewise, it is important to arrange lodging in advance. Most hotels and apartments prefer to rent by the week. The least expensive lodging can be found in St. Jacob and St. Anton. Lech, Zurs and St. Cristoph tend to be pretty pricey.
If you are really interested in heliskiing in Europe we go for a week every year in Italy and France. Feel free to contact me if you are interested. Or you can check out our website at www.flugeltours.com.
Good luck , have a great time skiing! [img]smile.gif[/img]
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