A day trip skiing to Italy.

If you are going to ski in France this year, our RideYourTime day trip to Italy will add a special taste to your week. The day trip to Italy is perfect for every kind of skier. It can suit from an intermediate level, with its mellow blue runs, to an advanced level with its stunning off piste in the Espace San Bernardo.

After a short drive from your local Tarentaise resort. The day will start in the French Resort of La Rosiere and with a couple of chairlifts we will head to the boarder and ski into Italy. The Italian ski resort of La Thuile offers different scenery, beautiful empty slopes and many characteristic Italian bars, where you can stop to sip an espresso or perhaps, a typical “bombardino” if you feel so!

If you are an expert skier and you are seeking for some excitement we will guide you to try your skills on the “3 Franco Berthod”, a steep black run that descends into La Thuile and will be the WorldCup piste this year.

Afterwards, you will have lunch in one of the traditional Italian Restaurants, where you can experience the real taste of Italy with the amazing pizzas, pastas and tiramisus they offer at great value.

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If you are an off piste lover, the 2 new chairlifts built last year, now give access to the North face of Montvalenzan opening up a huge area of backcountry skiing. If you are looking for the ultimate experience you can add a Heli trip to access the Italian backcountry in style. Heliskiing is forbidden in France, but easily accessed from skiing from La Rosiere into Italy.

Different options and prices are available depending on how many drops you’d like to do. One of our favourites is to be dropped in the Italian domain and then ski all the way back to France, passing through the picturesque village of Le Crot, and arriving in the beautiful La Mazure.

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This winter we will also be offering Italian Saturdays. Experience something different on the last day of your ski holiday with your Italian guides who can help you find some of the best skiing and the best food Italy has to offer. Buy a 5 day ski pass in your local resort and end your holiday in with something special. This trip is perfect for families and groups that want to discover a new resort.

RideYourTime ski guides will organize everything for you, including resort pick up and restaurant reservations. If you want to join send us an enquiry and don’t forget to arrange your lift passes accordingly.

The perfect snowflake: Japan.

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If you are looking for a ski trip with a powder day every day, Japan is the place for you!

Japan ski resorts are known worldwide for having the highest consistency of snowfall. On the island of Hokkaido we experienced snowfall each night followed by good visibility in the morning, a real dream for powder lovers!

We will guide you through the Japanese snowfields and its magic frozen forests to ensure you epic untouched lines.

The magic Japanese forests create a unique environment

The magic Japanese forests create a unique environment

Ski touring is very useful to get first tracks in the afternoons or in the rare case of no snowfall for couple of days. Many areas can be accessed with short hikes of 500-600 vertical metres. This will lead you to your daily dose of virgin snow though the softest snow-pillows you have ever skied!

There are also longer trips to access more remote terrain and longer rides.

One of our favourite things after a pow-day is relaxing in the traditional Japanese thermal “Onsen”, a real must during your stay.

At the end of the day your RideYourTime coach will guide you through the experience of real Japanese food, because a good meal is the best way to end an epic day on the mountain!

Typical Japanese Yakiniku grill

Typical Japanese Yakiniku grill

In order to make the most of your Japan trip, we suggest to bring skis with minimum waist of 100mm, touring bindings, skins and avalanche transceiver. It’s also possible to rent all the equipment on place. The ABS system is not necessary as the avalanche risk is very low, and most of the lines we will do will be through the trees.

The best time of the year to shred the Japow is January and February. In order to make the most of the long journey and have more time to enjoy the 2 main ski areas, we would recommend to book your RideYourTime guides for 10 days (minimum 7 days).

A helicopter just increase the options, Hokkaido Backcountry Club runs daily six-runs trips to the Shiribetsu-Dake, starting from 1445$.

All the logistics will be organized by your RideYourTime specialized guides and the transfers will be in minivans.

Beautiful sunrise view in the big town of Sapporo

Beautiful sunrise view in the big town of Sapporo

The Japow trip can be private for a group of friends or can be ran as a camp, where you can ski and meet new people.

If you are seeking for the Perfect Snowflake come and join the RideYourTime ski guides for this unforgettable experience!

Espace Killy: A Resort for Everyone

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Espace Killy is the third biggest ski area in France, linking together two iconic resorts: Val d’lsere and Tignes.

Both resorts boast exceptional facilities, and were built to host guests of all ages and abilities. Despite this, they have clear differences that means they can offer something to every guest.

In essence, Espace Killy is the ultimate resort for everyone. Whether you’re looking for challenging pistes, great après or child-friendly fun, you’ll find it in Espace Killy.

Family-Friendly Fun

The resort offers something for a wide range of age groups, making it especially suited to the family experience.

Upon arrival, families are greeted with a personalised welcome, with shops and services on hand to all from the offset. Events are held for all ages, ranging from concerts to video game tournaments, and even a few yoga festivals.

For children in particular, there are a variety of activities on offer to keep them occupied. Alongside children’s villages and recreational centres, there are professional babysitters available, who will take care of your children in the comfort of your chalet.

Both the Val d’lsere and Tignes resorts offer support for beginners and professionals, with the Tignes resort offering a ski kindergarten for 2-4 year olds, operating in a safe environment in the hands of capable professionals.

For the Beginners

Espace Killy is home to a variety of pistes!

For those who consider themselves beginners with little to no experience, the Tignes resort provides ski areas that are suited to all skill levels.

Areas dubbed “quiet ski” areas are the perfect starting point for children and beginners, with reference snow parks and professional tuition on hand for those looking to grasp the basics.

In essence, the resort makes it easy to progress from a pure beginner to a more advanced skier, or simply take it easy and ski for the sake of skiing, while still enjoying the overall experience.

For the Experts

While Escape Killy caters towards children and beginners, the more advanced skier still has plenty to look forward to.

Both Val d’lsere and Tignes boast exceptional off-piste areas, all of which provide a range of different challenges across varying terrain. Not only are these areas available, but they are extremely accessible; all access to the off-piste areas can be gained through a lift system, avoiding the unnecessary hike back up the slope, resulting in a far smoother experience.

Val d’lsere in particular boasts a variety of steep slopes, couloirs and freestyle skiing competitions, alongside options for high altitude glacier skiing. From the beginner to the intermediate to the expert, there is an abundance of choice for any who choose to get involved.

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For the Snowboarders

Espace Killy isn’t limited to skiers alone.

The Tignes resort is known for housing world-class snowboarders, who use the parks to train as well as compete.

The same principles apply here as they do with skiing; the resort caters to you regardless of your level of skill or experience. There are nursery slopes in Le Lac for the beginners, alongside the terrain park on Palafour for the adrenaline junkies.

Whether you travel by board or skis, there’s a park for you to take it easy, a park for you to learn, and a park for you to push yourself.


 

On a Budget

For those on a budget, Espace Killy is the ideal holiday destination.

Offering various packages and discounted rates (including free passes for various activities), as well as free admission to the lounge, your experience will be fun as well as affordable.

Families are also able to take advantage of the family offer for lift passes. If your family consists of at least 4 members, with at least 2 of them being children, the children’s discount applies to everyone, meaning every member of the family benefits from the discount!

Planning a trip to Espace Killy? Book your transfer from the airport in advance to start your holiday off on the right foot!

 

Written by Alps2Alps

Ski-resort update from French Alps

Winter 2017-18 is getting really close, everything is almost ready to start the season. Resorts are starting to welcome the first seasoners, bars and restaurants are opening and snow groomers are shaping the mountain.

View of Tignes ski area these recent days

View of Tignes ski area these recent days

In the past years we had an hard time in December, as the snowfalls weren’t coming that often. But this November we had already a good snowfall, about 50 centimeters of fresh powder fell recently in the French Alps. In areas like Tignes it’s already possible to ski, Val d’Isère is getting ready and it looks great as well as Sainte Foy Tarentaise. The most part of the resorts are opening the 25th November, including 3Valleys, Espace Killy, Paradiski and many more.

The old mountaineers say that snow in November means it’s going to be a great season. The temperatures just got really cold already, the nights are freezing around -10C°!

Ride Your Time ski touring

Ride Your Time experts are already on the mountains, we are skiing in the glacier and making some nice ski-touring around Espace Killy. These are the pictures of the actual conditions up-there. It’s possible to sk already, but some more snowfalls are needed in order to cover also the lower areas of the ski resorts. The artificial snow production is also going great as the temperatures are keeping cold.

So don’t hesitate to book your winter holiday.

If you come here, we assure you will properly Ride Your Time!

Ski the Dolomites with Silvia Moser

Experiencing a day on the mountain with a pro freeride athlete in her home resort it's every skiers dream. As every rider knows, the key for a great session is knowing exactly the place to be during the day.

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Silvia will take you by the hand and make you discover the hidden spots of the "most beautiful mountains in the world": Dolomites (or Dolomiti if you want that charming italian accent).
It could be a glorious day of pow, and you want to organize a last-minute heliski? Done! Or it may be a stormy day, and your wish is to enjoy the best side of the forest and a cozy restaurant with traditional food? No problem, Silvia knows where to take you.
These things are what make skiing with a "local" profitable, and if she's a world known freerider things go even easier!

So, who's Silvia Moser?

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Silvia was born and raised in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites. There she found skiing her
biggest passion, alpine racing until 17, she no longer finds her happiness on slopes and
starts moving towards the mountains in a wider perspective. When Silvia turns 18 starts a
University degree in Sociological Sciences and becomes ski teacher. She will finish the
degree in between winters spent around the Alps participating in the qualification series of
the Freeride World Tour and working as a ski instructor in the French Alps.  
Silvia has been competing in the Freeride World Tour in the past three years with great
results, winner of the first Alaskan competition of the series and holder of many podiums.
Being in those competitions allowed her to travel a lot, through the Alps and Northern
America where she could experience the competition side of freeriding and earn the award
of “Female Freerider of the Year” at the Italian Freeride Awards 2014 and 2015.   
After achieving medals, her push to this kind of environment changes direction to new
objectives in the mountains. Her goal now is to ski in remote places and travel in order to
live different mountain cultures that are present on earth and explore their connection with
their environment.
She is currently based in her home town Cortina d’Ampezzo, after a few years of French
Alps she wanted to enjoy the Dolomites again and show people her favourite terrains.

Silvia winning the Freeride World Tour in Alaska

Silvia winning the Freeride World Tour in Alaska

So don't hesitate to ask us - or her - to take you out for an unforgettable skiing day!

Price starting from 450€