ski_offpiste2What I like most about the skiing in the Alps are the long descents through all sorts of snow conditions and weather. You can ski from village to village, starting up high in perfect powder and ending your day-long run in another valley on perfect spring snow; and then sip your favorite drink, hot or cold, at a rustic café as you wait to catch your train back home.

There are many possibilities. Have you always wanted to ski hut-to-hut on the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt? Or do you prefer to ski classic off piste lines such as the Vallee Blanche above Chamonix, coming home to hotel and restaurant each evening? Whatever your preferences, you can accomplish them in the Alps. Day ski tours are a great option for those who want a little more exercise and to be rewarded with rugged mountain views and pristine powder. Heli skiing can also bring you deep into the heart of the Swiss and Italian mountain ranges. The Chamonix Adventure Ski Camp with Chris Davenport, Free Ski Champion, has become an annual event. So if you want to ski steep lines and learn safe techniques to do that, check it out.

Haute Routes or “High Level Tours” are best skied in the spring time, from mid-March to mid-May. Whereas most other types of skiing can be practiced as early as mid-December. Choose the ski adventure that best matches your desires and enjoy the feel of traversing the Alps!