Italy

21-25 MAR 2018

Tyrol’s version of Siberia is a place where farmers and bears eat from the same bowl and children ride on the backs of wolves, wrote the Austrian newspaper Innsbrucker Wochenblatt of the 9-home Alpine village of Sulden back in 1802.
Located at the foot of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s highest peak - the 3,900 metre Ortler - Sulden sits 1,906 meters above sea level and was probably one of the most isolated villages in the Alps until 1825 when the Stelvio Pass was built. This paved pass is of the world’s most beautiful mountain roads, doubling as a stretch of the Giro d’Italia cycling race each summer.

Stumbling upon those children riding wolves

Of course the wild natural environment encircling Sulden has barely changed, and it’s remained a destination for those wanting to lose and seclude themselves. This is where Winston Churchill came to rest between the two world wars, where composer Richard Strauss visited, and where German chancellor Angela Merkel has returned more than once. But, tellingly, Sulden is the birthplace of Reinhold Messner - one of the giants of modern mountaineering, and this is where he formed his school for alpinists, opened a museum, and even operates a yak farm!
So, starting out from Sulden, we too go on a wilderness discovery adventure, heading toward the mighty Ortler in the hope of stumbling upon those children riding wolves. We avoid the tracks and pistes, and stick to the untouched snow of the yet-to-be-discovered natural landscape.
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Safety always comes first

Someone once said: the Stelvio Pass made Ortler accessible to everyone, but still, a lifetime isn’t enough to conquer the mountain. The local mountain guides know this all too well; they’ve been exploring, discovering and learning this one mountain their whole lives.
It’s these same experienced guides who will be leading us on our journey of discovery up Ortler, ensuring that while we stay off the beaten track, trekking through wild forests and scrambling up canyons, we remain safe.
Even for the most intrepid mountaineers, safety always comes first. So, on the first night, the guides hold a detailed safety briefing about what’s involved in freeriding, and what to do in case of an avalanche. The next morning there’s practical training, where we’re shown how to find and save someone who’s buried under snow. Just in case.

THE GEAR WE PACK

stiff ski bootsski helmetsnowshoesred beanieski gogglesavalanche shovelpowder skisleather glovesavalanche airbag packavalanche probeclimbing skinsavalanche transceiver

Uncovering the untouched Tyrol’s stunning natural world

During four days of skiing and snowboarding, there are three half-day guided backcountry freeride tours, where we uncover the untouched Tyrol’s stunning natural world. After all, we are in one of Europe’s largest national parks. And, by the end of each day, we’ll be enjoying a hot sauna and sumptuous meals in restaurants offering Italian and central European cuisine.
There are different groups for different skill-levels, and you can take part in the camp if you’re at least an intermediate skier or snowboarder. If you love the idea of fresh, deep snow - you’re going to have a good time!
Basecamp– Freeride Tour

21-25 MAR 2018

€650

ability level

intermediate/advanced/expert

best suited for

couples, solo traveler, groups

meeting point

at the hotel in Sulden am Ortler / upon agreement in case of group travel

weather

mountain winter weather, sun and snowfall, -15 - +5 °C

ski/snowboard conditions

high mountain and forest trails, hopefully fresh powder

ski/snowboard package

lift passes, professional mountain ski guiding, theoretical and practical avalanche safety training

accommodation

3-4* double and triple bed rooms in family style hotels

free time/nightlife

high quality Italian and Tyrolean restaurants

how big is the group?

every 6 people gets an own guide, and we can operate up to 24 people in one camp

what’s included

accommodation with breakfast, lift passes, professional mountain ski guiding, theoretical and practical avalanche safety training, sauna and wellness

what’s not included

ski equipment, avalanche safety kit, other meals, visa if needed, insurance

application deadline

4 months prior the trip

Installment payment plan

€300 upon application, €400 2 month prior arrival
Send us your application! Once we receive your details, we will send you the booking information. To confirm your booking, a deposit of 40% of the price of the given trip (or the full balance if within two months of the departure date) is required. This can be done by bank transfer.

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Basecamp Q & A

How can I decide if my skiing skills are good enough to participate in the camp?

If you ride with confidence on stronger red slopes and you feel like going off-piste, than it's your camp! There will be more guides and groups will be divided according to different skill levels, so you don't need to be worried about waiting for others or others waiting for you.

What will the weather be like, what kind of clothes should I take?

We will stay on a high mountain in winter time. Be prepared for everything between -25 - +10 degrees, from snow storms with strong wind to clear, sunny and mild weather. Lots of layers are always better than a super warm down jacket.

Who will lead the tour and the various programs?

The daily freeride tours are led by the regional mountain guide chief, Olaf and his collegues. The camp itself is managed with the help of Bart, a local skier mate who’s working in the regional active travel industry.

What kind of equipment will I need?

Ski or snowboard equipment and appropriate ski clothing, preferably suitable for off-piste skiing and basic avalanche safety kit (transceiver, probe, shovel). Renting of the equipment is solvable. Let us know in advance if you need any help.

How much pocket money will I need?

Besides the daily dinner there is not too much possibility to spend your money. You can survive from 50 EUR, but if you want to enjoy the excellent quality Italian cuisine at the fullest with the best wines it’s recommended to bring a maximum of 400 EUR.

What kind of insurance should I take out?

You should choose an insurance which expands for going off-piste. You should be aware that the blue EU health insurance card and the insurance of your bank card is not valid in most cases.

Is it a problem if I want to come alone?

Not at all. The hotel has double bed rooms, if you don't want to be paired with one of your super friendly group mates, you can ask for single bed rooms for an additional fee, please request this in the application form.

Which countries will we visit?

We’ll be staying in Italy for the whole trip, the region itself is called South-Tirol which is located on the border of Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

What about food?

In the morning you’ll get a buffet breakfast from where you can even take some sandwiches are a daily bite. The town is full of high quality Italian restaurants, you can have a pizza starting at 8 EUR, but they also serve lobster with wild mushrooms on a reasonable price as well, for around 25 EUR.
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