Hut to Hut Splitboarding
On a multi-day, hut to hut splitboarding tour we might guide you through the high mountains of Chamonix & the Swiss Canton of Valais or across some beautiful Italian terrain for one of the best adventures you can ever make on a splitboard.
On this 3 night and 4 day option. Let us guide you on an eco-friendly, foot powered journey across remote Alpine wilderness. On each day of the trip we will look to ride the best backcountry lines that happen to catch our eye and use the best huts in the area.
As ever we will keep our options open as to where to travel for the trip ensuring the best conditions for a perfect spring splitboarding experience at altitude.
Many ski-tour operators already offer a hut to hut experience but this trip differs in that it has been designed by splitboarders for splitboarders.
This means that every ascent & descent you’ll make will of been thought through from the perspective of an experienced splitboarder. For example, we will avoid the long hard traverses that are easy on skis in favour of more splitboard friendly routes.
We will deal with the conditions on day to day basis for you. One day the objective might be to summit and ride a certain peak or it may be that we look to poach as many smaller backcountry lines as possible on the journey to the next hut.
The huts that provide our shelter are high mountain refuges where we’ll find a good dinner and a comfy, warm dormitory bed awaiting us at the end of each day. Expect an early breakfast each morning too.
You should be comfortable riding in varied conditions. The descents will most likely involve snowboarding in powder & velvety spring snow. However, you should also be competent riding ice, wind scoured hard-pack, sun affected snow and slush at lower altitudes.
Any experienced splitboarder with a good spirit & sense of adventure looking to join a small, tight knit crew for a pure backcountry experience should seriously consider this trip.
3 night hut tour: Arrive in Chatel on the Saturday. Early on the Sunday morning we will drive to the start point of the trip. On a 3 night trip the Sunday, Monday & Tuesday nights will be spent away and we will return late to Chatel on the Wednesday.
You are a fit and experienced splitboarder who is comfortable with skinning 1000m+ of vertical each day. You will retain enough energy to ride long or technical (or both) off- piste descents each day.
Italy: Ollomont (Vallée d’Aoste).
Day 1. Arrive in Ollomont and skin approx 1000 vertical meters to the Refugio Chiarella at 2979m. We practice avalanche rescue and perhaps a small tour around the refuge. Spend the first night at this hut.
Day 2. Climb from the refuge to 3500m and ride a 1300m descent. We then climb a small 200 meters to Cabane Chanrion for the 2nd night.
Day 3. After breakfast we climb 800 metres to Fenetre de Durand for a descent of 1000m before heading back to the bus and returning to Chatel.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE ITINERARY. WE HAVE MANY DIFFERENT OPTIONS AND WE WILL ALWAYS HEAD TO WHEREVER HAS THE BEST CONDITIONS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON DESTINATIONS PLEASE DROP US AN EMAIL
Payment Policy: A deposit of 250€ is required immediately upon booking your session with The Rider Social. The balance of your trip costs are due 6 weeks before the course start date. Failure to meet the payment deadline 6 weeks before the start date will forfeit your place on that session without refund.
Cancellation policy: For cancellations made up to 6 weeks before the course start date, 50% of the ‘deposit’ amount paid will be refunded. For cancellations occurring within 6 weeks of the course start date no refund payments will be made.
If cancelling a course within 6 weeks of the course start date, payments made cannot be refunded, carried forward or moved to another course.
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What People Say
I cannot speak highly enough of this tour. If you are thinking about booking this, stop thinking and pull the trigger- hope you have as much fun as I did!
It will change your life.
That was an awesome trip! Definitely added a few permanent clips to the memory bank. Untracked powder lines and steep couloirs. A couple of decent skin tracks back up too!