Freeride into the wild, with experienced mountain guides. We avoid tracks and pistes and stick to the untouched snow of South Tyrol’s stunning mountains.
Freeride into the wild, with experienced mountain guides. We avoid tracks and pistes and stick to the untouched snow of South Tyrol’s stunning mountains.

Italy Freeride Camp

11-15 Mar 2022

Overview

Freeride into the wild, with experienced mountain guides. We avoid tracks and pistes and stick to the untouched snow of South Tyrol’s stunning mountains.

DURATION

5 days / 4 nights*

MEETING POINT

Sulden, South Tyrol / Italy

LOCATION

Sulden am Ortler, South Tyrol / Italy

ACCOMMODATION

4 nights in 3-4* Classical Alpine Mountain Lodge, rooms with 2-4 beds, breakfast included.

SNOW PACKAGE

4 day ski passes, daily freeride guiding, theoretical and practical avalanche/safety training.

PRICE

€ 790

*The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Sulden, South Tyrol / Italy until the departure home from the same place.

Description

Tyrol’s version of Siberia

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 one of the world’s most beautiful mountain roads, doubling as a stretch of the Giro d’Italia cycling race each summer.

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. We avoid the tracks and pistes, and stick to the untouched snow of the yet-to-be-discovered natural landscape.

Safety always comes first

Our local mountain guides 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.

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!

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Details

BASECAMP - FREERIDE TOUR
11-15 Mar 2022

The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Sulden, South Tyrol / Italy until the departure home from the same place. The way there and back might take an extra day, depending on where you are travelling from.

for
€ 790
freeriders
For non
€ 550
freeriders

Included in the price

  • 4 nights accommodation with filling breakfast
  • 4 day ski pass
  • Daily freeride guiding
  • Theoretical and practical avalanche & safety training
  • Local & GoBeyond tour guides

Optional extras

  • A single bedroom has a surcharge of 240 € (as long as available)
  • Extra night stay with breakfast at the Mountain Lodge 50 EUR.

Further expenses

  • Travel expenses – Sulden, South Tyrol / Italy
  • Insurance (for freeriding)
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches & Dinners

Accommodation

Our base is a proper Mountain Lodge located in the heart of Sulden am Ortler, within walking distance from the ski lift. Cozy and comfortable rooms with 2-4 beds. Modern dining room with amazing views for breakfast and dinners with a mountain bar. Ample parking space, Wifi, drying and storage room for ski equipment are all provided.

Snow package

4 day ski passes, daily freeride guiding, theoretical and practical avalanche/safety training provided by local guides. Our main guide will be Olaf, the head of the local mountain rescue team of Sulden for 20 years. The riders will be divided into groups depending on freeriding skills.

Weather

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

Activities & sights

Besides amazing freeriding, spa and sauna culture and high quality Italian and Tyrolean restaurants with amazing gourmet experiences.

Travel insurance

You should choose an insurance which covers going off-piste, and is valid in Italy. You can contact us and we are happy to recommend the most suitable one.

Meals

Besides the hearty traditional Tyrolean breakfast, which is included in the package, we will visit several amazing hüttes and even a Michelin recommended restaurant. Smoked ham and local wines are all on the menu.

Snow conditions

When the weather is nice, we go to the higher areas on the glacier, and when it is snowing we choose the forests below. Luckily only a few people know about Sulden, so you can score untouched powder even one week after snowfall.

Group

Maximum of 24 people usually mixed nationalities. For freeriding we will have 2 groups based on skill level.

Photo & Video

All the photos and videos you see are from our previous camps. We produce high-quality content of all our camps, which you will receive after returning home to remember all the amazing memories.

Personal expenses

Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 200-400 EUR. For reference, a meal is between 5-25 EUR, entry to spa is approx. 15 EUR.

Program

DAY 1 - Arrival

Arrival during the afternoon to the mythical town of Solda / Sulden am Ortler. On the way, there is a possibility to stop in the toll-free mountain village of Samnaun, where petrol, alcohol, tobacco, and perfumes are especially cheap. We'll meet in the bar of hotel Nives and share some pizzas and beers with the powder hunter's excitement in the air.

DAY 2 - Teaming up!

After a hearty breakfast early in the morning we will meet our guides at the main gondola and get some insights about the snow conditions and route plans. Most likely we'll start skiing with a top to bottom off-piste on the classic route, during which the guides can measure the skiing/snowboarding levels of the team. Based on that we form smaller groups and continue scoring the powder turns and couloirs.

The evening starts in the lobby of the Parc hotel where we share our knowledge of avalanche safety followed by a nice welcome dinner in the amazing Michelin recommended family restaurant of the hotel.

DAY 3 - Night ride

Freeride as much as we can, the groups and exact routes will be decided by Olaf, the leader of the local mountain rescue team. After spending a great day off-piste, everybody will try their avalanche transceivers and probes on the field of the avalanche safety center. After this useful game, we'll have dinner in the 100-year-old Schaubachhütte, before skiing down with headlamps in the dark from nearly 3000 meters.

DAY 4 - Big climb & wellness

Usually the longest and most complex freeride tour starts with some climbing on the glacier if the weather allows us. After this exhilarating experience, we chill out in the amazing wellness center of the most elegant hotel in the town, then we celebrate with a farewell dinner with beloved Italian cuisine in the family restaurant again.

DAY 5 - Last rides & departure

After breakfast, everybody can enjoy a more relaxed day at their own pace on the already well-known tracks before heading home with aching legs, sun-kissed cheeks and everlasting memories. Depending where home is for you we leave in the afternoon. Upon request you can stay for another night if you have a longer ride home. The extra night with breakfast is 50 EUR.

The program is subject to change at any times. The final itinerary depends on current weather and snow conditions, the group’s skiing/snowboarding skills and stamina.

Application

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ENQUIRY
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AVAILABILITY CONFIRMATION
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BOOKING
Secure your spot with a 40% deposit & travel contract

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PLANE TICKETS & VISA ARRANGEMENT IF NEEDED
Typically 1-2 months before departure

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SECOND INSTALMENT
30 days before departure

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GoBeyond ADVENTURE STARTS
We greet you at the meeting point

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    Not at all. Half of the group usually comes alone, so you can be sure you'll make new friends! 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 room for an additional fee, please request this in the application form.

    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 we will be divided to groups according to different skill levels, so you don't need to be worried about waiting for others or others waiting for you.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

    In the morning you’ll get a buffet breakfast from where you can take some sandwiches for the daytime. 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 for a reasonable price, for around 25 EUR.

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