Do you only do adventurous off-piste trips?
Certainly not, rather the opposite actually! The vast majority of our trips are with groups where about 30% don’t even ski. You can read about the other available options below. We only ski off-piste with those that want to, and the overwhelming majority of our clients stick to the wonderful slopes.
Do you only do trips to the Alps?
No. We do trips to leaning terrain – this means anywhere as long as it’s sloping! That may be Scandinavia (Sweden and Norway are fantastic!), the Pyrenees, Mallorca, Turkey, the Rockies or Uzbekistan to name a few of our past excursions.
When is the best time to go?
December through April for the Alps, March to May for Skandinavia, and each month has its own advantages. Prices are good and the slopes are empty before Christmas. January tends to have a lot of snow and sun when we northern Europeans need some extra sunshine. February before the school holidays is good. The latter half of March is great and April is ideal for those that enjoy a spring feel in the valley while the mountain tops are still white.
The hiking season stretches from May to November. The highest hikes that require overnight stays in mountain huts are possible between the 15th of June and the 15th of September, give or take. Lower altitude options (below 2,500 m.a.s.l.) are in abundance throughout the hiking season.
Where should we go?
With over 25 years experience we have more recommendations that can be jotted down here. Let us have a chat to see how we can come up with something that fits your requirements, as well as your hopes and aspirations. Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Sweden and Norway are our big destinations.
Skiing and other Activities
Does one have to be a good skier?
No. The majority of the slopes in the Alps are red and blue. If you feel a bit rusty or need some coaching, there are excellent instructors in practically every ski resort.
What can non-skiers do?
Most modern ski resorts have an ever expanding range of activities for the non-skier. Winter hiking, snowshoeing, horse-carting, sledging, ice skating and curling are just a few examples of the activities available. Some locations even have dog-sledding or full on sport centers with everything from swimming pools to tennis courts. You’ll often come across locally produced foods like cheese, honey or sausages; in some instances you’ll even encounter locally crafted beer or spiced spirits. Down the valley is where the grapes grow; and the happy wine farmers tend to enjoy a good visit.
If the proportion of non-skiers is large, it might be worth considering a combination of city and mountains. Cortina-Venice and Andorra-Barcelona are both popular combined arrangements.
Why is it hard to book single rooms at a reasonable price?
Most hotels in the Alps are built for families on winter vacation. And the demand for single rooms has historically been low. Changed habits and behaviour patterns have resulted in a rising demand, however the supply remains the same. Usually you will have to book a double room for single use, which means that it will cost twice as much. At many hotels it may also be difficult to book, let’s say 40 single rooms, since the number of rooms is limited.
Can we book a chalet?
There are chalets that groups can book, however mostly they want you to book it for an entire week (Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday). This implies that you often have to pay for the whole week, even if you’re only using the chalet for 3-4 days.
The supply is limited and the prices are usually high. On the other hand in some places you can squeeze in a lot of people…
What does it cost?
It all depends on what you want to include. Overnight in a castle or a barn? B&B only or all the meals, including afternoon tea or rather afterski beers? Two, three or four nights? Should the activities be included? Generally a three day package including transfers, lodging, ski pass and your own Alpine Legends guide would be anything between 1000 and 1500 Euro per person. Flights or trains to be added.
What does an Alpine Legends guide do?
Since all our trips are custom made, the guide makes sure that everything goes according to plan. Making adjustments when necessary, solving problems, and navigating you the best slopes and restaurants; and herding you to the watering holes when appropriate!
Unpredictability lies in the nature of big mountain trips; it can be too much of one thing or it can be a lack of the other. Our guides have many years’ experience in alpine terrain, and the aim is to always make your trip legendary.