INCLUDED: Flights out of Boston (others possible), Transfers, Hotel, Breakfasts, Dinners, No hidden charges!
OPTIONS: Land only, no flights -$1,000, Hotel upgrade, Lifts passes from $45 per day, Discounted optional sightseeing.
COMPARING: $290 per day all inclusive: Includes Boston flights, Transfers, 6 day Lift Tickets, Hotel, Breakfasts & Dinners!
TWT best value euro trips 2016! - Ski/Ride the European Alps for less than going out west or to Canada!
Discounted optional group round trip flights Boston, USA to Geneva, Switzerland $1,200 (includes all taxes etc.).
Save $200 with early signup as the trip is $1,995 with Boston flights.
Our group flights are listed at the bottom of this page, check and see if you can get a better price online (Currently Non-Stop NYC - GVA $1,110)
Option to purchase your own flights, use points, frequent flyer miles, etc. and join us in Geneva, Airport, Switzerland.
Saturday through Sunday trip.
Depart Boston on Saturday evening. Arrive in Italy Sunday morning.
Return from Italy Sunday, arrive back in the USA same day, Sunday at 4:05PM.
Motor coach transfers to/from Geneva airport, Switzerland to/from our hotel in Aosta, Italy. We arrive in Switzerland, travel though France and the Mount Blanc tunnel to Aosta, Italy! Travel time is about 2-3 hours depending on traffic.
Lift tickets are inexpensive as compared to the USA. Many options from $45 approx. per day. ALL of the resorts lift tickets' in the agenda below are covered by the "Aosta Valley / Zermatt international pass", the most costly option, currently €295/$320 for the 6 day pass. That's $54 a day for a ticket to some of the worlds best snow sports resorts! It's up to you what options you pick for lift tickets, some choose to mix it up with some sightseeing days.
We have a private club coach for return transportation to and from all resorts on our optional snow sports agenda from our hotel. It's currently $150 for the week with early sign up. You can walk or take a short shuttle to our local Pila resourt and inexpensive public transportation options are available to many of the resorts.
Sightseeing: Aosta, Geneva, Milan and Turin sightseeing. We will also enjoy sightseeing, wine and local food tastings. The agenda is currently being put together by Annette. More info to follow!
Current Optional Ski/ Snowboard Trip Itinerary:
Mountains: Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Matterhorn & Gran Paradiso
Italy: Pila, Courmayeur, Cervinia, La Thuile & Champoluc
France: La Rosiere
Switzerland: Zermatt & Verbier
Vallée Blanche 11 mile glacier run (Italy & France)
SNOW SPORTS ITINERARY
Meet up with our group in Boston, Logan (or NY) Saturday afternoon. Check in and depart for Geneva, Switzerland.
Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland (French Side). Travel by motor coach to Aosta Italy and check into our hotel
Purchase lift passes for the week at the local Pilla gondola
Walk around Aosta and check out the local sites from Roman times
Welcome party and orientation meeting at the Old Distillery Pub, Aosta!
Pila our local resort and historically our favorite. Some choose to ski / ride Pila for most of the week. We are not going into detail on this resort, only to say it's a beautiful place with views of the imposing Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc mountains. Pila (Slogan - Ski in the Sky) is quite a hidden gem! It has relatively few queues and some great terrain which makes for great skiing and snowboarding.
Heliskiing options (reserve in advance): La Thuile, the kingdom of Heliskiing, where you can discover the charm of off pist skiing and snowboarding. La Thuile is the ideal place to indulge in this amazing sport and is extremely good value!
Lunch in France and a visit to the local market (purchased a nice silver and pearl pendant on a trip - Donal). Ski / ride back to La Thuile.
Pasta or foie gras? Chianti or chablis? Sunny slopes or powder pitch? You can have your cake and eat it too. Under the gaze of Mont Blanc and deep in the heart of the foodie-friendly Aosta Valley, skiing here serves up all of the gusto of Italy alongside a soupçon of Gallic refinement. La Thuile has been connected by lift to La Rosière in France since 1986, so you can swoosh and glide between languages, weather, and cuisines!
Ski/Board all of Courmayeur, Italy (Mont Blanc).
(Google maps - 35 min.)
Spend time checking out Courmayeur village.
Courmayeur, at the foot of the Italian side of Mont Blanc is a massive ski resort very popular with visitors from all around the world. Above the Val Veny (southwest), facing the Mont-Blanc, Courmayeur gives you absolutely spectacular scenery. With almost 20 lifts and 30 different runs, Courmayeur has many options for all levels. The off piste in the area gives some nice vertical and amazing views of the Mont Blanc massif not to mention great snow! The altitude of the resort goes from town level at 1224m up to 2755m at the top of the Cresta Arp lift. Love pizza, pasta, risotto, cappuccinos and all that is Italian? The mountain also has 20 something restaurants to choose from with fantastic Italian fare!
Ski/ride The Vallée Blanche Glacier (Mer de Glace) run from Italy to Chamonix, France. This world famous glacier is a rite of passage for most skiers and snowboarders, an 11 mile glacier run starting in Italy and ending in France! THIS AND ANY OFF PISTE, HELI SKIING & GUIDING MUST BE BOOKED AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE.
Check out the all new Skyway Monte Bianco (News Article) which replaced Funivie Monte Bianco and opened in winter 2015. Probably the best way into the Vallée Blanche Glacier. Also awsome for sightseeing!
Verbier in Switzerland,
(Google maps - 85 min.)
super groomed steeps and some of the best off piste in the world. Verbier's 4 Vallees ski area is the largest lift-linked ski domain in Switzerland, with 412km of groomed pistes – 39% beginner, 44% intermediate and 17% advanced – and a maximum vertical drop of nearly 2,000m off-piste from Mont-Fort Glacier (3,330m).The entire ski domain (412km) is served by 92 ski lifts linking the resorts of Verbier, La Tzoumaz and Bruson as well as Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon, and has around 20 mountain restaurants.
The Monterosa's three valleys are comparable to the Trois Vallees in France in terms of the physical relationship of the main resorts, but they could hardly offer a more different experience. Much of the terrain remains undeveloped and perfect for off-piste skiing and snowboarding. For the most part, the skiing and snowboarding throughout Monterosa is on amazingly quiet pistes. Alagna is legendary for advanced off-piste itineraries, but the area as a whole has a lot to offer deep snow skiers at every level. At the other end of the spectrum, for intermediates the skiing is relaxed with plenty of friendly terrain and magnificent scenery. Intermediates and above should consider the Monterosa region as a whole rather than as three separate valleys. The on-piste skiing includes 17km of black runs, and the regions off-piste terrain is a magnet for experienced deep snow skiers and boarders from advanced to expert level. At the head of all three valleys, above the pistes, is the broad collection of peaks and glaciers that make up the Monterosa massif. Champoluc offers most of the gentle terrain and has plenty of sheltered runs and convenient meeting and eating points on the mountain. Gressoney also has plenty of terrain in its own right on both sides of the valley, with a lower region of tree lined runs reached directly from La Trinite, which is well linked to the rest of the areas.
We travel by motor coach to Cervinia, Italy
(Google maps - 55 min.)
and ski / ride Cervinia to interconnected Zermatt, Switzerland. A magnificent area on the famous Matterhorn. Check out the ice grotto in the glacier and the nice mountain restaurants. Take your picture on the Italy / Swiss border. Bring your passport!
The extensive ski resort of Cervinia / Valtournenche with extensions over the border into Switzerland, known as the ‘Queen of the Snow’, this vast snowy area begins at 1,524m in Valtournenche, embraces Breuil-Cervinia – 2050m, rises up to Plateau Rosà at 3,488m, touches the 4,000-metre peak of Piccolo Cervino (Klein Matterhorn), and climbs to 4,478m, the top of the Matterhorn.
Cervinia is world famous for its snow record and extensive slopes. There are 110kms of downhill runs in Cervinia, which interconnect with 40kms of runs in Valtournenche, making up a total piste distance of 150kms in the resort. The off-piste for the daring skier/rider is endless and will challenge the best of skiers/snow boarders. Good skiers/snow boarders, looking for more of a challenge should try the higher slopes above Cervinia, or take advantage of the international pass, which allows you to cross over the Swiss border to Zermatt, a route that provides some testing slopes and more off-piste. The Heli-skiing is top drawer and endless.
Travel back to Geneva Airport, Switzerland by coach and fly back to the USA!
Itinerary subject to change and improvement due to weather, local conditions, group size and transportation options.
Not finalized - Currently under development Aosta & Aosta Valley, Milan Italy, Turin Italy, Chamonix France & Geneva Switzerland
Sunday – Arrival – Aosta Orientating & Welcome Party
Informal (not professionally guided) walking tour and orientation of Aosta for the whole group so we can appreciate where we are staying - the origins of Aosta are stone age! On our short walking tour we will start from the Roman triumphant arch and original stone bridge, pass through the medieval area (where the pub is for our welcome party!) visiting the underground church at St. Orso and then passing through the roman gateway to the town center to visit the cathedral and the roman market area. There has been a recent discovery of a magic circle from the age of the druids - menhirs dating back to about 1000 years before the roman occupation, the largest circle found anywhere in the Alps.
Monday – Aosta Valley Wine & Castel Tour
Tour of the Aosta Valley – Wine tastings & Vineyards
Visit Cave des Onze Communes. Get to know this territory where the DOC Valle d'Aosta - Vallée d'Aoste, come from. Discover the vineyards surrounding the winery and enjoy some wine and food tastings. We will also tour Italian Castles.
Tuesday - Aosta Market Day – Tour of Aosta
Tour of Aosta: Wine and food tastings, tour of the city and Aosta’s weekly market where stalls selling food, clothes, and crafts fill the Piazza Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto.
Wednesday: Courmayeur, Italy & Chamonix, France
Visit two world famous alpine towns. Travel from Courmayeur, Italy through the Mount Blanc tunnel to the beautiful world famous Chamonix, France. Take a cable car ride, sunbathe, have lunch, do some wine tastings, lots of fun. Meet up with our Ski group in the afternoon or return early via public transportation. On our 2015 trip many of us spent a day just touring and enjoying the village of Courmayeur.
Check out the all new Skyway Monte Bianco (News Article) which replaced Funivie Monte Bianco and opened in winter 2015. Also awsome for sightseeing!
Thursday – Turin, Italy
Excellent sights and shopping! Visit the Egyptian museum - this is the largest collection outside Cairo and has been recently revamped. Visit one of the many Aosta castles on our way home. Turin is just a 90 minute bus ride from Aosta.
Friday - Milan Bus trip and tour Milan, Italy is known for fashion, however there is a lot more. Milan offers great sightseeing, restaurants and even some more affordable shopping. You can visit the world famous Duomo Cathedral, the symbol of Milan, the Teatro alla Scala opera house, see Leonardo da Vinci’s "Last Supper" and visit the Gallery mall, one of the oldest in the world. Corso Buenos Aires offers more affordable fashion. Milan also boasts beautiful parks: The Civic Museum of Natural History, founded in 1883, and the Planetarium built in 1929 are housed in the Public Gardens.
The Valle d' Aosta (Mapquest Zoom in & out) known as Rome of the Alps or little Rome, is a real paradise for winter sports, situated on the Swiss and French borders and surrounded by the most prestigious Alpine peaks of Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn and the Gran Paradiso, all over 4000 meters (13K feet) high. Because of its location, on the border of France and near Zermatt, Switzerland, skiers/boarders have the opportunity to ski/ride 3 different countries in one week! Your lift pass is valid in over 20 ski areas around the Aosta Valley and includes lots of extras.
Lots of Extra Features & Excursions:
Buses and excursions available. Day trips to Milan, Geneva, Switzerland; Chamonix, France; Italian castle tours; Turin; Courmayeur; Dog sledding; Hot air ballooning; Guided Heli Skiing and Guided Vallee Blanche Glacier Run!
Aosta Culture and History:
Aosta is truly a Roman town, you can tell by the remains of the monuments from the Roman times (the founders of Aosta). These remains include: The town walls, the Arch of Augustus/Arco di Augusto (25 B.C.), the Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Forum. The architecture, the piazzas, the cafes — it’s a great place to enjoy what this unique region has to offer. The center of town is a pedestrian area which makes it easy to see the sights. The Porta Pretoria is a gate worth seeing, the Cathedral is an 11th century Romanesque church on the outside and a Gothic church on the inside. The town hall is also worth a look (Palazzo del Municipeo), as it is medieval in style. The Museo dell’Accademia di Sant’Anselmo and the Alpine and Archaeological Museum are worth a visit too.
What to expect:
There is a lot to do for the non-skier or casual skier/boarders. For the crazy Skiers / Boarders, we should be able to Ski/ride five ski areas, in four days, in three different countries (Italy, France & Switzerland), in sight of two of the world's most famous mountains (the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc). We can actually ski/ride nine areas in six days, in three countries! We will have to pay for transportation to some areas and purchase an International ski pass. Also, for all interested, you can do the famous Vallée Blanche run - Mer De Glace (Steve & Daniel's Pictures), an 11 mile glacier run starting in Italy and ending in Chamonix, France, and come back from France via the Mont Blanc Tunnel
We are a club who's purpose is to get the best value for our members (trip participants). We try and usually get the best possible pricing on flights for any departure city where we have ten or members departing from. You are always welcome to book your own flights, use frequent flyer miles, etc.
Booking Your Own Flights:
Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) any time before 1PM on Sunday.
Depart Geneva, Switzerland (GVA) any time after 10AM on Sunday morning.