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Overseas Specials

Chile

The Adventure Project is excited to announce the start of their new, 10 day program exploring one of the best ski areas in southern Chile in an area famous for it’s many volcanoes. We will be exploring the resort of Nevados de Chillan, a ski area known for it’s abundant snowfall, great advanced terrain, lack of crowds, Chilean authenticity and excellent sidecountry access.

We will have 9 nights staying at the town of Las Trancas, about 10 minutes (8km) from Nevados de Chillan and then 1 night staying in the town of Concepcion, a popular town on the Pacifc coast about 170km’s away to the West.

Dates:

Session 1: Monday ?th August to Thursday ?th August 2019.
Session 2: Thursday ?th August to Sunday ?th August 2019.
Session 3: Sunday ?th August to Wednesday ?th September 2019.

Prices:

Will be around € 2.460,-- ($2,765 USD) * per person (based on 6 people in the group). The price will be higher if there are less than 6 people as there are shared costs within each group that need to be covered. Here is the complete breakdown of the prices based on numbers of guests in each group.

Availability

We can cater to 2 groups per session. The maximum group size is 6 people, with 1 guide per group, so we can cater for 12 guests per session. Minimum group size is 4 people.

Program Focus

This program is ideal for adventurous and experienced skiers/boarders to explore the more southern ski areas of Chile. These resorts tend to be a little more off the beaten path for Western visitors and Chilean skiers alike, so the slopes (holiday periods excluded), tend to be quieter. You can get a more authentic Chilean experience here! These areas also get a lot of snow and have great sidecountry access, with good inbounds terrain.

Guidance

You’ll be guided by our team for 10 days in total (7 ski days). We’ll put you through our comprehensive avalanche safety training and there is an opportunity to work on technique, if we have people looking to improve on their freeride ability. We have a great program, not only do you get to ski/ride one of the best resorts in southern Chile, but you’ll meet a lot of the locals and experience their way of life, not to mention sample the local food. You’ll be in good hands!

Minimum Level

These trips are for advanced to expert, skiers and boarders. You should be comfortable in black diamond terrain and above, in variable snow conditions. You should be able to link fluid turns, with confidence. Please ask if you have any questions. You don’t have to have been in the backcountry before or done any touring, as long as you have the gear and the willingness to try, then we’ll show you how.

Equipment

Our regular program includes skiing and boarding in the backcountry or sidecountry outside of the ski area boundaries if safe to do so. All guests must carry avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe, backpack) and know how to use them (see avalanche safety training program below). All guests must have uphill capability so that we have the ability to be able to reach better quality snow. For skiers, that means fat skis (100mm wide or greater), with touring bindings and skins. For snowboarders, that could be either split boards/skins/collapsible trekking poles or board/snowshoes/trekking poles.

Avalanche Safety Training Program

Any group operating in the backcountry needs to be responsible for self-rescue. We put all of our groups through our comprehensive avalanche safety training program. That will include: initial indoor theory session and equipment familiarization; basic transceiver usage; probing; strategic shoveling; advanced single and multiple rescuer practice; snow pits and stability tests. When we are riding in potential avalanche terrain, we follow protocols to limit group exposure to potential avalanche risk.



Hokkaido Japan

The Adventure Project is back with an improved tour for 2017. Hokkaido is an amazing place. If you want to experience some of the best powder in the world, then this is the trip for you. Throw in a healthy dose of Japanese culture, then you have an epic trip in the making. What does that look like, then read on…

We will be exploring 2 distinctive zones in Hokkaido that are renowned for their abundant powder. Our first zone is around Otaru, an old town and port on the west coast of Hokkaido, is an old port on Ishikari Bay. There are several resorts in close proximity to Otaru that get a ton of snow and are relatively unheard of. If you want deep, untouched powder, then this is the place to look. Our final zone is further north in middle of the Hokkaido powder triangle. Furano is one of the largest ski areas in Hokkaido, but it is still relatively quiet and gets plenty of snow which is even lighter than the snow found at the resorts near the coast. Furano has great skiing, with some great hike-to terrain, but makes a great base to explore other resorts close by. We have our own private transportation and so we can choose the best resort to ride at each day. That gives us the flexibility to ride only the best snow on offer. This is a unique opportunity! You get to explore up to 9 resorts during the trip and expect immerse yourself in the amazing local Japanese culture. This will be a trip like no other!

Date:

(max 18 guests).

Price:

Prices are based on the number of people in the group. The more people in the group, the lower the price.

Around € 2.890,-- ($3,250 USD) per person – based on 6 people in the group.
Around € 2.980,-- ($3,350 USD) per person – based on 5 people in the group.
Around € 3.120,-- ($3,510 USD) per person – based on 4 people in the group.

Early Bird Discount

Take $400 off the above prices, if you are able to book before the Early Bird Discount expires on July 15th, 2016. You must complete the booking form and submit your $500 deposit before the deadline to qualify for the discount.

Deposit

$500 USD non-refundable deposit is required per person.

Program Focus

The main goal is to explore the island of Hokkaido for 12 days, trying to ride as many resorts as we can and riding as much deep powder as possible. We will also be immersing ourselves in local Japanese culture and enjoying the many culinary delights Japanese cuisine has to offer.

Availability

There is a maximum of 6 guests per group, led by 1 guide from The Adventure Project. We can have a maximum of 3 groups per session. It is strongly encouraged to book early, if you want to go on one of our Japan Powder Sessions trips. We face a lot of competition for accommodation and the good hotels get booked up early. The Japanese schools send their kids on an annual ski trip to Hokkaido and they book a year in advance. Already (this article went to press May 15th, 2016), several hotels are already booked and there are blackout dates in already effect. Hokkaido will also be hosting the Asian Winter Games this winter, so we will also see an increase in visitor numbers during February. If you try and book after the Early Bird Special period is over (July 15th), then you may be too late. It is never too early book your accommodation in Hokkaido!

Minimum Ability Level

Advanced to expert skiers and boarders. You should be comfortable riding in tighter trees and in deep powder (the powder is nice and light though, with an average water content of only 8%). You should be comfortable riding double diamond terrain in variable snow conditions.

How does this Program Compare to our other Programs?

If you are unsure of whether you want to go to Japan or India, then please read the following information. Both trips feature amazing local culture, you will get a similar experience on both trips, in that regard. The food is great in both places too, so you should probably choose where you go based more on the ski or snowboard experience you are after. The skiing in Hokkaido in general, is mellower than in India. Think of skiing in Hokkaido as being somewhat similar to New England for example, with plenty of trees and rolling terrain, but unlike New England, they get copious amounts of powder. It is really quite impressive how much snow they get in Hokkaido. The snow quality in Japan is exceptional; the powder is light and dry and they get a lot of it. The runs are much shorter than in India and the potential avalanche exposure is less too. The snowfalls are more consistent in Hokkaido; it sees to snow most days but the trade-off is you won’t see the sun too much. Japan gets good snow in January, it’s one of the best times to be there, so we consider that an early start to the season.

Go to India if you want to experience more, big mountain style skiing and riding. The terrain is much bigger in Gulmarg and the potential avalanche danger is higher therefore. They get nearly as much snow in Gulmarg as they do in Hokkaido, but the manner of the snowfalls are different. In Japan, the snow falls pretty consistently, you get snow most days in January and February. In Gulmarg, then you will get a big storm that comes through and it could dump a couple of meters of snow in a few days. Typically after that, a high pressure system will come through and you will have a period of fine weather for a week or so. That means that you could be skiing lower down in the trees during the storm and then gradually move up higher, as the stability improves. Then we can get back into the alpine zone and ski some of those long, open pitches that Gulmarg is famous for. So hopefully that gives you a decent idea of the difference of skiing and riding in Japan, compared to Gulmarg, India.

Mandatory Equipment

Guests must have an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe (plus pack) and uphill capability (skis with touring bindings/skins or a splitboard/skins/collapsible touring poles or powder board with snowshoes/collapsible poles). If you’ve not used any of this gear before, then no problem, you will be given comprehensive training in their use.

Avalanche Safety Training Program

Any group operating in the backcountry needs to be responsible for self-rescue. We put all of our groups through our comprehensive avalanche safety training program. That will include: initial indoor theory session and equipment familiarization; basic transceiver usage; probing; strategic shoveling; advanced single and multiple rescuer practice; snow pits and stability tests. When we are riding in potential avalanche terrain, we follow protocols to limit group exposure to potential avalanche risk.

How to get there

Your ultimate destination is to get to Sapporo for the start of each session. Your international carrier will fly you to either Tokyo Haneda (HND) or Tokyo Narita (NRT). From there, you will take a flight to Sapporo, New Chitose Airport (CTS).

Now, here are a couple of important points to consider when organizing your flights. Be careful when booking your domestic flight. Please be aware that Haneda and Narita airports are not close to each other, they are more than an hour apart, on different sides of the city. So, if your international flight arrives in Haneda, but your flight to Sapporo flies out of Narita, then allow yourself plenty of time to get across the city. It is recommended to find a flight that departs for Sapporo in the same place that it arrives from overseas, unless you are planning on staying overnight in Tokyo.

Relatively few international carriers outside of Asia fly direct to Sapporo. Please check with your travel agent if you have any questions on this. Transfer from Otaru or Furano to Sapporo New Chitose Airport will be in our own private transportation. Guests will need to coordinate their flight times with us, so that they arrive or depart at a similar time to their rest of their group members.

Also know that the Sapporo airport (CTS) is not actually in Sapporo, it’s in a town called Chitose, 55 minutes outside of Sapporo. Anyone not able to make it to our suggested pick up time at the start of the trip or at end of the trip, will need to make their own way to or from the New Chitose Airport (not included in the trip price).



Gulmarg India

The Indian Himalayas of Gulmarg, Kashmir

This land is home to slopes unlike any other…and in the best of ways. It has the worlds 2nd highest gondola and accesses some of the most amazing free-ride terrain in the world. It truly is unique and one of our favorites. The mountain is massive, with a 5 km ridge-line that gives access to over 33 named bowls and ridges which can be easily reached from the gondola. There’s even more great news – that’s just the frontside of the mountain. We make sure that you get to explore the whole thing. What does a trip to Gulmarg look like?

Skiing and Snowboarding in Gulmarg

The gondola rises from 2,700m at its base to over 3,980m (13,054ft) giving a vertical rise of nearly 1,300 vertical metres (4,265 vertical feet). The mountain can receive up to 15 metres of annual snowfall and you can share that with only 200 people, on a busy day. Lift tickets are approximately $5USD per run.

Gulmarg is situated in the Pir Panjal mountain range, one of the 6 mountain ranges that make up the Himalayas, about 400 miles (640km) north of Delhi. It is 56km by road from Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. The town sits at an elevation of around 2700m (8850ft) in a beautiful plateau, surrounded by the 5km ridgeline and summit of Mt. Apharwat (4124m or 13526ft). Gulmarg is on the western tip of the Himalayas and is the first mountain range to get hit by the prevailing South Westerly and Westerly storms that bring vast amounts of moisture from the Indus River floodplains.

Rest assured Gulmarg gets a lot of snow, up to 14 meters (45ft) of snow in a good season. It has been our experience that when the storms roll in, it can snow several meters in a few days, before the blue skies return. The moisture content in the snow can vary, especially with the massive elevation gains in Gulmarg. Lower down, it is not uncommon for the snow to be a little heavier, but as you ride up the gondola, you can ski in really light and dry powder that will make you feel like a hero.

Dates:

Session 1:
Session 2:

Package Prices (all prices are in $USD, per person):

Hotel Hilltop
Single Occupancy – around € 2.565,-- ($2,885)
Twin-Share – around € 2.465,-- ($2,775)

Nedous Hotel
Single Occupancy – around € 3.755,-- ($4,225)
Twin-Share – around € 3.140,-- ($3,535)

Hotel Highlands Park
Single Occupancy – around € 3.755,-- ($4,225)
Twin–Share – around € 3.345,-- ($3,765)

Availability

We can cater to 3 groups per session. The maximum group size is 6 people, with 2 guides per group, so we can cater for 18 guests per session. If you have 6 people then you can have your own private group. If you have a full group, then we will not add any extra people to it.

Program Focus

This program is ideal for adventurous and experienced skiers/boarders who want to experience lift-accessible backcountry in the Himalayas. Gulmarg is a ski resort like no other; it is a massive mountain, it gets a ton of snow, a busy day is maybe 200 people (during peak season) and they have one of the highest gondolas in the world that gives access of all this. Think Silverton on steroids, but with bigger terrain and better amenities.

Guidance

You’ll be guided by our team for 11 days and you will see a lot of the mountain. This is a unique adventure. You’ll get to ride some of the best terrain and snow in the world, plus you get to immerse yourself in the local Kashmiri culture, meet the locals and eat some amazing food. You’ll see plenty of wildlife and overall, you’ll come away with a far more rewarding experience than a typical ski or snowboard holiday. As they say, there is your life before Kashmir and then after Kashmir. We’ve been running trips to Gulmarg for more than 7 seasons now, so you’ll be in experienced hands.

Avalanche Safety Training Program

Any group operating in the backcountry needs to be responsible for self-rescue. We put all of our groups through our comprehensive avalanche safety training program. That will include: initial indoor theory session and equipment familiarization; basic transceiver usage; probing; strategic shoveling; advanced single and multiple rescuer practice; snow pits and stability tests. When we are riding in potential avalanche terrain, we follow protocols to limit group exposure to potential avalanche risk.

Suitability

Guests must be upper-advanced or expert skiers or boarders, confident in off-piste conditions that are rated double-black diamond in difficulty. You should be confident in deep snow and powder and able to ride variable snow conditions. 95% of Gulmarg’s terrain is backcountry, that is unpatrolled and uncontrolled and you will likely be riding in potential avalanche terrain. Guests need to carry full avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe, 1st aid kit) and be proficient in its use. All guests will be put through our in-house, comprehensive avalanche safety training program before entering the backcountry.

Equipment

Our regular program includes skiing and boarding in the backcountry or sidecountry outside of the ski area boundaries. All guests must carry avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe, backpack) and know how to use them (see avalanche safety training program above). All guests must have uphill capability so that we have the ability to be able to reach better quality snow.For skiers, that means fat skis (110mm wide or greater), with touring bindings and skins. For snowboarders, that could be either split boards/skins/collapsible trekking poles or board/snowshoes/trekking poles. Participants should also have an airbag or an Avalung backpack or harness.
Conventional airbag cylinder refills are obtainable in Gulmarg. ABS style refills are not always available.

Inclusions:

11 days fully hosted by The Adventure Project Staff.
10 nights’ accommodation, single occupancy or twin-share.
All dinners and breakfasts at your Gulmarg hotel.
Daily guiding by Adventure Project staff, including 2 guides per group; 1 Western guide and 1 Kashmiri guide per group, which will enable you to explore as much of Gulmarg as possible, during your stay.
Comprehensive avalanche safety training at the start of the program.
Greeting by Adventure Project representative at Srinagar airport.
Srinagar airport pickup and drop off.
1 night on the houseboats, includes dinner and breakfast and return Shikara ride.

Exclusions:

Lift tickets (budget approximately $200 USD for 10 days).
Lunches (budget approximately $5 USD per day), snacks, bottled water and alcoholic beverages.
Travel insurance (make sure you are covered for off-piste skiing and for travel to Kashmir).
Additional taxi services, such as getting picked up in Drung, Baba Reshi or Lienmarg or around town. Price varies on location but taxis are pretty inexpensive in Gulmarg, compared to Western taxi rates.
Additional tours or services, such as water skiing on Dal Lake, Shikara tours on Dal Lake.
Indian Tourist visa (e-TV is a fast and convenient service, for eligible nationals and cost is approximately $48 – $60 USD, depending on nationality).
Gratuity for Adventure Project staff is not included.

How to Get to Gulmarg

You’ll need to take an international flight to Delhi, India. Most flights arrive late in the evening so you will probably need to stay overnight in Delhi. Then the next day (the morning of Day 1), you can take a short domestic flight to Srinagar, where we will pick you up and take you by jeep the final 56km’s to Gulmarg. Please be aware that security at the airports is very tight and we recommend leaving as much time as possible to get through the frequent security checks.

Itinerary

Depart Home Country for Delhi (DEL), India. You will likely need to overnight in Delhi. We recommend the Red Fox Hotel in the Aerocity complex near International Airport and Terminal 3.

Day 1 – Depart Delhi for Srinagar International Airport (SXR) in the morning. Choose a flight that guarantees arrival at Srinagar Airport around noon. Greeting by Adventure Project staff at airport. Transfer via private transportation to Gulmarg, approximate 2 hour journey. Check in to hotel, settle in and then indoor avalanche safety presentation after dinner.

Day 2 – On-snow avalanche safety training. The morning begins with a comprehensive outdoor avalanche safety training session, followed by skiing and the formulation of groups. For the next 8 days expect to skiing in one of the most awe-inspiring destinations you will ever see with some of the most renowned powder skiing on earth. From the endless Himalayan vistas off the top of Mount Apharwat, to the skiing the Shark Fin, touring to the Big White or skiing some of the best tree runs to towns like Drang (descending 5800ft of altitude), Tangmarg or skiing to the Baba Reshi Shrine through one of the steeper and longer tree runs available. This trip offers an amazing cultural experience as you get to interact with the friendly people of Kashmir.

Day 3 – 9 Ski/ride Gulmarg.

Day 10 – Depart Gulmarg for Srinagar and overnight on the houseboats on Dal Lake overlooking the Himalayas. Most people choose to leave early for Srinagar, so that they can get some shopping in (not to be missed!) and maximize their time on the houseboats.

Day 11 – Optional 6:30am tour to floating vegetable markets on Dal Lake (not included). AM departure to Srinagar airport in private transportation. Fly to Delhi. Most international flights depart Delhi either late that night or very early in the morning the next day.





European Specials

Four summits in four days in the four Valleys!

Earn Your Turns

In four days we will try to top four mountains in the legendary "four Valleys"! Four tops under guise of "earn your turns" we hike up the tops in order to descend. Lovely secluded fantastic steep flanks Most runs are between 800 and 1000 meters vertical. Of course, we will warm up first for the actual step up!

Level

What do you need for this trip! Besides a good condition, a large portion of perseverance and good to very good skiing skills! You have to be a very advanced skier, but also in a good condition to soar! Up to 4 participants!

Price

Price for 5 persons 4 days CHF 2300,-- for 5 days CHF 2800,--.
(Without liftpass, accommodation, safety equipment.)

Periode

week Wednesday 14th ofJanuary till Sunday 18th of January FULL!

week Saturday 21st of February till Saturday 28th of February

week Monday 2nd of March till Friday 6th of March

Which mountains in the four valleys should you think of? Well... these for example:

Le Dent de Nendaz (2463m), a descent from the top of Nendaz.

A hike of about 250 hm (+/- 50 min) to descend the north face "la Maretse" down and after through the forest to finally finish in Bleusy (1413m). A 1000vm pure freeride fun!

Mont Gond (2667m), this is the mountain on which the 4* freeride of Nendaz takes place.

A hike of about 230 hm (+/- 1 hour) and then down the northface and all the way down to Siviez (1730m)! 930vm whereof 350vm down the freeride flank.

Mont Gelé (3023m).

But down the north-east ridge and with a little climb up to pointe Chassoure (2973m) to ski down la Banane couloir or super Mouche face back in the direction of Tortin (2045m)! About 900vm steep en deep.

Le Fou (2606m), an exciting trip to get there.

A long and adventurous route but more than worthwhile! The start of the face is 40° steep! 930vm steep and deep all the way down to Bisse de Saxon (1747m) and then a hike (+/- 1 hour) or skin back to Prarion (1826m).

Greppon Blanc (2714m), a classic.

With a little climb (+/- 20 min) we reach the top. Then we can ski down the eastside to l’Eteygeon (1500m). 1200vm pure freeride fun.

Mont Rouge (2491m), in between Veysonnaz and Siviez.

Ascent 200vm (+/- 1 hour) multiple options afterwards. Or 300vm steep on the northside and back to the lift or down the eastside 1100vm to the village Mâche (1310m) and back with the skibus to Les Masses.

Dent Rousses (2619m), pure beauty.

An ascent of about an hour to go ski down the magnificient beautiful big couloirs on the eastside towards Siviez (1730m). About 900vm pure beauty. Or descent in to the Champs Verret (hidden valley) all the way to bisse de Saxon (1747m). At the end we have to hike (+/- 1 hour) or a skin back to Prarion (1826m).

Mont Rogneux (2637m), high above Verbs.

Descent to Verbier (1600m). Is a popular one on the Verbier side.

Les Attelas (2727m), exciting.

Attelas couloirs; difficult entrance and steep at start.

Bec de la Montau (2855m).

Long climb.

Mont Fort (3330m).

Back side from the top! Or down couloir Poubelle!

Or...