5 – 10 March 2024

Pure Pyrenéerna

Catalan culture, epic snow

Val d’Aran is sometimes called the “Valley of the Valleys”. An almost unknown snow kingdom, inaccessible until 1945. Fall height and peaks like in the Alps. Located on the north side of the Pyrenees provides an Atlantic climate with large amounts of snow. Europe’s last untouched off-piste during the day and the magical Catalan cuisine in the evenings.

Pure Pyrenees is an Out of Bounds trip with longer days and more demanding tours. It is often just a group with a mountain guide, which means that there are no different degrees of difficulty on the tours. However, this smaller format gives us greater mobility to explore more distant mountain peaks. We sometimes cook our own food and the accommodation is simpler. Given that the altitude meters are more, you need to have previous experience of ski touring tours and your backpack should only contain the bare essentials to minimize weight.

Mountain &
Guides

The Last Post

The Pyrenées form a natural boundary between France and Spain where the mountains separate the Iberic peninsula from the rest of continental Europe. A large part of the Pyrenées is formally classified as wilderness and is very sparsely populated. In terms of ski touring the area offers endless variation with hundreds of summits and reliable snow conditions in February and March. Right in the centre of the Pyrenées lies the village Val d’Aran, our start and end point.

The valley is considered the most picturesque and untouched area in the Spanish Pyrenées. In the nearby ski resort of Baqueira, the Spanish royal family has their winter residence. Val d’Aran has belonged to Spain for a long time, but due to its isolated location it couldn’t be reached during winter until comparatively recently, and this has given the valley its own completely separate culture and its own spoken language, Arranés. Vi have four ski touring days in the Pyrenées where we start out towards the Amitges hut and finish in the Ventosa area. We’ll average between 1,100m and 1,200m vertical meters per day, with lunch on the hill. In the evenings we can expect a cosy mountain hut at around 2,000m altitude with exquisite Catalan cuisine, cold beer and a comfortable bed.

See map.

Oriol Baró

Oriol Baró (Vall de Boí, 1979) is one of the most respected figures in Spanish mountaineering. He is a IFMGA High Mountain Guide, Senior High Mountain Climbing Instructor, and Level 1 Ski Instructor, as well as a teacher for Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors. But, more than anything, Oriol is a prolific, intense climber whose direct style and unquestionable mountaineering ethics have brought him a great deal of prestige within the national mountaineering community. Oriol has been working with Pure Ski Touring since 2016 and has been our local mountain guide.

Mountain & guides
Accommodation & 
Travel

Val d’Aran region

Val d’Aran is a region situated in the central Pyrenées in the Lérida province. To the north this Catalan region is bordered by France, and to the south the Alta Ribagorza. It is one of the highest altitude valleys in the Pyrenées and we start from the beautiful Vielha, the capital of Val d’Aran. The region is characterised by fascinating history, culture and gastronomy.

Accommodation

We’ll stay our first and last nights at Hotell Riu Nere (where you can stash a bag with a change of clothes whilst we’re out in the mountains). Our hotel sits in the centre of Vielha town, in the heart of the oldest region. Here you’ll find the town square, the council building and several restaurants. Our ski route takes us to three mountain huts: Amitges (2,365m), Estany Long (1,985m) and Ventosa I Calvell (2,220m). Each one of these huts are privately owned, and the host couple provides all services and a warm welcome. The huts have beds in rooms of multiple occupancy, toilet facilities in a separate building, and full meal service with breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’ll enjoy amazing Catalan meals, served with local wines or beer (or an alcohol-free alternative). At the Ventosa I Cavell hut, if there is time and opportunity, the hosts like to join us for dinner.

Travel

The trip starts at Stockholm Arlanda Airport just after lunch. We’ll arrive into Toulouse, France, late afternoon, via Frankfurt. From Toulouse we have arranged transfers across the border to Spain and our hotel in Val d’Aran. The transfer time is around two hours. On the way back we retrace our path, with an early morning start as our flight from Toulouse departs around 13:00. We arrive back at Arlanda (via Frankfurt) in the afternoon. 

We can also arrange flights from Gothenburg or Malmö. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details. If you want to make your own travel arrangements, let us know when you book, and we’ll of course adjust the cost accordingly.

Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &
Equipment

Comparatively mellow hut-to-hut tour. We may encounter shorter, steep or exposed passages and we may need crampons, harness and ice axe for brief sections. Ratio: max 6 guests per guide. Ratio: max 6 guests per guide.

  • Very good fitness is required, capable of sustaining an ascent rate of 400m/h
  • Off-piste skiing in all conditions, on slopes up to 35 degrees
  • Experience with ski touring technique and equipment, how to walk and kick-turn with climbing skins
  • Age limit 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by legal guardian)

Mandatory equipment.

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • Avalanche transceiver (not analog), shovel, probe. Check batteries.
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche backpack with inflatable airbag, 30-45l capacity
  • Shell jacket and trousers. Wind-, and waterproof.
  • Mid-layer in wool or fleece
  • Insulated jacket. Synthetic or down. Alternatively an extra fleece.
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Ski socks, wool
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic
  • Gloves or mittens, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Passport and money
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Pyrenéerna specific


  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • 1 screw gate karabiner
  • Ski crampons (Harscheisen)
  • Travel sheet or sleeping bag liner

Good to have.

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Extra base layers
  • Extra underwear (wool/synthetics)
  • Extra ski socks (wool)
  • Day wear/civvies (to be left in Nikkaluokta)
  • Normal shoes (to be left in the Nikkaluokta)
  • Hut slippers
  • Thermos
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape

Always aim to minimise weight when packing.
If you’re missing some of the equipment listed above, we’ll be happy to help arrange equipment hire or purchase. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details.

Knowledge & Equipment

Reserve

Price &
Itinerary
  • Package including flights

    • Part in multi-bed room
    • 25 000 SEK
    • Estimated 2150€
    • Part in double room
    • 26 000 SEK
    • Estimated 2250€
    • Single room
    • 28 000 SEK
    • Estimated 2400€

Included

  • 4 days’ ski touring with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Avalanche safety training with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Ski touring technique skills with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Equipment orientation with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guest lecture with Edurne Psaban
  • Personal account access to Pure Ski Touring’s website
  • Pure Ski Touring’s goodie bag
  • Accommodation, Hotel Riu Nere, 2 nights
  • Accommodation, mountain huts, 2 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal, 5 days
  • Bedding, towel and exit clean (at the hotel)
  • Flights, Stockholm Arlanda – Toulouse, return
  • Checked luggage, 23kg and carry-on 8kg
  • Sport equipment luggage, 23kg (skis, poles and boots)
  • Transfer, Toulouse Airport – Val d’Aran, return

  • Tuesday, March 5

    • 12:20 Departure, Stockholm Arlanda, destination Toulouse, France (subject to airline timetabling changes)
    • Arrival, Toulouse (France)
    • We have arranged transfer waiting for us, taking us to our hotel in Val d’Aran, Hotel Riu Nere
    • Check in, and we prepare and pack our gear for tomorrow’s route to Amitges Hut
    • 20:00 First evening deserves something special: a meal out in a renowned Catalan restaurant in the village
    • Första kvällen och vi börjar på topp, middag på en erkänd katalansk restaurang i byn
  • Wednesday, March 6

    • 07:00 Breakfast served in the hotel restaurant, and we prepare lunch packs
    • Our guide presents the plans for the coming days
    • Transfer to today’s start point
    • Our guide conducts avalanche briefing, after which we set out towards Amitges Hut
    • Arrival, Amitges Hut in late afternoon
    • 19:30 Dinner served in the hut’s dining room
    • Prep for tomorrow
    • Förberedelser inför morgondagen
  • Thursday, March 7th

    • 06:30 Breakfast served in the hut, and we’re given lunch packs
    • Early start today for our objective, the Estany Llong Hut
    • Lunch break on the mountain
    • Arrival, Estany Llong Hut late afternoon
    • 19:30 The hut hosts serve up dinner in the dining room
  • Friday, March 8th

    • 06:30 Frukost serveras i hyttan och vi får ett lunchpaket från hyttans värdpar
    • Tidig start idag också och på väg mot nästa hytta
    • Lunchen intages ute på berget
    • Ankomst till Ventosa I Calvell hytta på sen eftermiddag
    • 19:30 Värdparet bjuder på trerätters middag och god dryck i restaurangen
    • Njut av stämningen och möt andra topptursskidåkare på kvällen
  • Saturday, March 9th

    • 07:00 Breakfast served in the hut, and we’re given lunch packs by the hosts
    • 08:00 Slightly later start today before we head back down towards the village Val d’Aran
    • Lunch out in a scenic location
    • We arrive back at at Hotel Riu Nere in Val d’Aran late afternoon
    • Check in, and time for shower and sauna at the hotel
    • Edurne Pasaban joins us for dinner tonight -- she was the first woman in the world to climb all 14 8,000m peaks
    • 19:00 Tapas evening at a local restaurant in the village
  • Sunday, March 10th

    • 07:00 Breakfast served in the restaurant
    • Hotel check out
    • Private transfer to Toulouse Airport
    • 13:00 We take off from Toulouse Airport
    • 17:40 Arrive Stockholm Arlanda Airport
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