Ski the Stura

Ski Weekend discovered the wild and remote Stura Valley 3 years ago. Since then we have never missed an opportunity to visit this unique and magical place to simply experience some of the best and least touched skiing in the Alps.

Everybody we brought to the Valle Stura loved it, and the skiing, so much we have now done the deals and Ski Weekend is proud to get our logo on the nose of the chopper and open this fantastic area exclusively to our clients.

Where is the Valle Stura?

The Valle Stura is in Piemonte region of the Italian Alps, only 2 hours from Turin. After passing Cuneo the Valle Stura takes you towards to the Maddalena Pass which at 1996m is one of the higher paved passes in the Alps. If you continued up past Bersezio you would cross into France and then down to the Embrun Valley.

Bersezio Argentera

The scenery is magnificent in the Valle Stura, with small villages dotting the hillsides. Our destination is the Bersezio Argentera ski area lying 10km before the Maddelena. Once the site of a Benedictine priory, the ski area suddenly appears in front of you. There is 1 long chair lift , a couple of drag lifts, 4-5 pistes – that’s about it. However, with with almost 9000m vertical height difference from top to bottom, access to glades, couloirs, and bowls not to mention the steep larch covered terrain, this resort is a secret gem. On days when it is snowing and the helicopter cannot fly, the skiing from the lift is as good as gets anywhere. Even on powder days there is no-one else here to steal fantastic virgin lines through the trees!

The Heliski terrain

The vast 120sqkm licensed area provides a fantastic range of skiing. We can land on many different summits, each with a choice of exhilarating descents to heli pick-ups from wherever we decide on the valley floor. One of the few self imposed restrictions is that we try to ensure that we do not land, ski or pick up from areas where skiers are ski touring.

There is simply nowhere else in the Alps where you have such freedom to use helicopters to access the best skiing in this way. In Switzerland the drop off and pick-ups are all heavily regulated with designated areas concentrating most of the heliskiing activity. Even in Italy, most of the other heliski areas are subject to the same restrictions where typically all the groups that are heliskiing are forced to start and finish from the same heli drop zone.

The real difference of Stura, and what makes it so unique, is that we can ski a different line on each drop throughout the day. With a minimum drop of 800m and longer descents reaching 1400m even the most mileage-hungry skiers are happy to head for the bar by the end of the day.

Whatever is in condition and takes your fancy is there and waiting, with couloirs, bowls, glades  all part of a typical run. Starting at 2900ms you can ski the superb high bowls and gullies down into high valleys and then on through well spaced, steeper larch covered glades finally down to the waiting helicopter.

 

Fo more photos of the skiing in Valle Stura visit the Ski Weekend gallery: www.skiweekend.com/gallery

How to book

Because we understand that flexibility is often a priority, every booking we make aims to meet your specific requirements. We can arrange private weekends or short breaks for groups of 4-8 guests. You will have sole use of our facilities, staff and ski guides. To enable individuals to experience a similar quality of service at a group rate we organise open weekends during the ski season.

A typical 3 day weekend would be Friday flights with BA from London Gatwick to Turin, maximising skiing time, returning on Sunday afternoon.

For more details on any of our programmed dates or if you have any specific requirements, please call +33 (0)615195427 or email Gavin Foster gavin@skiweekend.com