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Finnmark-truly epic

We just finished Finnmark 2018 - it was by far the best trip we've ever done. We worked super hard to get ready for this trip, and thanks to Fred we were rewarded with the most amazing backcountry climbs and descents imaginable. It snowed everyday and night of the week we were there, and according to Fred and the locals this was one of the most intense snowfalls in a very long time. Awesome for face-shots in the powder, but really scary for avalanche risks. Fred's local-area knowledge was the key to our trip, making the most of every day and even managing to optimize the timing of our summits with the occasional spots of sunshine. I felt a bit of pity for some of the other tourists we met along the way, who didn't have a guide and weren't able to navigate the frequent road closures, and without an intimate knowledge of the terrain to find a safe place to climb and ski resorted to sitting in the cafeteria. On that note, make sure to buy travel insurance as the unpredictable weather conditions can disrupt air travel as well - even the roads getting to the airport. This trip required extraordinary preparation beforehand, and considerable effort everyday we were there. It ended up being the best thing we've ever done, and we definitely plan to go back. And of course, we'll book with Fred. Thank you Fred - it was epic.

Meghan & Ken G - Apr 2018

Powder heaven in Chamonix

- Jan 2018

Finnmark - the trip of a lifetime

I was lucky enough to spend 8 days skiing with Fred in Finnmark in May of 2017. The conditions were unusually epic that year— it snowed almost every minute I was there, or so it felt. Even so, you still need quite a bit of expertise to find the right conditions (there's no reliable freeze thaw cycle when it's constantly snowing!) and Fred did not disappoint. It was almost like he was a magician, finding us the perfect snow every single day, even on days when the conditions were tricky. Most guides are good at finding snow, but what made Fred such an outstanding guide was his passion. You could tell that not only did he love to ski, but even moreso, he loved helping other people deepen their passion for skiing. He was so incredibly encouraging, and I definitely improved my technique and confidence tremendously over the course of the week. Co-guide Erik was also incredibly skilled at kayak instruction, and generous with his passion and knowledge. Add that to the beauty and wonder of Finnmark, the truly magical aspect of kayaking with skis, and it really was the perfect skiing holiday. Also, the food: delicious! I hope I can be lucky enough to ski with Fred and Erik again someday.

Danielle Travers - Aug 2017


L'endroit idéal pour le ski de rando, encore très sauvage et bien préservé, avec des paysages magiques. Une immense merci a Fred qui a partagé ses connaissances et qui a très bien organisé cette semaine, le tout dans une super ambiance. Bref une semaine inoubliable. Merci aussi a Sylvain pour nous avoir bien accompagné pendant quelques jours.

Martin C - Jun 2017

Parfait dans le Finnmark

Une semaine parfaite avec Fred et Sylvain de Up dans le Finnmark. Du grand ski, des paysages incroyables et une ambiance au top. Avec quelques bonnes bières et des bonnes bouffes...que vouloir de plus. Merci pour ce grand moment

Olivier Claude - Jun 2017

Une semaine Parfaite

Que dire pour définir cette semaine de ski de radonnée au Finnmarck en ce mois d'avril 2017 ?... Des paysages à couper le souffle, une neige et une météo de rêve, des guides au top avec une belle approche de la montagne, un groupe super sympa de bons skieurs, de la bonne bouffe, de la biére fraiche, de la bonne humeur. En bref, que du bonheur. A 45 ans et beaucoup de temps passé sur des skis de rando, je peut dire sans ésiter que cette expérieuce aura été la meilleure de ma vie. Pour tous ces bons moments, je tiens à remercier toute la petite communauté Up Guide que j'ai eu la chance de côtoyer durant cette semaine. amicalement, laurent.

laurent marchand - Jun 2017

Splitboard week in Maurienne

This was my first time on a splitboard and it really widened my views on snowboarding. First couple of days it was spring weather and we hiked som beautiful places. Even though the snow condition was not that great Sylvain our guide managed to find good snow. Rest of the week we had some snow and thanks to the small resorts with nearly no people at all we hade the slopes and the tree runs for our selves. I'd really recommend this week for anyone who ride snowboard and wants to take off piste to the next level.

Dennis Thol - Apr 2017

Incroyable ski trip dans le FINNMARK

Quelle semaine fabuleuse nous avons passé dans ce coin reculé de la Norvège! Pour sûr notre plus beau ski trip de randonnée jamais fait! Un temps absolument parfait. Nous avons adoré ton approche du ski de rando Fred, nous avons en effet pu, grâce à ton immense connaissance de la montagne, profiter de superbes conditions de neige à chaque descente! Nous n'avons qu'une seule idée en tête, REPARTIR!!! Tout était parfait (surtout le burger maison du dernier jour! wink ) See you in Maurienne la saison prochaine! Foie de bleu!!!!! David et Manon - Avril 2016

SIMONIN NEGREL David - Apr 2016

Awesome ski trip in Finnmark

What a amazing week !!! For sure our best ski strip ever! Thanks a lot for everything Fred! Magic moments with paddle and kayaks in fjords for going to ski wild lines! We are already thinking about our next travel with you, and for sure see you next winter in Maurienne! Many thanks Fred!!!



Parti avec Fred, l'an passé en avril dans le Kebnekaise pour une superbe semaine ! On avait pas encore pris le temps de faire un retour, alors mieux vaut tard que jamais ! Le tour proposé est bien optimisé et permet de bien goûter à l'ambiance de coin de Laponie. Grand choix dans ce massif bien alpin (bambées, pente raide) en étant complètement seul sur les étapes. malgré la météo un peu capricieuse (on est en Laponie), nous avons pu faire presque tout ce qui était prévu. Et quand on est motivé, Fred l'est aussi pour rajouter des bonus dans la journée ou ressortir faire un tour en fin d'a-m après être arrivé au refuge (les journées sont longues à cette époque). Bref un tour à conseiller et surement plus sauvage que la Norvège voisine ...! C'était tellement bien quand on a toujours le projet de retourner skier dans les parages (surement en autonomie cette fois). Bref merci bcp à Fred qui est quand même le seul guide à proposer un raid dans ce secteur ! Stéphane & Nathalie (de Serraval sur la route de St Martin de Bellevue wink )

Steph&Nath - May 2015

A fantastic week.

Fred, thanks for a fantastic week. We have enjoyed it immensely. Despite the poor snow conditions we managed with your good knowledge to find decent snow. We did not really know what we expected when we signed up for this trip, but fell for the concept. And we can now fully subscribe to it. The combination of your in-depth knowledge about mountains in general and the area in particular and the “road-trip” characteristics where we go to different places depending on the conditions, is very compelling. On top of that we got a good insight into skiing French style with a good lunch in the middle of the day (already missing it). The flying with the micro light was a new and enjoyable experience, the Via Ferrata too. A special thanks also to JB and Victor for their good guiding in Sestriere and Val Thorens.

Johan Mandelius - Jan 2015

Fantastic Week round Kebnekaise

Fred did a great job for us in the Kebnekaise region. Fred clearly knows this wild area very well and found something special for us to do every day of the trip, even when the weather was a bit wild. We summitted several peaks including the Kebnekaise and had a wonderful ski off. Fred's organisation was excellent and he is great company. Many thanks Fred, we are all looking forward to skiing with you again.

Dave Knowles - Nov 2014

One of the best ski week ever.

Hi Fred I want to thank you for the amazing week in Haute Maurienne. The setup for the week was very good and the service was excellent but most of all I had a lot of fun! Powder every day, I enjoyed every second of it. Maybe it's not the last time I visit your valley...

Carina Benson - Feb 2014

Amazing week.

Hi Fred I want to thank you for the amazing week in Haute Maurienne. The setup for the week was very good and the service was excellent but most of all I had a lot of fun! Powder every day, I enjoyed every second of it. Maybe it's not the last time I visit your valley...

David Benson - Feb 2014


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