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Skiing France with Colorado guidance

Edward StonerVail, CO Colorado
Kelli Rohrig /Special to the DailyKreston and Kelli Rohrig are starting White Room Adventures, a company that will guide skiing, kayaking, hiking and biking trips to France. This is the back side of La Plagne resort.
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BEAVER CREEK – The ski resorts of France’s Tarentaise Valley were impressive to Kelli and Kreston Rohrig. But it was the back of the mountains that really got their hearts racing.Just off-piste, they found terrain ranging from ultra-steep couloirs to gentle, open slopes with miles of powder. And many of the backcountry runs led to rustic villages with great food and wine.”It’s like skiing Grouse on a perfect day, but six times longer,” Kelli said. “And you can actually get into Beano’s Cabin, and it’s free.”

Kreston described the skiing as big-mountain descents without the helicopter.”It was what I’d always dreamed about,” said Kreston, a ski patroller at Beaver Creek.An exchange program between Beaver Creek and La Plagne resort allowed him to work as a ski patroller at the French resort last season. Kelli – a former pro telemark skier and mountain biker and sister of ski-film star Chris Anthony – tagged along to ski, eat and cook.The entire time they were there, they met one American. Meanwhile, they kept finding skiing, kayaking, mountain biking and hiking they knew would appeal to locals back in Colorado.

Kreston described the skiing as big-mountain descents without the helicopter.”It was what I’d always dreamed about,” said Kreston, a ski patroller at Beaver Creek.An exchange program between Beaver Creek and La Plagne resort allowed him to work as a ski patroller at the French resort last season. Kelli – a former pro telemark skier and mountain biker and sister of ski-film star Chris Anthony – tagged along to ski, eat and cook.The entire time they were there, they met one American. Meanwhile, they kept finding skiing, kayaking, mountain biking and hiking they knew would appeal to locals back in Colorado.

So the husband-and-wife team – they got married in October – started White Room Adventures to bring Americans on skiing, biking, kayaking and hiking trips in the Tarentaise Valley.They already have two ski trips planned for this winter, one in February and one in April. The trips are appropriate for skiers from upper intermediates to experts, they said.The trips include meals, lift tickets, lodging in a 17th-century chalet, transportation and guides. The prices for the trips this winter are about $2,000 per person.The groups will jump around to the six ski resorts in the valley: La Plagne, Les Arcs, La Rosiere, Sainte Foy, Tignes and Val D’Isere. One day of heli-skiing can be added on for an extra expense.Participants can fly into Geneva, Switzerland, where they’ll get picked up and driven the three hours to the Tarentaise Valley.

The prices are reasonable, and the Rohrigs definitely aren’t targeting the super-rich, they said.”Our target market is people like us,” Kelli said.There’s a false idea among Americans that’s it’s really expensive to go to France to ski, Kreston said.They also plan to run kayaking, hiking and biking trips.

The Rohrigs hope to bring their clients to the “White Room” – as in, surrounded by powder.”It’s the greatest place to be,” Kelli said.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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