ENGELBERG – ANDERMATT SKI TESTIMONIALS
Great life changing trip on all levels!
We just got back from the Andermatt & Engelberg Freeride Tour with LGA and it was all time. The skiing was even better and the mountain of Andermatt offers some of the best lift served skiing I have ever done. Engelberg is similar with one run that is almost 7,000 vertical! The local guides are great as they know the areas well, lived in the valley for generations and knew the local spots to visit. We would have not seen most of these spots unless we went with a local guide. The Swiss Alps have always been on my bucket list and this trip offered it all. Skiing with the group was a lot of fun as we had a lot in common and met new friends to ski with. Great experience and I highly recommend a trip with them!
I spent a week in Switzerland with LGA and had one of the best weeks of my life on all and every level. Jeff and Crystal go above and beyond to insure all aspects of the tour are top tier and amazing. They are not only great people but have in depth knowledge, insight, and information to make the trip fun, safe, and memorable. Skiing in places like Japan, AK, and Argentina I thought I had seen it all, but Jeff showed me some amazing skiing that marked as some of the best of my life. A truly great trip.
Great tour, really knowledgeable, friendly, open and intelligent owners in Jeff and Crystal. Happy to recommend along.
Jeff and Crystal are a fantastic and dynamic duo to lead an off piste adventure. For starters, they are both lovely, down to earth, friendly and genuine people. I enjoyed my time with them over beers, wine and dinner as much as I did our time riding deep powder off piste at Andermatt and Engelberg… and that’s rather impressive to say as a few days were truly epic… As I said to them both many times, I have plenty of runs and specific turns deeply entrenched in my mind now to sustain me until I get to ride that kind of snow again..
Jeff, as I was to discover on my trip, is a pretty big deal in the skiing industry, from his time with Warren Miller and his movies, through time spent as a professional and sponsored athlete, I was really impressed and had absolutely no idea. He’s a real humble guy. With a myriad of ski and snowboard technical knowledge, combined with an expansive array of back-country skill and awareness in all conditions, I gained a new perspective to being on the mountain thanks to him. He opened my eyes to things that I wasn’t aware of and instilled in me a new, and renewed, love of being on the mountain. He’s also as interested in the cultural side of his travels as he is in the skiing side. I appreciated this aspect a lot as well and we shared many stories on history and culture throughout our week. And, after being on my snowboard for 20+ years, he gave me some specific and very useful technical advice and I can say that my riding will be better in the future because of his and Crystal’s advice too. And I also loved spending time apres with Crystal and Jeff.. this was another very cool part of our week too.
I thank them both very much and really enjoyed my time on and off the mountain with them. Thanks guys, hope we can cross paths again one day soon.
JAPAN SKI TESTIMONIALS
Japan Powder Tour – Unreal! This is an absolute unbelievable adventure. If you want to ski big pow and are also looking for an incredible cultural experience, this is the trip for you. I’ve skied my entire life (last 18 years in Colorado as well as 3 years in Switzerland / Austria) and this was by far the best ski adventure I have ever taken. Some of the most memorable and best runs of my life. In addition to the incredible snow and terrain, Jeff and Crystal are true professionals both on the Mountain and off. This trip was butter smooth thanks to Le Grand Adventure Tours. A bucket list item for sure!
I wanted to go ski the legendary deep powder of Hokkaido, Japan. It wasn’t one of the banner years on record but we still managed some incredible skiing by doing a little storm chasing. It added some extra adventure to the trip and gave us a chance to see another part of the island. The guides are top notch, incredibly accommodating and on their game. I would highly recommend using Le Grand. They provide a more intimate and personalized experience than many guide outfits. I will be using them again!
The entire trip was dialed in from the minute we landed to the time we left. 10 days of exploring Japan, finding the deepest snow everyday, he cultural sights, and food were incredible. The best trip I have ever been on. Can’t wait to go back!
I have already recommended the tour to my clients and should have future takers
The Japan trip with Le Grand Adventure Tours was absolutely amazing and blew us away!!!! Special thanks to Jeff and Crystal for making all of the necessary arrangements that allowed us to explore the many different areas on Hokkaido and, most importantly, chase the incredible powder (on some days this was literally over our heads!), which is simply amazing! LGAT provides the very best in guide service, with the primary focus on safety and skiing quality terrain! We would have been totally lost without them! We will be back in 2017 and beyond!
The Furano-Hokkaido Japan tour was even better than I expected. The pictures and videos do not do it justice. Jeff and his team took care of us everyday and made sure we experienced as much as we could on our trip. We had a mix of conditions from sunny days to one of the deepest days skiing-ever! They know a lot of spots that are on the mountain, off the mountain, and in the backcountry. We did some touring everyday and we were rewarded with incredible views, deep snow, and no crowds all day. Fresh powder every day! Will be going back to explore more areas with them.
We searched for deep powder everyday and the guides did a great job of finding the best snow for us. Deepest snow of my life! Japan never disappoints and the private vans add a nice touch which allows us to travel to ski the best snow in the area.
CHAMONIX SKI TESTIMONIALS
Great time! Absolutely loved every minute of this trip and the epic adventures that were setup by Le Grand. Jeff and Crystal do an amazing job coordinating everything from food, to procuring local guides for skiing, being our tour guides around the area, and making sure we are enjoying ourselves and getting us back home to our loved ones safely. I would definitely sign-up for another trip with LGA.
Overall, I really enjoyed this tour. Based on the several discussions I had with the team, I had a pretty good understanding of what to expect on this tour, and they def delivered. Looking back, I realized that we actually skied powder EVERY day. Initially, I had safety concerns, and since going backcountry for this first time, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Both Dean and Morgan made me feel really comfortable and safe. I def plan to recommend your company to my friends in the future!
GREAT OFF-PISTE CHAMONIX SKI TRIP!!!! – Practically the first thing Jeff will say to you is that he’s there to make you happy; and he and Crystal work hard to make it happen. Skiing in Europe is best done with a local guide, whether on or off groomed areas. Chamonix is really over half-a-dozen areas plus what’s in Italy just through the Mont Blanc tunnel. You can’t ski everything in a week regardless, but without a guide you’ll spend half your time just trying to find where to begin each day.
Jeff and Crystal have it all coordinated! Airport transfer (both ways), beautiful, modern chalet, gourmet breakfasts and dinners, lift and local transit ticket purchase, and daily touring always with an eye to sun and snow conditions. They’re even the best of travel companions on this adventure. The tour, “le grand adventure”, is presently planned and best suited for the off-piste, out-of-bounds skier looking for an expertly guided entrance to more remote areas and safely conscious passage through some high risk and potentially fatal locations.
My wife and I were more comfortable with a less extreme experience, and Jeff and Crystal worked hard to meet our needs as well as those of their, here-to-fore, more typical guest. As Jeff said, he’s there to make every guest happy. Le Grand Adventure Tours offers hard-to-find, pretty much all-inclusive (except airfare), international package ski tours to the destinations skiers of all types are anxious to experience.Steve G.
Unbelievable! So happy we took our trip with you guys. We’ll be back. A lot!!
In one word – amazing. Chamonix is a must for any serious skier or rider. Prior to signing up for this trip, I had several conversations with the owners – Jeff and Crystal – about the trip expectations, type of skiing / riding we’ll be doing, necessary fitness, and safety. Although I did have prior experience with Powder Cat riding and heli-skiing, I never actually venture out to backcountry on my own, specially in place like Chamonix.
Both Jeff and Crystal were really informative and genuinely wanted to provide their thoughts about the trip, and also point out the safety and the fact that each guide we would have will be IFMGA certified (the highest level of certification a mountain guide could obtain). Upon arriving to Chamonix, and upon meeting both Jeff and Crystal, I was really quickly convinced that I’m in the good hands. The trip in short was everything I wanted and more. The guides were exceptional, transportation to / from chalet and the surrounding ski areas was great, food was amazing, and overall, people I had the chance to ride with were really unique and I felt safe skiing with them. Although no tour can promise you powder, I want to say that we did ride powder EVERY day, even though it didn’t snow in some places for several days!
In addition to riding Chamonix backcountry, we had a chance to visit Verbier (SWI) and Courmayeur (ITA). Both days were for the books, but the experience in Courmayeur was something special. I definitely recommend Le Grand Adventure Tours to any serious skier and rider. Do your research, work on your fitness, and be ready to really ski / ride some awesome lines. At the end, Jeff and Crystal will do everything for you to feel welcomed and to enjoy your skiing. How much skiing you will do, what lines you will ski, and how crazy it will get will only depend on your fitness, skiing / riding ability, and how much you want to be challenged.
I would definitely sign-up for another trip with LGA.Uros O.
Beyond all expectations! These guys rule. The guides were incredibly knowledgable. The skiing was phenomenal. Decisions about where the best snow would be for the day’s conditions were always spot on. The terrain we skied matched the advanced level of the group, so that everyone was comfortably challenged. Accommodation was a lovely private chalet, super comfortable, and cleaned daily – a convenient short walk to town. The hot tub was a huge bonus. Private chefs provided exceptional feasts. Private daily ski transportation made travel easy. The professional photography came out amazing – such a nice treat to leave a trip like this with. No corners were cut. I always felt in good hands. I traveled solo and felt incredibly welcomed. I highly highly recommend joining a Le Grand Adventure Tour.
ZERMATT SKI TESTIMONIALS
Skiing around Zermatt and the Matterhorn is an incredible experience! At times it feels like you can reach out and touch it. It’s an incredible sight. Amazing history, endless access for skiing, the sledding, and the apres scene are all a must do. Make sure you experience town and walk through all of the different streets. The museum is worth checking out. Lots of places to eat up on the hill and make sure to try the Rosti as the LGA team will for sure suggest that! The guides were great and it was nice to have that local showing you around as you get to see more. Thanks LGA for making this an incredible trip!
A week in Zermatt as a skier is something everyone needs to experience. The train ride from Zurich to Zermatt, no cars in town, a narrow valley that is towered by some of the most beautiful mountains in the Alps, and skiing in two countries is a trip of a lifetime. The hotel was great, the guides showed us so many incredible spots on and off the mountain. Great time at the Welcome and Farewell dinners with the group and meeting new people. We enjoy the group travel as it offers more opportunities to experience the destination. Highly recommended trip!
Go ski Zermatt! The area was on my bucket list for a long time and after doing lots of research I chose the trip with LGA. These guys did a great job, very professional and handled everything for the group. We had two groups skiing so we all got more skiing in and for ability level. The guides showed us some amazing runs between the Zermatt area and heading over into Cervinia, Italy. Was a great experience and having lunch in Italy was awesome. We did a day on the Heli with Air Zermatt and it was one of the greatest things I have ever done. The areas we got to ski were incredible and had fresh snow all day long. Looking forward to more adventures with the LGA team!
MURREN SKI TESTIMONIALS
Our Murren Switzerland Ski Trip was amazing! Jeff and Crystal did an awesome job creating a perfect trip with great skiing, incomparable ambiance, and the European Ski Vacation we had on our bucket list for years. They took care to find the best snow each day in an enormous valley full of choices, while maintaining the romance (our 20 year Anniversary) and adventure (cliffs, zip lines, Alp vistas) of an epic European vacation. If you enjoy great, challenging skiing, and well planned trip in a beautiful place, I highly recommend a trip with Le Grande Adventure Tours.
SWISS ROAD BIKE TESTIMONIALS
Wow this was really special. We road during the day and then went on wine or brewery tours, or we went to great restaurants every night. Jeff and Crystal were really impressive. Our group was intentionally small – just 4 of us. The private guiding was amazing because they knew SO much about the country. Even with just 4 of us, the rider ability was very different and they made it fun for everyone. We saw so many amazing sights we never would have found without Le Grand Adventure Tours.They coordinated the lodging, restaurants, rides, trains, etc. At 47, this was the best trip of my life. Jeff and Crystal have great energy and that is contagious. Jeff is the best cyclist I have ever seen and he can lead anyone. Crystal is an absolute joy to be around and the two of them are an unbeatable pair. I strongly suggest them.
We asked Jeff and Crystal for a private bike tour of the Swiss Alps for a group of four and it was an amazing trip. They did a great job of selecting very nice bike friendly hotels, picking the most amazing routes and creating other side trips such as beer tasting. Jeff and Crystal are wonderful people to spend time with and we would do another trips with them! Thanks Jeff and Crystal for making Switzerland an amazing adventure.
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN BIKE TESTIMONIALS
Thank you, Rob and Le Grand Adventure Tours for an amazing experience mountain biking in Santa Cruz!
I ride frequently in Marin County but had never explored Santa Cruz, though I always heard the single-track was legendary. When I finally had a chance to go first hand, I wanted to roll with someone who could show me around to the best runs – since there’s so much to choose from. I found Le Grand and set up a tour with one of their very experienced guides, Rob Jarvis, and every expectation I had was either met or exceeded.
Rob was everything you’d want from a guide – friendly, experienced, knowledgeable, and focused on having fun. He talked to me about my skill level and chose a ride that was just the right fit – pushed my limits but didn’t exceed them. He rode at just the right pace, answered my questions, gave me some great instruction, and overall just showed me a fantastic time of riding 3+ hours in the Santa Cruz mountains.
I’d absolutely recommend Le Grand to anyone looking to explore the SC mountains with an experienced guide who will show you an awesome time. Thanks, guys!
I felt very comfortable out on the trails with the Le Grand Staff. They not only make sure you are having a good time but also give you some pointers on how to improve your skills.
Highly professional! I’m from Chile, and made a road trip through the coast of California with my wife. I wanted to make a mountain bike ride during my trip to know the trails of Santa Cruz. I got in touch with Jeff through the company’s web page, and asked him if they could organize a one day bike tour for me. He immediately put me in contact with his colleague Rob, and they both started to arrange everything, I found the company very serious and professional. Both Jeff and Rob were highly committed to organize the tour. They exchanged several emails with me to understand my interests, and give me different choices. This made feel very comfortable through the whole process, as I realized I was dealing with serious people. The day of the tour, everything went exactly as planned, with Rob acting as the tour guide. The tour met all my expectations. The trails were fantastic and the bike they arranged for me was also great. Rob performed greatly as a guide, and as a ride mate. I would definitely repeat the experience with this company!
BIG SUR – CARMEL ROAD BIKE TESTIMONIALS
We had a fantastic trip with Le Grand Adventure Tour to Carmel and Big Sur. Three great days of road biking, wine tasting and fantastic meals. Jeff and Crystal were great hosts and guides and had everything perfectly arranged. A wonderful trip and well worth booking any future trips with them.
TAHOE MTB, ROAD BIKE, SUP, YOGA TESTIMONIALS
Yesterday’s Truckee/Tahoe Road Bike tour with Jeff was a super fun, educational ride. I was so busy learning/absorbing (technique, bike fit, where to ride, etc.), I pretty much forgot to even look at the scenery. Bet that doesn’t happen too often in Tahoe. But these guys really know what they’re talking about >> didn’t want to miss a thing. Looking forward to signing up for an MTB tour ASAP!
First time mountain biking up in Tahoe. A friend and I went out with Jeff from Le Grand Adventures and had an absolute blast! Jeff was excellent guide and not only took us on amazing trails but gave us really good riding tips that immediately improved my technique. He made the day fun, easy, and interesting. He is extremely knowledgeable about the area and would let us know about the areas we were riding through and what we were looking at. Can’t say enough good things about Jeff. A great mountain biker, knowledgeable and professional guide, and just an all around good guy. A++
The SUP Yoga and paddle boarding tours are top rate, with experienced teachers and guides to assist you throughout. I would recommend the services, classes and tours on Le Grand Adventure Tours to anyone looking for a deeper, guided experience on Lake Tahoe or Donner Lake.
Excellent day out riding! Myself and my girlfriend traveled from England to see the states. We booked the ride beforehand and Jeff was very helpful. On the ride he was informative and helpful, even when my girlfriend came off her bike! He was an excellent tour guide. I would highly recommend this to any cyclist. We will be using him on our next trip.
My boyfriend and I booked a mountain biking tour last weekend with Jeff. He arranged for our bike rentals and our trail routes based on our skill level. We went on some single-track roads and fire roads through Tahoe Donner. During the trip, we got some great tips on mountain biking and cycling, and we were taken to parts we wouldn’t have known as our trips to Tahoe are usually just to ski. In addition to be being extremely knowledgeable about mountain biking, we learned more about the local area history and hotspots for not only biking but also skiing when we come back in the winter. While taking two beginners on an easy ride isn’t the easiest thing, Jeff seemed to enjoy what he was doing with plenty of passion and contagious energy. Jeff made us feel comfortable but also knew how to push us just enough. In our experience, the guide is really what makes the trip, and Jeff was a fantastic one!
Definitely an EPIC Adventure for our SOULS!!!!!! Jeff and Sean: You two have made fans for life. It was one of the greatest adventures ever. Thanks for everything.
Ummm amazing!! If you want an amazing tour and the opportunity to meet some amazing people, sign up for one of their tours/trips! Jeff and Crystal were beyond accommodating and some of the nicest people you will meet. Highly recommend and we are already planning on hooking up with them again next summer. Thanks Le Grand Adventures for a fabulous hike and best ever SUP board lessons.
If you are looking for a great tour guide, Le Grand Adventure Tours is definitely the way to go! They made the experience phenomenal by being flexible with the schedule and being very personable. It’s safe to say we have made a couple new friends and will recommend their services to anyone in need of a great experience touring the Lake Tahoe area. I know I will be booking another tour soon!
I have never taken a guided tour before but, since my son and I were going mtn biking in tahoe area for the first time I thought it would be a good idea to get a guide (especially since we get lost even on our home trail!). An acquaintance recommended Le Grand tours and we could not be more happy. From the very beginning they were very helpful and professional. Their website was excellent and easy to use and Jeff the owner was available for further questions on his mobile phone. When we did the tour Jeff picked excellent trails that were good for both my son (an excellent rider) and myself (a not so excellent rider). He made sure we both were safe and enjoyed the trails and the beauty of the Tahoe Donner area. I experienced areas I have never seen despite vacationing in the area over many years. Jeff also helped with some skills advice which was helpful, especially for myself. I can recommend this company highly and plan to use them again in the future!
This was by far the best experience I have ever had in the water! I came across Le Grand Adventure Tours by doing a Google search and confirming their reputation on Yelp (which is 5 stars!). After choosing the location and date/time for Paddle Board the company got in contact with me in a short amount of time via email with all the information I needed. Crystal responded to all of my questions very fast as well. What to say about Crystal? She is fantastic! Very patient, calm, in touch with nature and knows what she is doing. She is the perfect instructor and I felt safe, uncomfortable and never in a rush! While paddling her husband joined us and both of them were friendly and provided lots of information on the area. When the lesson was over they gave me tips of where to go and I ended up at Sand Harbor (State Park) where i played volleyball on the beach and got a nice tan by a wonderful and breathtaking beach! Thank you Le Grand Adventure for the unforgettable experience! Wish you much success!
Jeff and Crystal are AWESOME! We did the private paddle boarding session with Jeff and it was a blast! He quickly teaches the basics and gets you right on the water. I would highly recommend this company and plan to book another tour with them next time I am in Lake Tahoe.
I would recommend Le Grand Adventure Tours for your upcoming adventures. I did the stand up paddling boarding tour with Jeff and his wife and they did a fabulous job on guiding the tour. They explained beforehand what we would be doing, gave us a lesson on how to SUP and took us out for a fun beautiful SUP adventure. Along the way they shared their historical knowledge of the different areas we came across. They also made sure that everyone on the tour was doing great at all times. Again I would highly recommend Le Grand Adventure Tours for your next Tahoe adventures.
The paddle boarding was amazing on Lake Tahoe to say the least…the personal touch that Jeff and Sean gave made the tour feel very special…u guys were so sweet going around to each of us talking and getting to know all of us…I can’t imagine it being any better…we had a fantastic day and i can’t wait to come back!!!
Best tour ever! My high school buddy and I purchased the hiking/ SUP boarding tour for our annual get together in Lake Tahoe and we both were impressed with warm and friendly personalities of both Jeff and Crystal and the informative and enjoyable hike. Jeff explained the terrain, the vistas and took pictures for us. The SUP boarding was amazing. Both Jeff and Crystal are excellent teachers, professional and well educated and best of all easy to understand! We learned so much that day in simple technique that our boarding experience was beyond our expectation. By practicing their instruction we were able to go 4 miles and stay on the boards for two hours! I plan on using this company for our my tours and clinics. They are the best. We now feel that not only have we been given a new passion and enjoyment for two outdoor activities but we have made two new friends.
- Would You Rate The Quality of our Tour High? 100%
- Would You Travel With LGA Again? 100%
- Would You Recommend Us to a Friend? 100%
- Overall Were You Very Satisfied With Our Tours? 100%