Our Off Piste Development weeks are specifically aimed at helping YOU develop into the off piste and variable terrain safely and with confidence. There can be many reasons why you struggle to ski off piste terrain as effectively as you possibly should and this can impact on your ability to learn and improve your performance. We will help you to develop your skiing by giving you the knowledge and then selecting the best drills and strategies to help you become more skilful. Whether you need to learn a new movement pattern (motor learning), block bad habits or make your performance stronger you will gain a greater understanding of how to train and become better.
We have specifically designed these courses with your learning and directed practice in mind. These weeks are set up as 4 x 3 hour sessions. We find that full day weeks are too much for many clients and the practice time (without your instructor watching) is so important. The 4 half day sessions will provide you with the appropriate learning time and then you have the freedom to take that knowledge and skill further and practice for the rest of the day (or spend time with family and friends if on a group holiday). Video analysis will be used to support the learning process.
At the end of the Off Piste Improver course we have the option to book a full day Guided with a fully qualified Mountain Guide. (This should be booked at the same time as the main course).
Off Piste safe travel and slope education will be included on these courses.
IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?
We offer 2 levels of this course so that we can match compatible skiers together and can create a suitable learning environment so everyone can get the most out or their week.
COURSE 1 - OFF PISTE BEGINNER
If you are a competent piste skier who has taken time to develop onto all piste runs but have not yet mastered the control on varying degrees of slopes when the textures of snow changes. The off piste right at the side of the marked runs is a playground for you and you are keen to understand how to use your body and equipment to improve your enjoyment and success then this course is for you.
2018/19 :- 17-20th December, 30/31/2/3rd January (women only group available), 6-9th January, 14-17th January, 11-14th February (women only group available), 9-12th March, 25-28th March (women only group available), 1-4th April (women only group available), 11-14th April.
COURSE 2 - OFF PISTE IMPROVER
This is the course for Skiers who can already get down an off piste run but not gracefully. You might find it a challenge and use all your strength, both mentally and physically to get down safely. Ski Touring might be something that you want to develop onto, or you may already do this and want to improve your downhill journey.
2018/19 :- 23/24/26/27th December, 30/31/2/3rd January (women only group available), 6-9th January, 14-17th January, 11-14th February (women only group available), 18-21st February, 25-28th March (women only group available), 1-4th April (women only group available), 6-9th April, 9-12th April (Women only group available).
£250 per person for course
£115 per person for 1 day Guided adventure at the end of the course
(Guide Days - 2018/19 :- 28th December, 4th, 10th & 18th January, 15th & 22nd February, 29th March, 5th & 10th April)
4 x 3 hour sessions (9-12pm or 1-4pm)
(Guided Day - full day 9-4pm)
Group maximum of 6 people
(À La Carte Private Instruction sessions can also be made available at a cost of £235 per 3 hour session)
FURTHER DETAILS (NOT INCLUDED IN COURSE FEE)
Specific Equipment - Off Piste/All Terrain skis (If the snow is soft and fresh - 90-100 underfoot / if snow is firm and compacted 84-95 underfoot), can be normal or touring kit. Transceiver/Shovel/Probe in a suitable backpack (around 30L) with waist and chest straps. We recommend Helmets are worn by all clients.
Insurance - Winter Sports travel/piste with off piste rescue insurance for being guided/instructed by an appropriately qualified instructor/guide for the terrain (additional insurance can be purchased with your lift pass on purchase at ticket office).
Lift Pass - Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass or the Rapid Card (pay as you go and you get the best rate available for what you use!). We may use a range of areas in the Chamonix Valley and options for Les Contamines and St Gervais also available. All areas are covered on the Mont Blanc Unlimited tickets.