This course aims to bring together like-minded people to develop their off-piste performance. Originally it was aimed at mountaineers who already have a good understanding of the mountains and the hazards they can present, and just need to get their skiing dialled! Run in conjunction with Off Piste Performance this course has been running since 2007 with increasing popularity every season. There will be no avalanche awareness training or skinning uphill during this course - it is purely about developing ski performance in the off-piste. More recently we have found this course has appealed to everyone from guides to mountaineers to ski tourers to non mountaineers - anyone that wants to be part of this like-minded group is welcome.
Course length: 4 x half Day options
Number of clients: Max 6 clients in a group
Cost: 4 x half day course - £235 per person (prices are for course fee only) 2018/19 Season
10th - 14th December 2018
17th - 21st December 2018
7th - 11th Jananuary 2019
28th - 1st February 2019
4th - 8thth March 2019
You will be given simple yet eftective tools to ski ice, bumps, powder, chopped up powder and whatever other snow we come across in the off-piste. You will have tactics to ski smoothly through the trees and tight spaces, and feel more confident on the steep and icy. Skiing crust will become fun as you’ll be able to be effective in it. And not forgetting gaining the skills to float effortlessly through the powder.
To develop all these skills we will need to spend time on the piste to acquire the techniques but we will quickly put it into practice in the off-piste.
The course is broken down into 4 half day sessions, with a day off in the middle for rest or consolidation. Your session will either run from 9am - 12, or from 1pm - 4pm, depending on which group you are in. This will leave the other half of the day free to practice and digest the infomation you have been given so that you are ready to move on in the next session.
The team headed up by Alison have such entusiasm and patience to ensure you get the most from this course and go away with plenty of new ideas to play around with on skis.
The most important pre-requisite for this course is that you are keen to try new things and prepared to have a go. Ideally you will have put in some mileage in the off-piste and be able to ski in all conditions (but in no particular style!).
Off Piste safety equipment is required for all clients for this course. This equipment is Transeiver/Shovel/Probe in a sturdy backpack with chest & waist straps and straps for supporting skis for carrying, this equipment is required for both days of the course.
Skis suitable for the course would be All Terrain skis with approx 90mm under the foot. Touring boots are not essential but please ensure your boots are professionaly fitted to your touring skis.
All this can be hired from our colleagues at Grands Montets Sports which is where we usually meet on day one. If you wish us to pre book this equipment from the shop on your behalf please email us your requirments.
It is always a great idea to carry a snack and rehydration with you each day.
All Clients are responsible for ensuring they are fully covered with Winter Ski Insurance which includes Off Piste skiing when being guided by fully qualified persons for that terrain.
For the duration of the course the area that we will use will be covered by Chamonix Le Pass. However if you intend to ski off the top lift at Les Grands Montets, the Aiguille du Midi, ski in Courmayeur or Les Houches during times outside of the course then I would recommend getting the Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass.
In the event of bad weather we may choose to use Les Houches and this is not covered by Chamonix Le Pass. However it works out cheaper to buy a Les Houches pass for that day than buy a Mont Blanc Unlimited for 5 days.
If you are in Chamonix regularly it would be worth considering getting a Chamonix Rapid Card. You pay 50 Euro for the card and are then charged for what you use so that you don't need to queue for a pass each day.
If you are unsure about which pass to buy then I recommend that you wait until we meet on the first day of the course to purchase your pass.