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.
These weeks are set up as 4 x 3 hour sessions and delivered by SHONA TATE or DEREK Tate. 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.
Courses can be delivered in the Chamonix, Megeve, St Gervais and Les Contamines areas. If the published dates do not suit you please ask our office if dates can be arranged to suit you/your group.
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.
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.
Chamonix Valley: 14-17th January, 2-5th March.
Evasion Area: 20/21/23/24th January.
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.
Chamonix Valley: 14-17th January, 2-6th February, 10/11/13/14th February.
€304 per person for course
4 x 3 hour sessions (9-12pm or 1-4pm)
Group maximum of 6 people
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 (Chamonix 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.
The courses can be done stand alone or integrated into a seasonal programme for you.
If our programme does not suit your dates please let us know and/or consider private lessons