Intro Off Piste Courses
Conditions are generally good for off-piste skiing from Christmas through to the end of April. I can't guarantee knee-deep powder and blue skies every day, but I can promise you variety!
To start off piste skiing, you need to have a firm grounding on piste, and be able to ski good parallel on red runs. You also need good motivation, and a sense of humour helps too! There's no minimum fitness level required, but the fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy it.
I can work with up to 6 people on a course like this.
Courses are flexible to suit the snow conditions, your ambitions and abilities, but typically run like this:
- Day 1: Introduction to the basics, staying close to pisted areas. Avalanche transceiver exercises.
- Day 2: Reinforcement of basics, taking in more remote ground
- Day 3: Tackling glacial terrain, route choice, crevasse avoidance and rescue
- Day 4: Skiing steeps - an introduction to ski and safety technique
- Day 5: Touring taster - how skinning uphill can give access to fresh tracks. Touring skis can be rented in Chamonix.
- Day 6: The Vallée Blanche - what off piste is all about!