Chamonix Ski touring courses – Intro and Advanced, France

Dates: December – April

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Do you want to really escape the crowds, properly experience the back country and aren’t afraid of a bit of a good workout? Then ski touring is for you!

The Chamonix valley and Mont Blanc Massif are excellent for ski touring. Ski touring is a great way to access nature as it was intended to be seen. The Massif is a vast area of spectacular, glaciated mountains. 

Your skis become a mechanism for hiking in the mountains, giving you access to anywhere you want to go. The wilderness, the views, the fresh tracks and feeling of personal achievement is what makes ski touring a true passion.

At the Introductory level more time will be spent on developing the techniques and skills needed to become a good ski tourer. As you progress through the levels both your speed and technique will improve and the Advanced course becomes more about exploring with a guide than being introduced to new skills.

Intro Skitouring course – 2 days

In our 2 day ski touring course you learn all you need to be able to explore the mountains by yourself. 

Are you a good red slope skier? Then join us on one of our ski touring intro courses in the Chamonix Valley.

Earning our own turns is our favourite way to get up close with mountain terrain in the winter months. 

In our 2-day intro course we provide the perfect base from which to launch into the backcountry.

1 – Aiguilles rouges discovery

We ski at Brévent or Flegere ski area out of Chamonix. This Day trip involves a short skin up to improve your skinning technique and we will work on  your back country skiing technique. 

2 – Develop your back country skills

Develop your back country techniques on a short ski tour and practice with your transceiver. Today you will get an answer to all your questions regarding snow safety and route planing.   


What you will learn:
  • Navigate safely in the backcountry
  • Develop a smooth and safe skinning technique  
  • Plan your route
  • Kick turns 
  • Transceiver training
  • Recognising avalanche terrain

Level

Advanced piste skier, good off piste experience, new to ski touring. Ideal course as an introduction


Mountain Skills

This is all about being safe on the mountains. How to read snow conditions, assess avalanche risks, how to navigate, make sense of the weather forecasts and what they mean to skiers. 


Costs for this 2 day course: (1-6 skiers)
  • 2 skiers: 450.-€ / skier
  • 4 skiers: 250.- € / skier
  • 6 skiers: 200.-€ / skier
Included in the costs:
  • 2 guided days with an UIAGM-IFMGA mountain guide or a certified ski instructor 

Accommodation

If you like we can organise for you to stay in a cozy, sporty Ski lodge in the Chamonix valley.


Material needed

Ski touring ski with ski touring binding, ski touring boots, skins for the ski, poles, backpack, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, skiing cloths, thermos bottle, pack lunch for both days (we can prepare a delicious pack lunch for you for 15.00€)

Chamonix ski touring course

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Advanced Skitouring course 3 days:
1 – Warm up day Aiguilles rouges

Gentle warm up to touring (+400m) in the Brevent ski area – skin up to the Pointe de Carraye or the Col de la Gliere after a quick reminder on avalanche rescue

2 – Skitour Chamonix

Day ski tour according to where we find the best conditions. + 800m 

3 – Argentière Glacier basin 

Head up onto Grand Montets ski area and ascend to Col de Rachases (+400m). Ski down to the Argentière basin and skin up towards Col du Tour noir.

4 – Aiguille du Midi touring

We go up to Aiguille du Midi today and take a nice tour in the high alpine.

The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit group ability level, current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.


Level

You are a strong skier off piste in all snow conditions. You are physically fit and capable to walk with speed uphill for 1hr without a stop at a good pace. Comfortable with around 800m height climb. Please be aware that this course is by no means an introduction.


Personal Skills & Technique

Perfecting your skiing skills onto ski touring platforms learning how to move with ease and control on varying degrees of steeper slopes and harder snow conditions.


Mountain Skills 

This is all about being safe on the mountains. How to read snow conditions, assess avalanche risks, how to navigate, make sense of the weather forecasts and what they mean to skiers. You’ll spend time practicing with transceivers, to ensure that if the worst happens you have the skills to deal with it.


Learn from a certified  IFMGA Mountain Guide 

Ski touring courses are run by a qualified High Mountain Guide, allowing the group to ski on glaciated terrain.


Costs per skier: (max. group size 6 skiers)
  • With 2 skiers: 900.00€ per skier
  • With 4 skiers: 500.00€ per skier
  • With 6 skiers: 400.00€ per skier

Included in the costs:

Organisation, 4 training days with a certified IFMGA mountain guide


Accommodation

If you like we can organise for you to stay in a cozy, sporty Ski lodge in the Chamonix valley.


Material needed

Ski touring ski with ski touring binding, ski touring boots, skins for the ski, ski crampons, harness, crampons, poles, backpack, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, skiing cloths, thermos bottle, pack lunch for all days (we can prepare a delicious pack lunch for you for 15.00€)


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