Chamonix Ski touring intro course, France

Dates: December – April


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.

During this course we spend lots of time developing the techniques and skills needed to become a good, safe ski tourer. As you progress both your speed and technique will improve.

Intro Skitouring course – 2 days

In our 2 day ski touring course you learn all you need to start 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.

Day 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. 

Day 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


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 a certified ski instructor 
Not included in the costs:
  • Accommodation, lift pass, food, personal insurances


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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