Using the world class lift system to access the area, we will guide you to the very finest off-piste for you to learn and improve the skills that will open up the best kept secret in the Alps – the hidden Three Valleys!
At the end of this course you will be a confident and accomplished skier of most off-piste runs, including steeper lines and more difficult snow conditions. You will also be able to evaluate the risk of avalanches in more extreme terrain and learn the skills to navigate you way around the mountain safely.
With just a short step or skin up, we can access the stunning Les Avals valley. Despite its proximity to the resort of Courchevel, lifts are instantly left behind. With simple or more demanding pitches, this is a great area to get your off piste legs back. It is also possible to make a short tour up the ‘Petit Mont Blanc’ high above Pralognan for a thrilling descent down the wide-open North facing slopes.
The Trois Vallées area is not synonymous with glacier skiing but the possible descents with a guide are truly impressive. The Borgne glacier makes for ideal open terrain with a perfectly constant pitch to check out your powder turns. An exploration to the summit of the Péclet will leave you towering over the resort of Val Thorens, with a thrilling descent of the Face-Ouest as an option or a descent of the Bouchet in the Forth valley of Les Trois Vallees!
Easily accessible off piste descents away from the crowds abound. The Lac de Lou and it’s many variants ensures minimal up, but lots of down, and the Valley with no name lives up to its mystical air. Sticking to the Belleville valley, the Vallee des Encombres takes you from the western fringes of the domain back down to the beautiful hamlet of St Martin de Belleville. And the descents around the Aiguille de Fruit could keep you busy for weeks.
Travel out day. You should aim to arrive in Meribel for late afternoon.
The trip officially starts with a welcome meeting and briefing at 7pm in the chalet.
There is no fixed itineraries for the week, our expert local guide will take you to the best locations based on prevailing weather and snow conditions.
The programme includes 5 full days of off-piste skiing instruction & guiding. During the week there is 1 'freeskiing' day when no instruction is provided.
The course starts with a welcome meeting on Saturday evening. This is an opportunity to meet the instructors and the rest of the group and to discuss the plans for the week. The skiing will start on the following morning.
The principal aims of this week are:
To provide first class instruction and guiding from our team of BASI 4 instructors and IFMGA Mountain Guides to improve off-piste skiing technique
To give practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated with skiing off-piste particularly for avalanches
To provide the opportunity to ski the best off piste in the Trois Vallées ski
The week is intended to be fun with lots of thrilling skiing but always directed with maximum attention to your safety and the safety of others.
Trip duration is 7 days with 5 full days off-piste instruction plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no instruction is provided.
The price includes 7 nights chalet board accommodation with breakfasts, afternoon teas with homemade cakes and delicious evening meal (on 6 evenings). 5 days off-piste instruction & guiding, group transfers between Geneva airport and the chalet, in-resort transfers.
Additional local expenses include lift pass, lunches, drinks, 1 evening meal, equipment hire
Places can also be booked on a course-only basis if you have made your own accommodation arrangements. The course only price is £545 per person.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Off-Piste Adventure trips. On all our weeks you’ll be staying in comfortable catered chalets or hotels. When skiing you need to carry just a day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items or extra clothing layers you may need.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses and ski tours.
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or BCA Float sacks. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €20-30 per day or around €100-120 for 6/7 days.
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out http://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
Although our Off-Piste Adventure courses rely heavily on the lift systems in resorts, access to and egress from runs sometimes involve climbing and walking a short way and you may undertake 1 or 2 day ski tours, for this reason its best to have skis with ski touring bindings, skins and ski touring boots.
France a Western European country with Paris as its capital city. The country is diverse with countryside, mountainous areas and many beautiful beaches. The country is renowned for its food and wine as well as well know places like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.
Its population is around 66 million people (2013). The highest mountain is Mont Blanc at 4,810m which is visited by many every year to climb.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson, and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 maximum, our advanced weeks typically run on a 1:4 ratio with expert trips either 1:2 or 1:1 we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.