Made your first tracks away from the piste poles but dreaming of venturing further than the lifts will take you? This is the trip for you!
A combination of both off-piste instruction and ski touring skills, this course is aimed at intermediate level off-piste skiers who want to learn the essential ski touring skills for travelling safely and confidently in the backcountry, whilst also having instruction to improve off-piste skills and technique. This course is perfect for the aspiring off-piste skier, your ambitions can range from just trying the backcountry to completing the legendary Haute Route ski tour or another multi-day hut-to-hut ski touring trip.
The touring possibilities in the Tarentaise (French Alps) are huge and we’ll make the most of it all by heading into the wilderness between Sainte Foy and the Italian border, completing several climbs to the frontier and getting off the beaten track around Val d’Isère.
This course is based in The Auberge, one of our favourite mountain retreats, nestled high in this famously picturesque Alpine valley.
Arrive in Ste Foy. In the evening you will meet up with your Mountain Tracks instructor for an initial briefing and review of the itinerary.
An action-packed 6 full days of adventure on the mountain. We will focus on essential ski touring skills including route planning, choice of line on the ascent, effective technique in different conditions, uphill kick turns, use of ski crampons, looking after your equipment and dealing with kit problems.
Throughout the week, you will also receive intensive coaching in your off-piste technique from one of our instructors. Your technique will be fine-tuned with additional skills to cope with different snow conditions and slopes whilst skiing unforgettable off-piste descents.
We will also focus on essential ski touring skills including route planning, choice of line on the ascent, effective technique in different conditions, uphill kick turns, use of ski crampons, looking after your equipment and dealing with kit problems. This will be complemented by the leader running some avalanche training sessions across the week, which provide an introduction to the avalanche phenomenon, avalanche terrain, decision making, and rescue.
The final goal to allow you to travel safely, efficiently and confidently in the backcountry and be ready to take on tours and guided adventures.
Course finishes after breakfast.
The price includes 6 full days instruction and 7 nights chalet-board accommodation (twin rooms) with 6 evening meals, return airport transfers from Geneva airport and in-resort transfers.
The price does not include lift pass, lunches, beverages, 1 evening meal and equipment hire
The supplement for a room on single occupancy is £275 and is subject to availability. Contact us for details.
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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 Splitboard Touring Skills courses.
On these courses you'll be staying in a comfortable catered chalet or hotel and so when riding you only need to carry a small day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items you may need.
If you are uncertain or need further information, don't hesitate to contact us.
For these trips it is essential that you ski with an all-mountain/freeride type skis, ski touring boots and ski touring bindings. If you have your own skis but they do not have ski touring bindings then you will need to rent skis. The same applies if you have downhill ski boots, you will need to rent ski touring boots.
For alpine ski touring we recommend an all-mountain/freeride touring ski that isn’t too heavy, a really lightweight ski comes at a cost to performance on the descents so are only recommended for really good off-piste skiers with a strong interest in ski touring.
There are plenty of great skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from the following manufactures:
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.
It is essential that you have ski touring boots for all touring trips as walking up hill is much more comfortable in these types of boots with a walk mode and great flex. A dedicated touring boot or a hybrid freeride boot is best.
Avalanche airbag rucksacks are generally not recommended for ski touring due to the additional weight however they can be used on our ski touring skills courses
The “Safety Trilogy” - required on all our ski tours and off-piste courses.
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.
Sainte Foy is accessible by road, rail and air.
The nearest airport is Chambery with a 90 minute transfer time. Geneva and Lyon are both about 2½ hours away.
The chalet hosts provide group transfers to/from Geneva airport, which are included in the cost of the holiday (minimum 4 people per transfer). We meet at 2pm at Geneva airport on the arrival day so you should arrive on a flight no later than 1.15pm; on the departure day we ask you to book a flight that leaves Geneva airport no earlier than 2pm so there is time to travel to the airport.
It is also possible to travel by train to Bourg Saint Maurice (with a Eurostar direct day service from London St. Pancras to Bourg Saint Maurice on Saturdays throughout the ski season. Timetables and bookings are available at Eurostar. Bourg St Maurice is only 10km from the chalet and the train offers a viable alternative to a flight and transfer. The chalet hosts provide a twice-daily pick-up and drop-off service at the station.
Check with our office for detailed travel arrangements.
All our ski tours are led by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides. The team is led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.
Accommodation will be a mix of mountain hotels and traditional mountain huts with some nights in twin rooms and other nights in dormitories. Food is always excellent and the huts serve wine and beer.
HOTEL RIU NERE
Located in the centre of Vielha Town, in the heart of the old part of the city, next to the Town Hall, the tourist office and the area full of bars and restaurants.
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.