12 - 13 March (2 days with 1 night)
Longer and more advanced ski touring itineraries at higher altitudes often involve negotiating steeper slopes and travelling over avalanche terrain and glaciers.
On this hands on 2 day clinic, we will focus mainly on recognising and managing these abject risks, helping you to stay safer while enjoying more committed ski tours. We will discuss topics such as planning and choosing the safest skin track and descent, advanced skinning techniques on steeper slopes, perfecting kick turns as well learning about as various avalanche types, observations of the recent avalanche activity, evaluation of the avalanche bulletin and potential avalanche hazards, terrain traps, snow profile and safe travel practice of the ski group.
We will also practice search techniques with transceivers and probes, efficient digging techniques, how to contact the local mountain rescue and manage an efficient rescue as a team, as well as how to secure someone in a crevasse and perform a crevasse rescue. This clinic will be held in the Argentiere Glacier valley and we will stay at the hut for the night.
2 Full days, 1 night
€215 per person. Lift pass and 1 night in the hut not included.
Accommodation is on shared basis with breakfast and dinner. We will make the reservation and everyone will pay their stay individually. Please bring cash for the payment (about 90€ per person and per night + extra for drinks and snacks).
You need to be an advanced skier ON and OFF piste, with at least 10 days of ski touring experience. You must be familiar with your gear skins, crampons, ice axe, and have some rope management skills, specially some prior rappelling experience. You must have the ability to skin 1000 vertical meters. This clinic is not suitable for those on split board.
6 participants per guide
TIME & PLACE
Briefing evening before at Chamex office 18h00.
Clothing: Base layers, GTX shell or soft shell ski pants and jacket, fleece or merino mid layer top, light puffer jacket, warm hat, sun hat, thin gloves, thick gloves.
Technical equipment: Ski touring skis & bindings & poles, ski touring boots, skins, ski crampons, avalanche safety equipment (shovel, probe, transceiver), 30l backpack, head torch, harness, 4 screwgate carabiners, 2 regular carabiners, Auto-block pulley, 2 x 120 cm tape sling, belay device, 4 meters of 6mm rope, ice axe, boot crampons, helmet, belay device, dynamic lanyard, ice screw (long), prussic sling.
Additional items: Sleeping bag liner, sunglasses, ski goggles, earplugs, high protection sun cream, water bottle / thermo flask (1L), snacks & lunch food, about 100€ cash for the hut.