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5 Day Snowboard Chamonix Freeride

Off-Piste Freeride Snowboard Clinic in Chamonix 

A real snowboard freeriding course with a qualified snowboard instructor and UIAGM Mountain Guide - giving you not only expert riding skills but also invaluable off-piste safety knowledge.

Aimed specifically at snowboaders, you won't find yourself in a mixed group being taught by an instructor on skis who expects you to learn from just keeping up with the others - this is a unique snowboard freeriding experience where you will not only ride amazing off-piste terrain but will also get expert instruction from a dedicated snowboard instructor. We're confident that not only will you have the time of your life but you'll also learn invaluable snowboarding skills that will take your riding to the next level. 

Riding mountains off-piste is an exciting adventure that requires safety as well as good technical skills, which is why our freeride course includes avalanche awareness and crevasse rescue training. We hope you'll never need to use it, but if you do you'll be glad you learned it!

This freeride course has been specially designed to give you the best of both worlds - the most fantastic Chamonix off-piste experience as well as learning about staying safe in backcountry terrain!

Description

The Chamonix Experience Off-Piste Freeride Snowboard course has been specially designed for riders who are motivated to explore the Chamonix backcountry and discover the satisfaction of riding untracked fresh snow.

The course will focus on reinforcing your snowboarding skills on the piste and helping you to cross smoothly over into off-piste terrain. The goal is to spend most of the time away from the groomed slopes as we are looking to get you more balanced on your snowboard.

Looking fluid is key when it comes to snowboarding; we will try our best to help you get rid of those bad habits you've picked up over the years! Your snowboard instructor will focus on teaching you how to adapt your speed and technique depending on the terrain and the quality of the snow.

Our background as mountain rescuers means we focus on safety too, so that our clients can enjoy riding with clear minds and a safe approach. Therefore the tuition package of this course includes essential mountain safety skills such as avalanche awareness and crevasse rescue training. The programme is designed so that you spend the most amount of time riding off-piste on your snowboard, with just the right amount of time given to practical safety instruction.

During the course you will be able to explore some of the best off-piste runs in Chamonix and over the other side of Mont Blanc in the Italian resort of Courmayeur - both ski areas are included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass. The Chamonix valley ski areas have a ton of incredible off-piste freeride areas and your snowboard instructor will take you to the best places according to the weather and snow conditions - from the sunny south-facing slopes of Brevent and Flegere to the long steep slopes of Les Grands Montets, the gentle tree runs and easy powder of Le Tour to the mythical Vallée Blanche - there's too much to squeeze into just 5 days!

Dates for the 5 Day Snowboard Freeride Course are shown on the right of this page. If none of these dates work for you, please check our 3 Day Off-Piste Course or our Private Guiding with a UIAGM Mountain Guide for other options.

Price

895€

Price per person; groups of minimum 4 and maximum 6 clients per guide

Course Dates

2017
Start Date End Date Spaces
Mar 13 Mar 17 6
Apr 03 Apr 07 6
Apr 13 Apr 17 6

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


Included

Guiding & Tuition

5 days of guiding by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide & snowboard instructor.

Avalanche Training

Specific avalanche awareness tuition including assessment of the conditions, correct use of a transceiver and how to carry out a rescue using shovel and probe.

Crevasse Rescue Training

Basic crevasse safety training, including the correct use of rescue equipment.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Not Included

Skis / Snowboards

The price does not include skis/snowboards, boots or clothing. If you do not have your own we can help you organise rental, please ask us for details.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Arrival Day

You will meet your mountain guide / snowboard instructor and the rest of your group in the Chamonix Experience office on the evening before the start your course. We will send you all the details about the meeting in an email a week before start of the course.

The meeting is a great opportunity to ask any questions about the freeride course and to check with your mountain guide / snowboard instructor that you have all the equipment you need.

Day 1 : Introduction to Freeride Snowboarding

Today we start early in order to be the first snowboarders on the mountain! Your snowboard instructor will show you how to use your safety gear and, after a gentle warm up, will carry out a technical assessment of each snowboarder so that we can tailor the week to suit the level of the group. Today's goal is to review snowboarding basics and explore some new off-piste sensations.

Day 2 : Avalanche Awareness, Search & Rescue Training

Today we'll spend about 2 hours covering essential off-piste safety skills such as how to recognise avalanche risks and what to do if you are caught in one.

Your snowboard instructor will demonstrate the different techniques we have to adopt when riding off-piste where snow conditions are often variable. You will also learn how to carry out a search and rescue for avalanche victims using transceivers, probes and shovels.

The rest of the day will be spent freeriding, we'll work on your off-piste technique and on your position on the snowboard so that you look good and “solid” on your snowboard while riding the powder.

Day 3 : Freeriding the Best Off-Piste in Chamonix

Your snowboard instructor will decide the itinerary in the morning, depending on weather and snow conditions. There are plenty of off-piste areas in Chamonix and we have the whole valley to choose from.

Off-piste tuition will take place wherever the snow is best that day. You'll learn how to read and use the terrain to your advantage, and how to get the best fresh turns without getting “stuck” in deep snow or avalanched at the same time.

Day 4 : Glacier & Crevasse Rescue Training

If you're going off-piste then the chances are high of you ending up on glacial terrain; today we take you up one of the many glaciers in the Chamonix Valley to experience this amazing landscape for yourself.

We will spend approximately 2 hours doing crevasse rescue training and we'll discuss the key facts you need to know to ensure maximum safety when riding on a glacier.

We'll spend the rest of the day riding wherever the snow is best, discovering the hidden powder stashes and steep descents of Chamonix.

Day 5 : Off-Piste Discovery Day

Depending on weather and snow conditions, we might head through the Mont Blanc Tunnel into Courmayeur in Italy, where we'll explore either the Toule Glacier or the extensive off-piste terrain of the ski resort.

Courmayeur is included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass and is a really fun day out. You will put to the test all the skills you have learned during the week and we'll spend the whole day freeriding the best snow that we can find.

Afterwards an end of course de-briefing will be given, and a reassessment of your technique so that you have some advice on what to practise. Then it's time to hit the town and celebrate with a few beers in Chamonix!

This programme will obviously be adjusted to the conditions and the guide has the right to make his own decisions about the place you will be taken regarding the avalanche risk and weather conditions.

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Technical gear

Snowboard

Snowboard

Snowboard boots

Snowboard boots

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

20 - 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard

20 - 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Ski or snowboard helmet

Ski or snowboard helmet

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Optional equipment

Thermos – not essential due to weight, but it can be comforting to have a hot drink on a cold day.

Water Bottle – should be at least 1.5 litres and durable.

Camelbak hydration systems are good as long as they are kept clean, but not recommended for winter sports or climbing Mont Blanc as the tube tends to freeze up.

Extra Gloves - a pair of spare gloves is essential.

Extra Goggles - spare goggles are highly recommended.

Airport transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well established airport transfer companies which use new and comfortable vehicles and which have the capacity and know-how to handle everything from delayed and cancelled flights, to unexpected traffic jams with professionalism and efficiency.

To book your transfer, we will need the following:


  • Your full name

  • Mobile phone number

  • Email address

  • Your destination address

  • Your flight details (date, time and flight number)

For Geneva airport - Chamonix / Chamonix - Geneva airport:

SHARED TRANSFERS:

This is the most economic and ecologically friendly way of travel. The driver will meet and greet you at the airport, gather you and the rest of the passenger group together and then head off to your chosen destination. The door-to-door service means that you will be dropped off and picked up right at your hotel /chalet / apartment. From 40€ per person for one way and 80€ per person for a return trip.

PRIVATE TRANSFERS:

Private Transfers are the quickest way to get to and from the airport. Your driver will meet and greet you at the airport and guide you to your vehicle. There is no waiting for other passengers. Private transfers are available for one to eight person bookings and travelling together and you are guaranteed sole occupancy of the vehicle for your transfer. And, of course, it's a door to door service, so you won't be lugging any bags very far. 250€ per car for one way and 500€ per car for a return trip

Chamonix accommodation

If you need help to find a place to stay in Chamonix, don't hesitate to let us know! We work with a network of excellent chalets, hotels, gites and B&Bs offering Chamonix accommodation to suit all tastes and all budgets.

Mountain rescue insurance

We don’t include mountain rescue insurance in any of our courses but we strongly recommend that you have it. Mountain rescue may be very expensive, particularly if helicopters are involved. Check with your travel insurance provider if you are covered for the specific activity you are going to do with us.

However, we can organise the mountain rescue insurance for you.The cost is 8€ per person per day for EU residents and 12€ per person per day for non-EU residents. Details of the insurance cover are different for EU and non-EU residents, please contact us for more informations.

Food

We suggest you bring plenty of snacks that you can take into the mountains with you each day; things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favourite trail snacks are ideal. You can buy all of these things in Chamonix.

Technical

Have your board well waxed and serviced for it to glide well in the given conditions (cold snow and spring snow require differed waxes!).

Check your bindings prior the course that they are in good working condition.

Pas de Chevre

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This scenic off-piste itinerary starts from Les Grands Montets in Argentiere. From the top of the highest cable car you ski west towards the Grands Montets Glacier where the terrain starts to steepen, and you'll veer skier's right to enter into a wide couloir. Once you've skied down to 2800m the descent splits into two coombs, we follow the left one.

This wonderful long descent takes you all the way down to the open plains of the moraine and on to the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France. It might sound fairly straightforward but the exit itinerary is complicated and requires very good route finding skills and knowledge of the area.

This route is suitable for experienced off-piste skiers and snowboarders; if you are unsure of your level then consider joining one of our Chamonix Off-Piste Courses, where you will learn all the essential techniques for skiing safely on glacial off-piste terrain.

Vallee Blanche Petit Envers du Plan

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The Petit Envers du Plan is a truly fun variation of the classic Vallee Blanche descent. It combines some interesting steeper sections with easy angled slopes to give your legs a little rest.

You will pass through labyrinths of magical glacier formations, deep crevasses and huge seracs amongst the towering peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif.

The Petit Envers du Plan is slightly more demanding than the classic Vallee Blanche route and requires good off-piste technique. If you're unsure of your skill level then consider spending a day beforehand with one of our UIAGM mountain guides to assess your skiing and practise all the techniques required to ski safely on glacial off-piste terrain.