Further your backcountry skills and learn new safety techniques on our advanced ski touring course. Enjoy great ski touring, watch sunsets from high mountain huts and admire the alpine nature & scenery.

Program
Learn new skills with 5 days of great ski touring & 2 nights in mountain huts
Expert tutors
Our mountain guides are fully qualified & UIAGM certified. They are highly experienced & enthusiastic about ski touring.
Environment
Ski touring in the stunning high alpine environment surrounded by 4000m peaks, glaciers and deep forests.

ADVANCED SKI TOURING COURSE CHAMONIX

New course for 2021! Five days of great ski touring & advanced instruction

From 990.00€

Price per person for groups of minimum 3 skiers.

Please contact us for pricing if you prefer a private course. 

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Intermediate tech level

 

4/5 fitness level

 

2 nights in mountain huts

 

Groups of 6 maximum

 

Available January - April

The aim of this course is to advance your ski touring skills while skiing some of the great classic tours around Chamonix. You will ski a lot on this course - we focus on great ski tours, including a 3-day hut-to-hut tour to be able to go deeper into our backcountry.    
 
Our course builds on your previous ski touring experience and aims to further your skills to help you to become more independent while touring in the backcountry. You will learn how to plan, prepare and complete a ski tour, having safety on your mind at all times. 

Skills such as tour planning, route finding, equipment management, reading the terrain, group management and decision making will be covered on this course. Our guides are enthusiastic about ski touring and have wealth of experience and skills, which they will be delighted to share with you. 

Participants will take turns to be the 'leaders of the group' on the last day's tours to practice the decision making & group management in real situation. This will be at all times supervised and directed by your guide to ensure safety of the group. 

Prior ski touring experience & good physical fitness are required for this course. This is the ideal follow-up course after our Introduction to Ski Touring week.

Dates

Advanced ski touring course Chamonix dates - 2021

Start date Spaces
Prices
 
January 11, 2021
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990.00€
January 18, 2021
A
990.00€
January 25, 2021
A
990.00€
February 01, 2021
A
990.00€
February 08, 2021
A
990.00€
February 15, 2021
A
990.00€
February 22, 2021
A
990.00€
March 01, 2021
A
990.00€
March 08, 2021
A
990.00€
March 15, 2021
2
990.00€
March 22, 2021
2
990.00€
March 29, 2021
A
990.00€
April 05, 2021
A
990.00€
April 12, 2021
A
990.00€
April 19, 2021
A
990.00€
April 26, 2021
A
990.00€
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   Spaces available
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   Limited Availability
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Fully Booked
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Guaranteed
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Two More to Guarantee

Itinerary

As ski touring is dependable on the weather, snow conditions and strength of the group, we will have to be flexible in terms of the exact tours we will do. Here is an example itinerary: 

Day 1

Today we will refresh your ski touring skills and practice various avalanche search and rescue techniques. We will do a relatively mellow ski tour to allow time for the training and to get to know the group's level. Itinerary such as Brèche de Berard or Crochues-Bèrard are good options to start the week. 

Day 2

Today will work on perfecting your kick turn techniques. We will also work on efficient handling of the equipment (changing between walking and ski setup). Terrain evaluation and decision making on the go will be your daily topics through the next 4 days. We will ski Col du Passon, Col d'Argentiere or col de la Cicle - col des Chasseurs. 

Day 3

We will leave for our 3-day ski tour. The drive + hike to the hut will take about half day leaving enough time to work on the trip planning and navigation skills. You will learn how to consult the weather forecast & avalanche bulletin. 
Depending on weather and snow conditions, we can go to Benevolo hut, Bonatti hut or Argentiere hut, for example. 

Day 4

Early morning start to go skiing! We will discuss the skills covered so far (terrain management, route finding, decision making and group management). Debriefing before the dinner back at the hut.

Day 5

This is the last day of the course with last great ski tour. We will apply what we have learned so far. The course participants will take turns to practice the real situation decision-making, route finding and group management on the go. Your guide will supervise and direct the group and ensure everyone's safety. We will finish the tour by a debrief, to wrap up our week before getting back to Chamonix. 

Learning Outcomes

This course builds on the skills covered on our Introduction to Ski Touring week. We will refresh the basics quickly on day one and then move on to do some amazing tours as well as introducing the following techniques and skills: 

  • Developing your ski touring skills to become more independent
  • Planning a ski tour & preparing for an overnight trip
  • Understanding the avalanche bulletin & weather forecast
  • Route choice & route finding, navigation
  • Mobile apps used for navigation, maps, etc.
  • Terrain management (recognition of terrain traps)
  • Group management

Safety on glaciers:

  • Understanding the glaciers and the hazards
  • Safety skills for skiing on glaciers
  • Crevasse rescue level 1

Level Requirements

Technical skills

  • You need to have previous ski touring experience and have completed at least 5 day-tours in terrain requiring kick turns on the ascent. 
  • You need to know how to use the equipment (skins, ski touring bindings, ski crampons)
  • You need to have advanced level of off piste skiing and be confident and comfortable to ski terrain of up to 35° and all snow conditions. 

Physical level

  • You need to have good level of fitness and stamina. 
  • You need to be happy to climb at least 1000 vertical meters per day and skin & ski for 6 hours per day - all this for 5 consecutive days.

Equipment

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

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Long sleeve shirt

Long sleeve shirt

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Climbing harness

Climbing harness

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Ski / splitboard skins

Ski / splitboard skins

Ski poles

Ski poles

30 - 40 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

30 - 40 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

Crampons

Crampons

Ski touring skis

Ski touring skis

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots

Ski / splitboard crampons

Ski / splitboard crampons

Lanyard

Lanyard

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Earplugs

Earplugs

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

5 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Mountain huts

2 nights accommodation in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner included.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Group Equipment

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

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Accommodation in Chamonix

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.

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.

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

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.

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Additional Services

Equipment hire

We highly recommend that you book any equipment with us at least 2 weeks in advance as the hire shops can have limited availability in the busy season.

You can collect your equipment the evening before the start of the course and return it in the evening at the end of your course. We work with the following Chamonix ski hire and mountain shop:

• Concept Pro Shop which is conveniently located directly next door from our office. Open 7/7 08:00-19:00

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)
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 and let us know! We work with a network of excellent chalets, hotels, gites and B&Bs and we will find something to suit all tastes and all budgets.

Mountain rescue insurance

We don’t include the mountain rescue insurance in any of our courses. A 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 information.

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