Chamonix isn’t only the steep, extreme free ride spot seen in numerous snowboard movies. It has varied terrain and is a great place to make the transition from riding on piste to off piste and experience all types of terrain specific to back country. Long irregular slopes, couloirs, forest riding, steep slopes, short technical slopes, glaciers…. All the elements for a great intro to backcountry riding!
Assessment of your off piste level
The first day of the course is dedicated to the assessment of the technical level and general ability of the group. This will help us to better tailor our instruction to your needs. We will also spend some time to familiarise ourselves with some avalanche safety equipment as well. Safety is a priority for us at Chamex, so we will cover the basics of avalanche training on the first day.
Improving your off piste technique
Throughout the course, you will be supervised by our UIAGM qualified mountain guides and ENSA qualified snowboard instructors, so will have the bonus of benefitting from both professional approaches. You will learn how to refine your technique through various drills and excercises, plus gain vital mountain skills and knowledge, allowing you to better plan your routes and make critical and safe decisions while out in more remote and unpatrolled backcountry terrain.
We will also use video analysis to give general and individual feed back, helping you to progress and adapt your technique in real time, while out on the hill.
Through the video feed back your snowboard instructor will:Confront the reality of your riding style Find the weak spots in your technique and help you to improve them Set personal goals attainable by the end of the course
The primary focus of this course is to improve your backcountry technique and teach you the basics of avalanche awareness and snow transformation. Understanding the principles of snow stability allows us to find the best snow in a safer and more informed manner.
At the end of the week you will leave the course with a sense of achievement as well as some epic memories of some of the best descents that Chamonix has to offer- the Grands Montets, the Envers du Plan on the Vallée Blanche, couloir des Vans in Le Tour, Pentes de l’Hotell in Brévent, Pas de Chèvre classic, Toula Glacier from the Helbronner in Italy…
Your mountain guide and snowboard instructor will tailor the program according to both the weather and mountain conditons at the time, using their years of experince, local knowledge and intuition to hand pick the best spots on offer each day.