Chamonix snowboard freeride introduction course

Discover the best off piste riding in Chamonix with Chamex mountain guides and snowboard instructors.

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.

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 abilities of the group. This will help us better tailor our instruction to your needs. We will familiarize ourselves with new equipment as well. Safety is a priority for us at Chamex, and we will also do basic avalanche training on the first day.

 

Improving your off piste technique

On the off piste snowboarding course you are supervised by UIAGM qualified mountain guides and ENSA qualified snowboard instructors.

To improve your skills, technique and knowledge on the snow we do technical exercises and give personal instruction. Your snowboard instructor will also use video analysis to give general and individual feed back. This ensures high quality snowboard lessons. We can then apply our new skills in the incredible Chamonix valley off piste areas.

At the end of the week you leave the course with a sense of achievement as well as great memories- the best descents Chamonix can 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 a program adapted to the overall abilities of the group, weather, snow conditions, and last minute intuition….

The focus 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 safe and informed manner.

 

Through the video feed back your snowboard instructor will:
Confront the reality of your riding style and not the image you have of it Find the weak spots in your technique and help you to improve them Set personal goals attainable by the end of the course