Off-Piste Freeride Snowboard Clinic in Chamonix
Come to the Alps for a week (or more!) with Chamonix Experience and discover the best riding in the Mont Blanc range. It’s the opportunity to go from being a good rider to a backcountry ripper.
If you’re reading this you’d like to discover the Chamonix valley, or you’re coming back for more! Riding in the Mont Blanc range is addictive!
Riding Chamonix means being in the heart of the high mountains, amidst the glaciers, easily accessible from the lifts or with lifts and little walking. This type of big mountain riding at your doorstep doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world!
In the Mont Blanc range we can find glaciated descents more than 2500m long from the Aiguille du Midi, 2000m long, high altitude glacier runs in the sun on the Italian side of the range from the new Skyway lift, steep couloirs from the Brevent or Grands Montets lift stations, magic forest riding on the Swiss side of the Tete de Balme in Le Tour, and varied riding in Courmayeur, Italy. These amazing spots are all included in one pass- the «Mont Blanc Unlimited».
Tempted? You are guaranteed professional leadership and instruction with UIAGM mountain guides, dually qualified as ski and snowboard instructors.
We have two goals. We want to teach you the specific techniques used to progress in high mountain snow and steep terrain, and also show the strategies used to make informed decisions in the backcountry, for maximum safety.
Your UIAGM mountain guide/ snowboard instructor, internationally certified with a dual diploma at the French national school in Chamonix (ENSA), will teach you to:Recognize different types and qualities of snow and to adapt your riding accordingly- soft or aggressive, airing out or in constant contact with the ground- to best match a given style to the terrain Better “read” the mountains, and identify where different mountain orientations may offer different snow characteristics. Visualise your descent, to choose the safest and most efficient line. (And the most fun!) Evaluate the snowpack and determine where and what danger(s) may occur to minimise the risk of an accident. We teach companion rescue methods- including exercises in avalanche rescue, advanced technique with your avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, and ABS (optional). Apart from the instructional aspects of the course, your guide is here to have as much fun as possible, and to introduce you to the places/ runs giving Chamonix it’s reputation- the Grands Montets, the Pas de Chèvre, the Vallée Blanche, the Toule glacier, the Brévent couloirs, the Trient couloirs, Pré du Rocher, Courmayeur….)
Is this course for you?
This course is designed for those who have already participated in our Introduction to Backcountry Snowboarding week, or for those who already have experience riding in the backcountry.You have to have very good physical condition. You have to be capable to ride, without stopping, any black groomed run or easily descend classic backcountry or sidecountry runs. You have to have experience riding off-piste in all types of snow (good and bad!) deep powder, light powder, spring “corn” and also not so fun (crust, hard snow, wind affected, slush….) Ride « switch » well enough to be comfortable on switchbacks and difficult traverses. Have a real desire to improve your snowboarding, your backcountry decision making, and mountain condition assessment- learn more about the terrain you’re riding to further understand safety essentials.