Chamonix is nice and quiet in December / January; the off-piste ski slopes and the groomed pistes will most likely be fairly empty, other than for you and a few local enthusiasts. No lift queues will ensure quick laps on the mountain, so you will quickly acheive some good mileage and build strong legs. When the first big snowfall comes, you'll be ready for it!
Our 5 day course offers expert ski instruction in off-piste skiing techniques by ENSA qualified ski instructors and UIAGM qualified mountain guides. The course also covers avalanche awareness tuition and transceiver training - invaluable skills if you intend skiing off-piste in Chamonix. Our goal is to have you leaving this course ready for the winter, both in strengthening your off-piste ski technique and developing your mountain safety skills. Our early season off-piste ski course involves plenty of time on the snow, with a few hours in the classroom to consolidate what you've learned.
We only accept a maximum of 6 skiers per group to ensure that each participant receives maximum attention. Our ski instructor and mountain guide will take you through various on-piste and off-piste skiing exercises and drills to work on your technique, using video analysis so that you can see your progress in real time and what areas you need to focus on to improve.
We use video analysis to help you to:Find the weak spots in your ski technique and focus your training in these areas Set achievable personal goals together and tailor your training to help you to progress accordingly
Once you've seen yourself in action you'll have a much clearer idea of what you need to improve and how to achieve it. Our instructors will help you to identify your strengths as well as your weaknesses, so that you can build on them and become a stronger skier. The techniques that we will teach you can be practiced by yourself after the course has finished to enable you to continue your development as a confident off-piste skier.
Chamonix Off-Piste Conditions
Chamonix has incredibly varied terrain and over the 5 days of this course you will learn how to handle different conditions and types of snow. Much of your training will take place at Les Grands Montets, Chamonix's biggest ski area, where you will find everything from glaciers to powder bowls.
Chamonix's unique location on the border of three countries means that you can experience skiing the best of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps; depending on conditions we may take you over the border for a taste of off-piste skiing in one of our neighbouring resorts. Snow conditions early in the season can be unpredictable but this is what we're here for! If conditions in Chamonix are not favourable we have other resorts such as Verbier, Zinal and Cervinia nearby that we can relocate to.