Chamonix is widely known as the extreme free-ride skiing capital of the world and is the perfect place to improve your off-piste skills. Chamonix's ski areas of Les Grands Montets, Brévent, Flégère and Le Tour have huge off-piste potential, not to mention the terrain accessible from the infamous Aiguille du Midi.
Not enough? The Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass now allows access to Courmayeur and the Helbronner on the Italian side, only a 30 minute drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel, as well as the neighbouring resorts of Megeve, Saint-Gervais and Les Contamines. This large selection of terrain means that you can ski amazing, varied descents all week long.
This course is designed for intermediate off-piste skiers who want to take their skiing to the next level. During the course we will use video analysis to help you to focus on area where you need to improve.
Chamonix Experience's UIAGM mountain guides and ENSA qualified ski instructors will help you to become confident in skiing regular turns in powder bowls, uneven terrain and varied snow. You will learn to read terrain and snow surface to become expert in planning ski descents. You will ski over steep terrain and manage occasional cornice or small cliff drops. Fun fun fun!
Throughout the course you'll be developing various skills that will make you a stronger and more confident off-piste skier, such as how to:
Once you've completed your off-piste performance course, you'll have taken your skiing to the next level and will be ready to explore the endless possibilities that the Chamonix valley has to offer! Continue to develop your skills and become a stronger off-piste skier on our Chamonix Steep Skiing Course.
Above all, mountain safety is our highest priority, which is why as well as skiing techniques we also teach you how to ski off-piste safely. Avalanche awareness and transceiver search are essential to your skill set as a confident off-piste skier, especially when skiing the Chamonix backcountry routes that can take you far away from the patrolled ski areas. Our instructors are all qualified UIAGM mountain guides with all the knowledge and experience needed to teach you the basic mountain safety techniques.
Chamonix has incredibly varied terrain, making it the perfect place to learn to ski off-piste. 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 such as Verbier or Courmayeur.
If conditions are favourable you'll have the chance to ski the Vallee Blanche, one of the most famous off-piste itineraries in the world, as well as many other classic Chamonix off-piste descents.
This course is designed to transform your off-piste skiing from good to excellent. You will have tuition from an internationally qualified UIAGM mountain guide and ENSA ski instructor.
The focus for the week will be:
Your mountain guide and ski instructors will tailor the programme to suit weather, snow conditions and the overall level of the group. Each day your guide will choose the area offering the best off-piste skiing at the moment.
You don’t need to be an expert off-piste skier to join the course, that's what we're here to teach you! However, you will have to be:
Regular cardiovascular training (running, hiking, biking) is the best preparation for the course. We recommend a couple of days of skiing prior to the course to get your ski legs ready and to dust off your skills.
The best preparation to get you ready for this course is to complete our introduction to off-piste skiing course first, where you will learn all the basics and develop your strength.
If you are not sure if this is the course for you, or you would simply like to ask us some questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
Price per person; groups of 4 to 6 skiers per guide. Courses with only 3 skiers booked can be run for a supplement of 150€ per person.