Chamonix is one of the best places in the world for ski touring; beautiful backcountry trails, majestic peaks, legendary ski touring routes, incredible off-piste descents. Discover it all with your Chamex mountain guide.
This weekend ski touring course will teach you the basic essential skills that will allow you to get out there and explore the mountains, away from ski lifts and busy pistes.
We'll teach you how to use equipment such as skins ands couteaux, and how to master techniques such as the kick turn. You'll then have the opportunity to try out your newly acquired skills on a full-day ski tour into the Chamonix mountains.
Ski touring routes in Chamonix are plentiful and it doesn't take long to get off the beaten track from the ski areas of Flegere and Le Tour, into a backcountry paradise of untouched snow and breathtaking scenery.
The Aiguilles Rouges is world-famous for its beautiful ski touring terrain and, of course, there are endless options from the mythical Vallée Blanche.
Your mountain guide will plan the weekend according to the weather and snow conditions, so that you can enjoy the very best experience of ski touring in Chamonix.
This weekend ski touring course will leave you with the feeling that you had a great time skiing, met new friends and learned something new.
Once you've mastered the basics you may want to join one of our more advanced courses like Ski Mountaineering, or embark on one of the classic multiday ski tours such as the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.
The course takes place over two days; during which you will be lead by a UIAGM qualified Chamex mountain guide. Over the two days you will learn basic ski touring techniques, you will become familiar with using ski touring equipment, and you will be taught essential avalanche safety skills.
All of this will be taught in the mountains, on different ski tours in Chamonix and the surrounding area. As well as learning new skills, you will have a fantastic experience with like-minded people!
You do not need any previous ski touring experience to join this programme but you should be a competent off-piste skier. You should also have a good level of fitness and be prepared to undertake climbs of 2-4 hours on skis.
The introductory ski touring course is run every second weekend from December until end of April, weather permitting.
If you prefer a different date or do not wish to join a group, you can book this course with a private mountain guide.