Chamonix Off Piste Clinic
This is the perfect course for skiers looking to learn the basics of off-piste skiing. Chamonix off-piste skiing clinics focus on lots of off-piste skiing with instruction from our ski mountain guides. The main aim of this course is to improve your off-piste skiing technique and enjoyment.
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Chamonix is home to truely world class off-piste skiing. We will be skiing all around Chamonix finding the best conditions available, this may include skiing on the glaciers of les Grands Montets and from the Aiguille du Midi (conditions allowing). Chamonix is famous for its long off piste runs with big vertical in stunning surroundings.
- Guides expenses
- Guiding fees
- In resort transport
- Bed and breakfast Chamonix accommodation
What's not included
- Transport to/from Chamonix
- Equipment rental
- Travel insurance
- Evening meals in Chamonix
- Uplifts according to itinerary
Who is this for?
This course is for skiers looking to dive into the epic world of off-piste skiing for the first time. You must have previous skiing experience in order to make the most of the week. We will teach off-piste skiing right from the very first steps and can tailor the teaching based on the ability of the group.
Accommodation and huts
You will be based in our Chamonix accommodation. There are often other like minded people staying in the chalet who are on various other courses. Chamonix town is a short 2 minutes walk away with plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes.
Arrive at the chalet and a chance to hire gear, sort out a lift pass and any last minute things. Meeting with your guide in the evening to discuss the plan for the week and check the latest conditions report.
On and off-piste coaching with your guide. Introduction to avalanche safety equipment.
Further coaching and avalanche safety training as well as exploring different off-piste terrain.
Day 3 – 5:
More advanced off-piste coaching and exploring the off-piste potential of the region.
By day 5 your skiing will have come a long way and you will have sampled much of the best off-piste terrain the area has to offer. You will be more versed in off-piste safety and feel confident exploring new terrain.
Good fitness will make it more fun and you’ll get more out of your week. Although we will tailor the course to your ability, we recommend getting as fit as possible before you start. The process of training for your goal will help you focus on your goal – and having a goal will help you focus on your training. So all in all training is good!
Backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for several hours, and your training should reflect this. Probably the best training is cycling as this targets similar muscle groups and prepares the mind (exercising for long periods in poor weather requires mental strength!). However not everyone has the opportunity to do this and so alternatives such as jogging and gym workouts are also good.
The focus should be on training Cardiovascular Endurance as well as Strength for long days in the mountains – for cardio cycling/running/rowing machines are much better than weight training. Try and exercise for up to a couple of hours at a time at least twice a week. Try yoga, swimming, pilates etc too to help with core stability and balance. Squats and cycling are a good way to strengthen your legs. Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury.
Try and choose an activity that you enjoy and keep a note of what you do and your times – this really helps with keeping the motivation up. If you are not used to training then your local gym will be able to advise you on a plan and schedule to help you achieve your goals. Training does not work overnight! The fittest athletes train as part of their lifestyles and have been doing it for years. Consider training for a good couple of months before coming out to the Alps.
Pre-Book with Adventure Base:
1. Skis. Your skis should be a minimum of 90mm underfoot and should be off-piste specific.
2. Ski poles.
3. Ski boots. – these must fit and be comfortable as we will spend time ascending throughout the week.
4. Ski Helmet.
5. Rucksack. – 30-40l. with ski straps
6. Avalanche Kit. Transceiver, probe, shovel, harness with 1 screw gate karabiner
7. Sun Protection. Sunglasses, goggles, sunhat, sunscreen, lip salve/block
8. Clothing. 3 sets socks and light coloured thermal tops
9. Clothing cont. Lightweight Gore-Tex top/bottoms, warm hat, thick gloves, thin gloves.
10. Insulating layers.
11. Personal first aid – blister kit, ibuprofen.
12. Cash for additional hot drinks / snacks on the mountain
13. Water bottle (minimum 1l)
Remember: Kit should be lightweight but functional – you have to carry it. It is possible to rent ski equipment on arrival in Chamonix from our partners – Concept Pro Shop Chamonix.
To find out more about our course, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.
We take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, and we ask for the balance to be paid 6 weeks before the course start date.
We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.
Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/ skiing. We recommend the Dogtag (www.dogtag.co.uk) – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.
Getting to Chamonix
It is best to book flights and airport transfers well in advance of your departure.
Easyjet have many cheap flights to Geneva from all over the UK. Swiss Air have cheap and convenient flights from London to Geneva.
Booking a place on a minibus airport transfer service is by far the best way to get from Geneva airport to Chamonix (it takes about an hour or so, is cost effective and is a door to door service). We can book your airport transfers at a competitive rate – just email us with your flight details…
There are several cash points in Chamonix and Maestro/visa/mastercard are all readily accepted.
How big will the group be?
Our ski courses will be no more than 6 people per guide. If the group is larger than 6, there will be a second guide and we will have the ability to split the group if necessary.
Is it possible to book individually rather than a group?
Yes. We run our courses with a minimum of 4 people. You can either book individually into a group or you can book as a group and fill the spaces yourself.
What equipment will I need?
Please read the kit list above.
When is the best time?
Good off-piste conditions are generally from January until early April in the Alps. In January and February we tend to have more frequent snow falls and March and April provide excellent spring skiing conditions.
Do I need insurance?
Yes. You will need to take out a comprehensive off-piste ski package to cover yourself for your trip.
What’s the weather like?
The weather in the Alps is always changeable, but generally we are confident to say that January and February will be snow-filled and cold with temperatures hitting -15 on occasion. Fast forward to March and April and the weather is generally sunnier and we experience warmer temperatures around the 0 mark.
How do you match up people on the course?
It is very important for you to let us know your previous experience and ski ability level before booking with us. Then we are able to match you up to suitable groups with similar abilities to make sure you get the most out of your trip.
What will we do if the weather is bad?
Chamonix is perfectly situated on the border between France and Italy, with Switzerland within reaching distance too. This gives us ultimate flexibility to find the best conditions in the area. If needs be we will drive to Italy or Switzerland or other nearby French resorts like Les Contamines or St. Gervais in search of better conditions.
Why choose Adventure Base?
3 reasons to choose Adventure Base for all your mountain adventures.
1. Safety means success – We have been guiding clients off-piste for over 8 years with a very high safety rate. To date we have had no major incidents or injuries. This is due to us taking great care in assessing the current snow conditions, and educating our clients on mountain safety.
2. Fun times – We believe in fun times. Skiing off-piste can be a serious challenge. But who says it can’t be fun too? Our guides are full of energy, knowledge, fun facts and big smiles. They help create lasting memories.
3. Word of Mouth – Over 70% of new clients have been recommended to us by a friend or colleague. We don’t spend big on marketing campaigns, we stay true to our product, we pay attention to every detail and then let you do the talking.