Off-Piste Skiing Intro
This introduction trip is all about skiing lift accessed off-piste terrain to build up skills and knowledge on how to ski mixed snow safely and confidently. Skiing off-piste is an essential skill to have in order to undertake a backcountry ski touring adventure.
January - April
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LEARN HOW TO SKI OFF PISTE IN CHAMONIX
Learning how to ski off-piste is fundamental in being able to explore the whole mountain on skis. On this trip you will learn the basics in skiing different types of snow and various terrain. Think lift accessed powder runs, choppy snow, moguls, and more. We will cover as many different types of snow conditions as possible to set you up with a good base experience to take on future backcountry and ski touring adventures with more confidence.
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Anyone who has a solid base of skiing experience on piste. You must be confident on red runs and preferably happy to ski black runs also. You have a good overall ski technique and are looking to explore further afield. Perhaps you have ambitions of famous ski tours like the Haute Route and you want to build up some off-piste skiing experience beforehand.
Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you.
January - April
You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!
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Kit & equipment required for this adventure
Most of the items below are available to rent or buy in Chamonix on arrival. Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.
For the full downloadable Off-Piste Skiing Intro kit list please click here.
All Mountain Skis
Somewhere in-between 95-110mm underfoot is recommended.
30-40L skiing backpack
Probe & Shovel
Just in case you hit bad weather
Ideally thin and single layered so it can fit under the helmet.
GORE-TEX® or Similar
Light technical jacket, ideally with a hood.
GORE-TEX® or similar
Keep them light and thin.
Keep them light and thin.
Good walking socks are required
Something light and thin.
Fleece windproof gloves
You must be able to carry at least 2L of water in your backpack
Cash / credit card
For extra costs such as drinks and snacks
First aid kit
Blister kit, paracetamol, etc
YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE
On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow skiers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing and dinner in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.
- 3 days off-piste skiing introduction
- Learn essential off-piste skiing skills
- Great preparation for ski tours like the Haute Route / Gran Paradiso
- 4 nights hotel accommodation in Chamonix (Half Board)
- Handpicked IFMGA ski guide
- All road transport within itinerary
What's not Included?
- Airport transfers
- Uplifts (approx. €40 per day)
- Personal equipment and insurance
This trip is running on the following dates
What to expect from your accommodation
We know the importance of having a comfortable and cosy base to return to after each day of skiing. That's why we've chosen a mountain lodge with super comfortable rooms and a warm atmosphere. With a cosy bar area and a delicious restaurant we're sure you'll enjoy staying here and warming your toes after a cold day of skiing.
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The lodge is an excellent base for our off-piste skiing intro. With stunning views of the mountains, it's well placed and just a few minutes walk from Chamonix centre. Rooms are on a twin share basis with en suite bathrooms. There is a bar and restaurant for the evenings, with some lovely social space to relax in after the hard days skiing. You will spend every night of the trip here.
Twin share en suite
WHAT TO EXPECT
HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY
While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountains and the weather sometimes have other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.
Arrive in Chamonix. Get to know the guides and other members of the group over a delicious 3 course evening meal. Overnight in the Hotel.
First Day Skiing Off-Piste
After a couple of warm up runs on the pistes your guide will slowly introduce you to some mellow off-piste terrain. Here you will begin to experience the challenges of off-piste terrain and you will work on techniques and skills the rest of the morning. In the afternoon you will cover some basic off-piste avalanche awareness with use of transceiver, shovel and probe. We debrief over dinner at the hotel.
Improving skills and techniques
Today we take the skills we learned yesterday and head to a bigger ski area to experience more epic off-piste terrain. The focus being on making longer off-piste runs and linking some powder turns in quiet areas of the resort. We'll once again debrief over dinner at the hotel and finalise the plan for our last day tomorrow.
Final day skiing off-piste
It's time to put all of your recently acquired skills and techniques to the test on some classic off-piste runs in Chamonix, for example the vallee blanche run from the Aiguille du Midi. Alternatively there are some amazing off-piste powder runs at Les Grands Montets. We will decide what's best based on current snow conditions. We'll finish the trip with a final dinner at the hotel before departure the following morning. If you did want to depart today rather than tomorrow, it would be possible to catch an evening flight so just let us know what works best for you.
Departure after breakfast. Check out is 10:00 am.
Meet your guides for this adventure
Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.
Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.
Roger has spent over 15 years guiding around the world. He is a Guide instructor at the Spanish School of Guides and is fascinated by discovering mountains with clients. Roger has a big passion about showing people his beloved mountains and sharing climbs and descents with skis.
"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"
READY TO TAKE ON THIS EPIC CHALLENGE?
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