Ski Touring Intro
Introducing keen and competent off-piste skiers to the world of ski touring. This is great preparation for our ski touring trips and an essential confidence builder for those with no previous ski touring experience. You will learn the essential skills required for ski touring.
January - April
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LEARN HOW TO SKI TOUR IN CHAMONIX
Ever fancied skiing in places you can't get to via a lift? Want to get away from it all in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet? If so, learning to ski tour and improve your off piste skiing is the next adventure for you.
This trip will teach you everything you need to know about the equipment, the techniques and the safety aspects of ski touring in the mountains. It's been designed for those who are comfortable skiers looking to go further, or more remote and will have you ready for some of our multi day ski adventures in no time at all. What's not to like?
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
WHO IS THIS FOR?
You should have previous off-piste skiing experience, confident on different types of snow but no ski touring experience is required. We also strongly advise you come with a high level of fitness as you'll be on your feet most of the day.
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!
Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.
LIVE THE ADVENTURE
Adventure Base: Through our clients eyes.00:53
We asked our clients to let us know how their trips went. They decided to show us instead. Below is footage captured by our clients on some of our favourite adventures. Thanks guys.
We have a rule that every month we get out of the office, away from the noise and in to the great outdoors. This month Olly decided ski touring was the ticket, so we headed off to the Refuge d'Argentiere. Very hot for February but a great way to escape the noise of office life. Enjoy.
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 Ski Tour Intro kit list please click here.
Ski Touring Boots
Skis & Skins
Lightweight and thin down jacket.
GORE-TEX® or Similar
Light technical jacket, ideally with a hood.
Something light and thin.
Keep them light and thin.
Highly breathable, lightweight synthetic technical t-shirt.
GORE-TEX® or similar
Keep them light and thin.
Choose your hat of choice as long as it shields you from the sun.
Ideally thin and single layered so it can fit under the helmet.
Probe & Shovel
Mountaineering specific 35-40L backpack
For your nose and lips
Factor 30-50 High Mountain sunscreen
Choose your hat of choice as long as it shields you from the sun
Just in case you hit bad weather
Good walking socks are required
Thinner to be used for mid mountain conditions and glacial walking
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
"Just what I was looking for to get me into ski touring. I've wanted to do the Haute Route for years and now I should have the skillset to take it on next spring."
"Perfect mini trip to introduce to ski touring. I had always wanted to try it and now I'm addicted!"
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 ski touring introduction
- Learn essential ski touring skills
- Great preparation for ski tours like the Haute Route / Gran Paradiso
- 4 nights hotel accommodation (Half Board)
- Handpicked IFMGA ski guide
- All road transport within itinerary
What's not Included?
- Airport transfers
- Uplifts (approx. €50-60 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. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stays in the mountain huts. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!
The lodge is an excellent base for our ski touring 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 ski touring. You will spend your first and last night of the trip here.
Twin share en suite
Depending on conditions and ability of the group we may experience what it’s like to sleep in a mountain refuge and enjoy the warm hospitality and food.
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
First day skiing. We head out for a few resort runs to warm up the legs. After a short while we’ll go off-piste and get to know our ski touring equipment in a safe and mellow environment. We do our first short ski tour and ski back down to the valley floor. Overnight in the hotel.
Big Day in the Mountains
If the conditions and ability of the group allow we will head to up to a mountain refuge to experience what it’s like to sleep in a mountain refuge and enjoy the warm hospitality and food. We ski tour to our chosen refuge based on the current weather and conditions and aim to progress our skills during the day in terms of avalanche awareness and more ski touring techniques. Overnight either in the hotel or in the mountain refuge.
Culmination of Skills
Early start for our last ski tour of the trip. We head out early and enjoy a beautiful ski tour, putting all our skills and knowledge into practice. With tired legs we head back to Chamonix in evening for a well deserved dinner and to reflect on the new skills and knowledge that you've picked up. After completion of this course you should be in a good place to take on one of our multi day ski tours such as the Haute Route or Gran Paradiso. Overnight in the hotel.
Departure after breakfast. Check out is 10:00 am.
Frequently asked questions about this adventure
What Insurance Do I Need?
Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments Read more
Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments but also environments that carry an element of risk with them. In order to protect yourself adequately you will need a specialist travel insurance that caters for the types of activities you will be undertaking. It is a condition of our agreement that you are covered by adequate travel insurance for your arrangements. Click here to understand which one is for you.
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.
"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 ;)"
"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".
Fabio has guided with us for close to ten years now and has summited Mont Blanc more times than we can remember. He's even helped Sir Richard Branson get to the top of Western Europe. When asked what his favourite mountain was his response was 'It's the mountain not known to many, in a remote country that provides opportunity for adventure. That said, I do love Cordillera Blanca (Peru) to guide in, Montserrat (Barcelona) because it's where it all started for me and Main De Fatima (Mali) because it's special to me!"
Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.
Born in the Aran Valley, from parents who were ski teachers and mountain guides, the motivation inherited by nature has led him to practice all facets of mountain sports such as climbing, skiing and mountaineering. He has spent his alpine career as part of the FEDME team (Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports) and his passion and profession have led him to travel to other continents to carry out his activity.
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