Freeride & Safety Training

It's a dream of many skier. Off the beaten tracks, discover new places, preferably far away from the crowded slopes. Powder Skiing, tree skiing, glacier descents, skitouring ... Some knowledge, technique and experience in all types of snow are required to enjoy off piste skiing / freeriding and skitouring. During these training weeks, you will learn the basics of off piste skiing and / or ski touring in unprepared terrain under the guidance of an experienced, IFMGA certified mountain- and ski guide. 

These popular weeks are designed for good piste skiers who want to learn /improve their off-piste skiing- and / or touringskills. But skiers who have previously participated in a similar program, do not stop learning in the varied, challenging terrain around Chamonix. During these weeks, the emphasis is on 'learning by doing', freeriding and / or ski touring in a relaxed atmosphere, while (avalanche) safety skills are trained as well.

The Piste to Powder courses are designed for experienced piste skiers (who can descent black runs safely and monitored) who want to improve their ski technique off piste. Off piste experience may be of advantage, but not necessary in order to participate. The freeride course is designed for participants who previously dicovered  freeriding with or without a mountain guide but are not quite sure of themselves and like to improve their skills. Occasionally, in order to reach the most beautiful descents, we use our climbing skins. For skiers with off piste experience who want to learn ski touring, we have developed the skitouring course.

Introduction to ski touring - day programme

Above the clouds, above the crowds! Since many people tend to avoid the overcrowded skilifts, ski touring is definitely on the rise.  It is the best way to discovers the vastness of the mountains in winter. Off the beaten track, discover new places (or visit the places already known in summer), preferably far away from the crowds. But how to start ...? Some knowledge, techniques and experience in all types of snow are necessary to practice ski touring or hut to hut skiing.

Piste to Powder Weekend

Who doesn't dream of it? Skiing off the beaten track, discovering new places, preferably far away from the masses. Powder skiing, tree skiing, glacier descents, hut-to-hut skiing ... Some knowledge, technique and experience in all types of snow are required to enjoy off-piste skiing or freeriding and ski touring. During this training weekend you will develop your basic skilles of skiing in unprepared terrain under the guidance of an experienced IFMGA certified mountain and ski guide.

Skitouring introduction day clinic

Ski touring is undoubtedly the key to skiing the best secret virgin descends. Armed with tour/freeride bindings, climbing skins and the right avalanche equipment, you can discover and ski the best hidden gems the mountains have to offer. 

This introduction into skitouring, lead by an experienced internationally IFMGA certified mountain- and skiguide, will offer you a first experience into skitouring. You will learn essential ski touring techniques as how to fix and take off the skins, the different kinds of bindings and how to perform kick turns on steeper terrain. Off course some basic avalanche skills will be trained as well in theory (safety video) as in practice (avalanche safety training outdoors). 

This clinic is especially designed for advanced skiers with off piste experience, being able to safely descend in all kinds of snow and terrain.

Freeride training Leysin

Leysin is a friendly ski resort in Switzerland, renowned for its beautiful views of the Dents du Midi, the Mont Blanc massif and Lake Geneva. It is an excellent base for off-piste and ski touring in various types of terrain, ranging from gentle slopes to steeper, more rugged descents. In contrast to Chamonix you will also find some milder descents, although there are plenty of challenging and steep slopes to be found.

Freeride training weekend

Are you not sure if you can handle the level of one of our freeride trips? Would you like to get 'back in the game' before the start of the ski season? Or do you just want to spend a few days freerinding some of the best terrain there is in the Alps? In that case, this intensive freeride training weekend suits you perfectly!

Piste to Powder freeride clinic

The Espace Mont Blanc, the three countries area around the highest mountains in the Alps, is an Eldorado for freeriders. Steep slopes, majestic glaciers in the high mountains mark the region. During these on and off piste courses, which are taught by a certified mountain- and ski guide, you'll develop your skiing technique on the slopes in order to be able to take the first turns in unprepared terrain. Naturally, this involves learning to deal with avalanche safety equipment. These weeks are for experienced skiers who can descend black runs safely and  who want to develop or improve their ski technique off piste


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Espace Mont Blanc
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Valais - Switzerland

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