Off Piste Skiing
Bored of the piste's? Do you want to go somewhere special in
search of untracked powder, then this is the activity for you. Based
in Switzerland close to the Mont Blanc Massif, we can use the extensive
local lift systems to give us the height to access some of the quieter
valleys and runs in search of powder.
We have access to the major Swiss ski resorts of Glacier 3000, Diablerets, Verbier,
Gstaad and Villars which give excellent off piste skiing which are extremely
quiet and give a remote feel which can sometimes be lacking in the busy
Off piste skiing is a big step up from skiing on the piste. Ski technique
is something that I take seriously and I can give valuable lessons on
how to get the most out of your off piste skiing.
January and February is the perfect time to ski off-piste with a good
base of snow established in January, but still being cold enough to
give stunning light powder. If you can ski down red runs in control
and with confidence, then there is probably a whole world of skiing
that you are missing.
Ski touring is by far the most efficient way to see the alpine mountains
(it is faster than running, but with the effort of only walking).
Ski touring gives you the freedom to enjoy back country wilderness
away from the crowded pistes and take advantage of skiing slopes piste
skiers can only dream about.
Day ski tours and/or hut to hut haute routes can be arranged in a
variety of regions. Probably the most famous ski tour is the “Haute
Route” from Chamonix to Zermatt, but this is just a taster to the
wonderful places that ski touring opens up. The number of tours
available are too numerous to mention here but really good areas to
visit are Switzerland (Valais, Central, Oberland, Chablais), Italy
(Grand Paradiso, Gressoney, Cervinia, St Jacques, Alagna), and France
(Chamonix, La Grave, Saint Jacques).
Avalanche Awareness for Back Country Skiers
These courses are designed for the back country skier to give them a
greater awareness in the dangers of avalanche and rescue procedures
should you become involved in an avalanche incident.
I can supply avalanche transceivers shovels and probes (essential off piste
safety equipment) for every skier in the group. Instruction is given
in how to use these tools.
Ski courses and itineraries are arranged by demand. Please contact
me for details on current courses that I have open.
A varied selection on ski touring courses and off piste skiing courses
can be found at the International
School of Mountaineering
Time Period: January to May for Off Piste Skiing, and March, April and
May for ski touring in the Alps.
Ski Touring Equipment list