Chamonix Off Piste Instruction Course 5th March 2017 to the 12th March 2017 Introduction to Advanced Off-Piste Skiing
Snowshepherd off piste ski instruction and guiding week based in Chamonix, this is not your "normal" instruction course, we will be using the best off piste instructors and guides in Chamonix, staying in a super Chalet and in addition have a demo fleet of Off Piste Skis from the likes of Movement, Whitedot, DPS and Liberty, and we will have a supply of the Whitedot Carbonlite skis such as the Preacher and Ranger and even the Redeemer for people wanting to try them.
This promises to be a truly exceptionally week with very low clients per instructor, video feedback, avalanche awareness and training, crevasse rescue and ski touring taster, plus the chance too ski some of the best all mountain and off piste skis on the market.
In addition we will be bringing avalanche safety gear with us so you can try out the latest transceivers, Airbags, backpacks and other glacier and high mountain gear.
What Level is the course?
We are aiming at two groups one advanced group and one beginners or introduction group off piste, so those of you have been on a couple of our courses already, or people who want to start pushing themselves to a higher level who have the necessary skills and those who want their first proper off piste instruction.
Last year we ran a mixed group, so approx 5 introduction and 5 advanced, for 2017 we are running a more advanced weeks, however we are very flexible on how the week is setup so please contact us if you need further information on either of the weeks.
Places are very limited to a max of 10 so please contact us quickly to book a place, we run with a max of 5 in a group with either the instructor or the guide, so we can split levels and also what people would like to do.
For the introduction level then you need to be skiing red runs in controled parallel and able to handle easy black runs, for the advanced level then you will have maybe done one or two weeks off piste instruction before or skied off piste yourself for more than a couple of weeks, obviously a degree of fitness is required for both levels, but if you can ski most of the day without taking long stops you will be fine.
Snowboards are most welcome, but you may need to hire a split board or have snow shoes for some of the tours.
Where are we Staying?
With our friends David and Asa in the fabulous Chalet Pelerins, this is a beautiful traditional chalet with modern features a hot tub to relax in after those off piste adventures and views to take your breath away, for the eco people among use Pelerins has solar panels, and a carbon neutral approach.
Chalet Pelerins features:
5 Twin or Double rooms
200 sq metres
Course Details Introduction
The course starts with a welcome meeting on Sunday evening. This is an opportunity to meet the instructors and the rest of the group and to discuss the plans for the week. We will also arrange the test skis for the week to give everyone the chance to try the skis that they want too, it maybe possible depending upon how many test skis we have to use the same skis all week.
The skiing will start on the following morning.
Last Year the week went like this: (full write up and video bottom of page)
Sunday Arrival with evening briefing
Monday Grand Montets area
Tuesday Vallee Blanche
Thursday Grand Montets
Friday Vallee Blanche
Saturday Free skiing in the Brevent area and a long lunch finally!
Sunday Travel Home
The principal aims of this week are:
To provide first class ski instruction from professional, friendly Ski Instructors to radically improve your off piste skiing technique and style.
To give practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated with skiing off-piste
To provide the opportunity to ski the best off piste in the Chamonix Valley
To try a range of off piste skis and avalanche equipment from a number of suppliers
NEW LIFT PASS INCLUDED, due to the Euro exchange rates we have had to increase the base price, however we are now including a lift pass and transfer so essentially the same as before
7 nights in Chalet Pelerins twin room sharing
Breakfast every day
6 nights 3 course dinner with wine
Transport to and from the slopes
Chalet staff night off, we will organise a nightime hike up to a local Savoyard Restaurant
5 days instruction and guiding
Avalanche awareness and transceiver training, crevasse rescue, ski touring
Use of Avanache Transceivers
Use of Off Piste and all Mountain Skis (depending on avaialabilty)
Transfers from Geneva if booked before the 14th Dec
Snowshepherd will supply the beer as well? (in chalet only)
Insurance (off piste cover required) See snowshepherd site for our suggested insurance
Travel to Chamonix
If we decide to go ski touring then you will need to hire touring skis for the day.
Please call us to discuss this is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to ski off piste, or develop your ability.
Deposit of £250 balance due 6 weeks before departure
Payment via bank transfer, credit or debit card = no supplement, if you are paying via Paypal sorry we have to add a 2% handling fee as this is what Paypal will charge us!
Last years week went like this:
Well wow where do I start? It was such a great week and had more fun than we could have possibly planned for, we started on the Sunday evening with a talk from Sebastian and Andrew our guides and instructors for the week, with the added benefit of snow falling out side.
Day 1 was a powder day so after a hearty breakfast it was off to the Grand Montets area for a warm up and to assess everyone’s level, after most of us got fresh tracks straight of the first lift, Sebastian soon decided we were all fine and then proceed to get us up onto the glacier for the afternoon, visibility was still poor but a great day.
Finished off with a really good transceiver and search training session, we even buried a couple of volunteers so we could see how difficult it is to hear people under the snow.
Day 2 was forecast to be a good sunny day, so there was only one choice really the Vallee Blanche, and after a good snow fall it was not to disappoint, super conditions and great visibility. The pictures really sum it up better than words ever can.http://www.flickr.com/photos/118103427@N06/
Day 3 A trip over to Courmayeur, spilt into two groups one for some off piste in the morning and the other for an instruction morning then a swap over in the afternoon. The instruction into new types of turns in the powder really did have everyone working hard, but everyone seemed to get a great deal out of it and really enjoyed the day. At the end of the day we finished off with a Spa visit to the quite incredible Terme di Pré Saint-Didier www.termedipre.it and then a few drinks in Courmayeur town and even managed to get free food!
Day 4 Back up the Grand Montets area, more off piste off the glacier and also some crevasse rescue work, which little known to us would prove useful for the next day!
Day 5 Could only be the Vallee Blanche again, to put into practise the weeks work, visibility was not as good, so a little ski touring was decided upon, for many the first time on touring skis, which naming no names, meant a little bit of binding work, after all skiing in walk mode, is pretty difficult!!
No crevasse rescue required but some had to rope down over rocks which was a little unexpected and the previous days training really did come in useful.
Day 6 was a free skiing day, some of us went up onto the Brevent area, the morning was a great ski, lots of good snow some pretty steep pistes and the sun was out so a good result, a long lazy lunch overlooking the valley and by then the sun had gone so we skied down to a well-deserved rest.
To Sum up:
During the week 8 to 10 people each day, with two instructor guides, avalanche transceiver and search training, crevasse rescue training, ski touring taster, snow awareness instruction, 2 trips down the vallee blanche, 2 days on the Argentière glacier, Courmayeur Italian pasta lunch and a Spa evening, and of course not forgetting a Snowshepherd goody bag for everyone on arrival, free beer in the chalet, and free use of off piste skis, transceivers, and glacier equipment.
A big thank to Sebastian and Andrew the instructors and guides, David and Asa at Chalet Pelerins for making this one of the most memorable ski weeks ever.
YouTube Video of 2014