header photo

BASS Chamonix Ski School



3 Day Off Piste Courses

Course length: 3 Day options Off Piste Group

Number of clients: Max 6 clients in a group

Cost: 2016/17 - 3 day course - £335 per person (prices are for course fee only) 

We are running our most popular course again this season, 3 day Off Piste Performance Courses based on developing your technical ability to ski off piste conditions and during the course you will receive safe travel and mountain awareness skills. The course will run over a long weekend or 3 days mid week which is ideal for those who can escape to the mountains for a short duration holiday.
This coming season we will be running 2 levels of courses: 
The Level 1 OP - This is suitable for any Adult/Teenage skiers who are confident skiing parallel on all slopes and wish to develop their skills further for more advanced and challenging terrain. For example steeper terrain, fresh & deep snow, bumps, slush, icy conditions. Balance is a key element that skiers need to improve to be able to ski varied terrain successfully. We will look at your equipment set up and asses how you are standing over your skis. We will use lots of skills and drills to help make you aware of your position and then help you to develop a good strong posture appropriate to you and the terrain you wish to ski on. This is an ideal course to develop your Advanced and Off Piste skiing.  (We recommend that if you feel your performance may be below the level required for this course that you attend one of our Piste Performance Course or private lessons before booking this course). 
The Level 2 OP - This course is for many of our clients who have already attended our OP course in the past and have been recommended to move up a level to our Level 2 Course.  This 3 Day course will be spending 75% of the time in the Off Piste terrain and will be more challenging than the Level 1 course.  Whether you are a mountaineer or a downhill skier this course will challenge your technical and tactical skills.  A reasonable fitness level is recommended for this course, off piste skiing can be physically demanding especially when you are working on changing technique to produce more efficient skiing.

Course content:

The normal format for this course is 2 days with one of our elite Instructor team working on ski technique and mountain skills and the 3rd day with one of our inspirational UIAGM Mountain Guides skiing an Off Piste route in the Valley.  This may vary depending on conditions.
The day with the Mountain Guide where possible will be a day doing the Valley Blanche.  This may be effected by time of the season or weather conditions.  Our guides have always provided an excellent day for our clients.  Check out our video from one of our courses this season  

3 Day Course Group


Equipment Required:

Off Piste safety equipment is required for all clients for this course.  This equipment is Transceiver/Shovel/Probe in a sturdy backpack with chest & waist straps an
d straps for supporting skis for carrying, this equipment is required for all 3 days of the course.  Additional equipment such as harness and boot crampons may also be need for the day with the Guide (you will be advised regarding this the day before).  All this can be hired from our colleagues at Grands Montets Sports which is where we usually meet on day one.  If you wish us to pre book this equipment from the shop on your behalf please email us your requirements.
Skis suitable for the Level 1 course would be All Terrain skis with no more that 95mm under the foot (unless we have knee deep powder then you can have up to 100!).  For the Level 2 Course best to check with us regarding snow conditions.  We recommend that helmets are worn by clients but this is your personal decision.


All Clients are responsible for ensuring they are fully covered with Winter Ski Insurance which includes Off Piste skiing on glaciated terrain being guided by fully qualified persons for that terrain.

Lift Pass:

All Clients should purchase the Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass for the duration of the course.

11/12/13th March 2017 - Level 1 OP FULL
19/20/21st March 2017 - Level 1 OP SPACES
(One Day courses also available as below)
Book ski lessons now

1 DAY OFF PISTE SKILLS - Level 1 & Level 2

This is our NEW product for season 2016/17

Number of clients:  Maximum 6 clients in a group

Cost:  £115 per head per day

These Level 1 & Level 2 courses are designed for all levels of advanced piste and off piste skiers who would like to find the key to improving their skills for:

Variable terrain

Steeper slopes

Narrow terrain/gullies

Using terrain to maintain control


Deep snow

Icy slopes

The content of each day may vary depending on the snow & weather conditions but we will use the terrain that is most suitable to the group and conditions.

Level 1 - for those who have tried skiing off piste on some of our courses or private lessons during the season and need a checkup to improve further skills and to further develop.  Still find terrain more challenging and are looking to improve skiing bumps and variable conditions.

Level 2 - for those clients again who have been with us previously and are developing well.  Having had more time over the years to put skills into practice and can ski all terrain more competently and quicker but are still looking to improve and gain further skills and tactics for steeper and more challenging conditions.

Kit Required:

All clients should carry off piste safety kit (transceiver/shovel/prove).  Part of each day will be ensuring each client understands and can use the kit efficiently.  It is important that all members of a group have regular training to ensure their skills stay up to date and fresh.  This equipment can be hired from our colleagues at GM Sports.

All mountain skis are advisable but we do not recommend wide skis.  The width under the foot should be no more than 95mm.  A ski wider than this is for deep snow only and is not suitable for all off piste terrain as it causes imbalance and unnecessary stress on the joints increasing the risk of injury.

Our instructors wear helmets and we would recommend that our clients consider the use of helmets when skiing all terrain.

Lift Pass:

We would recommend the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass but depending on weather this may not be necessary.  If you wish to confirm which pass is required for the day please contact the allocated instructor beforehand.


All clients are responsible for having full Winter Ski Insurance which covers skiing off piste terrain and piste rescue.


Level 1 - 15th March 2017 - Instructor, Derek Tate

Level 2 - 15th March 2017 - Instructor, Fred Dibblee

Level 1 - 28th March 2017 - Instructor, Fred Dibblee

Level 2 - 28th March 2017 - Instructor, Derek Tate


Mountain Drop Offs Resort Transfers   Parallel Dreams Ski CoachingMountain Equipment Ski Clothing    Rossignol Ski Equipment   

 Superfeet Insloes  

The Freeski Academy   

Vallée Blanche Trip

off piste

Choking on snow - Feb 2nd 2015

Eating, and choking on snow - there's so much!!

Posted by BASS Megeve on Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Contact details

My Chalet Finder

MyChaletFinder is an exciting website specialising in self catering chalets and apartments across the worlds top ski resorts. We have a wide selection of Chamonix chalets and apartments to choose from for your ski or summer holidays.