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OFF PISTE COURSES

1 DAY OP DEVELOPMENT / 3 DAY LEVEL 1 / 3 DAY LEVEL 1 TOURING / 3 DAY LEVEL 2 / 3 DAY LEVEL 2 TOURING 

1 day & 3 Day Off Piste Courses

Course length: 1 Day or 3 Day options 

Number of clients: Max 6 clients in a group

Cost: 2017/18 -

3 day course - £335 per person (prices are for course fee only) 

1 day course - £115 per person (prices are for course fee only)

Dates: 

Off Piste Course Dates 2017/18
DECEMBER 2017 JANUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2018 MARCH 2018 APRIL 2018
29th - 1 DAY OP 4th - 1 DAY OP 4/5/6th FEB - 3 DAY OP L2 14/15/16th - 3 DAY OP L1 TOURING 31/1/2nd - 3 DAY OP L1
  7th - 1 DAY OP 17/18/19th - 3 DAY OP L1 TOURING 16th - 1 DAY OP 9th - 1 DAY OP
  12th - 1 DAY OP 19th - 1 DAY OP 26/27/28th - 3 DAY OP L2 TOURING 14/15/16th - LEVEL 1 TOURING
  15/16/17th - 3 DAY OP L1 26/27/28th - 3 DAY OP L1 28th - 1 DAY OP  
  17th - 1 DAY OP 28th - 1 DAY OP    
  29/30/31st - 3 DAY OP L1      
  31st - 1 DAY      

 

We are running our most popular courses again this season, 1 & 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 skills and knowledge about mountain awareness. The courses are ideal for those who can escape to the mountains for a short duration holiday.

The 1 Day OP Days - These days are designed for anyone who is competent on all groomed piste slopes who wish to develop skills to ski more varied terrain and off piste snow conditions safely and effectively controlling speed and direction.  These days are also suitable for anyone wishing to upskill their current off piste skiing and learn further from one of our experienced instructor team. For anyone who is based in resort for the season these days are an ideal way to gain regular action points from our team.
 
BASS Chamonix Off Piste Skiing
 
The Level 1, 3 Day OP & Touring course - These courses are 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.  
The Touring course is seen as an introduction to ski touring and will be pitched at the ability of the whole group.  Key elements will be getting used to the equipment and pacing energy levels when touring.  On the day with the Mountain Guide the group will do a full day tour in the Chamonix area.
 
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 Courses, the 1 day off piste course or private lessons before booking this one). 
 
The Level 2, 3 Day OP & Touring course - These courses are for many of our clients who have already attended our OP Level 1 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.  The Level 2 Touring course is for clients who have existing touring skills and wish to be pushed to progress onto more challenging terrain.
The Touring course will be either 1 or 2 days with the Mountain Guide and will be more challenging accents & decent than our level 1 course.

Key skills that will be improved on all courses:

Variable terrain

Steeper slopes

Narrow terrain/gullies

Using terrain to maintain control

Bumps

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.

The normal format for the 3 day courses 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 top of Grands Montets, back of Le Tour or 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.
 

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.
 

Insurance:

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.  If weather conditions are varied you can check with the office before purchasing your pass.

 
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