6 very lucky kids got to experience our first Junior Off Piste Adventure in Chamonix this year. All the kids have been skiing regularly with us in groups or private lessons from an early age (some from 3 years old) and they have now developed together as one group to experience what other adventures skiing can offer them.
Coach - Shona Tate UIAGM Mountain Guide - Pete Mason
Les Houches - A warm up day spent at Les Houches getting acclimatized and making sure everyone's equipment was operational.
The group got to know each other and started building confidence in each other's skills in the off piste. "Guide Rules" of slowing down and stopping safely above the Coach/Guide when in off piste terrain.
Grands Montets - A real technical Off Piste day using the gullies under the Tabé Chairlift to improve skills of skidding, slowing down, turning in narrow corridors & gullies, navigating bumpy terrain, skiing safely as a group and looking after each other in that environment.
And adventure into the forest to learning about Safety Kit (transceiver/shovel/probe), the varying equipment and manufacturers, checking everyones transceiver was working properly and using it in practice situation to find another transceiver.
Grands Montets - Further skiing skills practice using various terrain to achieve goals. Skiing the Magic Forest down to the Lavancher Bowl and the bottom of the Retour Pendant chairlift. Followed by a test in the Arva Park, (transceiver training park) beside Lognan, to find and deactivate the hidden beacons. A good training day all round.
Grands Montets - Full day out with our Mountain Guide, Pete. Fantastic conditions for a glacier trip up the top. Harnesses fitted in the morning, as this is essential kit for glacier travel, in case of emergencies. What an amazing day, with Pete, learning the names of the surrounding mountains and glaciers that can be seen from the viewing platform at the top of Grands Montets Cable Car.
Then a ski off the piste over the glacier and down onto the Argentiere Glacier. On the way seeing and skiing over the glacial ice/crevasses, learning safe ski travel and history of the glacier. Day was rounded off with a further in depth transceiver practice in the Arva Park with Pete.
Le Tour - Different location, different terrain, different snow. Dealing with the changing snow conditions but we did find some fresh snow over the back using L'Aiguillette poma to access the Aiguillettes des Posettes ridge. Another forest conquered! We also found the best ever hot chocolate with cream at the railway station in Vallorcine.
DAY 6 - LAST DAY!
Le Tour - Last day adventure over the back of Le Tour into Switzerland in the Tête de Balme area. Not only our 3rd skiing area, our 3rd forest and our second country!
This day was about natural off piste gullies, frozen waterfalls, cliff jumping and the Enchanted Forest......
An Awesome Adventure!
Till next year............
Thanks to Shona Tate our Instructor, Pete Mason our Mountain Guide and our Shadower and Photographer Damien...
and of course all the kids who were ace :-)
Check out all our photos of this adventure at #basskidsrock