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BASS Chamonix Ski School

Ski Performance For Mountaineers

 

Cost: £225 per person 2017/18

11/12/14/15th December 2017

18/19/21/22th December 2017

8/9/11/12th January 2018

29/30/1/2nd February 2018

12/13/15/16th March 2018

Dates: For all course dates and availability CLICK HERE

Run in conjunction with Off Piste Performance this course has been running since 2007 with increasing popularity every season.  It aims to bring together like-minded people to develop their off-piste performance.  Originally it was aimed at mountaineers who already have a good understanding of the mountains and the hazards they can present, and just need to get their skiing dialled!  There will be no avalanche awareness training or skinning uphill during this course - it is purely about developing ski performance in the off-piste.  More recently we have found this course has appealed to everyone from guides to mountaineers to ski tourers to non mountaineers - anyone that wants to be part of this like-minded group is welcome.

You will be given simple yet effective tools to ski ice, bumps, powder, chopped up powder and whatever other snow we come across in the off-piste.  You will have tactics to ski smoothly through the trees and tight spaces, and feel more confident on the steep and icy.  Skiing crust will become fun as you’ll be able to be effective in it.  And not forgetting gaining the skills to float effortlessly through the powder.

To develop all these skills we will need to spend time on the piste to acquire the techniques but we will quickly put it into practice in the off-piste.

The course is broken down into 4 half day sessions, with a day off in the middle for rest or consolidation.  Your session will either run from 9am - 12, or from 1pm - 4pm, depending on which group you are in.  This will leave the other half of the day free to practice and digest the information you have been given so that you are ready to move on in the next session.

The team headed up by Alison have such enthusiasm and patience to ensure you get the most from this course and go away with plenty of new ideas to play around with on skis.

Pre-requisites:

The most important pre-requisite for this course is that you are keen to try new things and prepared to have a go.  Ideally you will have put in some mileage in the off-piste and be able to ski in all conditions (but in no particular style!).  

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 and straps for supporting skis for carrying, this equipment is required for both days of the course.  Skis suitable for the course would be All Terrain skis with approx 90mm under the foot.   Touring boots are not essential but please ensure your boots are professionally fitted to your touring skis.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.  It is always a great idea to carry a snack and re hydration with you each day.  

Insurance:

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

Lift Pass:

For the duration of the course the area that we will use will be covered by Chamonix Le Pass.  However if you intend to ski off the top lift at Les Grands Montet, the Aiguille du Midi, ski in Courmayeur or Les Houches during times outside of the course then I would recommend getting the Mont Blanc Pass.

In the event of bad weather we may choose to use Les Houches but this is not covered by Chamonix Le Pass.  However it works out cheaper to buy a Les Houches pass for that day than buy a Mont blanc Unlimited for 5 days.

 

 

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