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BASS Chamonix Ski School

Off Piste Development Courses

Our Off Piste Development weeks are specifically aimed at helping YOU develop into the off piste and variable terrain safely and with confidence. There can be many reasons why you struggle to ski off piste terrain as effectively as you possibly should and this can impact on your ability to learn and improve your performance. We will help you to develop your skiing by giving you the knowledge and then selecting the best drills and strategies to help you become more skilful. Whether you need to learn a new movement pattern (motor learning), block bad habits or make your performance stronger you will gain a greater understanding of how to train and become better. 

We have specifically designed these courses with your learning and directed practice in mind.  These weeks are set up as 4 x 3 hour sessions.  We find that full day weeks are too much for many clients and the practice time (without your instructor watching) is so important.  The 4 half day sessions will provide you with the appropriate learning time and then you have the freedom to take that knowledge and skill further and practice for the rest of the day (or spend time with family and friends if on a group holiday).  Video analysis will be used to support the learning process.

Off Piste safe travel and slope education will be included on these courses.

We offer 2 levels of this course so that we can match compatible skiers together and can create a suitable learning environment so everyone can get the most out or their week.


 alt    Off Piste Beginner

If you are a competent piste skier who has taken time to develop onto all piste runs but have not yet mastered the control on varying degrees of slopes when the textures of snow changes.  The off piste right at the side of the marked runs is a playground for you and you are keen to understand how to use your body and equipment to improve your enjoyment and success then this course is for you.


altOff Piste Improver

This is the course for Skiers who can already get down an off piste run but not gracefully.  You might find it a challenge and use all your strength, both mentally and physically to get down safely.  Ski Touring might be something that you want to develop onto, or you may already do this and want to improve your downhill journey.


WE ALSO RUN OTHER SUITABLE COURSES FOR YOUR LEVEL -  3 Day All Terrain, Bumps, Develop Your Mental Game and Ski Touring Courses.

The courses can be done stand alone or integrated into a seasonal programme for you.  

If our programme does not suit your dates please let us know and/or consider Private Lessons

*We do not provide accommodation or transport with our courses.  Here are some links to accommodation and there is a full bus service around the valley.

OP Beginner 2022/23:-

16-19th January

16-19th January - Women's Week Courses

30th Jan - 2nd February

6-9th February 

27/28th Feb 2/3rd March 

6-9th March - Women's Week

OP Improver 2022/23:-

16-19th January

16-19th January - Women's Week Courses

30th Jan - 2nd February

6-9th February 

6-9th March - Women's Week


13/14/16/17th March


€399 (£350) per person

(instruction fee only)  


4 Half Days


Group maximum of 6 people (min 4)


Chamonix Valley

Minimum Level

Please see text for our 2 levels - Off Piste Beginner and Off Piste Improver  

Lift Pass

Mont Blanc Unlimited for the course / or buy on a daily basis as required / or the Rapid Card

Required Equipment

Skis - Easy all mountain skis (no greater than 92mm width under the mid point of ski boot) If you are in doubt please contact us to discuss the most appropriate skis for the conditions.  (We recommend 88mm with under the mid point of the ski boot).  Helmets -We recommend Helmets are worn by all clients.  Safety Pack - Transceiver/Shovel/Probe in a suitable backpack (around 30L) with waist and chest straps.


You require to have Winter Sports Travel Insurance with piste and off piste rescue insurance (additional insurance can be purchased with your lift pass on purchase).  Please ensure you read our booking conditions carefully.