Course Content: This is a two day Introduction to Ski Touring. We will try and undertake a ski tour each
day, allowing plenty of time for learning new skills along the way. Tours will not be too demanding
physically or technically). Specific skills we will cover are:
Use of skins and skinning technique.
Use of couteaux (ski crampons).
Uphill and downhill kick turns.
Identification of avalanche hazards.
Equipment: You will need to bring ski touring skis with skins and couteaux (ski crampons). You will also
need avalanche safety gear (transceiver, shovel and probe), but we can provide these if requested.If you
need to rent touring gear we recommend Concept Pro next to the Aiguille du Midi lift (they will also give
you a discount if you tell them that you are with us). You will also need spare gloves, warm clothing for
rest stops, and a packed lunch and flask.
Pre Course Standards: You need to be a reasonable off-piste skier. You should be able to comfortably ski
35 degrees in variable snow. Any steeper ground, you might be a little slower, but you can always side-
slip down in control. You should be fit enough to walk uphill, carrying a rucksack, for 3 hours maximum.
We will ski tour at a maximum ratio of 1 Guide : 6 clients.
Professional Instruction throughout the day
Free use of top quality avalanche safety equipment
Meeting Point: We will meet the evening before the course starts at 9pm in Chamonix town centre. That way,
any questions about kit and itinerary can be answered in advance. You will be contacted to confirm the
meeting point in advance.