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Introduction to Ski Touring

Get away from the crowds and make fresh tracks Introduction to Ski Touring

Course Content: This is a two day Introduction to Ski Touring. THIS IS NOT AN INTRO SPLIT BOARDING COURSE.
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.
Track setting.
Group management.
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. Couteaux are mandatory, not
optional. You will also need avalanche safety gear (transceiver, shovel and probe), but we can provide
these if requested (Please request these in the "remarks section of your booking form. 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, High SPF sun cream and
lip balm, a peaked hat, and a packed lunch and drink.

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 1:6.

Included:

Professional Instruction throughout the day
Free use of safety gear

Not Included:

Lift Tickets
Insurance
Food/Accommodation
Mileage to venues outside the Chamonix Valley.

Meeting Point: We will normally meet at 8am on the first day of the course at La Paniere bakery in central
Chaamonix (just opposite Sanglard Sports). That gives time for the team to discuss the plan, have a coffee
together, and ask any questions. Please make sure you bring all your gear with you.

Places Available Price per Person No. of Places Required
18-19 Jan 2020 6 229.00
01-02 Feb 2020 6 229.00

Customer Reviews

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Brilliant Course
Reviewed by James Charatan from UK

A great two days learning touring skills and mountain awareness. I rapidly
improved technique and enjoyed some quality snow and beautiful
scenery!Highly recommended to anyone wanting to try Ski Touring for the
first time.

January 2018
This review applies to the 01-02 Feb 2020 version.
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Svettigt och roligt! Hiihtovaellus on mahtavaa!
Reviewed by Annika Mannström from Finland


Bra träning, skön offpist! Stuart pratade om snösäkerhet, tekniken att gå uppför, olika svängar och att använda crampons. Vi fick tips om utrustning, kläder, vägkost, rutter och nödsituationer. Stämningen var god och deltagarna entusiastiska. Alla hade god kondition och var ungefär lika duktiga. Det blev två svettiga men fina dagar. Dyrt, men värt det!
Ja sama suomeksi! Suosittelen lämpimästi, Stuart on ammattitaitoinen ja sympaattinen vuoristo-opas, innokas jakamaan tietoa ja taitoja!

February 2016
This review applies to the 18-19 Jan 2020 version.
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Great 2 days with Stuart
Reviewed by David Macaire from UK

Stuart is a nice guy; very amiable but also highly professional + disciplined (ex British army) and a very effective & patient teacher. Covered all the basics as promised - skins on/off; ski crampons; safety gear; clothing; skinning; climb line; kick turns; working as a group; reading the snow/weather and lots more. Day 1 Aig des Houches; Day 2 Mt de L'Arpille. Both beautiful days out + some fab powder. I am hooked!

January 2016
This review applies to the 18-19 Jan 2020 version.