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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. 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 (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

Not Included:

Lift Tickets

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.

Places Available Price per Person No. of Places Required
23-24 Feb 2019 2 229.00

Customer Reviews

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
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
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