When we think of skiing we don’t just think of sliding around the pistes. Skis are a fantastic way to travel in the winter mountains. We run course and trips that range from easy off piste skiing using ski lifts through to multi day ski tours through out the alps and further afield.
Our trips can cater for people who are making their first forays into easy off piste skiing. More experienced skiers may be interested by our off piste guiding courses that we run in different venues throughout the alps. As experienced mountain guides we can adapt the ski level to suit the fitness and ability of the participants.
There is a natural progression from off piste skiing into using ski skins to access the best snow. This leads us into day ski tour and multi day ski tours. As we move into this more challenging terrain we need to build our knowledge about managing avalanche risk. There is an element of avalanche education in all our ski courses, but we also run specific avalanche course for skiers and mountaineers.
To find a Guide for your chosen adventure please fill in the enquiry form, at the bottom of each page. Please include your contact details and some specifics information about what you are after. Once the form is submitted all Guides will receive the enquiry. Guides who are available will respond directly to yourselves with an email.
As we all work independantly each Guide has their own pricing structure. This will vary depending on the seriousness of the climb and mountain, The length of the day and the numbers of clients involved.
Ski experience is, of course, necessary if you would like to engage in any of these trips or courses. Since the levels of the trips vary so does the experience and skill required. At entry level, a good basic ski ability of parallel on red runs and some experience playing about in the off-piste is all you need. If this is backed up with a certain level of physical fitness, robustness and a good sense of humour. Then you are ready to start dipping your toes into the world of off-piste skiing and ski touring. at this level, it is best to be with a group of this level or to hire a guide privately for one to one tuition. As we progress up through the levels, we expect skiers to be able to ski all black runs in good balance and with a solid stance ( even if the style is not beautiful). This would be the level for Intro to off-piste and ski touring courses and beyond. At improvers level, you should have already had some off-piste skiing experience. Then as we get into off-piste ski trips. You would be expected to be able to ski parallel in powder and have some combat ski techniques and a level of fitness for dealing with difficult snow conditions. After that, depending on the level of difficulty of the trip there may be some other fitness, skill and experience considerations. This would include having proper up to date avalanche and rescue education.
Beginner – Parallel on red runs and some playing about at the side of the piste
Intro to off-piste and ski touring – Ski black runs in good balance with a solid stance. some experience of “side country” skiing
Off-piste trips – Parallel in powder. Combat ski techniques for difficult snow conditions
Ski tour trips – ability to climb minimum 500m per day ( 1000m for multi-day trips) and an appropriate ski level for the trip
Ski tour and off-piste trips avalanche education is a prerequisite. (See our avalanche courses)
Fitness can make up for some lack of technique. But good technique combined with fitness is the way to go. Technique conserves energy. Off-piste skiing with poor technique really burns energy. Even with good technique, a day of off-piste or touring can require quite a few calories. Ski touring, in particular, requires the participants to be able to walk uphill on their skis while carrying a pack. A good benchmark for entry-level fitness would be the ability to climb 500m of cumulative ascent in a day. For most of the multi-day touring trips, you should adjust this upwards to 1000m per day ( if you don’t want to find it too challenging). Hillwalking cycling or running can be good training substitutes if you don’t happen to live in a mountain area.</p><ul><li>Intro level – Fitness always helps. the combination of good technique and fitness is ideal. Good sense of humour</li><li>Improvers – Ski Black runs some off piste and ability to climb 500m per day</li><li>Multi-day and off-piste trips. Ability to ski to ski all snow types in balanced stance and good climbing ability.