you have spent most of your time on skis on piste or
on popular off piste runs, and want to escape the crowds,
this course will give you the skills to access the mountains
throughout the winter season by learning ski touring
and more advanced backcountry skills.
course is also ideal as an introduction or preparation
for famous ski tours such as the Haute Route (Chamonix
to Zermatt) later in the season.
itinerary is flexible to take account of the previous
skills, experience, and aspirations, but typically includes
a 50:50 split of ski touring and off piste backcountry
is not required, as this course aims to teach key skills
starting with the basics. Sometimes people have done
a day or two of touring before, but not received any
formal tuition, so use this course as a springboard
to future tours.
to Chamonix, course briefing
ski touring introduction & skills
tour e.g. Col du Tour Noir
day tour e.g. Crochues Berard
ski tour / ascend to mountain hut
tour / tour from hut, then descend
check out and depart
the full itinerary of this course on the
main website, please click
Course Dates Intro tour & backcountry
No Dates Available
The numbers in brackets next to each course date
indicate the remaining spaces. Please contact us
of you require more spaces, as often we can release
extra places, subject to availability.
days IFMGA guiding, 3 - 6 people
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guides
for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics
& briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet,
4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Six nights
B&B accommodation in Chamonix (inc. bedding &
towels), 6) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction
Booklet, 7) Road or rail transport in Chamonix valley
to and from the slopes each day, 8) Preferential rates
on ski and safety equipment hire, 9) Optional evening
instruction sessions as per detailed itinerary.
1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable cars as required*,
3) Ski and equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone
calls, lunches, & any purchases in mountain huts
/ hotels / restaurants, 5) Any optional stays in a mountain
hut on a half board basis for you and the guide, 6)
Transport outside the Chamonix valley, 7) Sunday pre-dinner
drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 8)
Activities insurance, excess baggage charges.
Group sizes: 3 - 6 people per IFMGA mountain guide. For group sizes of over 6 people, there are multiple guides, and the teams travel independently of each other.
you do not need any accommodation for the course, a
£100 discount per person is offered.