Intro Ski Touring 2024

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Intro Ski Touring & Backcountry group ski touring across to Pointe Helbronner
If 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.

This 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. The 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 skiing.

Previous touring experience 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.
Fri Travel to Chamonix, course briefing
Sat Day ski touring introduction & skills
Sun Altitude tour e.g. Col du Tour Noir
Mon Day 1 of 3, hut to hut ski tour. Night in hut
Tue Day 2 of 3, hut to hut ski tour. Night in hut
Wed Day 3 of 3, hut to hut ski tour. Depart
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Course Dates
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Course spaces

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.

Price: £999 Book online
5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
Guided days are Saturday-Wednesday
Standard Course Inclusions
1) Hand picked IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide for five days (1:6 ratio max)
2) Chamonix concierge service for logistics, advice and support
3) Road or rail transport in Chamonix valley to and from the slopes each day
4) Pre course information dossier, with training plans and kit lists
5) Briefing the first evening, with latest updates and weather reports
6) Equipment discount voucher for our Windermere shop / online
7) Preferential rates on ski touring kit and equipment hire in Chamonix
8) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet
9) Pre-course online course open evening one month before trip
10) Accommodation 3 nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) in Chamonix on room only basis
11) Accommodation 2 nights (Mon & Tue) in mountain hut on a half board basis
12) Transport to / from Chamonix to the area for the 3 day hut to hut ski tour
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable cars (c.50€/day, click for current prices, with Unlimited Pass including lifts in Chamonix and Courmayeur) as required*, 3) Equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Transport outside the Chamonix valley e.g. Courmayeur not specified above, 6) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 7) 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.

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