Intro Ski Touring 2023

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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.
Sun Travel to Chamonix, course briefing
Mon Day ski touring introduction & skills
Tue Altitude tour e.g. Col du Tour Noir
Wed Classic day tour e.g. Crochues Berard
Thu Day ski tour / ascend to mountain hut
Fri Day tour / tour from hut, then descend
Sat Breakfast, check out and depart
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Course Dates
Intro tour & backcountry
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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: £799 Book online
The price above is for the package without accommodation. To add 6 nights in twin room-only Icicle accommodation, is only £200pp extra for 6 nights, subject to availability.
5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
Guided days are Monday-Friday
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) Optional evening instruction sessions as per detailed itinerary
10) Pre-course online course open evening one month before trip
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, 6) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 7) Activities insurance, excess baggage charges, 8) Chamonix accommodation, but we offer an upgrade of £200pp for twin room only accommodation In Chamonix, subject to availability.
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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