Introduction to backcountry skiing

Enjoy the wilderness and fresh snow!

Are you looking for a more intense, pure ski experience? Forget the lifts and groomed slopes of ski resorts, try backcountry skiing!

Nowadays, manufacturers offer wide and lightweight skis, making them perfect for going both up and down.

The pleasure of walking up in wide areas and skiing down untouched slopes is unique.

Depending on one’s level and physical condition, one can easily consider routes 3 to 4 hours long, and even several day long raids!

Price

Day : 450€

4 hours : 235€

Price to divide by the number of participants

Rate for 1 to 5 people

Included

Avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel and probe)

Prerequisites

Intermediate downhill skiing skills
You should feel comfortable on blue runs at resorts

Pedagogy

You’ll get plenty of time skinning up slopes and skiing back down. More importantly, you’ll learn the art of backcountry decision-making and skiing techniques.

You will :

  • Improve your ability to ski in backcountry conditions
  • Get feedback on efficient equipment use
  • Learn how to skin uphill efficiently
  • Gain route-finding and navigational skills
  • Learn how to use your safety kit
  • Understand how to detect risks related to the mountain environment
  • Save money – you’ll no longer need lift tickets to find a good skiing spot!

Safety

Your safety is my main concern. I carry out a process every morning in order to limit the risks:

  • Checking the local weather forecast
  • Checking the snow forecast and layers with the ski patrols
  • Meeting with other ski instructors to share information

Sometimes it is wiser to change the itinerary in order to be sure to spend a safe and fun time in the mountains. If I consider that the conditions are not safe enough we will choose another route.

I will provide an avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel and probe) to each participant.

Before each ski trip I will check your gear and advise you on the right equipment for the trip we have planned.