After such amazing conditions this season and due to increased popularity of courses, there will be 24 off piste performance courses on the programme for next winter.
Full 5 day courses and short weekend courses will run throughout the season again from early December - late April for intermediate, advanced and expert levels. 2013/2014 off piste ski course dates
Bookings are coming in already for next winter so it's recommended to book early to ensure your place and receive a 10% early booker discount. Book a course before the 1st of August to receive a 10% discount. Book a course
Learn to ski powder and other off piste conditions with All Mountain Performance.
We offer off piste performance courses for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers. So whether you are a looking to learn to ski powder & off piste for the first time or already skiing through the deep powder, we have 2 and 5 day development courses to suit your needs.
Based in Chamonix Mont blanc at the heart of the French alps, we run off piste ski courses all season long. We are also available for private coaching if you would prefer even more personal attention.
Receive world-class ski coaching in small groups by some of the best ski instructors in the business. We also use daily video feedback to help further your progress.
Mark spent his youth skiing and working as a ski instructor on a dry ski slope in Essex. In 1996 he decided that Chamonix, in the French alps would be his new home. After long, intensive training he became the first British qualified ski instructor to work for a French ski school in Chamonix.
He is one of the few holders of the highly regarded French equivalence and is one of the UK’s most elite ski instructors (BASI 4 ISTD).
Mark founded All Mountain Performance in Chamonix in 2004 to offer skiers a fresh approach to modern ski teaching. Specialising in off piste performance courses, he has opened the world of all mountain skiing to thousands. As well as coaching the recreational public, he has also been involved in training professional ski instructors, competitors and high mountain guides. His fun and innovative ski teaching focus's on the individual client's needs and has earned him a renowned reputation for acheiving excellent results.
Mark spent his teens skiing and teaching on a dry ski slope in Essex. He moved on pretty quickly and in 1996 he decided that Chamonix, in the French alps would be his new home. After long, intensive training he became the first British qualified ski instructor to work for a French ski school in Chamonix.
He is also one of the few holders of the highly regarded French equivalence and is one of the UK’s most elite ski instructors (BASI 4 ISTD). Mark founded All Mountain Performance in Chamonix in 2004 to offer skiers a fresh approach to modern ski teaching. Specialising in off piste performance courses, he has opened the world of all mountain skiing to thousands.
As well as coaching the recreational public, he has also been involved in training professional ski instructors, competitors and high mountain guides. His fun and innovative ski teaching focus's on the individual client's needs and has earned him a renowned reputation for acheiving excellent results.
Book your off piste ski instructor in Chamonix now!
Book an off piste ski instructor in Chamonix with All Mountain Performance.
Off piste ski courses run in Chamonix for various levels and private ski lessons are available all season.
Our off piste ski instructors are qualified to the highest international level and have a wealth of experience teaching off piste in the Chamonix valley. Learn to ski off piste for the first time or develop your technique on some of Chamonix's world famous off piste ski descents.
New concepts in ski design are literally speeding up the learning curve. First, there was the invention of carving skis. This helped skiers to turn more easily on firm snow. Then came the extra wide off-piste skis. Off-piste skis are much wider than the carving skis. This allows for better float in deeper snow, which has again helped to speed-up the learning for wanna-be off-piste skiers.
Also more recently, yet another new design concept, the "rocker" shaped skis. This fairly new rocker or reverse camber design, makes learning to ski in deep snow even easier than before. Conventional skis were cambered in their shape. Where as the clever new reverse camber design has lifted the tip and tail of the ski upwards. This new design is dramatically helping two key areas in skiing: balance and turning.
How do the rocker designed skis help for balance?
The front of the skis are bent upwards towards the skier. This provides for more forward balance support, preventing the tips of the skis from diving deep into the snow. This is revolutionary. In fact, this one design improvement alone is helping many people to master off-piste & deep powder snow skiing.
On conventional skis, it would have taken a skier much more balance practicing and forward face planting in the snow to learn the skills required to stop the ski tips from diving deep into the snow.
How do the rocker designed skis help for turning?
As the front and back of the skis are bent upwards towards the skier, they sit higher up in the snow pack than the middle of the ski. This means there is less snow encasing the front and back of the skis. Less snow equates to less resistance around the front and back of the skis. This reduction of resistance allows easier rotation or pivoting movement of the skis. In simple terms, twisting the skis becomes easier.
Remember safety first!
There is a downside to this speeding up of the learning curve. It is now possible for an intermediate skier to venture off-piste into potentially dangerous terrain and snow conditions without having learned avalanche awareness skills through experience and time. In the past, it would have taken an intermediate level skier years to master the correct off-piste technique, and in doing so, they should have also had the time to develope mountain awareness and avalanche safety skills.
With this in mind, it is highly reccommended to learn off-piste skiing with a qualified ski instructor who can also help with the mountain awareness skills needed to ski safely off piste.
We run 3 levels of all mountain performance - Off piste ski courses. Whether you are new to off piste skiing or al ready compitent, we can help you. Intermediate, Advanced and Expert courses are available throughout the season. You can choose to do a 5 day ski course or a weekend course.
All Mountain / off piste performance ski courses include:
Full days of coaching/guiding withskilift priority. Typical skiing time 9-12 then 12:40 - 4pm
Daily video feedback after skiing 4pm - 4:45pm
Private Minibus transport for skiing. Your ski coach will pick you up at your accommodation and drop you off each day.
With a maximum of 6 per group for lots of individual feedback and a dynamic learning enviroment. Your skiing will be developed in a variety of conditions and terrain on and off-piste, maximizing your ability to ski the whole mountain. Master your off-piste skiing, learn to feel ultimate control on steeps, gullies and couloirs. Perfect your piste performance by developing your carving skills. You will benefit from world-class ski coaching and video feedbackby some of the best ski instructors in the business.
Our level finder is a good way to help you choose the right course.
Off piste ski courses with All Mountain Performance, the leading provider in instructional off piste skiing courses.
Our off piste ski courses run in Chamonix, France. Here, big Mountains with easy lift access to off piste slopes and the backcountry provide some of the world's best off piste skiing descents. With slopes of all gradients, there is plenty of scope for all levels of off piste skier.
Specialising in off piste ski instruction & coaching, All Mountain Performance & Mark Gear pioneered these off piste ski courses in back in 2004. With 20 plus off piste ski courses on the programme each season, we remain Chamonix's leading provider of instructional off piste courses.
All off piste ski courses are run by elite level ski instructor Mark Gear.
Ski courses are delivered by Mark Gear, one of the UK's most elite ski instructors. Mark holds the highest level (BASI 4) qualification, has passed the European speed test, and has his full French equivalence. He also has many years experience specialising in coaching off piste skiing in Chamonix and across Europe.
Mark's personalised ski coaching approach and wealth of local ski terrain knowledge combine to provide a great course for skiers wanting to improve whilst having fun exploring some of the Chamonix valley's exciting and varied off piste skiing.
Off piste ski courses run all season for 3 different course levels. Intermediate ski courses, advanced ski courses and expert ski courses are available.
Intermediate ski courses, advanced ski courses & expert ski courses run in Chamonix from early December until late April each season. All 3 ski course levels are designed to help you develop & improve your off piste skiing and off piste safety skills. Whether wishing to learn to ski off piste for the first time, or already a skillful off piste skier, there are plenty of date options for courses available. Join us for a 5 day off piste ski course or a short 2 day weekend course.
Click the link below to see all off piste ski course dates for all 3 levels.
5 or 2 Full days of ski coaching & guiding withskilift priority when needed. Typical skiing time 9am-12:30 then 1:15 pm - 4pm
Daily video feedback after skiing 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Private Minibus transport for skiing. Your ski coach will pick you up at your accommodation in Chamonix and drop you off each day.
More about off piste ski courses.
All off piste ski courses have a maximum of 6 skiers per course to provide a fun and dynamic learning enviroment with a ski coaching approach that focuses on the individual needs of each person.
Your skiing will be developed in a variety of conditions and terrain on and off the pistes, thus maximizing your ability to ski the whole mountain. Master your off piste skiing, learn to feel ultimate control on steeper slopes, gullies and couloirs. Benefit from world-class, off piste ski instruction in small groups and receive helpful, daily video feedback.
Ski courses for all levels run in Chamonix throught-out the winter season from early December - Late in April. You can choose a 5 day ski course or a 2 day weekend course.
These off piste ski courses have been developed to improve your skiing all over the mountain. Learn to rip on the pistes, freeride the off piste & master the steeps.
Experience some of Chamonix's best off piste and freeride skiing. Receive top level ski coaching from Mark Gear who is one of the UK's leading professional ski instructors. All ski courses include daily video feedback and transport to and from the slopes.
We aim to ski mostly lift accessible off piste, experiencing some of the best off piste and backcountry skiing that Chamonix has to offer.
During the course we will focus on the following aspects of your skiing:
Control of speed and line
Technique and tactics for off piste snow and terrain
Tips for steeps and couloirs
Avalanche/mountain, off piste/backcountry awareness