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Freeride and off piste performance ski Courses in Chamonix

FREERIDE SKI COURSES

IMPROVE YOUR FREERIDE SKIING ON OUR OFF PISTE PERFORMANCE SKI COURSES

There are 3 course levels to choose from.

Intermediate ski courses,

Advanced ski courses 

Expert ski courses 

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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
  • Steering elements
  • Technique and tactics for off piste snow and terrain
  • Tips for steeps and couloirs
  • Avalanche/mountain, off piste/backcountry awareness

SKI COURSES INCLUDE:

  • 2 or 5 Full days ski coaching & guiding
  • In resort transport for skiing
  • Video feedback
  • Max 6 persons per group

 

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Performance Ski Courses

 

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SAFTEY EQUIPEMENT IS NEEDED FOR ALL MOUNTAIN SKI COURSES: Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe) are mandatory. We have some rental packs if you do not have your own.

 

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Expert All Mountain Ski Courses

EXPERT SKI COURSES FOR OFF PISTE AND FREERIDE SKIING IN CHAMONIX

These off piste ski courses are our highest level and have been developed for expert skiers capable of skiing all but the most challenging off piste conditions and terrain. The focus of the expert ski courses is to maximize your ability as a strong all round, all terrain skier.

Versatility is your key to mastering the whole mountain. During the course we will help improve your skiing in a variety of conditions and terrain. We will develop your performance through strategically designed exercises and drills that really work encouraging control, versatility and individual skier expression.

Understand the most up to date skiing techniques and freeride tactics, delivered by an elite level ski teacher. You will receive a personalised development programme with daily video feedback.

During the expert ski courses, we aim to ski some of the best off piste and backcountry terrain in Chamonix.  All accessible by the lifts. Sometimes a short hike to the very top can provide us with a better descent.  This ski course is also ideal for ski instructors training for their ski exams, such as BASI ect.

During expert ski courses the following aspects of your skiing are developed:

  • Steering movements
  • Modern skiing
  • variable conditions skiing
  • Off piste and freeride skills
  • Steeps and couliors
  • Terrain, snow and line tactics
  • Bumps
  • Avalanche/ backcountry mountain awareness

 

Week long and weekend expert ski courses available

The 2 day weekend ski courses are a condensed version of our 5 day ski courses. The aim of the weekend is to cover the major parts of the 5 day skiing course using a maximum activity approach. That means lots of great  skiing with tips and tactics for snow and terrain.

 

Expert ski course dates for 2014/2015 season

 

Dec 20th - Dec 21st (Weekend)

Jan 12th - Jan 16th (5 day)

Feb 14th - Feb 15th (Weekend)

Mar 16th - Mar 20th (5 day)

Apr 13th - Apr 17th (5 day)

 

Expert ski courses

 

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SAFTEY EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED FOR EXPERT SKI COURSES: Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe) are mandatory. We have some rental packs if you do not have your own.

Note: Please ensure that you are at the minimum level or above for expert ski courses:

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All off piste performance ski courses include: 

  • 5 or 2 full days of coaching & guiding. Typical skiing time 9:00am -12:30pm then 1:15pm  - 4pm (with adequate breaks).
  • Daily video feedback after skiing 4:15pm - 4:45pm. (Relax with a drink and receive helpful video tips).
  • Private Minibus transport for skiing. (A pick up service from your accommodation in Chamonix at 08:40am to the slopes and back at 5pm each day).

 

 

 

Expert ski courses for all mountain and off piste skiing in Chamonix.

Advanced All Mountain Ski Courses

ADVANCED SKI COURSES - MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL!

The advanced ski course has been designed for advanced skiers who have already grapsed the skills required to ski most off piste snow conditions. Typically you can get around ok off piste, but are looking to consolidate & improve your off piste skiing.

Your skiing will be developed in a versatile way. The focus is on tuning your technique whilst teaching you  adjustments to cope with a variety of snow and terrain conditions encountered off-piste. As the snow changes in texture and depth you will learn how to adapt your skiing to cope with these changes.

Your skiing will improve as you discover how your skis react to the movements and adjustments you make. As you progress so will your confidence allowing you to ski more challenging snow and terrain.

During the advanced ski courses, we will ski some great off piste and backcountry terrain that is accessible by the lifts. Sometimes a short hike to the very top can provide us with a better descent.

On advanced ski courses the following aspects of your skiing will be developed:

  • Steering movements
  • Modern skiing
  • Adjustments for off-piste snow conditions
  • Terrain, snow and line tactics
  • Carving & bumps,
  • steeper slopes
  • Gullies & couliors
  • Avalanche/  Backcountry mountain awareness

 

Week long and weekend ski courses available

The 2 day weekend ski courses are condensed versions of our 5 day courses. The aim of the weekend is to cover the major parts of the 5 day skiing course using a maximum activity approach. That means lots of great  skiing with tips and tactics for snow and terrain.

 

 

Advanced ski course dates for 2014/2015 season.

 

Dec 15th - Dec 19th (5 day)

Dec 27th - Dec 28th (Weekend)

Jan 5th - Jan 9th (5 day)             

Jan 26th - Jan 30th (5 day)

Feb 9th - Feb 13th (5 day)

Feb 28th - Mar 1st (Weekend)     

Mar 23rd - Mar 27th (5 day)

Apr 6th - Apr 10th (5 day)

Apr 20th - April 24th (5 day)

advanced ski courses

 

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SAFTEY EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED FOR ADVANCED SKI COURSES: Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe) are mandatory. We have some rental packs if you do not have your own.

 

Note: Please ensure that you are at the minimum level or above for advanced courses

Find your ski level

 

 

All off piste performance ski courses include: 

  • 5 or 2 full days of coaching & guiding. Typical skiing time 9:00am -12:30pm then 1:15pm  - 4pm (with adequate breaks).
  • Daily video feedback after skiing 4:15pm - 4:45pm. (Relax with a drink and receive helpful video tips).
  • Private Minibus transport for skiing. (A pick up service from your accommodation in Chamonix at 08:40am to the slopes and back at 5pm each day).

 

 

 

Advanced ski courses - off piste ski courses - Chamonix

 

Intermediate All Mountain Ski Courses

DISCOVER A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION TO SKIING

This ski course has been designed to suit intermediate skiers who are looking to learn to ski off piste. Before attending this course you should already be a confident skier, skiing with good parallel turns & pole planting on red runs and easy black runs.

The first part of the ski course will focus on piste performance, improving your technique on groomed runs to lay sound foundations that will set the scene for all mountain skiing.

Your skiing will develop in a versatile way that will enable you to start venturing off-piste during the course. With some nice snow conditions, good coaching & a little video feedback, it's amazing how easy it can be.

The following aspects of your skiing will be developed:

  • Steering movements
  • Piste performance
  • Off piste development skills
  • Adjustments for snow types
  • All terrain tactics
  • Avalanche/ backcountry mountain safety

 

Week long and weekend ski courses available

These 2 day weekend ski courses are condensed versions of our 5 day courses. The aim of the weekend is to cover the major parts of the 5 day skiing course using a maximum activity approach. That means lots of great  skiing with tips and tactics for snow and terrain.

 

Intermediate ski course dates for season 2014/2015

 

Dec 6th - Dec 7th (Weekend)

Dec 8th - Dec 12th (5 day)         

Jan 3rd - Jan 4th (Weekend)

Jan 19th - Jan 23rd (5 day)          

Feb 2nd - Feb 6th (5 day)

Mar 2nd - Mar 6th (5 day)

Mar 30th - Apr 3rd (5 day)         

        

 

 

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SAFTEY EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED FOR ALL MOUNTAIN SKI COURSES: Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe) are mandatory. We have some rental packs if you do not have your own.

 

Important Note: Please ensure that you are at the minimum level or above for intermediate courses

Find your ski level

 

 

All off piste performance ski courses include: 

  • 5 or 2 full days of coaching & guiding. Typical skiing time 9:00am -12:30pm then 1:15pm  - 4pm (with adequate breaks).
  • Daily video feedback after skiing 4:15pm - 4:45pm. (Relax with a drink and receive helpful video tips).
  • Private Minibus transport for skiing. (A pick up service from your accommodation in Chamonix at 08:40am to the slopes and back at 5pm each day).

 

 

Intermediate ski courses - off piste ski courses - all mountain ski courses - Chamonix

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Off piste ski courses & private lessons with elite ski instructor Mark Gear.

Based in Chamonix, France, specialising in off piste performance ski courses for all mountain and backcountry skiing. Intermediate ski courses, advanced ski courses and expert ski courses run all season.  Also offering private ski lessons for individuals & private groups.

Mark is qualified to the highest international level with many years experience teaching off piste skiing in Chamonix, France & across Europe. His innovative, fun and professional ski teaching focuses on skiers personal goals whilst encouraging control, versatility & individual skier expression.  

Ski courses include helpful video feedback, ski lift priority & minibus transport for skiing the best terrain around Chamonix.

Off piste ski courses in Chamonix 2014/2015.    Book ski courses now!

Expert ski courses

Advanced ski courses

Intermediate ski courses

 BACKCOUNTRY COURSES       ALL MOUNTAIN COURSES        LEARN TO SKI OFF PISTE

 

With over 20 off piste ski courses on the programme this winter season, we are Chamonix's leading provider of off piste performance ski courses.

Ski courses

Ski courses for off piste skiing in Chamonix for intermediate, advanced and expert level skiers.

Ski courses run all season from December - April.  The focus of each ski course is to improve your off piste and all mountain skiing. There are 3 course levels to choose from for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers.  Simply check the finder page to see which level course is best for you.

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Skiing Video Analysis on each ski course.

On all ski courses we use effective video analysis and feedback on a daily basis.  This is a short and helpful session of around 30 minutes at the end of skiing each day.  The video feedback sessions allow you to watch yourself skiing in full HD and in slow motion to help you understand how to develop better skiing.  The video skiing analysis is a powerful ski coaching tool that can help dramaticly improve your skiing.  Occasionaly bad weather can stop the video sessions.

 

Private transport on all ski courses.

Each ski course has it's own private minibus for the duration of the course for clients staying in or close to Chamonix town.  This gives us flexibility to transport to the best skiing conditions available.  We aim to ski a variety of the Chamonix ski areas on ski courses.

 

Read about off piste skiing in Chamonix.

Find out about the type of skiing terrain in Chamonix.  Below is a description of each of the main ski areas in and around Chamonix. 

 

Les Grands Montets / Chamonix off piste ski courses

 Les Grands Montets ski area offers big vertical descents with glaciers on the upper section. There is plenty of wide, open bowl skiing with some great steep sections and couloirs. This is Chamonix off piste skiing at its best. The tree skiing and in-to valley couloirs are also great for expert skiers.  A good lift system opens up 3 sides to this amazing off piste mountain. Our best spots: Le Grand Muir, Pylones, Point de Vue, Combe de la Pendant, the Combe des Rachasse. The Magic Forest (Dream Forest) also offers fantastic off piste skiing in the trees.

Le Tour / Chamonix off piste ski courses

Le Tour at the high end of the Chamonix valley is great for all skier levels, on piste and off piste. The front side offer's easy terrain for beginner off piste skiers. This is an ideal place for us to take intermediate level ski courses on the first couple of days of the course. The back side of the mountain offers very nice off piste terrain for the advanced and expert courses. Best spots. All the back side and off the Possettes drag lift for some classic Chamonix off piste. A short climb on foot to the top of Tete de Balme, provides long backcountry ski runs. 

Le Brevent and La Flegere / Chamonix off piste ski courses

These ski areas are linked together and offer very good couloir and open bowl off piste skiing. Most of the off piste in this part of Chamonix  is south facing so avalanches can be frequent on warm afternoons. Best spots. La Floria, Brevent summit, Col Cornu. Combe de Lachanal for more great Chamonix off piste skiing.

Les Houches / Chamonix off piste ski courses

Les Houches is situated as at the lower end of the Chamonix valley and offers very nice tree-lined piste skiing and some shorter off piste runs. Best spots. Under the Prarion cables, The hidden meadows and secret off piste spots that only us locals know about.

Chamonix is just 1 hour drive from Geneva airport. Many companies fly into Geneva airport from most major UK airports making it very easy to find transport to come and join one of our ski courses.

Courmayeur Italy / Chamonix off piste ski courses

Just 25 minutes drive from Chamonix, through the Mt Blanc tunnel we arrive in Italy, at one of the Courmayeur cable cars.  Courmayeur is a great ski area for all levels of skier with perfectly groomed pistes, fantastic mountain food & powder skiing off the pistes.

 

All Mountain Performance - Chamonix's leading off piste & backcountry ski school.  The Specialist in ski courses, off piste ski courses and private ski coaching.

 

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