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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.

 Off piste ski courses run in Chamonix, France.

All ski courses are run by elite off piste ski instructor Mark Gear.

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.

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

 

  • Personal performance awareness
  • Develop steering movements
  • Off-piste & freeride skills
  • Terrain, snow and line tactics
  • Technique & tactics for skiing steeper slopes
  • Technique & tactics for skiing gullies & couliors
  • Avalanche/  Backcountry mountain awareness

 

Week long and weekend expert ski courses available

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

 

Expert ski course dates for 2016/2017 season

Jan 9th - Jan 13th    (5 day course)    

Feb 6th - Feb 10th    (5 day course)

Mar 13th - Mar 17th  (5 day course)

Apr 22nd - Apr 23rd   (Weekend course)

 

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. We will also show you how to use this off-piste safety equipment on the first day.

 

Please 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 OFF-PISTE SKI COURSES - MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL!

Off piste ski courses run in Chamonix, France.

All ski courses are run by elite British ski instructor Mark Gear.

The advanced ski course has been designed for advanced level skiers who already have 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 and deep snow skiing.

The mountains here provide great variety of snow types and terrain. We will develop your skiing in a versatile and natural way. The focus is on improving your technical & tactical skills away from the groomed slopes. With the snow constantly changing in texture and depth. We will teach you 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 of Chamonix's best off piste and backcountry terrain accessible by the ski lifts. Sometimes a short hike to the very top can provide us with a better descent.

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

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

 

  • Personal performance awareness
  • Develop steering movements
  • Off-piste & freeride skills
  • Terrain, snow and line tactics
  • Technique & tactics for skiing steeper slopes
  • Technique and tactics for skiing 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 2016/2017 season.

Dec 10th - Dec 11th   (Weekend course)

Dec 19th - Dec 23rd   (5 day course)

Jan 2nd - Jan 6th       (5 day course)

Jan 23rd - Jan 27th     (5 day course)     

Feb 20th - Feb 24th    (5 day course)  

Mar 6th - Mar 10th      (5 day course)

Mar 18th - Mar 19th    (Weekend course)   

Apr 3rd - Apr 7th         (5 day course)

Apr 15th - Apr 16th     (Weekend course)

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. We will also show you how to use this off-piste safety equipment on the first day.

 

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 OFF PISTE - A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION TO SKIING.

Off piste ski courses run in Chamonix, France.

An introduction to off piste skiing course for intermediate level skiers.

All ski courses are run by elite level, off piste ski instructor Mark Gear.

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 on the groomed runs, skiing with good parallel turns on red runs and easy black runs.

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

During this ski course, your skiing will develop in a versatile and natural way that will enable you to start skiing off-piste. With some nice snow conditions and a few key tips, it's amazing how easy off piste skiing can be.

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

The following aspects of your skiing will be developed:

 

  • Personal performance awareness
  • Steering movements
  • Piste performance
  • Off piste & freeride skiing skills
  • Technical & tactical skills for snow types
  • Technical & tactical skills for changing terrain
  • Avalanche/ backcountry mountain safety

 

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.

 

Intermediate ski course dates for season 2016/2017

 

Dec 12th - Dec 16th (5 day course) 

Jan 16th - Jan 20th  (5 day course)    

Jan 30th - Feb 3rd    (5 day course)

Feb 18th - Feb 19th  (Weekend course)     

Feb 27th - Mar 3rd    (5 day course)

Mar 27th - Mar 31st   (5 day course)  

 

       

        

 

 

Prices

 

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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. We will also show you how to use this off-piste safety equipment on the first day.

 

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 and specialising in off piste performance ski courses for all mountain and backcountry skiing since 2004.  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 years of experience teaching off piste skiing in Chamonix, France & across Europe. His innovative, fun and professional ski teaching focuses on your 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 2016/2017.    Book ski courses now!

Expert ski courses

Advanced ski courses

Intermediate ski courses

 BACKCOUNTRY COURSES       ALL MOUNTAIN COURSES        LEARN TO SKI OFF PISTE

 

Over 20 off piste ski courses on the programme this winter season.

With over 20 off piste ski courses running in Chamonix this winter, we are Chamonix's leading provider of instructional off piste ski courses.

Ski courses

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

Our off piste ski courses run all season in Chamonix from early December until late 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 level skiers.  Simply check the find your ski level page to see which ski course is best for you.

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Skiing Video Analysis on each ski course.

We use effective, daily video analysis and feedback on all ski courses.  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. This gives us flexibility to transport to the best skiing conditions available.  We aim to ski a variety of the Chamonix ski areas and have the option of skiing some other close by resorts should the skiing conditions be better.

 

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. 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.

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.

How to get to Chamonix

Chamonix is just 1 hour drive from Geneva International airport making it one of the easiest major ski resorts to get to. Many companies fly into Geneva airport from most major airports. There are also many airport transfer companies offering shared minibus or private transport to Chamonix.

 

All Mountain Performance - Chamonix's leading off piste & backcountry ski school. Specialists in off piste ski courses and private ski coaching since 2004.

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