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Ski tips for skiing powder

 

Off piste ski tips for skiing deep powder by top level off piste ski instructor Mark Gear.

Learning how to ski off piste in deep powder snow can make fairly accomplished groomed run skiers feel somewhat like beginers again. 

The following off piste skiing tips will help you cut through the frustration quicker and help you on your way to skiing deep powder snow with the flow and comfort you would like to feel.

 

 

Off Piste Ski Tip # 1 - Deep Powder Snow

Use a two footed platform of pressure

Aim to push both skis into the snow when intitiating your turns, this will help distribute pressure onto both skis which provides a more predictable feeling with the skis when deep in the snow.  This is because snow creates resistance around the skis.  The deeper the skis are in the snow, the more snow resistance is felt by the skier around the skis. By pushing both skis into the snow with a more equal distribution of pressure, the snow resistance around each ski also becomes more equal, thus making it much easier for the skier to make both skis do the same thing at the same time.

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Off Piste Ski Tip # 2 - Deep Powder Snow

Make smooth shaped turns

Go for smooth fluid movements and turns with a smooth, curved shape.  This will encourage a more fluid off piste skiing run.  Any abrupt movements or turns will have an abrupt effect on your balance.  Smooth turns and a good rhythm are essential for a fluid powder skiing run.

 

Off Piste Ski Tip # 3 - Deep Powder Snow

Push the heels downwards

Not to be confused with leaning back!  Dont lean back!

In very deep snow, we should aim to push the heels downwards a little to help keep the ski tips up out of the snow.  This movement is very subtle, but very effective.  It WILL stop the feeling of the ski tips wanting to dive deep into the powder snow which is oftern followed by the well known forward face plant.  This movement of pushing the heels down also allows the skier to maintain a relativley centered balance point along the skis length, which is far more comfortable than leaning back.

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Off Piste Ski Tip # 4 - Deep Powder Snow

Remember to pole plant

Smooth, coordinated and well timed pole plants are a very important part to off piste and powder skiing. This will help you to build fluidity and rhythm into your run.  The pole plant also helps for commiting to the turn and helps the skier move the body forwards and in the direction of the new turn.

 

 

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Meet Mark Gear

 

  • Director / Head Coach For AMP        
  • BASI  Highest Level 4 (ISTD)
  • Level 3 Mountain Saftey       
  • Alpine Performance Coach    
  • Full French Equivalence
  • European Speed Test Holder (Eurotest)
  • Euro Ski Pro Card Holder (GB)           

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.

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Meet Mark Gear

Meet Mark Gear

  • BASI Ski Teacher, Highest Level 4, ISTD (International Ski Teacher Diploma)
  • Level 3 Mountain Saftey       
  • Alpine Performance Coach    
  • Full French Equivalence
  • European Speed Test Holder (Eurotest)
  • European Ski Pro Card Holder (GB)
  • Brand Ambassador For FACTION     

 

Mark is qualified to the highest international level and is one of Britain's most elite ski teachers (BASI 4 ISTD). He has many years experience with an established reputation teaching all mountain and off piste skiing in Chamonix, France and across Europe.

Mark spent his teens skiing and teaching on a dry ski slope in Essex after moving to Chamonix, France in 1995.  Following intensive training, he became the first British qualified ski instructor to work for a French ski school in the resort of Chamonix.   He is one of the few holders of the highly regarded French equivalence having also passed the European speed test. 

Mark founded All Mountain Performance in 2004 to offer his approach to modern ski teaching.  Specialising in off piste performance ski courses, he has helped to open the world of all mountain & off piste skiing to thousands of skiers. 

As well as coaching the recreational public, he has also been involved in training professional ski instructors, skiing competitors and high mountain guides. 

His fun and innovative ski teaching focus's on the individual client's needs whilst encouraging control, versatility and individual skier expression, earning him a renowned reputation for acheiving excellent results.

 

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Off Piste ski courses in Chamonix, France with elite ski instructor Mark Gear.

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Freeride ski courses in Chamonix with elite ski instructor Mark Gear.

The focus is on the individual needs of each client and groups are a maximum of 6 people to ensure lots of individual help.  Improve your off piste and freeride skiing skills with a fully qualified professional whilst enjoying some of the best freeride and off piste skiing terrain in Chamonix.

Ski courses run all season long for intermediate, advanced & expert level skiers. develop your freeride & all mountain skiing over our full 5 day ski courses, or a shorter 2 day weekend course.  At the end of each day you can watch video footage of the day and receive helpful video analysis & feedback.

The courses provide top level ski coaching by Mark Gear , one of Britain's most elite ski instructors (BASI level 4 ISTD).  Mark also has high level competiton experience in both freeride and alpine skiing.

Improve your freeride skiing.

  • Controling speed and line
  • Explore & strengthen steering movements
  • Tactics for snow, line & terrain
  • Jumps & Drops
  • Steeps and couloirs
  • Avalanche/mountain awareness

 

Freeride ski courses include: 

  • 5 or 2 Full days of coaching & guiding with ski lift priority when needed. Typical skiing time 9-12 then 12:45 - 4:15pm
  • Daily video feedback after skiing 4:30pm - 5pm, Weather permiting.
  • Private Minibus transport for skiing. Your ski coach will pick you up at your accommodation in Chamonix and drop you off each day.

 

 

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British ski school Chamonix

The specialist British ski school in Chamonix for off piste skiing.

In the last Decade or so, the French Alps have seen a number of new British ski schools setting up in many resorts. Their reputation is excellent with smaller group size's and highly skilled ski coaches who are tested to very high standards. Not just of their skiing ability, but also their teaching and coaching skills. It's ski coaching at its very best and in native English. This is helping British & native English speaking skiers taking ski lessons in France, to really develop a better understanding of the sport and how they can make big leaps forward in improving their skiing. 

We are a local Chamonix English speaking ski school specialising in high quality all mountain & off piste ski coaching.  Offering our clients a full range of ski courses and private ski lessons for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers alike.

Our ski instructors hold the highest qualification available through BASI (The British Association of Snowsport Instructors) and ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association).  Now into our 10th Year since AMP was founded, our reputation as a British ski school for skiing enthusiasts is growing from strength to strength.

So if you are looking for an English speaking ski school with a difference, why not come to Chamonix, France and sample our new school approach to ski school.

 

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ALL MOUNTAIN PERFORMANCE, THE BRITISH OFF PISTE SKI SCHOOL IN CHAMONIX.  SKI LESSONS IN ENGLISH

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
  • 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)

 

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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).

 

 

 

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Chamonix is quite simply a magical place. Lift your eyes upwards from anywhere in the Chamonix Valley and you can’t miss the mythical peaks of Mont Blanc. Sitting at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix town has become a veritable Mecca for winter and summer mountain sports enthusiasts.
 

Skiing and snowboarding are the main draws to the Valley in winter, whilst in the summer it’s all about walking, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding and mountain biking. But even if you’ve no aspirations to conquer Mont Blanc or ski down the steepest, powder-filled slopes, you will still fall in love with this most famous corner of the French Alps, which exudes a certain charm, is steeped in history and boasting one of the most impressive backdrops of any town you’ll visit,

 

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Chamonix ski piste information

   

 Totaltotal: 152km easy Easy: 48km medium Medium: 70km difficult Difficult: 34km

 

 

 More Chamonix information, stats and other skiing info

  • Top Elevation/Lift: 3,842m/ 12,678'
  • Base Elevation: 1035m/ 3415'
  • Vertical Drop: 2807m/ 9263'
  • Longest Run: 21km/ 13mi
  • Total Runs: 170km/ 106mi
  • Beginner: 23%
  • Intermediate:31%
  • Advanced: 33%
  • Expert: 13%
  • Cross Country: 42 km

 

  • Snowboarding:
  • 1 Terrain park
  • 2 Halfpipes

 

  • Ski Lifts:
  • Total Lifts: 49 (Cham'ski pass)
  • Gondolas/cable cars: 13
  • Chair Lifts: 16
  • Surface Lifts: 19
  • Uplift capacity: 52,660 per/hour
  • Mont Blanc ski pass includes Chamonix plus Megève, Les Contamines and Courmeyeur, Italy.

 

  • Travel Notes:
  • Main Airport: Geneva (GVA), Switzerland
  • Distance Geneva: 62 miles (1hr 15min);
  • Main Train Station: Lyon, France
  • Distance Lyon: 130 miles (2 hours)
  • Easy access to Italy and Switzerland.

 

 

Elevation information for Chamonix's Ski resort areas.

 

Ski Area Top Elevation Skill Level
Aiguille du Midi 3843m / 12,608' Intermediate/Expert
Les Grands Montets 3275m / 10,745' Intermediate/Expert
La Flégère 2450m / 8333' Beginner/Intermediate
Le Brévent 2525m / 8284' Intermediate
Les Houches 1966m / 6450' All Levels
Le Tour 2150m / 7054' All Levels

 

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Private Ski Lessons in Chamonix

PRIVATE SKI LESSONS

Private ski lessons in Chamonix with top level British ski instructor Mark Gear.    

The focus is always on each client's individual needs. Make genuine, lasting improvement with your skiing.

Mark will select the best snow conditions and ski terrain in the Chamonix valley to suit your skiing level and private ski lesson goals.

Receive priority on lift lines and total attention to your skiing goals with one of the UK's top professional ski teachers.

 Availability for private ski lessons run throughout the winter season. It's recommended to reserve in advance.

Private ski lessons for full days also include transport from your hotel in Chamonix to the slopes and back.

 

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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.

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Over 20 off piste performance 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 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.

 

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