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.
All mountain ski courses with a maximum of 6 skiers per group. Monday - Friday all day ski coaching and guiding with elite ski instructor Mark Gear. Ski courses also include daily video feedback and in resort transport for skiing.
All mountain ski courses with a maximum of 6 people per group. Saturday and Sunday all day ski coaching and guiding with elite ski instructor Mark Gear. Ski courses include daily video feedback and in resort transport for skiing.
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,
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.
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 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.
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.