Off-Piste Skiing and Ski Touring

Alpine ski-touring is the perfect way to enjoy the mountains throughout the winter season, giving you the freedom to travel anywhere quickly and efficiently, when deep snow makes walking impossible.

Do you enjoy your ski holidays, but want to learn how to ski off-piste and venture further afield or maybe you're experience and want to complete a challenging hut to hut ski tour? then ISM have a week for you.

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Instructional Courses

Introduction to Off-Piste Skiing - Level 1

If you're an intermediate piste skier, able to ski in control, make confident turns on red runs and would like to learn to ski off-piste in a safe and managed environment then this would be a great week for you.

Ski Touring Skills - Level 2

This course is designed to give you a great introduction and foundation in ski touring, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to enjoying and explore the high mountains far above the crowded pistes and lift queues.

Avalanche Awareness For Skiers - Level 2

This course will give you a good foundation in understanding the snow pack and will teach you how to avoid avalanche prone slopes and enable you to become a safer and more independent off piste skier.

Advanced Ski Touring Skills - Level 3

This course will help you develop your ski touring skills to become more independent and confident, and able to take a leadership role in a group when skiing with friends. It is ideal for those who have completed our Ski Touring Skills (or similar) and have some experience hut to hut ski touring.

Advanced Off-Piste Skiing - Level 3

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Guided Climbing Weeks - Level 2

Ski Lyngen, Norway

If you could design a perfect ski touring area then the Lyngen Alps would be it! The days start where the snow line begins at sea level, skiing up into a quiet and unspoilt wilderness of snowy peaks.

Ski Narvik, Norway

Ski Narvik and you'll experience the great wilderness around the peninsula of this remote arctic outpost and the mountains surrounding the beautiful fjords lower down, whilst enjoying some of the best alpine skiing in Norway. You might also catch a glimpse of the northern lights?


Guided Climbing Weeks - Level 3

Ski Grand St Bernard

The area around the Grand St Bernard pass is a perfect one for ski touring, having a wealth of summits suitable for ascents on ski plus excellent ski-touring routes on both the Swiss and Italian sides of the frontier.

West Oberland Haute Route

This superb ski journey runs from Diablerets near Leysin to Kandersteg in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. Virtually unknown to British skiers, it has long been regarded by the Swiss as a classic tour and most people compare it favourably to the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route.


Guided Climbing Weeks - Level 4

Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route

The world famous high-level route from Chamonix to Zermatt gives one of the finest ski tours in the Alps, particularly if it is undertaken at a less crowded time and the optimum route is followed (from the many possible variations).

Oberland Ski Mountaineering Traverse

This traverse weaves through some of the most remote and breath taking high mountain scenery in the Alps. It is a classic high level ski touring traverse climbing impressive peaks; Grunegghorn (3500m), Gross Wannenhorn, (3905m), Abeni Flue (3962m), and Kranzberg (3666m).

Saas 4000ers

This circular route across the high glaciers of the Mischabel gives a spectacular week climbing three 4000m peak, the Allalinhorn (4027m), Strahlhorn (4190m) and Alphubel (4017m). While none of the peaks are technical they are at high altitude and are strenuous climbs.

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Private Guiding and Custom Weeks - Levels 2, 3 and 4

We offer guided climbing and Custom Weeks to both individuals or groups of friends, that have specific goals and or objectives that they want to achieve anywhere in the Alps or further afield - please contact the ISM to discuss your plans.