Advanced Off-Piste Skiing
Level 3 : Instructional Course
Enjoy some fantastic off-piste skiing around Leysin and the Alps Vaudoise, whilst developing that all important knowledge of avalanche terrain management and security on steep ground.
We're very lucky in the resorts around Leysin (Alps Vaudoise) to have such a great variety of lift accessed off-piste skiing terrain. Unlike the big popular resorts such as Verbier and Chamonix, the areas around Leysin are less crowded and so vastly increase your chance of skiing fresh tracks.
The course includes certification in Avalanche training level 2 from the Swiss Mountain Training Organisation and The Association of Swiss Mountain Guides (SBV/ASGM).
Enjoy fantastic off-piste skiing in the Alps, Vaudoise
Coaching in off-piste ski techniques, accessing steeper slopes
Developing safe practises and security on steeper terrain
Expert ski guiding and instruction from experienced ISM Guides
Is The Course For Me?
The main focus of the week is to improve your ski technique on steeper off-piste ski terrain. This is an instructional course, but we will devote enough time to enjoy some great off-piste skiing. At the start of the course you'll understand better the theory that underpins safe travel and avalanche awareness. You will then have time to use this theory in our decision making process in avalanche terrain throughout the rest of the course. When planning to ski steeper slopes, avalanche risk management is critical.
The week is be based from our home in Leysin, staying at the Tour D'AI hotel where you will enjoy good food and a very comfortable stay.
Ski ability required: Comfortable off-piste skier on slopes to 40* and a good general level of fitness. Split Snowboards can be used on this course and skis should have ski touring bindings, so that we can make short sections of uphill travel.
Advanced Off-Piste Skiing
Theory that underpins ski technique, basic ski principles - gliding, edging & turning, key movements - flexion, lateral. rotary, personal off-piste ski technique, different parts of a turn - how to act in different snow conditions, control - long and short radius, skidded and carved turns, basic ski touring equipment, practice and mileage, snow conditions, snowpack and basic avalanche awarenessGroup management Personal feedback
- Theory that underpins ski technique
- Basic ski principles - gliding, edging & turning
- Key movements - glexion, Lateral. Rotary
- Personal off-piste ski technique
- Different parts of a turn - how to act in different snow conditions
- Control - long and short radius, skidded and carved turns
- Ski touring equipment
- Practice and mileage
- Snow conditions, snowpack and basic avalanche awareness
- Group management
- Personal feedback
The course starts with a briefing at 6.45pm at the Tour D'Ai hotel in Leysin. This is a chance for you to meet your team mates and Guide and go through the details of the course. There will also be time for you to sort out any equipment you need and for you to ask questions. Dinner will follow the briefing.
Warm up day skiing off-piste in Leysin including the stohl couloir, “between the tours”, col Luissel, Riondaz, les plans, etc. We also use the transceiver training centre to (re)familiar ourselves with our transceivers and refresh how to make an avalanche rescue. The evening is spent dealing with avalanche awareness theory.
We travel to the excellent free ride resort of Glacier 3000 which is situated at the col de Pillon. This resort has up to 2km of vertical descent and is mainly north facing (cold snow). Descents may include: from the Dome (3000m to 1000m altitude) to Les Diablerets village (shuttle bus back to the col de Pillon) and the Combe Audon, which has a small black piste snaking down and acres of north facing steep off-piste skiing, which is perfect when focusing on ski technique. The descent under the cable car is another 1500m of easy north facing powder and the Piere Muelle is a very wild and steep variation. Fresh tracks are almost guaranteed. This resort is comparable to the Grandes Montets (Chamonix) La Grave and Gemstock (Andermatt), but relatively unknown and un-skied!
Wednesday - Friday
Possibly another trip to Glacier 3000. We also have the Les Diablerets lift system, which gives access to some steep descents on the north facing slopes which drop down to the village of Forclaz. There are multiple steep couloirs and the classic “petit Chamossiere”. During our time we will mainly focus on avalanche awareness and ski technique. There will also be a session on using ropes to negotiate passages which are too uncomfortable or steep to ski.
Breakfast at the hotel before departing.
Course Dates & Booking
Please call +44 (0) 1539 721561 for availability
Meet the Team
IFMGA Swedish Mountain Guide
Christian was born in Sweden and had his first skiing experience in Austria as a youngster.Read More
IFMGA Italian Mountain Guide
Born in NW Italy in a region surrounded by mountains, Paolo started to ski and trek as a kid, always wanting to explore 'beyond the next hill'.Read More
ISM Director and IFMGA British Mountain Guide
As a Director of ISM, Adrian splits his time between guiding, the ISM office, family and climbing for himself. During his 25 year commitment to the team, Adrian has played a key role in the development of ISM.Read More
IFMGA British Mountain Guide
Perhaps the most experienced British guide working in the Alps, Steve has lived in Switzerland for more than 30yrs. He is a member of the Swiss Guides association as well as the British Mountain Guides.Read More
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Testimonials For ISM
The course was excellent, lots of variety and provided me with a good range of skills. Loved reaching the summit of the Weissmeis, for such a nervous and unconfident novice like me, I gained a real sense of achievement from the ascent and the whole week. Huge thanks to Pat.
Good mixture of progressive instruction and learning, climbing and guiding. We climbed some very good mountains from good huts and made the best of the mixed weather conditions. The course also used a range of situations and locations to cover a wide range of skills and techniques.
Classic AlpinISM (Instructional Course)
This was a fantastic trip. Paolo was excellent. The accommodation great. All helped along by wall to wall sunshine, stunning arctic scenery and some superb snow, so no problems as far as I'm concerned.
Ski Lyngen Alps Norway