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Advanced Ski Touring Skills

This is an ideal course for those people that have maybe completed our Ski Touring Skills course or similar course elsewhere and have gained some experience hut to hut ski touring and want to take it to the next level and become more independent.

Level 4 Instruction & Coaching

5 days, 6 nights

Prerequisites: Ski Touring Skills Or equivalent

Price: £1265*

* Fully inclusive price

 Course Dates

Course Highlights

  • Develop your off-piste ski technique
  • Develop your Ski Touring Skills to become more independent
  • Practical sessions covering planning a ski tour, accessing the snow pack, avalanche awareness, group management, security on steep ground, route finding and route choice
  • Comfortable 3 star accommodation and great mountain huts
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This course focusus on advanced ski touring and off-piste ski techniques, decision making in planning a ski tour, assessing and route finding while touring in avalanche terrain, security on steep ground, glacier travel (skiing roped up crevasse rescue) navigational skills and managing groups on off-piste terrain.

The course will be based around Leysin for the first couple of days and then head over to the Val D'Herrens and up to Arolla for the rest of the week. The Dix hut just above Arolla is a very comfortable mountain Hut perched on a rock outcrop below the impressive North face of the Mt Blanc du Cheilon. The Dix hut gives great access to a number of peaks where we can develop all the advanced skillsand gain the experience needed to travel on skis in the winter safely.

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The course also includes certification in Avalanche training level 2 from the Swiss Mountain Training Organisation and The Association of Swiss Mountain Guides (SBV/ASGM).


Is This Course For Me?

Ski ability required: Good effective turns off-piste in most snow conditions and experience of our Ski Touring Skills or equivalent course. You will also need experience of hut to hut ski touring such as any of our level 3 ski tours and a good general level of fitness to enjoy this course to it's fullest.

Sample Programme

Day 1
Based in the Leysin resort, we start the week by covering the fundamentals of planning a day off-piste skiing. We look in detail at the weather both past and present and make informed decisions on the snow pack, safe slopes to ski on and where the best snow is. We get out and enjoy some great off piste skiing, developing your off-piste ski technique, looking at the actual snow that we find on the various aspects of slopes, refresh the use of avalanche tranceivers, route choice on off-piste terrain, group management, assessing the snow pack and understanding avalanche terrain.

This is very much an instructional based week with the emphasis on learning, coaching and developing your existing skills and taking your own ski touring to the next level as well as applying them to become more indendent with actiual hands on training where you start to make your own decisions and gain experience leading from the front. This constant theme of learning and coaching with an emphasis on you taking the lead and starting to make decisions for yourself will be a thread throughout the week to a point whereby you'll hopefully feel more competent and confident to plan your own ski tours independently in the future.

Day 2
The second day is also based in Leysin building on the skills developed on the first day with more input from us on your off-piste ski technique, skiing styles appropriate for the snow conditions and steepness of terrain, group management, avalanche awareness and the snow pack, general route finding and route choice when skiing off-piste.

Day 3
Weather and conditions permitting, we leave Leysin and head over to Arolla at the head of the Val D'Herrens above Sion. From Arolla we take the lifts and then skin up to the Dix hut, below the Mt Blanc Du Cheilon. During the ascent up to the Dix hut we'll look and discuss the new snow pack, the snow conditions at this higher altutude, route finding in the ascent, have a practical session on crevasse rescue and building snow belays and using ropes for security on steep terrain. Once at the hut we'll discuss the snow we found during our ascent, the weather forecast and then talk through a plan for the following day, trying to give you the knowledge and skills to do most of the planning for yourself so that you gain expereince of starting to make these decisions if out with a group independently. Even if the week for you is only about developing your Ski Touring Skills we feel that the more knowledge you have the more you get from an alpine experience and the safer that experince will be.

Day 4
We leave the Dix hut early morning and head up to our chosen objective taking in our planned route to the summit of an alpine peak. You'll have the opportunity of leading from the front making route choice decisions, developing your ropework skills on steep terrain and managing a group. It's this practical experience once all the rights skills and experience have been developed that you gain confidence to safely lead a group ski touring.

Day 5
Another ascent or high pass building on all the skills learnt throughout the week looking more at security on steep terrain using a rope, route planning, navigation and enjoying some great off-piste skiing.

Maps: Rochers de Naye 262s 1:50,000, St Maurice 272s 1:50,000, Wildstribel 263s 1:50,000, Arolla 283S 1:50 000

Course Dates

Week Start Finish Price  
15 9 Apr 2017 15 Apr 2017 £1265