Sunday - 6.45pm The course begins with a briefing meeting with your guide followed by dinner.
Monday - Skills training and a ski short tour around Leysin. We teach the use of touring bindings and all aspects of using skins for ski touring - including general care and carrying of theskins, most effective methods for fitting skins on to skis, and of course skiing with skins both in ascent and descent. Other ski touring skills are also covered including assessment of avalanche risk by examining the snow pack, the use of avalanche transceivers, off-piste ski technique for different snow conditions, and how to ski most effectively carrying a rucksack. We also use the new 'state of the art' Leysin Avalanche Rescue Training Centre, where we learn essentials skills on how to rescue an avalanched victim.
Tuesday - Ski traverse of Pic Chaussy. The 900m ascent of this elegant peak begins from the Col des Mosses. We use the skinning skills acquired on day one and cover aspects such as choosing the best line of ascent and avalanche avoidance. During the superb descent of this peak we look at snow conditions on different aspects of slope and how this affects our choice of route. Evening session on Avalanche awareness.
Wednesday - Friday - Multi-day day tour in the high Alps, staying two nights in high mountain huts. To give you the best possible tour in the prevailing conditions we keep the venue flexible - always choosing the best destination for the expected weather, conditions in different mountain areas and of course the needs of the group. Past tours have run in the Western Oberland, Grand Combin area and the Mont Blanc Massif.
Saturday - Breakfast at the hotel before departing.
Maps: Rochers de Naye 262 s 1:50 000, St Maurice 272s 1:50 000, Wildstrubel 263s 1:50 000. Possibly Arolla 283s 1:50 000).