COACHING & ADVENTURE SKIING

On-Piste Adventure Ski Courses

12 years on from when they were first offered, the Piste Perfection courses continue to go from strength to strength. These 4 day courses will give you an exceptional opportunity to achieve something new in your skiing. It’s intense, it’s rewarding, it’s a fantastic way to spend a weekend and the progress made will stay with you forever. Be warned though – it is addictive!

Click on any of the course titles below to find out more…

  • Piste Perfection
    pisteperfThe course is for good intermediate skiers, capable of skiing any piste… but not quite as well as you would like!

    The objective is to build on your strengths, eliminate your bad habits and provide a helpful leg up from the seemingly interminable intermediate skier plateau.

    Based in Chamonix with Guillaume Ravanel – this course will help find the better skier inside you.

    Course Dates:
    26th – 30th January

    Cost: from £819 per person

    Includes:

    4 nights B+B in 2 star hotel on twin room share basis
    1 Shared Return transfer to and from Geneva
    Transportation to and from the slopes
    Services of the Ski Weekend resort team
    4 days tuition and Guiding with Video Analysis

    ABTOT and ATOL Bonding

    Based on minimum of 4 skiers per group

  • Off-Piste Adventure Skiing

    An opportunity to explore the backcountry with our team of  qualified Mountain Guides and Instructors.

    This programme of off-piste weekends is created specifically for off-piste skiers from novice to expert. Skiing with an expert Mountain Guide or Instructor, you will escape crowded pistes and take your skiing to a new level to explore the vast potential of off piste and backcountry skiing.

    • Toutes Neiges Tous Terrains

      DSC_7527-2An Introduction to Off-piste Adventure Skiing and absolutely ideal for anyone wanting their first taste of off piste skiing. You’ll learn skills to help you master a variety of terrain and differing snow types which in turn will enable you to ski off-piste with greater confidence.  Furthermore it will open up a mountain world that previously you’d only been able to gaze at from the pistes.

      Many of our guests who have been on the ‘TNTT’ course have progressed on to the follow-on course, ‘Belle Traces’ and then been inspired to sample our introduction to ski touring course, ‘Les Glaciers du Mont Blanc’.

      Course Dates:
      26-30 Jan 2016

      Cost: from £729-£749 per person
      Minimum of 4 skiers per group

      Includes:

      4 nights B+B in 2 star hotel on twin room share basis
      1 Shared Return transfer to and from Geneva
      Transportation to and from the slopes
      Services of the Ski Weekend resort team
      4 days tuition and Guiding with Video Analysis.

      ABTOT and ATOL Bonding

    • Belle Traces
      DSC_4607-2Based in Chamonix with Yves Detry, Gilbert Matillat or Lionel Briand this is the next stage in your Off Piste skiing progression and follows nicely on from the foundations laid in Tous Neiges Tous Terrains.

      Among the skills we develop will be coping with steeper slopes, concentrating particularly on skiing in control and building your confidence. You will spend time developing your understanding of mountain safety and there’s always the possibility of a day ski-tour on the last day.

      Belle Traces is a primer for Les Glaciers du Mont Blanc and then Adventure or Ski Touring. It really does open up a whole new world of skiing.

      Skier ability: strong parallel skier, with some off piste experience.
      Accommodation: standard.
      Number of days with guide: 4.
      Course Dates: On application

      Cost: from £729-£749 which includes return shared airport transfer, four night’s B&B accommodation (twin room basis) and course fee.

    • Vallée Blanche
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      The Vallée Blanche in Chamonix is an off-piste ski route accessed from near the top of the Aiguille du Midi cable car at 3812m. At its best, the 20km decent of some 2700m will take you all the way back into Chamonix itself via the Géant glacier and Mer de Glace.   It is probably the most famous off piste glacier run in the whole world – and justly so.

       

      VB & SimonThe views are epic, and whilst the terrain is not pisted, it is a very popular ‘strong intermediate level’ route.

      Things to note:

      •  It is a route with hidden crevasses and potentially dangerous seracs and is therefore imperative for your own safety to ski  accompanied by a qualified Mountain Guide (up to 6 guests per guide).
      • Several routes down are possible dependent on conditions on the day
      • The start of the route involves walking down a narrow snow arête which for some guests can be the trickiest bit.  There are handlines and often you’ll be roped up to the Mountain Guide.
      • There are some rest stops on the journey and there may be an opportunity to visit a mounatin refuge which has a restaurant.
      • Unless there is exceptional snow cover to the valley floor, it is normal to ski to the Montenvers train station and ride the train back to Chamonix itself
      • The route is conditions dependent and whilst the snow is not normally a problem, other factors can close off the route unexpectedly

      Ski Weekend can arrange one of our fully qualified Mountain Guides to take you down the Vallée Blanche.  Call us on 01392 878353 for further details

    • Heli-Ski Vallee de Stura Piemonte
      valle-stura-16Vallee de Stura Piemonte is an amazing  heli-ski area on the French/Italian border.

      Following  reconnaissance trips in 2009/10 our guests had excellent skiing each year since – it is one of the finest locations we have ever skied. The heli is on call just for us, the snow and conditions are frequently excellent and the terrain is varied, with wide open bowls, glades with large trees, steeps and couloirs. What more could you want?!

      We have also returned to ski tour in the springtime and have found it to be an undiscovered paradise that often enjoys good weather when the higher Alps are storm bound.

      For those who have Heli skied in  Valgrischence Italy, the terrain is very similar but without glaciers.  There are bowls, glades and couloirs.  Runs vary in length from 800m to 1200m vertical.  Maximum altitude 2850m skiing to the valley floor at 1600m.

      There are bad weather options for skiing from the lift  Bersezio lift system, in the tree line, with 800- 1000ms vertical in terrain very similar to the Off Piste in Courmayeur.

      1hr 45 minutes transfer from Turin airport, or 2hrs 30 from Milan Malpensa
      Flights with EasyJet available

      Accommodation in the Osteria Del Pace
      Superb Family run Auberge with 14 bedrooms, excellent local cuisine and a huge wine cellar!

      Dates: on application

      •  3 day Ski Weekend
      • 1 return transfer to and from Turin or Milan Malpensa airport
      • 3 days half Board accommodation in twin bedded rooms
      • 3 Heli lunches
      • 3 days Heli skiing with 5 Heli drops per day
      • 3 days with “Ski Weekend Mountain Guide”
      • ABTOT and ATOL Bonding
      • ABS air bag rucksacks, avalanche transceivers
      • Ski pass when and where necessary for the local area

      Cost: POA – contact gavin@skiweekend.com

      Extra drops €410 per rotation
      Bad weather days- non flying refund of €900 per day

    • Heli Haute Route

      DSC_3932Take the hard work out of the Haute Route.

      We have 2 possible itineraries.

      Route One: Chamonix-Zermatt

      • Chamonix, Le Tour by ski lift, ski down into Trient, Switzerland, heli pick up and drop on the Plateau de Trient.
      • Ski down to Champex or Praz Torrents.
      • Heli pick up and drop onto Rosa Blanche above Verbier, ski down to Evolene.
      • Heli pick up and drop on the Pigne de Arolla.
      • Overnight in Arolla.
      • Next morning, an early heli pick up and drop on the Peigne, quite a big skin up to the Tete de Vapelline above the Italian-Swiss border.
      • Ski down for beers in Zermatt.

      Route two: Italian heli Haute Route

      • Courmayeur Italy.
      • 1 or 2 drops on the high glaciers of the south side of the Mont Blanc Massif, then heli pick up from Lac Chombal and drop on the Mont Fortin.
      • Heli pickup in La Thuile, drop on the Rutour Glacier, ski down to Planaval in the Valgrischence valley.
      • Late lunch and a final heli drop to ski as far down into the Aosta valley as the snow permits.
      • Overnight in Cervina,
      • Next morning heli pick up and drop from Cervina onto the Dames Blanches, with 1 or 2 drops, then a heli pick up and drop at the Col de Vapelline.
      • Ski down for beers in Zermatt.

      These trips are totally tailor-made to suit you.
      The helicopter capacity means they work best with four clients and one guide.
      For more information on one of the most exciting and unique skiing experiences contact Gavin Foster: UK 01392 878351 gavin@skiweekend.com

    • Heli-Skiing in Italy and Switzerland
      heli-stura-11Short break heli-skiing close to Geneva or Zurich.

      Italian Heli Ski areas:
      Valgrischanche
      :- the secret heli-ski valley.
      Courmayeur and the South side of Mont Blanc and La Thuile.
      Alagna, Gressoney and the Monte Rosa Massif.  Descents from the   Colle Del Lys (4200m) and down into Zermatt. Returning via the Klein Matterhorn Breithorn cable car then down the Cima Bianci to Champoluc and back to Gressoney is almost 40 km 1 in the day.

      Private groups arranged for groups of 4 or 8 plus the guides. Best time from January onwards. Please email in the first instance for further details and prices. gavin@skiweekend.com

    • Haute Route
      DSC_0097The Classic Haute Route. Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn on skis.

      The Chamonix – Zermatt Haute Route is one of the worlds classic high mountain tours on ski.  It’s a journey of unrivalled splendour through some of the European Alps’ finest mountains.
      Ski Weekend have long experience of organising Haute Route journeys and we are very happy to discuss your plans and possibly tailor a tour to suit you.

      Zermatt is only 70km or so from Chamonix as the crow flies but the actual twists and turns in the journey total around 129km.  One of the most popular options is to combine a Glaciers du Mont Blanc course with an Haute Route, giving you 8 days of skiing with a mountain guide.  We normally aim to take 5 days for the trip.
      Our departure dates and route can be arranged to avoid the crowds and make the most of the conditions.

      Typical itinerary and cost (based on 4 participants).
      Arrive Friday.
      Depart Saturday.
      3 days Skiing around Chamonix with a Mountain Guide;
      5 days Skiing with guide on HR
      Total of 4 nights in Jumelles and 8 days guided skiing.
      Cost: on application

       

    • Top secret
      DSC_4629Dates: 22nd – 26th January

      Cost from £ 1,000 per person

      Using our 27 years of Off Piste Experience, we will will pick the best spots to ski the deepest powder snow. Although this could be secret spots in well known resorts it is more likely to be completely off the beaten track.

      Guests fly into Geneva

      What’s included:

      4 days skiing with a mountain Guide
      1 return transfer to and from Geneva
      Transportation to and from the ski areas
      Accommodation in a minimum of 2 star hotels and lodges
      Services of Ski Weekend

      Cost: £969 per person
      Based on a minimum of 4 guests

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