- Half Board
- 2 and half day course
- IFMGA mountain guides
With the rapid increase in backcountry skiing & boarding, demand for quality avalanche training has increased dramatically.
This 2½ day course is an ideal first course for those new to travel in avalanche terrain and a great review or upgrade for anyone who has some experience or prior training but feels they need a skills "tune-up."
The training is provided by IFMGA mountain guides who as well as being experts on backcountry travel and safety are also passionate skiers and mountaineers.
For anyone planning to ski, board or tour off-piste, this course is essential for recognising and avoiding the avalanche hazard and for minimising the risk of accidents.
Upon completion of the course everyone receives the course Certificate of Training.
The Foundation-level avalanche course provides a complete introduction to the avalanche phenomenon, avalanche terrain, decision making, and rescue. This is an ideal first course for those new to travel in avalanche terrain and a great review or upgrade for anyone who has some experience or prior training but feels they need a skills "tune-up." The foundation course is designed as a stand-alone course for back-country travellers; it also serves as an introduction to avalanches and is a lead in to the advanced-level course for those who wish to progress. The training is structured with time spent in the field and in the classroom. There are well-defined objectives so that you can be clear on what you will come away with from the course.
Participants on the foundation-level course can expect a minimum of 4 hours of classroom instruction and about 10 to 12 hours of field instruction in the following subjects:
• Types of avalanches
• Characteristics of avalanches
• An introduction to how avalanches form and release
• Avalanche terrain
• Trip planning and preparation
• Travel techniques
• Decision making
• Avalanche rescue
Participants will need to bring their own skis/boards, transceiver, shovel and probe and a day pack. On request the transceiver, shovel and probe can be hired from the instructor for £15 per set. For the classroom activities, you should bring a notebook and pen. Participants must also have a valid lift pass (for days 2 and 3 of the course)
Chamonix is one of the French Alps' flagship resorts, one of its busiest hubs and has some of the best, most challenging skiing too. An expert's paradise, with extensive lift-served off-piste runs including the iconic Vallée Blanche, and some serious high altitude runs at Grands Montets and Brévent. At busy times, you can barely move around central Chamonix for all of the huge off-piste skis, serious looking backpacks and rugged mountain guides.
Chamonix can work for beginners and intermediates too though, you just need to know where to look. Le Tour and Les Houches both offer gentle terrain and tree-lined pistes where you can shelter if the weather closes in. However, you've got to understand Chamonix as it won't suit everyone. It's split into 5 distinct and very seperate ski areas and you will need to use the Chamonix Valley transport system to do the whole thing justice. Le Tour and Les Houches for example are at opposite ends of the valley, nearly 20km apart. The bus and train services are excellent, but having to travel between ski areas isn't every beginner's cup of tea.
The more adventurous will also find that Courmayeur in Italy and even Verbier in Switzerland are accessible for a day trip from Chamonix.
Chamonix is one of the finest ski resorts in the French Alps and offers something for everyone. You must be prepared to put in the effort to get the most out of Chamonix, but if you are then you will find a wealth of Alpine experiences that will have you coming back for years to come.
Chamonix ski resort
Chamonix is a large, bustling town in its own right. Totally different to the purpose built resorts on offer elsewhere in the region. It has a large year-round population and the resort amenities are like no other. The large pedestrianised centre offers a huge choice of shops, bar restaurants and nightclubs. There's even a casino and the range of off-slope activities can seem endless. If you have non-skiers in your group then Chamonix should be at the top of your list as it can keep everyone entertained.
To top it off, Chamonix is located only 1 hour from Geneva, making it one of the shortest transfers. Uniquely, Chamonix manages to combine this lightening fast transfer with true high-altitude and glacier skiing. Other resorts with similar transfer times (Morzine, for example) can't offer the same high altitude skiing.