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Off Piste & Ski Touring

Megeve - St Gervais - Les Contamines

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Off Piste & Ski Touring in St gervais, Megeve, Les Contamines

St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines Off Piste Skiing & Alpine Touring

Welcome to our off piste skills groups, and alpine touring groups in St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines. We can of course run private lessons of all the groups we offer. Just choose any green date in the booking calendar and let us know in the notes when you book online. For group lessons look for blue dates in the booking calendar

We recommend you choose an appropriate ski during any of our off piste skiing lessons in St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines. Use a ski that is 85mm wide underfoot (or greater), and is as long as you are tall (approximately +/- 3cm). Please avoid using short and narrow skis off piste, while they may feel lovely on piste, it will make things more difficult for you off piste.

Off Piste Skills: 9th Jan 2019 10th Jan 2019 23rd Jan 2019 24th Jan 2019 Alpine Touring: 11th Jan 2019 25th Jan 2019 6th Feb 2019 7th Feb 2019

Off Piste Skills 1

This session is focused on understanding how the skis work when moving through soft snow. Then getting into how to adjust the skills you currently use on piste, so that you can begin to move through varied snow conditions off piste. Once we can starting moving off piste, we use short sections near to the piste. The aim is to be able to link a few turns together, off piste, in varied snow conditions. On gradients that work with your skill level, not against it.
After this, its time to enjoy practising and come back to us for level 2.

Duration: 3hrs (varies from 1 – 3 days)

Location: St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines

9th Jan 2019 23rd Jan 2019

Off Piste Skills 2

Are you already able to link turns off piste in varied snow conditions on gradients equivalent to blue terrain? Perhaps you would like to ski more of the available off piste mountain terrain around St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines? Here we will briefly re-cap how the skis perform in soft snow. Then we will start to refine your skills according to your performance requirements, and any goals you may have. This will be done through a mixture of drills on piste, and off piste. Drills and development are always particular to the individual. So in a group environment we may have some circuits going at this time. This allows individuals to progress at their own rate in a safe environment. Where appropriate we will scale the level of terrain being skied to your development and goals.

Duration: 3hrs (varies from 1 – 3 days)

Location: St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines

10th Jan 2019 24th Jan 2019

Alpine Touring 1

Routes in St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines are weather dependant and selected according to the prevailing conditions. Typically routes for Level 1 terrain will use the following approximate guidelines:

Slopes: 15-20 Degrees (Approx blue Equiv)
Distance Touring 1Km-3Km
Vertical Ascent 200m-300m
Distance Skiing 3Km-6Km
Vertical Descent 800m-1000m
Time Ascending 1hr-2hrs
You’ll need a packed lunch

Duration: Full Day

11th Jan 2019 25th Jan 2019 6th Feb 2019


Alpine Touring 2

Routes in St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines are weather dependant and selected according to the prevailing conditions. Typically routes for Level 2 terrain will use the following approximate guidelines:

Slopes: 20-30 Degrees (Approx Red Equiv)
Distance Touring 2Km-4Km
Vertical Ascent 300m-600m
Distance Skiing 6Km-10Km
Vertical Descent 1000m-1200m
Time Ascending 3hrs – 4hrs
You’ll need a packed lunch

* Duration: 1 Full Day

** Duration: 2 Full Days – Hut Overnight

** Here is an example of a mountain hut we use. We will provide transfer to our starting point.

7th Feb 2019

Groups

We schedule groups in St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines for all our off piste ski lessons.
Just, look out for blue dates in the calendar, click straight through to the date you want, and book online. to find other groups.

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Private

You can of course book a private ski lesson of any of our off piste skiing groups in St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines. Just let us know in the notes field when you book your private lesson online.

If you want to book a private lesson to guide an Alpine Touring route, you will need a FULL day.

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Alpine Touring FAQ

Fitness for ski touring?
You dont need to be super fit, you need to be comfortable spending a few hours hill walking, at a relaxed pace.

Skill level?
You dont need to be a high performing skier. You just need to be able to ski varied snow conditions. On gradients approximately equivalent to: blue terrain for Alpine Touring 1, or red terrain for Alpine Touring 2.

Equipment?
You will need: ski touring skis/binding, skins, ski crampon, transceiver, shovel, probe, and rucksack (Don’t worry, when sessions start we will carry out a kit check and briefing). Alpine touring equipment can be rented as a “ski randonnee” or “ski touring” package from good ski rental shops. For example at following shops:

St Gervais Twinner

Megeve Sport 2000

Any other questions, just ask [email protected]

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