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Freeride skiing in Zinal, Switzerland (private program)

Come and join Francis, IFMGA certified mountain guide, in 6 days of freeride ski course in Zinal. A new kind of skiing in the Swiss Alps!

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Feb
Type of tripNot specified


If anyone asks me where would I go skiing in peace and quiet, I would say freeride ski in Zinal, always.
One of Zinal’s main advantages, besides being a great ski destination, is that it’s off the radar. This means it is not crowded. You can ski as much as you want without worries about others being in your way. The little village of Zinal, in Switzerland, has a good lifts infrastructure, great amount of ski slopes and 19.5 km of cross-country skiing. It also has routes for all levels and abilities, day tours, designated freeride zones and all kinds of skiable summits.

I think freeride skiing in Zinal is the hidden paradise of ski, come see it for yourself!

I will take care of the accommodation logistics. We will stay at the SkiZinal lodge, award winning for its food and hospitality.

All the participants must have an excellent base fitness and solid off-piste skiing level.

On the first day we have some safety training and check the equipment before starting. Then, each morning we discuss the perfect plan for the day. It is important to understand that we have to adjust our itineraries depending on the weather and the terrain conditions. Destination and timing are the most important decisions to be made when skiing off-piste. They can mean the difference between a good day and a fantastic one and are certainly crucial in having a safe day out.

Did you find this trip interesting? Then please contact me for more information! I would love guiding you on these fantastic slopes. 

Please note that this is a private program. Unfortunately, for the time being, I don’t have any group departures planned.

And if you are looking for a shorter freeride program in Switzerland, have a look at this Freeride weekend in Zermatt.


The SkiZinal lodge.


Actual course details may vary due to safety reasons and the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.

More info

Off-Piste Skiing Courses: Your ski clothing (socks, hats, extra gloves, goggles w/ extra lenses). Your personal ski gear (boots, skis – tuned and waxed, poles). A small day pack 20l (1000 c.i.) for lunches and water. Harness with opening leg loops and a locking pear shaped HMS carbine. Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Meeting point

Zinal, Switzerland.




Day 1: The first day

Our first morning gets started with a breakfast briefing and course presentation. We will discuss a general theme and plans for the week and also do a quick gear check. This first day also includes the basics of avalanche safety as well as a few wise words about decision making and terrain selection.

Day 2 to 6: Technique and Exploring

A quick evening briefing is held at dinner every night and we discuss the following day’s plan. We explore a different area every day, enjoying new hidden slopes. We will spend one evening analysing videos to help each participant improve their skiing. If the conditions and your level allow it, we will choose one day to reach a more remote terrain, so if you have ski touring equipment, please bring it along.The exact places we will ski depend entirely on the level of the group and the snow and weather conditions. Better wait 15 minutes to get the latest conditions then spend half the day trying to find them.

About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide

I am a professional mountain & ski guide. I have been guiding now since 1994. I have always been into the mountains – skiing at age 4 and secretly sneaking away for overnight bivouacs in the mountains behind my parents house. At age 13, I decided to pursue my airy scrambles for something that looked a bit more fun. I went to work as an assistant bringing out other young teenagers on exciting hiking and more importantly to me, climbing outings. One thing led to another and before I knew it my world revolved around the mountains.

At the age of 18 I moved to France to pursue my passions, later becoming actively involved with the French Alpine Club in Dijon and organizing outings and putting up climbing routes here and there in Burgundy.

In 1992, I entered the infamous ENSA or French guides school in Chamonix and became the first American to receive international certification (UIAGM/IFMGA) through this prestigious school.

Since then I have been making my living as a full time professional guide, climbing and skiing in many of the worlds great mountain ranges. I speak fluent French, some Italian and I am now learning German.

Previously I have worked as a technical consultant for Petzl, and Grivel.

If you are looking for a great adventure, skiing or climbing, please get in touch with and let's discuss about it.

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Prices per person

Group of 2

EUR 1649 each

Group of 3

EUR 1649 each

Group of 4

EUR 1649 each

Group of 5

EUR 1649 each

Group of 6

EUR 1649 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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