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.
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.
The SkiZinal lodge.
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
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.
NEWNeed help deciding?
Stay up-to-date on the best adventures!