Skiing steeps and couloirs in the Alps (Private program)

Exciting 6-day trip in the Alps skiing steeps and couloirs, with an IFGMA Mountain Guide. Ideal for those who want to improve their skills.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    My passion for skiing goes far beyond free riding and touring:  I absolutely love skiing the steeps. So if you want to discover some of the great runs of the Alps, join me for a week of adventure either in Chamonix or the Dolomites. You can also combine both and make it a legendary road trip!

    This program is designed for experienced skiers looking to enter into the world of big mountains and steep lines.

    Actually, the aim of the course is to become technically proficient in basic mountaineering skills and tackle a ‘project’ line at the end of the week.

    To achieve that, the trip includes all the important elements of mountaineering needed to ascend and complete a successful descent.

    This are some of the skills you’re are going to learn:

    • Picking your line
    • Safe glacier travel
    • Setting anchors in snow and ice for belaying and rappelling
    • Correct use of crampons and ice tools

    Some past programs have included stellar descents of the Gervasutti Couloir on the Tour Ronde, the Mettrier Spur on the Domes de Miage or the Barbey Couloir on the Aiguille d’Argentiere, as well as Brenva Glacier, Holzer Couloir and north face of the Marmolada.

    In fact, this is a custom steep skiing course where you learn ‘on the mountain’. You’ll also have a video critique.

    Besides, the trip includes a complete session on how to choose the right gear for the job. We’ll use the latest demo skis from Black Diamond.

    For further information, you can fin the complete program below.

    Please contact me if you want to go skiing in the Alps. I will be glad to help you arrange the best trip for you. 

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

    You can also check other trips I organize, like this ski touring up to the top of Mont Blanc or this freeride skiing trip in Sella Ronda.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 2
    1099 EUR

    Group of 3
    1099 EUR

    Group of 4
    1099 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1General assessment

      Our first morning gets started with some gentle skiing and skinning to asses everyone’s technique and level.

      After a lunch brief, we will make a plan for the week to include a reasonable goal – either a slope or a summit.

    • Day 2 to 5Perfectioning technique

      The next several days are used to practice actual techniques needed to safely access and ski gradually steeper lines.

      The venues of both Chamonix and Arabba have plenty to offer even the most advanced skier, so everyone is sure to learn and be challenged.

      One evening will be spent using video to critique technique.

    • Day 6The prize

      This final day is one that will require hard work, sweat and some suffering. But it will all be worth it at the end. Celebratory evening dinner.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    – Chamonix, France

    – Selva di Val Gardena, Italy

    More info

    - Special prices for groups of 2 or more skiers booking the same course at the same time.

    - Skiing includes many sustained 40-45 degree slopes. S3/4. Certain access will require using ropes, crampons and ice axes.

    Level:

    – Excellent base fitness

    – Solid off-piste skiing level

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    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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