Off-Piste & Freeride
Chamonix is a mecca for off-piste skiing and is world-famous for its fantastic backcountry terrain. If you’re happy on red and black runs and are up for an adventure, then you have the skills required to enjoy skiing off-piste.
Working with our partners, Chamonix Experience and Evolution2, you'll be in the care of an experience and qualified instructor. All of the guides we work with are English/French speaking and highly professional, with detailed knowledge of the incredible Chamonix ski area.
We offer a number of courses that will take you from piste-hugger to powder-lover, transforming your technique and equipping you with the skills needed to stay safe in glacial and avalanche terrain.
Off-Piste Clinic: If you are new to off-piste and need to brush up your skills then this is a great session for you.
Our instructors will take you safely off-piste and teach you how to master the conditions of the moment, improve your technique and make the most of your stay. Off-piste is not just about powder so expect some gullies, moguls and hard pack too. This is a four hour course run by Evolution2, group sizes are limited to a maximum of 6 people.
Chamex-Plore: Specially designed to take you on the best off piste runs in and around Chamonix, this course will introduce you to classic itineraries such as the Pas de Chevre at Les Grands Montets, Pré du Rocher from the Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi, Glacier de Toule in Courmayeur and, of course, the legendary Vallée Blanche. This is a 3 day course run by Chamonix Experience, your guide will plan the course according to your level of skiing and of those in your group.
Off-Piste Skiing Performance: This course is designed to transform your off-piste skiing from good to excellent. You will have tuition from an internationally qualified UIAGM guide and European qualified ski instructor. The aim of the course is to improve your off-piste ski technique, ski as many of the best descents as possible and to improve your avalanche awareness skills. Every day your guide will choose the area offering the best off-piste skiing conditions possible. This is a 5 day course run by Chamonix Experience, you will need to have a good standard of skiing and fitness to take part.
Freestyle Snowboard Clinic: Want to learn tricks, ride switch and perform jumps? Learn all the freestyle basics like riding on a flat base, riding switch and a load of flat land tricks. This concentrates on snowboard control and giving you confidence.
Once you have cracked this we'll introduce you to riding small features, learn more jumps and hit the board park. The session runs for 4 hours and is limited to groups of up to 6 people.
Handy Hints from Mountain Lifestyle
- You cannot come to Chamonix and not sample our amazing off piste! However, the Chamonix backcountry is steep, deep and sometimes dangerous. Learning how to read the terrain and handle the conditions is essential.
- Most of these course are available to both skiers and snowboarders, contact us for advice if you are not sure which ones are most suitable for you.
- Be honest about your skills! Your instructor will find out very quickly if you have "elaborated" on your level of experience, be truthful so that they can plan a route that is best suited to your standard. You'll enjoy it more and it won't be quite so embarrassing.