The All Mountain Performance course is THE coaching course designed to kick start your season with the skills to take on the whole mountain and aimed at those who wish to focus on technical development in an instructional environment.
We have scheduled the course for early December, when we should have the potential of skiing in both Tignes and Val d’Isere as well as guaranteed snow on the Grand Motte glacier.
Conditions will guide us, but you can expect to be focussing on:
We will be providing video feedback either on the hill for immediate analysis or in the evening.
There will also be opportunities to work with and practice avalanche rescue skills. Whether you have used transceivers, shovels and probes or not, we will spend time going through the safe and effective use of this vital safety equipment.
Throughout each day you will be&guided in equal measure, focusing on technique but also using the oportunity to ski some of the classic routes the area is famous for.
We will run this course on a ratio of 1:6, maximizing your skiing time and giving the opportunity for plenty of individual feedback.
To make the most of this course, your skiing should be at a level where you can cope comfortably on tricky reds and the occasional black.
For this week we will be staying in the Auberge Sur La Montagne in Ste Foy. This has been our base in the Tarentaise Valley for many years and it remains one of our favourite chalets.
This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Off-Piste Coaching courses. On these courses you’ll be staying in a comfortable catered chalet or hotels. When skiing you need to carry just a small day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items you may need.
We continue to see big changes in ski, boot and binding design and technology, which make off-piste skiing and ski touring much more accessible.
For our Off-Piste Coaching courses, good downhill ski and boot are required.
This winter our lead guides are using Elan skis. Praised by magazine testers and professional skiers alike for its unique blend of lightweight performance, the Ripstick 96 is proven to be the ultimate freeride ski in all snow conditions. The Ripstick 106 is the ultimate freeride ski for any terrain. From boundary line to base lodge, peak to parking lot, and trailhead to tailgate this ski excels in all conditions. The new Ripstick Tour 94 is designed on a wider platform, enabling the skier to float better, ski faster, and turn easier in backcountry conditions.
It is built to blend high performance at a low weight, for the perfect mix of freeride downhill performance and efficient ascending capability. With Ripstick Tour 94, the confidence to conquer long ascents and charge challenging descents is the name of the game.
There are many ‘all-mountain/freeride’ skis to choose from and we also recommend skis from Salomon, Dynastar, Movement, Black Crows, Trab Skis, Scott and Volkl. Look for a ski that is the right size for your height, typically the tip of the ski should be somewhere around your nose height. As for the width of the ski or “side cut” a mid-fat ski – 90-110mm under the foot is a good place to start; this offers plenty of flotation off piste while remaining suitable for day tours and they should also handle reasonably well on piste and mixed terrain.
Elan Skis: www.elanskis.com
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com/
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us/
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
There are plenty of other great skis to choose from so if you’re planning on buying skis for ski touring or general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us, or Lockwoods, to discuss the options available.
For off-piste performance courses, standard downhill ski boots are ideal, they offer rigidity, responsiveness and flex depending on the snow conditions. If you have ski touring boots or a pair of the hybrid freeride/touring boots with a walk mode, then these are fine too, bring them with you. We do not recommend you come on a trip with brand new boots.
These days many manufacturers offer ‘thermo-fit’ liners as standard equipment. You may also want to consider a custom liner. Heated and moulded to your foot and boot for a perfect fit, they can make all the difference especially if you have trouble finding really comfortable ‘off-the-shelf¹ boots. Zipfit liners are a great option for anyone seeking total customisation in fit and comfort. They will replace the original liner.
Essential kit – to provide additional comfort and ski control. If you want to get footbeds made or a pair of new boots fitted then we suggest you visit somewhere like Profeet for a professional fitting.
Standard downhill bindings.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses
We recommend Simple and intuitive ORTOVOX AVALANCHE RESCUE KIT 3+
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or Ortovox Avabag. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €30 / CHF 35 per day
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out http://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
Tignes and Val d'Isère are served by the 300km of piste that make up the "Espace Killy", one of Europe’s premier ski areas. Val d’Isere is a thriving town in winter and has been popular with British holiday makers for many decades. Home to plenty of world class chalets and hotels and miles of pisted runs linked to Tignes there is skiing for every level.
Tignes itself is a purpose-built high altitude resort. It was built in the boom of the 1960s - you don't come here if you are looking for an authentic, traditional alpine ambience... But with an excellent snow record, fast, reliable lifts and some fantastic off-piste terrain, who cares about the decor! Tignes is the preferred destination for early season (November) skiing when you’ll share the pistes with most of the international race teams and groups of instructors preparing for the new season.
The ski area is known for its excellent off-piste most of which is accessible from the lift system. There are also some excellent day tours to neighbouring valleys and resorts including the twin resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne. Together Val d'Isère and Tignes can be counted amongst the world's leading ski resorts.
Our top reasons for visiting Val d’Isere and Tignes:
Nearest Airport: Geneva or Chambery
Transfer Options: To get to Val d’Isere we recommend you book a seat with one of the transfer companies who offer shared minibus transfers to resort. There is a public bus option from the airport with Atli Bus. Transfer time is usually 3hrs. It’s also possible to travel from Chambery airport by road to the resort in about 2hrs. Car hire is also a good option and driving from either airport is relatively straight forward.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.