Off Piste Skiing

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The most fun you can have with your clothes on.

Off piste or backcountry skiing is one of the most exhilarating sensations around.

The stunning mountain scenery, the solitude and silence away from the tourist resorts, the infinite variety of snow and the ski techniques to deal with them combine into a heady mixture that’s hard to beat. If you can ski parallel on a red piste, then the way is open to discover this new world.

Chamonix is a world centre for off piste, with a wide variety of runs to suit everyone from the beginner to the seasoned freerider. The world famous Vallée Blanche is many people’s first off piste experience, descending 2000m from the summit of the Aiguille du Midi back to Chamonix. Many other runs of this quality exist throughout Chamonix. Still more terrain is available just over the Swiss border at Verbier, and heli-skiing in Italy is just 30 minutes away through the Mont Blanc tunnel.

You can ski off-piste in Chamonix from Christmas through to the end of April, and itineraries are flexible to suit your ambition and abilities.

Upcoming off piste ski trips

Jan 13

Private winter guiding

January 13, 2020 - January 15, 2020

Skis or ice axes? Who knows? Repeat offender Alan getting his early season fix

Jan 22

Steep skiing training course

January 22, 2020 - January 24, 2020

My usual 3 days with the master of sliding Simon Christy and some carefully selected chums

Jan 30

Skiing and Snow Safety Course

January 30, 2020 - January 31, 2020

This is the first of three 2-day skills courses linked to the Argentière meet. You can pick any or all from: Skiing and Snow Safety, Skiing and Navigation, Skiing and […]

Feb 01

Skiing and Navigation Course

February 1, 2020 - February 2, 2020

This is the second of three 2-day skills courses linked to the Argentière meet. You can pick any or all from: Skiing and Snow Safety, Skiing and Navigation, Skiing and […]

Feb 03

Skiing and Glacier Travel

February 3, 2020 - February 4, 2020

Skiing and Glacier Travel: crevasse avoidance and what to do if someone falls in. This is the third of three 2-day skills courses linked to the Argentière meet. You can […]

Feb 06

Private Winter Guiding

February 6, 2020 - February 8, 2020

Repeat offender Alan for his February dose of fluffiness

Feb 17

Private Off Piste Guiding

February 17, 2020 - February 22, 2020

Special clients in a special place

Mar 29

Chamonix Off Piste and Ski Touring

March 29, 2020 - April 3, 2020

Local based action, depending on conditions and weather