5 full days off-piste instruction plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no instruction is provided.
The principal aims of these weeks are:
- To provide first class off-piste ski instruction & tuition from professional, friendly Ski Instructors to radically improve your off piste skiing technique.
- To give practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated with skiing off-piste particularly for avalanches.
- To provide the opportunity to ski the best off piste in the Portes du Soleil ski region.
There will be an initial meeting with your instructor(s) on the first evening. This will be an opportunity to meet the instructors and the rest of the group and to discuss the plans for the week. The skiing will start on the following morning.
The week is intended to be fun with lots of thrilling skiing but always directed with maximum attention to your safety and the safety of others on the mountain. Itineraries vary depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions.
Chatel is one of the many resorts that make up the Portes du Soleil Ski Circuit. There are 650 km of piste making it one of the largest ski areas in the Alps. The off-piste skiing is varied and challenging and with so much terrain to explore you certainly won’t get bored. Some of the best descents are only accessible with some walking but the rewards are worth it. Tree skiing at Chamossiere is a particular favourite as is ‘The Swiss Wall’, a steep vertical off piste slope accessed from the top of the Chavanette lift above Avoriaz.
Chatel itself has some fantastic off-piste descents - from steep, narrow couloirs to extensive hidden powder fields. A lot of the areas are accessible from the lifts and with a small amount of hiking it is poissible to discover some real gems which are off the beaten track and very rarely visited. With Chamonix only 1 hour away there is also the option to spend a day on the Vallee Blanche or heli-skiing in Courmayeur.
The Level 4 Off-Piste Performance courses were previously called "Off-Piste Beginner". These courses are ideal for skiers who have never skied off-piste or have limited off-piste experience (less than 2 weeks). All participants need to be competent on-piste, capable of skiing parallel at a steady pace on all red runs whatever the conditions and easy black runs. These weeks will be run by Ski Instructors with focus on comprehensive off-piste instruction.
For the off-piste performance courses you need to have good allround fitness and stamina. We recommend that you prepare for any trip by running, cycling or any other keep-fit activity. Generally the fitter you are, the more fun you will have.
Accommodation and meals: For this week we have teamed up with Chatel chalet experts, White Peak Holidays. Chalet Vuarand (also known as A L'Oree du Lac) is a spectacular luxury catered ski chalet overlooking the lake. The chalet has been built with luxury chalet holidays in mind and benefits from top-quality fixtures and fittings. The chalet has 5 spacious ensuite rooms. Other facilities include gym, sauna, jacuzzi baths, log fires, large terraces with superb views.
Equipment: A copy of our recommended kit list will be sent to you at the time of booking. Standard downhill equipment is acceptable on our off-piste performance level 4 courses.
Safety equipment: everyone is expected to ski at all times with the three essential items of avalanche safety equipment; transceiver, shovel and probe. If you ski off-piste regularly we recommend you purchase your own set. We use and recommend the DTS Tracker and can offer you these at a discounted rate. Alternatively the guides do usually have a number of sets available for hire.
Our Staff: This week will be run by a fully qualified ski instructor. Numbers permitting (more than 8) the instructor will be joined by an IFMGA Mountain Guide and the group will alternate between skiing with the instructor and the guide. Our staff are chosen for their friendly personalities and passion for their sport as well as their expertise and knowledge as mountain professionals. They will ensure you have a highly rewarding and enjoyable week.
Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured for off-piste skiing covering personal accident, rescue and third party risks. You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment. We can arrange this for you at a cost of £42 per person for a 9-day policy. Contact us for further details.
Duration & Prices: Trip duration is 7 days (6 days skiing, of which 5 are guided).
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