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Avalanche Safety Weekend

Based in Chamonix these avalanche safety weekend courses are ideal for off-piste skiers who want to get a practical grounding in staying alive when skiing off-piste.

Our avalanche awareness courses are geared to be an introduction to or refresher of the fundamentals of avalanche safety. We focus on practical knowlege and spend 2 days skiing off piste whilst learning to recognize hazards and how to avoid them. However, before heading off piste we discuss some theory of how & why avalanches happen to pin our experience on.

What to expect

These courses are led by one of our IFMGA Guides and after a theory session, you will have 2 full days on the mountain skiing off piste and learning about all aspects of avalanche awareness.

You can expect to be skiing all day from first lift


Who is it for?

Any reasonably competent off-piste skier keen to learn more about or refresh their avalanche safety knowledge.

Chalet Accommodation*

in Chamonix, we stay in one of our comfortable Adventure Base Chalets, literally 6 minutes walk from the town centre's restaurants and bars. Breakfast and packed lunch are included leaving the evenings free for you to explore the delights of Chamonix.

Typical Itinerary

Friday: Meet at the chalet at 6pm for an hour or so discussion and presentation about avalanches and how to avoid them - a theory session to prepare us for the next 2 days on the hill.

Saturday & Sunday: On the mountain. Looking at all aspects of avalanche awareness - route finding, group control, snow pits, transceiver training, decision making, using weather and avalanche forecasts, choosing where, when and how to ski, hazard recognition and evaluation.

Sunday Evening: Departure

You will come away from this weekend more knowledgable about avalanches and how to avoid them when skiing off piste!



Local transport around the Chamonix valley is included.


*Note: Chalet accommodation and local transport are not included if paying the 'Course Only' price.

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Course Detail
Price: £360
Approx: €494.05 / $554.07
Price (course only): £225
Approx: €308.78 / $346.29
Ability level: Intro
I have skied off piste at least several times and may have had some off piste instruction. I dream of effortlessly cruising fluffy powder away from the crowds, but at the moment, I’m not quite there! I struggle to link more than a few turns at a time and often have to traverse to avoid losing control or falling. I have limited control over where I turn and I’m afraid of picking up too much speed. I fall or stop frequently. I am looking forward to an intensive week improving my off piste technique!
Fitness Level: A
I can ski all day from first lift, only taking short breaks every so often. I can ski about 4000+m per day. I could hike up to an hour most days at a slow pace. I exercise once or twice a week for an hour or so, either a brisk walk or gentle run or something similar.
Guiding ratio: 1:8
What's included:
  • guides expenses
  • guiding fees
  • in resort transport
  • chalet accommodation (BnB with packed lunch)
  • Course Only inclusions are just guides fees/expenses
What's not included:
  • uplifts
  • transport to/from Chamonix
  • equipment rental
  • travel insurance
  • evening meals when in Chamonix
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In terms of feedback my week was perfect.
I booked on the mont blanc week and from start to finish it was very well organised and smooth.

The accommodation via adventure base was excellent and really well supported by Calvin and Rosie.
It was the perfect base to explore Chamonix and help me to prepare for the mont blanc summit.

Booking the whole trip was really straightforward and emails were always answered promptly and clearly with great support from Rhiannon.

The guide was Graham Mcmahon and he was excellent-would definitely recommend Graeme again.

All in all a brilliant trip. Would use dream guides again and am already thinking about my next trip!

Thanks for a brilliant adventure!

Jim Cuthbert, Summer 14
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