Designed for those that have caught the Backcountry bug on the BC Intro course and now want to take the next step, the aim of this course is to get out and ride the best conditions and the biggest descents on offer!
For this traditional BC Freeride week the emphasis is on riding, riding and more riding. Of course, this may involve some serious hiking in order to acces the goods, but the emphasis is on getting in as many deep untouched powder turns as possible!
This course uses traditional Snowshoes access for the Backcountry and so is suited for those that want to ride their own classic board set up rather than use Splitboards which some feel can compromise the ride! A course therefore designed for the true Freeride Junkie!
The schedule is open, but you can expect to ride as many of the Chamonix classics as possible with tours out into the Aiguille Rouge and the Valley Blanche, trips around the Argentiere basin such as the col du Tour Noire or Col du Passon variants. We'll warm up the week with some easy access Off Piste and Backcountry descents around Le Tour and then just open the doors and take a look.
With the emphasis, as always on mountain safety, this BC Freeride course will also help you further increase your awareness for the high mountains and develop your ability and confidence to tour, climb and ride amongst the high peaks.
- Day 1 - Avalanche search and rescue training - A warm up day at Le Tour with descents into Switzerland.
- Day 2 - BC Freeriding around the Chamonix Backcountry - eg. Col du Belvedere (60m abseil) - Aiguille Rouge.
- Day 3 - BC Freeriding around the Chamonix Backcountry - eg. Off Piste Courmayeur
- Day 4 - BC Freeriding around the Chamonix Backcountry - eg. Col du Passon variant.
- Day 5 - BC Freeriding around the Chamonix Backcountry - eg. Valley Blanche (Les Periades/Glacier Noire)
- 5 days on snow Guidance with fully qualified ISIA Snowboard Teacher and UIAGM Mountain Guide Neil McNab (ratio 1:6).
- Avalanche safety equipment and avalanche search and rescue training.
- Crevasse rescue and rope technique training for glacier travel.
- All Backcountry access equipment and training.
- Transport to and from the mountain.
Price does not include:
- Lift pass.
- Flights (nearest airport is Geneva).
- Airport transfers.
- Personal insurance.
- Personal snowboarding equipment and backpack capable of carrying your board (25L minimum)
Our Backcountry Freeride courses cater for Advanced Snowboarders who have previously attended our Backcountry Intro course. A good fitness level and a minimum of 5 to 6 weeks riding experience is recommended.
Itineries can change due to conditions at the descretion of the Guide.
For safety reasons ‘Riders unable to meet the required criteria for their chosen course may be unable to complete that course at the discretion of the course leader’. For more information on course requirements please read our Choosing a Course & Course Prerequisits section.