Introduction to Ski Touring


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Introduction to Ski Touring

This course is led by IFMGA Mountain Guide James Thacker. The programme for the 2 days will be decided upon given the prevailing snow and weather conditions but is likely to include

  • How to use skins, bindings and ski crampons effectively.
  • How to interpret avalanche and weather forecasts alongside actual mountain snow conditions and decide where to ski safe and good terrain accordingly. 
  • How to become highly skilled in the use of your essential avalanche equipment.
  • How to ski on a glacier.
  • Basic navigation skills.

The course is based from the Chamonix Valley.  It may be that you travel to other venues on a daily basis, depending on the current conditions.  Possible venues are: Le Tour, Aiguilles Rouge, Les Contamines and the Aosta Valley in Italy.


The most important pre-requisite for this course is that you are keen to try new things and prepared to have a go.  Ideally you will have put in some mileage in the off-piste and be able to "cope" in the majority of off-piste conditions.  This course is designed for those that have done no, or minimal, ski touring.  It may be that you have done quite a bit of touring as part of a guided group, and are looking to develop your skills to tour as part of an unguided group.  You should be physically fit and be able to cope with a full day on the hill, which may involve ascending for around 3 hours.

If you are not sure if its the course for you email giving more details of what you have done


£200 per person (2 days)

Group Size

4 - 6 people


The course involves 2 full days, meeting around 8.30 /9am and finishing between 4 and 5pm.

Kit List

Click here to download a kit list.

Additional Costs not included in price

  • Lift pass ( we recommend buying lift passes on a daily basis for this course)
  • Insurance (all clients must have their own insurance for skiing off-piste and ski touring))
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Equipment Hire (transceiver, shovel and probe are required for this course)
  • Travel
  • Transport

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