Three day off-piste & avalanche awareness course

What is Three Days Off-Piste?

Nothing beats the thrill and sensation of off-piste skiing. New ski equipment makes it easier and more fun so there’s the temptation to push yourself further off the piste in search of the perfect powder experience. There is a risk, but you can learn to manage it if you know what to look out for.

In this three day off-piste and avalanche awareness course we show you what to look out for in order to have fun and be safe off-piste. We also show you how riding off-piste doesn’t need to be any riskier than any of your everyday activities (if you didn’t know that a red light means stop, then driving would be much more risky!).

Henry is a leading authority on off-piste avalanche safety and is a fully qualified ski instructor. His three day programme, based in Val d’Isère and Tignes, combines great off-piste skiing with the chance to understand the mountain environment and gain skills so that you can both have fun and stay safe out there.

Off-piste awareness and funIn terms of technical content this ‘3 days Off Piste’ course with Henry and his Team is equivalent to an Alpine version of the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST 1) or the American Avalanche Association (AAA) Level 1: Avalanche Fundamentals in terms of snow and avalanche training content.

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Course dates 2018

  • 9th to 11th January
  • 23rd to 25th January
  • 20th to 22nd February
  • 27th February to 1st March
  • 27th to 29th March

€490 for one person for the three-day course
€465 per person if booking for 2-4 people
€440 per person if booking for 5 people
€390 per person if booking for 6 people

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Programme Details

Avalanche awareness courseEach three-day course is based in Val d’Isère and Tignes and is a lot more than 3 days off-piste guiding. It includes:

  • Three days of off-piste skiing with guiding and some technique tuition by Henry and his ‘A’ team.
  • Henry’s ‘Essentials’ and In depth Avalanche Talks on-line so you can prepare in advance and follow up afterwards.
  • An understanding of the biggest reason people get caught in avalanches i.e. the Human Factor and how it affects decision making.
  • HAT Quick Reference Card – A memory aide for risk management and decision making, plus coaching on how to use it.
  • An avalanche search and rescue crisis management exercise using avalanche transceivers.
  • A Certificate of International Standards of Off-Piste Excellence (ISOPE) to recognise your participation on a course that provides full knowledge of off-piste risk management.
  • There’ll also be an introduction to ski touring if conditions are appropriate.
  • Photos and possible videos of the session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Typical Course Structure (subject to change depending on weather etc.)

  • avalanche awareness courseTuesday 08:45-15:30 Off-Piste skiing and coaching on Decision Making (Where you go and When)
  • Tuesday 15:30-16:30 Discussion and Q & A
  • Wednesday 08:45-12:30 Off-Piste skiing and coaching on Risk Management (How you go down or up)
  • Wednesday 14:00-17:00 Avalanche Transceiver Training (being Well-Prepared in managing a Crisis)
  • Thursday 08:45-16:00 Off-Piste skiing and Course Overview while we’re skiing

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What level of skiing skill do I need

At a minimum, you should have done 10 weeks skiing and be able to smoothly link your turns skiing down a red run and get down a black run.  You will probably have ventured off-piste next to the piste, you may have done some off-piste trips with a guide.  You should be able to do a few turns in powder. It may not all be elegant but you can get around.

This course is not about extreme skiing and difficult couloirs it is about finding the best and most enjoyable snow and skiing for the group,

If you are a higher standard than this, then contact us to be placed on a course where we have stronger skiers.  we try to match the groups to a similar level of ability. We can do this best by talking with you.

See more helpful information about this in our FAQ section

Course dates 2018

  • 9th to 11th January
  • 23rd to 25th January
  • 20th to 22nd February
  • 27th February to 1st March
  • 27th to 29th March

€490 for one person for the three-day course
€465 per person if booking for 2-4 people
€440 per person if booking for 5 people
€390 per person if booking for 6 people

For more details and pictures, go to www.henryoffpiste.com,