Winter Skills

Safety & Awareness

How are your winter skills? Can you avoid avalanche terrain, make good route choices, safely traverse glaciers and negotiate steep slopes and bergschrunds? Would you like to feel more confident about your avalanche assessment & mountain safety skills? A winter skills course will help with decision making. In addition you can gain the necessary skills and confidence to take on an expedition or route you’ve been dreaming of.

Avalanche Courses

Course details

Maybe the most essential of winter skills. Learn how to plan, make decisions and travel in avalanche terrain. Get an introduction to structured decision making and dealing with the all important social dynamics in winter-sports risk management. We look at the basic technical aspects of snow science and how the snowpack evolves. Learn or perfect partner rescue for the worst case scenario.

One day Avalanche course:

Three hours of theory:

  • Planning your ski day using the avalanche and weather forecast.
  • Adaptation and decision making using the 3X3 system.

Four hours in the terrain

  • Finding the right terrain for the condition on the day.
  • Ski tactics off-piste
  • Partner rescue with transceiver, shovel, probe.

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Three day Avalanche Course
  • Tour planning using map, compass, guidebooks etc.
  • Using the 3X3 and simple reduction method when planning and in the terrain to double check your decision making.
  • Human factors and group dynamics.
  • Skiing and skinning tactics in avalanche terrain.
  • An introduction to the snowpack and how it evolves.
  • Partner and multi-victim transceiver rescue.

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Avalanche, Ski touring, freeride, off-piste, backcountry, Alpine Energy Guiding, mountaineering & ski adventures, Andrew Lanham Mountain Guide, Chamonix, Aosta Valley, Swiss, lyngen alps
  • When

    Mid-December to May. December-January is always a good time to review our knowledge before the season.

  • How many people in a group

    1:6 guide-guest ratio is the maximum

  • Fitness and technical level required

    Fitness level: F1 to F4

    Technical Ski level: S2 to S4

  • What will it cost?

    From € 400 per day for up to 3 people and €30 per extra person

Glacier Ski Course

Course details

Learn how to plan properly for a high mountain ski trip. How to choose the right team, equipment and conditions for the route to be undertaken. We’ll deal with route choice, risk management, white-out navigation and group dynamics in the terrain. Learn the necessary rope skills, partner rescue and self-rescue from a crevasse.

We offer a one day course for those wanting to hone their existing skills. If you ski on glaciers on your own and are familiar with rope-work, navigation, avalanche theory and partner avalanche rescue techniques, then this is for you.

If you’re working towards feeling confident to ski with your friends on glaciers, we offer a three day course covering the same subjects in more detail and starting with the very basics.

  • Route planning
  • Skiing tactics
  • Navigation
  • When and how to use the rope
  • Crevasse rescue

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  • When

    December to May

  • How many people in a group

    1:6 guide-guest ratio is the maximum

  • Fitness and technical level required

    Fitness level: F1 to F4

    Technical Ski level: S2 to S4

  • What will it cost?

    From € 400 per day for up to 3 people and €30 per extra person

Ski Touring Skills

Course details

Learn ski touring skills for skiing and skinning in challenging conditions. Become efficient using the rope, ski crampons, boot crampons, ice axe and avalanche safety gear. We look at route planning using available resources for multi-day ski tours. Manage the risks and learn to deal with a survival situation or rescue in case of no available helicopter rescue.

This winter skills course is best done after an Avalanche course and ideally a Glacier travel course as well. With that background you’ll have the basics of travel in avalanche terrain, using the rope, route planning and navigation covered.

We offer this as a three day or six day course. It’s a lot to cover and the more practice the better. The course is mainly in the terrain.

Course covers:

  • Preparing a multi-day tour with all the variables and decision points
  • Skinning and skiing technique in different conditions
  • Setting a skin track
  • Group organization
  • Route choice for the descent
  • Boot-packing, cramponing

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Chamonix ski touring, Mont Blanc, Alpine Energy Guiding, Chamonix Ski Touring, Mountain guide, freeride.
  • When

    December to May

  • How many people in a group

    1:6 guide-guest ratio is the maximum

  • Price

    From € 420 per day for up to 3 people and €30 per extra person

Ice Climbing Skills

Course details

Learn about ice climbing technique, using the equipment correctly, the dangers that need to be considered and how to get on the sharp end if you’re ready for it.

We offer one  to six day ice climbing courses. We adapt the course to your level and cover different skills depending on what you’d like to learn.

Courses include some or all of the following:

  • Assessing the natural hazards surrounding ice climbing, namely avalanches, structural stability and falling ice.
  • The equipment, its proper use and maintenance.
  • Climbing technique on different ice types and steepnesses .
  • Mixed climbing techniques.
  • Learning or perfection of leading ice climbs efficiently with good risk management.
  • Placing protection, building belays and abseil stations.
  • Accident management.

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Ice Climbing, Mountaineering course, Chamonix ski guide, haute route, chamonix climbing, Chamonix freeride, Chamonix mountain guides, Swiss mountaineering
  • When

    November to end February

  • How many people in a group

    1:2 guide-guest ratio is the maximum

  • Price

    From € 420 per day