Introduction to Ski Touring

This is a one day introduction to ski touring. Ski Touring gives you complete freedom in the mountains - you can go where others can't go ! You can ski slopes that others can only dream of. You will be taught (in English) by a certified Mountain Guide throughout the day. During the day you will learn the following:

Correct fitting and care of skins.
Technique for skinning efficiently.
Uphill and downhill kick turns.
Clothing for Ski Touring.
Choice of line in ascent and descent.

The course will meet at 9am (location TBC, depending on snow and weather conditions). We will aim to finish by 16:30.

You will need the following equipment for the day:

Warm ski clothing (trousers and jackets with vents are best, in order to regulate your temperature).
Skis (with touring bindings), skins, couteaux (ski crampons), ski poles (preferably with large baskets)
Sunglasses and goggles
Suncream and lip salve (SPF minimum 30)
Warm hat
Helmet (optional)
Packed lunch and snacks
Thermos flask with hot drink
Small water bottle
Rucksack with duvet jacket, spare gloves.
Shovel, probe, and avalanche transceiver (these can be supplied for the day at no extra cost).
Facemask (to wear if we share any transport)

You will be contacted the day before the course to confirm meeting point, and the details of your Guide for the day.

Dates, Prices & Availability

Dates and Prices on application.

Please contact me at info@stuartmacdonald.org for more details.

  • Duration:
    1 day
  • Venue:
    Within 1 hour of Chamonix
  • Ratios:
    1:5 max
  • Experience Required:

    You should be reasonably fit, and be capable of walking uphill for 2-3 hours carrying a 6kg rucksack. This is an intro level day, and no steep skiing will be undertaken. However you should be a good skier who is happy skiing black runs and who is in control off-piste. In control means that you can stop wherever required and deal with variable snow.