Weekend of 20th-21st January 2018

Learn to make the right decisions, to analyse the terrain and to explore beyond the boundaries!

MTN ACADEMY FREE SKI-TOURING is the chance to pick up the right reflexes in the mountain environment and the necessary knowledge and skills to enjoy the snowy slopes in safety.
A weekend of training in « snow, avalanches and risk management » in Free Ride and Ski-touring, organized in partnership with Salomon, makers of ski equipment.

    • Activity ?
    • Ski de rando, free rando
    • Hors piste, free ride
  • 290 €
  • Fitness Moderate
  • Competence Intermediate
  • Duration of the outing
    more than a day
  • Supervision by Dorian Labaeye, High Mountain Guide and Salomon "ambassador" and Pierre Muller (High Mountain Guide, emergency doctor and Salomon "ambassador").
  • Night with half-board in a refuge.
  • Loan of free ski-touring equipment and seal-skins (on request).
  • Loan of safety equipment—avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe (on request).
You provide
  • Midday meals (individual packed lunch).
  • Les 3 Vallées 2-day ski pass.
  • A backpack and your ski clothes (helmet recommended).

Target public: Free ski-tourers.
Level: Confirmed off-piste skier, possibly beginner ski-tourer (capable of 600m elevation gain).
Limited group size!!! 10 people maximum (5 skiers/guide).


Two days skiing and training in the 3 Vallées domain, leaving from Courchevel.
You will be using ski-lifts and practicing ski-touring, alternating off-piste descents and short climbs with seal-skins.
You will get full training in ski-touring and free-riding safety, nivology (study of snow conditions and avalanches), transceiver searches, choosing a route and winter risk management.
Rescue techniques will take pride of place, thanks to the presence of Pierre, who is a Guide and an emergency doctor.

Day 1

8.30: Meet in La Maison de la Montagne, at la Croisette in Courchevel for briefing and breakfast with coffee and croissants.
9.00: An indoor session on theory (about 11/2 hr ) then loan of Salomon equipment for those who wish.
11 am - 5 pm: Time for action!
Off-piste skiing, observation of snow-conditions and how to choose routes, transceiver exercises.


Debriefing, meal and night in a hut, either the Refuge du Plan de Tueda or the Refuge du Christ).

Day 2

8.30: Briefing and rescue training fieldwork.
9.30 am - 4 pm: Free ski-touring and practical application of choosing uphill and downhill routes, nivology (the study of snow conditions and avalanches) and different types of observation.
4.30 pm: Back to Courchevel for a debriefing of the weekend.