MTN ACADEMY

SKI TOURING

Weekend of 28th-29th January 2017

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

MTN ACADEMY 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” while Free Riding and Ski-touring, organized in partnership with Salomon.

    • Activity ?
    • Ski de rando, free rando
  • 250 €
  • Fitness Moderate
  • Competence Intermediate
  • Duration of the outing
    more than a day
Included
  • Supervision by Dorian Labaeye, High Mountain Guide and Salomon "ambassador".
  • The night in a refuge.
  • Loan of ski-touring equipment and seal-skins (on request).
  • The loan of safety equipment—avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe (on request).
You provide
  • Midday meals (individual packed lunch).
  • The evening meal (taken all together).
  • A backpack and your ski clothes.

Target public: Ski-tourers in the broadest sense (free ski-tourers, forest fairies, members of Alpine clubs, and so on). In short, anyone who likes skiing up and down the mountains using nothing but leg-power and will-power.
Level: experienced ski-tourer (capable of 1200m elevation gain).
Limited group size!!! 10 people maximum (5 skiers/guide).

Programme

Two days ski-touring and training in the sector of "la Vallée des Avals".
You will be ski-touring, alternating off-piste descents and climbing with seal-skins.
You will get full training in ski-touring safety, nivology (the study of snow conditions and avalanches), transceiver searches, choosing a route and winter risk management.

Day 1

8.30: Meet in Courchevel for briefing and breakfast with coffee and croissants.
9.00: Collecting and adjusting the equipment.
9.30: Climb up about 700m to the Lacs Merlet hut in the Vallée des Avals (it takes about 2 1/2 hr.), leave the equipment there. Then training begins: how to choose uphill and downhill routes, risk management, nivology, transceiver exercises.

Evening

Préparation for the next day, meal and night in the Refuge des Lacs Merlet (at 2417m. altitude).

Day 2

8.30am-4 pm: Ski-touring in the Vallée des Avals and more training.
4 pm: Debriefing over a drink.