Freeride & Extreme Skiing

Gliding nippily downhill, effortlessly sliding over and through the light powdery snow.

Off-piste skiing with the aid of ski lifts or with short approaches on foot. During these trips, a lot of attention is put on the subject of safety with a briefing on the use of the avalanche kit (transceiver-probe-shovel) and practical drills. Furthermore, a range of techniques will be illustrated for using skis on all kinds of snow and slopes, how to properly secure yourself on the steeper slopes and how to identify safe areas for stopping.

Once two trips have been completed, a free lesson will be organised with a presentation regarding snow and avalanche science.

Organization:
Depending on the itinerary, between 2 and 6 participants per Mountain Guide.

When

Winter. From the end of December to April.

Where

Adamello Group, Brenta Dolomites, Central Dolomites (Sella Pordoi, Marmolada), Eastern Dolomites (Cristallo, Tofane), Solda, Senales Valley, Stubai Alps, Monte Rosa (Gressoney, Alagna Champoluc), Chamonix, Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, La Grave-Delfinato.

N.B. Before venturing out on glaciers it is advised to attend the course on crevasse rescue operations.

Equipment

Ski helmet, free-ride skis possibly with hinged bindings, adjustable ski poles, first aid kit with heat-retaining foil blanket, thermos flask, dry fruit and energy bars, climbing skins, harness, lanyard, avalanche safety kit (transceiver, probe and snow shovel), 12-20l backpack with ABS.

What to wear

Long sleeved/legged undergarments (arms and legs) possibly in fleece or microfiber, fleece or Polartech top with high collar, softshell or waterproof pants, Goretex or free-ride pants, Gore-tex jacket and down/synthetic jacket, and light and thick gloves, sunglasses or snow goggles, sun cream with high UV protection factor.

do you like to ski in the powder?