The Marmalade Introduction to Off-Piste. (With Accommodation)
Starts Sunday 20th January 2019
If you are looking for a fantastic introduction to the world of off-piste skiing then this all inclusive week could be for you. We’ve teamed up with the wonderful Ski Hame who will provide all the necessary comforts off the snow and then we will look after you on (and in) the soft stuff.
During the week you can expect:
5 full days off piste tuition.
Use of video to help with analysis and feedback
Full safety equipment provided (backpack, transceiver, shovel and probe)
Training on how and when to use the safety equipment.
Introduction into general snow awareness and mountain safety
Return transfers from the airport.
7 nights stay in the chalet – based on twin rooms.
Cooked or continental breakfast on 6 mornings.
Delicious afternoon tea after skiing each day.
4 course evening meal with wine on 6 nights.
Lifts to and from the slopes each day (if the conditions are good we will be able to ski back to Les Allues to within a stones throw of either the local pub or the chalet itself!)
“Ski chalet Grange a Charlotte is a beautifully restored chalet offering real luxury in the charming village of Méribel Les Allues. Originally a typical Savoyarde barn, the local French owners have taken a lot of pride in their restoration and furnishing, creating one of the finest chalets in the Méribel valley. It was one of the first chalets to receive the prestigious ‘Label Méribel ‘ award and has featured in promotions by the Méribel tourist board. This luxurious chalet has 7 bedrooms; all with ensuite bathrooms (1 has a shower only) and all with king size double beds that can be unzipped to make twin rooms. Other features include the log fire, boot warmer, under floor heating and jacuzzi.”
This is a 5 day course running from Sunday to Thursday. Each day is a full day on the hill with a lunch stop somewhere each day. (Lunch is not included in the price of the course.)
The course is designed to be an introduction to off-piste skiing.** We will start the week making sure we have some of the good technique on the piste then gradually start dipping our toes further and further off the sides – each day building on our technique, our confidence and ability.
Each day we will endeavor to take on some new snow, terrain and use new or developed skills that will put you on the road to confidently skiing away from the pistes.
The course is planned to run from Sunday to Thursday.
If it runs to plan then it gives us the final day – Friday – for you to run free and revisit anything you would like to revisit. To have a day escaping our grasps! Or we can arrange a “bolt on” last day trip if the conditions and numbers wish it.
Alternatively if we have some truly awful weather mid week then we may take that day as our “day off” so that we don’t waste one of our 5 days battling the elements. There is, and will always be, plenty of good options for us in adverse weather but if it calls for it then some days aren’t worth fighting! We’d rather make use of the best 5 days in the week.
**please note we do run alternative courses through the season if this is not quite for you. The course before the Introduction to Off-Piste would be the All Mountain course. This is a week where we make the most of whatever snow lies on the ground before us but is a great way to gain confidence skiing terrain other than the smooth pistes. Getting used to different terrain, steepnesses and different snow types too. This would then lead nicely into the Introduction to Off-Piste.
Similarly if you already feel confident in your ability to ski gentle off-piste and you have already had a good introduction to this work then the next course for you may be the 3 Valley Off-Piste Explorer.
For the week we will provide any safety equipment that is required. Some people may already have their own backpack, transceiver, shovel and probe. If not then we can provide this equipment included in the price the course. We will also teach and train you how to use everything.
Skis – our advice would be to go for an “All Mountain’” ski with a width underfoot between 70mm and 90mm (maybe 100mm at a push!) This will offer you a broader range of snow types and terrain to ski. Much narrower or wider than this will limit you in some situations.
If we are blessed with incredibly good, deep snow then we may all take a trip to the shop during the week and pick out some bigger skis but we would advise packing some All Mountain skis.
Via Marmalade you can rent appropriate skis with Free Ski which is located in Méribel centre. meribel-ski-rental.com If you use Marmalade as the “tour op” when booking you will receive 40% off the advertised website price.
What is not included:
Lift pass – Ski Hame can organise with you for this.
Insurance – please make sure you have adequate insurance that covers you for off-piste skiing with an instructor/guide.
Any après ski costs…
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our contact form for any questions, queries or further information.