Backcountry Skiing Calendar Season 2015-16

North Face of the Fogliettaz, Sainte Foy

Date Location Trip Type Accommodation Cost Availability
31st Jan - 6th Feb La Rosiere / Les Arcs / Sainte Foy Backcountry Chalet Maison le Foret £795
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13th Mar - 20th Mar La Rosiere / Les Arcs / Sainte Foy Ski Touring Intro Chalet Maison le Foret £795
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Having successfully run Backcountry Snowboard courses for many years, we're now also running Backcountry weeks for skiers. These will be run in association with life-long Tarentaise Valley local Patrick Bidwell, who many of you will know from our summer mountain-bike holidays. Pat grew-up in the valley and has been a fully-qualified ski instructor for many years and knows the off-piste terrain inside-out.

Backcountry Courses

Our backcountry weeks are aimed at people who already have some experience of off-piste skiing - they are not intended as "intro to off-piste" weeks. Our instructors are excellent and will certainly pass on some technique advice during the week, but the idea is to do as much good riding as possible, not to spend a lot of time learning the technique. You don't need to be an off-piste expert, but you shouldn't be a total beginner either. You should be happy on the steepest pistes and should have spent at least a few days exploring between the pistes or beyond the resort boundaries. Some short hikes will probably be required to reach the best snow and best lines.

The week is based in chalet Maison le Foret, which has quick access to the skiing at La Rosiere, but is also well-placed to easily access the other resorts around the valley. We will ski at different venues through the week, taking advantage of the best snow and weather conditions on each day and giving us a huge variety of terrain to play with.

Ski Touring Intro Course

The ski touring intro course is aimed at skiers who already have some off-piste ski experience and would like to take the next step of moving further into the backcountry. The course will be mostly aimed at doing some great skiing, but will also introduce the equipment and techniques required for ski-touring, allowing much easier uphill travel than hiking with skis on shoulders. This will allow us to get further into the backcountry, far away from lifts, people and, most importantly, tracks...

What's included?

Course costs include:

  • 5 days of backcountry guiding
  • Rental of avalanche safety equipment if required
  • Avalanche safety training session
  • Transport around the valley throughout the week
  • 7 nights chalet accommodation
  • Hot breakfast and 4-course dinner on 6 days of the week (buffet breakfast on our day off)
  • Champagne and canapés on arrival
  • Transfers from/to Bourg Saint Maurice bus/train station
  • Unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea & cake
  • Bed-linen, towels & slippers
  • Posh toiletries from Arran Aromatics
  • Wireless internet access
  • 10% discount off ski/snowboard equipment hire from ZigZags
What's not included:
  • Hire of any other backcountry kit required e.g. ski-touring equipment, ski carry backpack - all available locally if required
  • Heli-skiing
  • Airport transfers (get in touch - we are able to offer very competitive transfer rates)
  • Dinner on our night off
  • Lift passes
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Equipment hire


Skiing powder eights in La Rosiere

Entering the Fogliettaz, Sainte Foy

Skier drops a rock, Sainte Foy