Backcountry Snowboard Calendar Season 2017-18

 

Date Trip Type Resort Accommodation Cost Availability
6th - 13th Jan Backcountry Sainte Foy Chalet Morion €995
6 / 6 places left
20st - 27th Jan Backcountry Sainte Foy Chalets Morion & Etoile de Foret €1095
14 / 18 places left
27th Jan - 3rd Feb Backcountry Areches Beaufort Hotel €1095
6 / 6 places left
10th March - 17th March Backcountry Intro Sainte Foy Chalet Morion €1095
6 / 6 places left
11th March - 18th March Girls Backcountry Camp Sainte Foy Chalet Etoile de Foret €1095
6 / 6 places left
17th - 24th March Splitboard Touring Sainte Foy, Val d'Isere, Tignes Chalet Morion €1095
5 / 6 places left

 

All of our Backcountry Snow camps are back again for winter 2018, with Stevo (finally!) guiding as well as working once again with Neil, James & Corinne plus James Sweet is back by popular demand for the BC Intro camp. Dates and prices above.

Our instructor team for this year will again include:

Steven McDonald (www.whiteroomsnowboarding.com)
A Sainte Foy local for more than 10 years, White Room founder Stevo now holds the BASI level 4 ISTD snowboard instructor qualification and will, at long last, be guiding on all the backcountry camps this winter.

Neil McNair (www.mcnairsnowsports.com)
Neil is one of the top BASI snowboard trainers and has previously coached British team riders and represented the UK on the BASI demo team. Stevo met Neil on a drag tow in Austria during his own snowboard instructor training and credits Neil's advice in those 5 minutes for getting him through the course! Neil has been a Tignes local for many years and splits his time almost evenly between Tignes/Val d'Isere and Sainte Foy so has masses of local knowledge.

James Stentiford (www.stentifordsnowboarding.co.uk)
Stenti has been a pro snowboarder since before we even started snowboarding. He has ridden some of the best freeride terrain throughout the world and has been on the podium on the World Freeride Tour. We had an awesome time riding with him on our Backcountry program last year and are looking forward to more good times this winter!

Corinne Mayhew
Corinne is the first British female snowboarder to complete the full BASI4 ISTD Snowboard qualification, including racing Snowboardcross at International level. She has been a Tignes local for many years and has huge experience riding around the Tarentaise valley. Corinne will be running our Girls' Backcountry Camps this winter.

Backcountry Courses

Our backcountry weeks are aimed at people who already have some experience of off-piste snowboarding - they are not intended as "intro to off-piste" weeks (see our new Backcountry Intro program). 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.

While the week is based in Sainte Foy, we will use our proximity to the other resorts in the valley to ride the best terrain and snow to suit the conditions. This could include the Grand Col at Les Arcs, the Fingers or the Col des Vés in Tignes, the Couloir des Pisteurs or the Col Pers in Val d'isere or the Bella Valletta in La Thuile.

We also run a Girls-only backcountry course, this year running alongside our BC Intro week.

Backcountry Intro Courses

The backcountry intro week is a new course designed to develop your riding technique and your mountain awareness in order to allow you to progress from the hardpack out into the wide-open spaces and deep snow of the backcountry. We will spent the first part of the week developing your riding and training you in avalanche safety before we move on to riding bigger backcountry lines by the end of the week.

To have the riding level for this course, you should have completed at least 4-6 weeks of snowboarding and feel very comfortable on red terrain.

Splitboard Intro & Touring Courses

For those who are already addicted to backcountry riding, splitboarding is the next step. Splitting your snowboard in two to great a ski-touring setup that still allows you to surf the snow on your way down lets you travel even further from the crowds and noise of the resorts. Blending a passion for mountain travel with a passion for snowboarding and earning your turns the hard way is deeply satisfying, as well as being the closest thing you'll ever get to guaranteed fresh tracks. The splitboard intro week is aimed at those with backcountry experience looking to try splitboarding for the first time. There will be a mix of shorter tours / lift-accessed riding with bigger days out to give you the chance to get used to the equipment. The touring week is for those who already have some splitboard (or ski-touring) experience and want to get straight into big days on the mountain.

What's included?

Sainte Foy 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

(Courses based in other resorts will be on a similar, half-board basis but drinks packages, etc. may vary depending on the accommodation).

What's not included:
  • Hire of any other backcountry kit required e.g. snowshoes for boarders, board/ski carry backpack - all available locally if required
  • Heli-skiing/boarding
  • 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

 

Snowboarder riding La Fogliettaz, Sainte Foy

Snowboarder riding Far Crystal, Sainte Foy

Snowboarder riding The Cross, Sainte Foy

Snowboarder riding Far Crystal, Sainte Foy

Snowboarder riding in bounds at Sainte Foy

Gearing up for La Fogliettaz, Sainte Foy