For skiers that are willing to put in a bit more work to access unbelievable off piste descents with the use of touring skis and skins. Using the lift system to gain as much height as possible then skinning to open up a whole world of off-piste that can’t be accessed by relying only on the use of ski lifts alone.
Unlike ski touring trips Backcountry Access is all about the ‘downhill’, each ‘access’ with skins will last from 30 minutes to 1 or 2 hours with possibly one of the bigger ascents a 3-4 hour skin.
“An amazing week. You never fail to come up with fantastic adventures for us every day. The Backcountry Access Course opened up a whole new world. Outstanding!”
“Wow, the perfect bridge between backcountry and ski touring. Wished I had known about this years ago”
Minimum requirements for this course:
Competent Off-PIste skiers (level 5). See levels
Skiers who have a high level of fitness to ski all day off piste following a 2 hour skin with a break for lunch
The ability to get up unaided after a fall is essential
Average 6, maximum 8 depending on conditions, itinerary, group level
purchase in resort
Touring skis (ideally 90mm plus under foot), skins and ski crampons are required
OFF PISTE Safety Equipment
Transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack (can be provided by Snoworks)
Course meeting point is in front of Le Maison de Tignes in Tignes Le Lac, we suggest accommodation in Val Claret, Le Lac or Le Lavachet. Hotel/self catering/transfer options: www.tignes.co.uk or Peak Feeling Ski