Ski Touring

Discover ski touring with a mountain guide. In winter we ski on a large area that extends from the Aravis Massif via the Bauges, the 3 Valleys and Chamonix Mont-Blanc, this allows us to find the best snow conditions from the ski lifts as well. away from the ski area and marked trails, but also for the organization of a raid on ski touring several days sleeping in shelters. Between lake and mountain we radiate in star in search of the most beautiful slopes to offer you beautiful virgin and wild descents on glaciers or in secret slopes.

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In winter, as soon as snow conditions allow, the guides of our office will take you to the Annecy Mountains ski resorts: La Clusaz (The Aravis Massif), Crand Bornant, Seythenex (Massif des Bauges); but also on the most beautiful massifs: Beaufortin, La Vanoise, Maurienne or Encore Montrose! Always on the lookout for weather and snow conditions, our guides will advise you to progress safely to the peaks, and evolve in this unpredictable element that is powder snow, they will also be the organizers of your unforgettable days in the mountains in the heart of the Alps.
Expert skiers wishing to improve ski-mountaineering, the corridor and steep slopes or beginners who have never put sealskins and want to learn the great outdoors and down beautiful slopes or wild combes.
We know how to adapt and offer unforgettable experiences in Savoie Mont Blanc or elsewhere in the Alps for all types of practitioners.

Activities guides Ski Touring

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Rock climbing
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Security training
Ski Freeride
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Mountain Guide

Jérémy Janody
Rock climbing
Canyoning
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Team Bulding
Security training
Ski Freeride
Jérémy Janody

Mountain Guide

Daniel Traber
Rock climbing
Canyoning
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Security training
Daniel Traber

Mountain Guide

Sophie Moritz
Rock climbing
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Security training
Ski Freeride
Sophie Moritz

Mountain Guide

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What is ski touring?

Ski touring involves using specific equipment to climb a slope or an untagged route before skiing downhill. In general we use skis randos with a detachable fastening at the heel that allows you to walk ski to the feet.
Under the sole of the skis (From the spatula to the heel) for the time of the climb, the skier will use skins of seals to prevent it from slipping back, it's a bit like Nordic ski touring but on the climb ! Obviously sticks are also very important to push and balance. Once you have climbed, you will go off-piste off the beaten track.

How to prepare for ski touring?


On a physical level, ski touring is a slow endurance sport (moderate to strong intensity if you feel like it); it is necessary to walk with skis on the foot (with specific fixings allowing to raise the heel). If you are hiking in the middle of the summer and you know how to ski, you will start without any problem.
The preparation is the same as for mountaineering; a downhill ski trip before will be beneficial. If you want to progress in endurance you can use training techniques such as "interval training" which consists of walking 10 minutes to warm up, then run at your maximum for 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on your form, then rest 1 minute while walking slowly, then start again 10 times a run / rest cycle, you will be exhausted! It is effective and does not require significant durations. Nevertheless, for this demanding activity on the cardiac plan, it is in your interest to consult your doctor and possibly to practice the ski touring in a club before launching you autonomously towards the summits. Obviously there is no need to be a Killian Jornet for ski touring, you can also ride at a moderate pace to contemplate nature and landscapes!


What material for ski touring?

Today with the evolution of ski equipment you will find ski packs that will allow you to go downhill skiing than ski touring, the performances are equal. We recommend light skis on the climb but also good on the descent to enjoy the beautiful snow off-piste, we talk about all-terrain skiing.
The longer a ski is, the more comfortable it is in deep snows or difficult, but it is heavier on the climb.
The carbon material may be a lighter solution to climb but it is more fragile and less easy to descend, skis are often narrower.

The shoes with rubber soles with inserts will allow you to use the bindings of ski touring much lighter on the climb, do not forget that the comfort is important because we have the shoes several hours at the feet and on uneven sometimes important.

The sticks of telescopic preference will allow you to adjust them to your size for a better thrust in the climb trace whatever the altitude difference.

It is not uncommon also to put expensive that fits on the bindings and which allow to evolve on the climb on more hard or frozen snow.

And security?

Obviously this is the most important point, it will provide you with a backpack of 30 liters allowing you to take snow shovel and probe for avalanches, it will be necessary to equip you with a DVA (Victim detector). 'Avalanche) which will allow you to be found or to find someone!
The guides will give you a training before the departure by hike, if you wish to go further you can carry out a formation of 1 to several days in order to reach the autonomy.
Remember to never leave alone and to provide you with an adequate means of telecommunication to prevent the rescue (Telephone or Radio)

How to evaluate your level in ski touring or off-piste skiing?

In any case, it is important to discuss your mountain experience and fitness with your guide honestly; as professionals we will adapt and offer you a race that suits you best for a mximum of pleasure above all.