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Val d’Isère Performance & Adventure Course
Redefine the limits of your skiing. Our Performance and Adventure courses bring together the industries leading coaches to provide expert support for aspiring Freeriders. Helping you transform from confident parallel skier to backcountry boss. Surrounded by a team of like-minded individuals, you will leave your mark on the mountain and make memories to last a lifetime. All of this while earning internationally recognised qualifications that will help you whatever you decide to do next.
The experience gained on our performance and adventure courses will help you succeed outside of skiing.
Our Performance and Adventure courses are designed to challenge you technically and push you to the edge of your comfort zone. A love of adventure and willingness to try is as important as your technical ability. We do still recommend that you are at least a Level 5 Skier.
BASI Level 1
Outdoor First Aid Course
18 – 24
Performance and Adventure
Words cannot do the Espace Killy justice. Its reputation as being a snow-sure high altitude haven for experienced skiers is well deserved and accurate. Very few other resorts in the world offer a variety of terrain and runs that can match it. Our Coaching team is made up of some of the highest qualified instructors in racing and freestyle, holding specialist off-piste, freestyle and race coaching qualifications. They are ready to help you make massive changes to your skiing.
As with all of our long residential courses, we supply avalanche equipment as standard. Avalanche safety and rescue training are essential skills for any aspiring free-riders, and we focus a large part of our training on mountain safety, especially in the backcountry. Our team focus on developing these skills throughout the course, and by the end of the programme, you will be able to safely navigate off-piste without a guide.
From Tignes les Brevierres right up to Le fornet in Val d’Isere then options are endless. Our personal favourite runs include “White Rabbit” with its well-spaced trees, small drops and natural kickers and “Gendarme”, which requires detailed local knowledge as you work your way through a small break in a band of cliffs before hitting a series of avalanche barriers that make perfect drops and finally lead you out into a steep area with well-spaced trees. You will have plenty of time to decide which is your favourite.
During the programme, you will spend time race training in gates/stubbies on the Stade, in the park with freestyle coaches, in the bumps and steeps, working on Piste-Performance and of course, skiing some of the incredible freeride terrain that Val d’Isère has to offer.
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We have a number of accommodation options in the resort. Those who book early will be able to choose which chalet they would like to be in. If there are dramatic differences in the quality or the location of a property this will be reflected in the cost of the course. Please see the booking section for more details.
CHALET TO BE CONFIRMED
We are yet to confirm the exact accommodation for the 2022/2023 Courses.
All the accommodation will have Wifi and a fully equipped kitchen. We aim for twin rooms and a max of 4 students per bathroom.
The photos are examples of apartments we have used in the past.
Having somewhere to switch off and relax is a key ingredient in making sure you get the most from your course.
When selecting the accommodation we know that we have to balance price with location, space, and comfort. In resorts like Val d’Isere this can be easier said than done. The apartments we use are cosy, to use estate agent speak. They are, however, clean, warm, and right next to the pistes.
There is no catering with this course, just accommodation.
Regardless of the conditions, week one will focus on fun, on-piste technical skiing. You will begin working towards building a solid technical base. Towards the end of the week, you will begin to learn about your new avalanche safety equipment and how to ski off-piste safely, including avalanche rescue.
This week focuses on personal performance with on-piste technical skiing with 3 days in gates on the side. Practising slalom turns, controlling speed and line with ex-racers. In the afternoons we’ll focus on teaching sessions and technical understanding. Towards the end of the week, we’ll begin putting into practice the off-piste safety training and avalanche rescue.
This week you’ll be on your BASI Level 1 exam where you’ll need to demonstrate your skiing ability and show you can teach and manage a group on the slopes.
This week you’ll take your Outdoor 2-day First Aid Course. This will give you the knowledge and confidence to help if you end up in a situation on the slopes. This qualification can be used in any outdoor sports situation, so if you’re a surf instructor in the summer or a tennis coach in the summer, this qualification is relevant too. You’ll learn how to manage a dangerous situation on the slopes and keep people safe in order to preserve life. This is a vital part of training and must be completed to ski off-piste.
Once the First Aid is complete, you’ll begin practicing your avalanche safety and putting scenarios into place to enable you to stay safe in the backcountry.
A week mixing on and off-piste depending on conditions, learning how to carve and make consistent turns in deep snow (weather dependent!) A fun relaxed week focusing on enjoyment, exploring and getting some serious angles, after intense weeks of exams and learning first aid.
Shadowing lessons on the slopes. This week you’ll see how the instructors cope in varying conditions, with kids and adult groups. You’ll learn about group management, how to help kids have fun and the differences in how people learn. You’ll come away with lots of new teaching ideas you can put into practice if you decide to become a ski instructor.
Time to have a go at ski racing and practising some tricks in the park. We’ll focus on-piste performance on week 7 in the gates on the stade. We’ll focus on developing skills, speed and control in racing and in the park, depending on the group’s preference.
The first few days you’ll learn how to effortlessly ski the bumps, and learn how to ski rut lines. Further, into the week you’ll begin your backcountry training – learning how to map read, choose safe terrain depending on the aspect, basic ropework and crevasse rescue. You’ll spend time in the backcountry with an IFMGA Mountain Guide.
Week 9 + 10
This week is all about high paced, high energy skiing on the piste. We’ll focus on speed, line and pressure to stay in control when speeds pick up. We will also play in the park developing our tricks. This is a prime opportunity to try a backflip or 360. Our instructors can help you build confidence and break down the movements to help you land perfectly. If there’s plenty of fresh snow, we could swap the park for fat skis, and head off into the backcountry for an off-piste adventure (if that majority of the week agree).
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Performance & Adventure
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Get a taste of our Courses
Made all the way back in 2013,
this video gives you a taste of what you can expect from our courses.