Off-Piste Freeride Camp – Grand Massif
Off Piste Freeride Camp – Grand Massif
14th – 21st January 2018
21st – 28th January 2018 – FULL
MINT Snowboarding brings you 5 full days of off piste snowboard coaching and 7 days of ½ board accommodation, riding the epic powder of the Grand Massif. Spend the full week off piste with our Mountain Guide, enjoying daily adventures into new and untouched terrain.
What’s more you will stay in the local area with our friends Joss and Dee at their fabulous catered Chalet near Samoens. Their family owned and operated chalet is fantastic and it will be a welcome site at the end of each days riding.
The Grand Massif, as the name suggests, is literally massive and packed full of peaks with endless powder options. The ski resorts of Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoens & Sixt Fer à Cheval, which make up the Grand Massif, enjoy a snowy microclimate, thanks to their proximity to Mont Blanc, meaning that champagne powder is not uncommon in the depths of winter. The area offers incredible off piste options, with long descents, secret backcountry bowls and wide open powder fields. The Grand Massif has been described by the Telegraph newspaper as “incredible off-piste in the best French ski resort you’ve never heard of”!
Throughout the week we will teach you the skills needed to approach the backcountry safely & responsibly, and how to analyse both terrain and snowpack to ensure safe ascents and descents. Avalanche search & rescue training is also included.
We will work with you to advance your technical riding ability by teaching you the skills and techniques required to ride off piste; on natural terrain and in varying snow conditions.
This course is led by David Gladwin, one of only a handful of professional snowboard instructors to hold the BASI Level 4 ISTD, French Carte Pro and UIAGM Mountain Guide qualification. Dave has the qualifications, knowledge and experience to take you further, deeper and steeper than pretty much anyone else in the world.
The Off Piste freeride course is designed as a progression from our Technical Performance course, although it is not a compulsory precursor.
For advanced riders our faster paced Backcountry Course is a follow on from our Off Piste snowboard course. This course takes the adventure further, to more challenging terrain and a focus on epic descents that take a bit more effort to reach.
Travelling alone? Not a problem! Our snowboard courses are designed with solo-travellers in mind. They are a great way to progress your snowboarding, learning in a small group with others of the same level… and you will end the week with a bunch of new snowboard friends!
Benefit from 5 full days of coaching in small groups. Coaching runs for 5 days, with a day off mid-week to recuperate or to take a day trip to do the infamous Vallée Blanche in Chamonix.
Monday: Warm up day with an introduction to off piste snowboard technical riding, mountain safety skills & avalanche training
Tuesday: Off-Piste freeride day with a focus on progressing your riding technique across various off piste terrain types and snow conditions
Wednesday: Off-Piste freeride day with further development of mountain safety skills and avalanche training
Thursday: Day off OR optional trip to ride the Vallée Blanche in Chamonix*
Friday: Off-Piste freeride day
Saturday: Off-Piste freeride day
*We are offering an extra adventure on the Thursday to ride the classic Vallée Blanche in Chamonix. The cost of this is 150€ for guiding and transport, plus you will need a day pass for Chamonix (62€). We require a minimum of 4 people signed up to run this adventure.
- 5 full days of off piste coaching & guiding
- Group size: Max 6 (Min 4)
- Requirements: Good intermediate / advanced rider, confident in all conditions and with some off piste & powder experience. A good level of fitness is required.
Accommodation is at the fantastic Chalet Brio, tucked away between Samoens and Morillon in the hamlet of L’Etelley. Chalet Brio has floor to ceiling windows allowing for amazing views across the valley. It is equipped with a hot tub to help rejuvenate your tired legs after days as well as large open plan living area with wood burning fire. The chalet is run by super keen snowboarders and husband & wife team Joss and Dee.
- 7 nights half board accommodation in shared rooms
- Four course evening meal, six nights per week (chalet staff have 1 night off during the week)
- Unlimited wine & soft drinks during dinner
- Continental breakfast six days a week with cooked option
- Afternoon tea including homemade cakes, tea and coffee
- Honesty bar with beer
- Airport transfers from Geneva to suit your flight
- Avalanche awareness, search & rescue training
- Video coaching to help analyse your riding and consequently understand how to make appropriate changes
*Safety equipment (transceiver, shovel & probe) is required and not included. Contact us if needed.
"David was excellent, a truly awesome guide – Friday was particularly epic and something that’ll stay with us for many many years to come. We’ll definitely be booking more with you on future trips and certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to others. A brilliant couple of days!"Chris, John & John