MINT Snowboarding since 2006. World Snow Award Winners in 2016 & 2017!
The Advanced Backcountry Course is for experienced snowboarders looking to explore challenging & exciting terrain at a fast pace. New for 2020 we’re running this course in the extreme paradise of La Grave, home to some of the wildest lift accessed backcountry terrain on the planet.
With 2300 vertical metres of freeride terrain and not a single groomed piste, La Grave place is about riding as much untracked snow as possible. Picture empty slopes and epic backcountry terrain with steep gullies, huge drops and some of the best tree runs in the Alps.
La Grave is far from being a purpose built ski resort. It’s iconic gondola transports you from the small, unspoilt village to the off piste heaven of the jagged, glaciated peaks surrounding La Meije at 3,983m. From steep lines to long powder descents, snowboarding in La Grave is not for the faint hearted and if you’re ready for a challenge, you could be in for the week of your life!
This course is run by David Gladwin, one of only a handful of professional snowboard instructors to hold the BASI Level 4 ISTD, French Carte Pro as well as the 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.
This is a sensational trip for adventurous, advanced level riders.
7 nights accommodation & 5 full days of backcountry guiding
Group size: Max 5 (Min 4)
This week is all about riding incredible backcountry terrain in the legendary off piste ski resort of La Grave. Enjoy 5 days of adventurous backcountry guiding in the mythic couloirs, bowls, and forests that give La Grave it’s reputation.
On top of that you will develop a greater awareness of risk management with respect to snow conditions, choosing approach and decent lines and avalanche rescue. All of this will add to your knowledge to gain greater confidence in approaching backcountry snowboarding.
This course has no set itinerary for the week. Your Mountain Guide, David, will decide on a daily basis where to head depending on weather and snow conditions along with some input on preferences from the group. Expect a fun and exciting week with daily backcountry adventures to get your heart racing!
7 nights accommodation is included in the friendly, family run Hotel Castillan. The hotel is in the heart of the village of La Grave, located right by the telecabine. Enjoy south-facing rooms with breathtaking views of the Meije and its glaciers.
Half board accommodation is provided in ensuite rooms, based on two sharing. Enjoy substantial breakfasts and excellent evening meals in the hotels well regarded restaurant. To add to this, you can relax your muscles in the hotel’s sauna after a high adrenalin day of snowboarding.
7 nights half board hotel accommodation (see accommodation section for more details)
With fully qualified BASI ISTD Snowboard instructor & UIAGM Mountain Guide, David Gladwin
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