The Col du Grand Saint Bernard is the dream splitboard destination, situated at 2469m on the Swiss / Italian border and home to one of the most comfortable mountain refuges you will find in the alps! The remote setting is not only stunning, but surrounded by a wealth of summits suitable for splitboarding on both sides of the frontier. Trust us, there is enough snowboard terrain here to last you a season’s stay on the Col!
You will stay at the famous Grand Saint Bernard Hospice, a 10th century monastery, which is still run by monks who offer you a warm welcome. The Hospice, which can only be reached by skis in winter, provides an excellent base from which to ski tour and also offers options for a hut-to-hut splitboard trip.
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.
3 full days of backcountry guiding & 2 nights accommodation
Max 6 (Min 4)
This course is ideal for experienced snowboarders wishing to gain more backcountry skills and visit a unique alpine destination.
Previous off piste experience is essential and splitboarding experience is desirable, although not a necessity. People with no previous splitboard experience may join the course provided they are fit and strong off piste riders.
A good level of aerobic fitness is important as a typical day will involve 3-4 hours + of uphill skinning (around 1000m of height gain). Once at the summit you will also need plenty of energy & strength for long backcountry descents!
Please get in touch if you would like further clarification on the requirements for this course.
The Grand St Bernard Hospice is a unique place to stay, originally founded in 1045 as a place of refuge for travellers crossing the alps. These days, as mountain refuges go, it is extremely comfortable with proper comfy beds and hot showers. The huge building also hosts a fascinating alpine museum and several chapels. The hospice can only be accessed by foot (or ski) in winter, giving it a very remote feel.
With fully qualified BASI ISTD Snowboard instructor & UIAGM Guide, David Gladwin
2 nights full board refuge accommodation
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