Ski rando. Snow. Glacier travel.

WINTER SKILL CLINIC SERIES
Since 2018

Sold-out for 2021
Check back in November for Winter 2022 schedule
Day clinics:

Ski Rando. Travel. Snow safety
Glacier Travel. Rescue. Rope skills
Avalanche Companion-Rescue Refresher 
Clinics are held in the Chamonix mountains

A great opportunity to increase your confidence & skills in the backcountry
From route finding, snow safety, glacier travel & rescue, knots & rope techniques
Necessary skill set to have when playing in the backcountry with your friends
All clinics includes our special Safety Card!

1. AVALANCHE COMPANION-RESCUE REFRESHER CLINIC
No prerequisite
Details:
A half day clinic going over the necessary skills for avalanche rescue. Single and multiple burial searches. Organizing and managing a search and rescue. Updated probing and shoveling protocols. Equipment advice. Calling for a rescue. You don’t want to miss this clinic!
Equipment needed:
Skis or snowboard, avalanche transciever-beacon, shovel and probe.
*no need to have touring kit
For more info contact us

2. SKI RANDO SKILL CLINIC – Level 1
Prerequisite: no previous ski touring experience needed, comfortable skiing in different conditions
Details:
Equipment discussion and packing
Understanding the avalanche bulletin
Companion rescue using transceiver: search, technique and procedure protocol
Skinning technique
Transition: skins on-and-off and ski attachment to pack
Kick-turns and conversion skills
Setting a good uphill track and reading terrain
Equipment needed:
Normal ski touring equipment, ski mo gear is optional
Backpack 25 litre (minimum)
Transceiver, skins, shovel and probe
Pack lunch & drink
Ski pass for the day (only if applicable)
For more info contact us

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3. SKI RANDO SKILL CLINIC – Level 2
Prerequisite: minimum 5 day ski touring experience, comfortable skiing in different conditions
Details:
Detailed planning & interpretation of avalanche bulletins
Companion rescue for multiple burials and efficient progression
Reading terrain & route finding in good and bad weather
Decision making in avalanche terrain
Travel strategies in steep & technical terrain
Equipment needed:
Normal ski touring equipment
Backpack 25 litre (minimum)
Transceiver, skins, shovel and probe
Pack lunch & drink
Ski pass for the day (only if applicable)
For more info contact us

4. GLACIER TRAVEL & CREVASSE RESCUE CLINIC
Prerequisite: minimum five day ski touring experience, comfortable skiing in different conditions
Details:
How to organize your group while skiing in glacial terrain
Understanding and identifying glacial features & hazards
When and how to ski roped together in ascent and descent
How to progress in ascent and descent if you get caught in poor visibility
Crevasse fall: self-rescue techniques
, snow anchors & how to prusik up a rope
Team rescue scenario
Equipment needed:
Normal ski touring equipment
Transceiver, skins, shovel and probe
Backpack 25 litre (minimum)
Harness, 3 screwgate & 2 snapgate carabiners, 1x 120cm sling, 1 ice screw (min. 16cm), 2x prusik loops or mechanical ascender.
Pack lunch & drink
For more info contact us

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LEAD GUIDE & INSTRUCTOR:
Jonathan Bracey

Jon is an IFMGA Mountain Guide based in Les Houches-Chamonix and works year round as a guide with 16 years experience. He is a leading alpinists with many first ascents across the globe. Jon is a very talented mountain endurance athlete, winter and summer. Fun, humble and always eager to share. Jon is a Patagonia ambassador.
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