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Levels for ski touring and freeride

Levels for ski touring and freeride

Ski touring

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Technical level

Level 1 

For skiers who have never done ski touring. You will need to be able to ski down red or black alpine slopes. You will get technical ski touring training from the guide. Does not fit to ski beginners as it is not ski lessons.

 

Level 2

Usually easy and wide open slopes. You may progress on easy glacier terrain. We advise you to already have some basic technical knowledge of ski touring. The guide will help you to improve your basic technical knowledge.

 

Level 3

Slopes may include some short steep sections. You need to a reasonable good off-piste skier being able to deal with all types of snow conditions. You may progress on glacier terrain. You need to be able to execute good uphill kick turns. On some courses the guide will teach you mountaineering techniques including rope skills, use of crampons and ice axe.

 

Level 4

Slopes may contain narrow and steep sections, sometimes exposed (40-45°). You have excellent ski touring skills and ski fluidy on all terrain. You may progress on chaotic glacier terrain. You definitely master uphill kick turns and mountaineering techniques (use of crampons and ice axe).

 

Physical level

Level 1

Approx 3/4 hours skiing per day. Expect to climb between 300 & 800 m per day.

 

Level 2

Good physical condition required, approx. 4 -6 hrs skiing per day, expect to do some climbing on foot, 500 to 1000m up a day.

 

Level 3

Good physical condition required, may involve some short climbs on foot or with skis - max 800 & 1200 m elevation gain per day.

 

Level 4 

Expect to ski all day long at a good pace. Tours may involve daily ascents of 1200 m or more.

Freeride skiing

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Technical level

Level 1

Accessible to the average skier with no previous freeride (off piste) skiing experience. You be capable of skiing black or red level slopes, course 3 ESF. You may go up a bit, not over 30 mn/day. Does not accept ski beginners, as it is not ski lessons.

 

Level 2

Accessible to the average skier used to all types of snow and at ease on black level pistes with some off piste experience. Short uphill sections with skins for less than 45 min per day, not requiring any ski touring technique knowledge. Ideal course for an experience skiing wishing to introduce him- or herself to freeride or off piste skiing.

 

Level 3

Good skier in all types of snow. Skiing at a good pace all day long. Slopes may have some short steep sections. Short uphill sections with skins, previous experience in ski touring expected.

 

Level 4

For experienced skiers at ease in all types of snow, having some couloir experience. Sustained pace all day long. Slopes may have some steep and exposed sections (40° - 45°). Uphill skinning sections, previous ski touring technique knowledge expected.

 

Level 5

For experienced skiers, you should master skiing down couloir and steep slopes. Very sustained pace all day long. Slopes may have some steep and exposed sections (40° - 45°). Uphill skinning sections, ideally you should have some previous ski touring technique experience.

Physical level

Level 1

You should be fit, approx 3/4 hrs skiing per day at an easy pace.

 

Level 2

Good physical condition, 4/6 hrs skiing per day, small uphill section on foot or with skins for max 45 min per day.

 

Level 3

Good physical condition, uphill on foot or with skins for less than 2 1/2 hrs per day. Full days skiing at a good pace.

 

Level 4

Good physical condition, full days skiing at a sustained pace, uphill sections with skins for maximum 3 hours.

MOUNTAIN BIKE

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Technical level

Level 1

No need to be an expert but you should have ridden a bike before for enduro courses. For all mountain, you may be a beginner of first timer mountain biker. You will be introduced and get a review of all basic techniques essential for up- and downhill riding on easy going terrain.

 

Level 2

For experienced mountain bikers wishing to progress on single track downhills, that are not necessarily steep, just technical (rocks, roots, ...) but not exposed. Ideal to build up and strengthen your basic skills.

 

Level 3

For experienced mountain bikers used to long and technical downhills (difficulties are however progressive over the week), sometimes steep, often technical and sometimes exposed but rarely dangerous. After this trip you will be an expert mountain biker !

 

Level 4

Work in progress

Physical level

Level 1

We don't push our bikes, and all trails are relatively easy to ride.

Cross country trips and all mountain bike trips: max 800 m uphill per day & 2 hrs 

Enduro : max 300 m uphill per day

 

Level 2

You may have to push or carry your bike on a few short sections, uphill sections are technical and require a relatively good physical conditions.

Cross-country trips and all mountain trips: max 1500 m uphill per day - between 2 & 4 hrs per day

Enduro: max 500 m uphill per day (sometimes slightly more but easy to ride)

 

Level 3

Several technical uphill sections where you will have to carry or push your bike. You should be in top condition and need strong arms !

Cross-country and all mountain trips: at least 1000 m uphill per day and up to 5 hrs

Enduro: max 1000 m uphill per day

 

Level 4

work in progress

E-bike

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Technical level

Work in progress

 

Physical level

Work in progress

Mountaineering

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Technical level

Level 1

Learning and discovery of basic mountaineering techniques, essentially on snow and ice. Easy course designed for beginners.

 

Level 2

No specific difficulty, it essentially consists on hiking in snow. However, we advise you to have previous experience in walking with crampons and to be used to walking of track with a backpack that weighs several kilos. 

Accessible for beginners who are good walkers and have hiked at + 3000 m above sea level. The level of this course will enable you to further gain in autonomy on more difficult courses, or participate in more technical itineraries.

 

Level 3

You should master mountaineering techniques (use of crampons and rope, progression on glacier). Snow slopes may reach 35° - 40°. Climbing difficulty II / III

 

Level 4

You should master basic mountaineering techniques, and be able to progress under the guides supervision. Snow slopes may reach 40°. Climbing difficulties III+/IV.

 

Physical level

Level 1/2

You should regularly do some endurance sports (cycling, hiking, running, cross country skiing, swimming). If this is not the case, you should run at least 30 min per day, three times a week (or 5 km) 2 months prior to the course.

 

Level 3

You should be used to doing outdoor sports. Regularly do endurance sports (cycling, running, hiking, cross country skiing, swimming). If this is not the case you should run minimum one hour three times a week, 2 to 3 months prior to departure (10 km/hour).

 

Level 4

You should be a confirmed sportsman/woman and regularly train, do endurance sports several times a week at least 6 months or a year prior to departure.