Ski Touring Introduction

Cost: £1,395
Ratio (Clients:Guides): 6:1
Estimated Hut and Cable car costs: CHF100
Dates available: Contact us for more details.

Our Introduction to Ski Touring Course offers a sound introduction to the world of ski-touring with British Mountain Guides in the quiet resort of Arolla in the Swiss Alps.

Aimed at competent "red run" skiers with some off piste experience. This course is great preparation for day tours, longer tours, the Haute Route, reaching untracked powder and steeper skiing, and for climbers who want to ski to winter routes. You need reasonable fitness (regular hill walking) - all the equipment can be hired locally.

Our Introduction to Ski Touring Course aims to cover:

  • Equipment - what to choose, and how to use it
  • Avalanche risk assessment
  • Transceiver use
  • Skiing uphill!
  • Off piste skiing skills
  • Skiing on glaciers
  • Navigating on skis
  • Route choice and planning

We take in some classic ski tours in the Val d'Herens area during the week, putting learned skills into practice while enjoying the tranquility of this area and the fine skiing it offers.

The price includes:

  • 6 days of guided skiing (group ratio maximum 6:1)
  • 6-7 nights half board valley accommodation in shared twin room
  • 1 night half board accommodation in hut dormitory (optional subject to conditions and seasonality)
  • all guides expenses

When in the valley we are based at the historic Grand Hotel Kurhaus in Arolla (with breakfast and dinner included in the trip price).

Ski Touring Safety Introduction Course Guide

Here's a sample itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Check equipment and hire if necessary. Then, to the Arolla ski area. After a warm-up ski, cover the basics of ski touring - use of touring bindings, skins, uphill skiing, avalanche procedure, off-piste technique, etc
  • Day 2 - Using Arolla ski area to build on Day 1, aiming to make a short tour and an avalanche search scenario
  • Day 3 - A day tour, putting into practice techniques from days 1 and 2. Using the Evolene lifts, ski up the Pic d'Artsinol, 2997m, with a 1600m descent
  • Day 4 - To the Cabane des Dix via the Pas de Chevre. Lunch at the hut, then skiing on a glacier - crevasse rescue, using ropes when skiing, etc
  • Day 5 - A two day tour. Use the Arolla lifts, then ski to the Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges. Some great skiing and touring on the way to a beautiful hut
  • Day 6 - Ascend the Point de Vouasson, 3489m, and ski to Evolene. Only 600m ascent, but over 2000m descent! Return to hotel.

Arolla Guided Ski Touring

You'll need to arrange suitable insurance and your own transport to and from Arolla.

You should bring suitable personal skiing equipment including boots, skis, skins, sticks, crampons, harness, helmet (if preferred) and rucksack. We can arrange to hire any of these items for you, please see our gear section for prices. You can download our ski touring kit list here.

We can run any of our skiing courses for private groups by separate arrangement. Please contact us to discuss locations, prices and availability.