/ Recommended off-piste Intro Ski Course ?
Tignes is great. The telemark ski company do alpine skiing too. Check out jagged globe and ultimate ski. Also, google Simon Christy!
Hope you have a great time whatever you end up doing, Ross.
Another vote for Alison Culshaw
Alison does a specific course 'off-piste skiing for climbers' I think it's called.
I would recommend the FreshTracks courses run by the Ski Club.
They do a variety of alpine courses in several locations. We have had great trips with them in the Alps, Norway, Scotland, Greece, and Canada over the years.
BASS Chamonix, Tinderbox (Chamonix) and Ski Club of Great Britain (SCGB) Freshtracks are all very good.
Chamonix can be a good value location because of the availability of cheap climbers' type accommodation if you don't want the cost of the hotel provided/available as part of the package (but miss out on social aspect of the course group). SCGB's chamonix courses start at intermediate rather than intro level with maybe more of a lean to guiding rather than instruction.
The best off piste instruction I have come across is the French team used by SCGB's Freshtracks holidays in Flaine. I'm looking forward to going back there for an advanced course in January.
The Eagle Ski Club runs a tour a week throughout the season and training courses for off piste, ski-mountaineering etc. run by qualified guides/instructors. Joining is cheap and you also get info on training grants that would pay dividends if you are young enough to qualify for them. Check out www.eagleskiclub.org.uk
It depends a little on what exactly you want to do or get out of a course. Do you have any specific goals?
An intro to off-piste would suggest that you're new to it, so I'm guessing that a ski teacher would be the way to go.
I'd be happy to help out, you can find out more details here - www.tinderboxskischool.com
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