Alpine Skiing, Morzine France

I offer lessons and guiding for all abilities, from your first day on skis to advanced off-piste skiing and touring, GCSE filming, family days out, and corporate groups. 

Get in touch to learn more about alpine skiing in Morzine and the rest of the Portes du Soleil.

Ready for Ski Touring?

Ski touring provides a thrilling experience as we explore the mountains around Morzine in France. It’s an opportunity for experienced skiiers to take the sport to the next level. Please get in touch to book your excursion.

What is Ski Touring?

Ski touring is what you get when you combine hiking with off-piste skiing. You also get an amazing workout, and good old fashioned fun. If you haven’t discovered the joys of ski touring, you’re in for a treat!

Ski touring takes you off the beaten track where the best snow is always found, and you get plenty of excercise to boot.

If you’re ready to skip the ski lift and experience backcountry skiing, you’ll need some extra gear and a good guide.

Do I need different gear for ski touring?

Ski touring involves a whole host of new kit. The clothes are the same, but all the rest of the gear will need to be hired from a ski shop. It’s always best to rent before you buy, as there is quite a range of sub-disciplines in ski touring, and you won’t know what you’re most likely to need in the future until you’ve tried the sport in real winter conditions. But these are the sorts of minor details I can bore you about while we walk up the mountain together! 

What are ski touring bindings?

Ski touring bindings allow you to lift your heels naturally while skinning uphill, then lock your boots down and use regular alpine skiing technique when you want to go downhill.

These are the bindings you use to access backcountry terrain. Used in combination with climbing skins and alpine touring boots that have a hinging upper cuff, touring bindings make travelling over undulating snowy ground remarkably fast and efficient. 

Is alpine skiing or alpine touring dangerous?

There are dangers involved in any type of skiing. Ski touring, however, is especially hazardous to the uninitiated, as it exposes you to almost every potential hazard of traditional skiing, plus a few extra for good measure!

The common concern, for good reason, is avalanche risk. But there are also dangers from improperly used equipment, navigational errors leading you to dead-end terrain or cliff lines, white-outs in areas where you aren’t familiar with the safest escape route, gear malfunctions leaving you stranded and far from home… All sorts of reasons to make sure your first forays into ski touring in the back-country are with a qualified, trained,  insured, guide. 

Do you have any questions?

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about skiing in Morzine, the Portes du Soleil, and around the Haute Savoie. If you’d also like to know more about pricing and packages or more information about everything from beginner classes to Heliskiing, feel free to contact me directly by phone or WhatsApp at:

+33 (0) 677052961

Or email:

paddy_morris@hotmail.com

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