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Guiding

Private off-piste sessions

Discover the best of the local conditions, powder bowls and classic couloirs, freeride faces and treeline trails.
If the off-piste bug has already bitten, a guided session is the ideal way to explore the best runs in the area.

Morning
A four hour session ...... Ideal for off-piste skiers looking for new challenges.
Afternoon
A three hour session ...... Ideal for expert piste skiers looking to explore beyond the pistes.
Full Day
Both of the above adapted to the conditions. Check out our other Full Day trips
Escape and explore...

Prices

Full Day 8h 600 €
Morning 4h 320 €
Afternoon 3h 250 €
Content
  • Safety briefing
  • Technical tips
  • Breathtaking vistas
  • Alpine adventure
  • and much more

DayTrips

From the Franco-Italian border to the heart of the Vanoise National Park. Backcountry valleys and impressive North faces.
Explore beyond the Tignes border and discover the off-piste in one of the other Tarentaise ski resorts.

Val de Tignes
A full day's skiing across Tignes and Val for intermediate and experienced riders.
**Alternative to the Tarentaise Tour in case of adverse snow or weather conditions**
Sainte Foy
A hidden gem of off-piste lusciousness.
Exploring the bowls and backcountry of Sainte Foy en Tarentaise, a mere 20 minutes down the road.
Tarentaise
60km tour including the Bellecote North Faces.
An epic, full day's skiing, discovering the legendary off-piste of the Vanoise and Tarentaise Valley through the resorts of Tignes, Champagny La Plagne, Peisey, Les Arcs and Villaroger with over 6km of vertical descent...
!!....Snowboarders: Split-boards only....!!
Backcountry and beyond...

Prices

Val de Tignes 8h 600 €
Sainte Foy 8h 650 €
Tarentaise 8h 650 €
PitStops and Lunch
Bring snacks and drinks for the chairlifts. Picnic or restaurant lunch depending on the weather.
Transport
Transport to and from Sainte Foy and the return from Villaroger are included in the session price.

Guiding and Glaciers

Guiding and Glaciers
Whilst the term 'guiding' has a fairly open meaning with regards to skiing, the definition is stricter in reference to glaciers.
Although we provide an off-piste and backcountry guiding service, we are legally not allowed to take anyone into glacial areas. This is the realm of the High Mountain Guides with the IFMGA/UIAGM/IVBV qualification.
Bureau des Guides de Tignes
In the event that we decide to head onto the glaciers outside of the patrolled zones we join forces with one of the local High Mountain Guides from the Bureau des Guides de Tignes.

Equipment

If you do not yet have your own off-piste safety equipment we can provide you with;
  • Transceiver (DVA)
  • Probe & Shovel
  • ABS backpack
For backcountry skis check out the range available at Mountain Story HQ
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Heli

Couloirs & Choppers

Ride out of resort and catch a bird's eye view of the backcountry with a heli flight home.
Though purists may be against such methods, it's still a ride in a helicopter. Ideal for experienced off-piste skiers looking for new challenges.

Heliskiing Legality
Helisking is unfortunately not allowed in France. More info: (Article L 363-1)
Options
Reverse heli.
We ride into an area, get picked up in a heli and get dropped back in resort (Chevril and Bonneval).
Or we go to Italy.
Ride and Fly...

HeliOptions

Chevril
Ride the classic Tovière couloirs (Mickey's Ears), across the summer pass, down through one of the gulleys leading into the Bois de La Laye and finally meandering through the forest to the Lac de Chevril (over 1000m vertical descent). All capped off with a heli-ride home.
Bonneval
Mystical, mythical Maurienne.
Into the Maurienne valley with a flight over the Vanoise park to return.
Italia
Two heli-drops in Italy and some awesome riding home.
Cross over into Italy via the frontier resort of La Rosière.
Transport to and from resort included.
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Prices

Chevril 4h 420 €
Bonneval 8h 1000 €
Italia 8h 1600 €
Chevril/Bonneval; 4 pax max.
Italia; 5 pax max.
Prices are per trip.

Touring

Skin up, ride down

Backcountry touring can open up a whole new realm of untouched terrain whilst escaping the busy, well known off-piste skiing areas.
Despite having the image of a sport undertaken only by guides, mountaineers and general Alpine geeks, ski touring offers an incredibly easy way to access areas that otherwise would be impracticable.

Free the heel...

Touring Options

DayTour
A full-day with a couple of cols or summits for the more experienced touring adventurers.
Recap of touring equipment, skinning techniques, route selection tips, and avalanche awareness & terrain safety briefing.
Specials
An opportunity to experience the mountains at night. Try the Sunrise and Sunset Skins, the Moonrise Meander and the Full Moon Fantasy. Join us as we skin up to one of the local viewpoints away from the noise and lights.
Starters
A 3hr session for ski touring beginners.
  • Introduction to and use of touring bindings and skins.
  • Walking, climbing and descending techniques.
  • Introduction to route planning.
  • Avalanche awareness & terrain safety.
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Equipment

Touring requires the use of specialist equipment;
Skis
Lightweight skis/split-board fitted with touring bindings.
Skins
Synthetic skins that attach to the base of the ski and grip into the snow enabling us to walk uphill.
Harscheissen
Couteaux or touring crampons, for extra grip on hard packed, icy terrain.
Note:
Equipment hire is not included in the session price.
EquipmentHire
Check out the range available in MountainStory
Safety

Safety

Mountain and Avalanche Awareness

The associated dangers, whilst often hidden from view, are ever present when out backcountry. Develop your ability to read the signs and implement the information when making decisions.
Improve your search and rescue skills. While every precaution may be taken, there is always the element of chance. Knowing what to do in the event of an accident can be a life-saver.

Know when to say 'No'...

Safety Options

SafetyBasics
3 hour on-snow introduction to mountain safety session;
  • Introduction to the equipment.
  • Outline avalanche rescue procedure.
  • Single-burial search on flat terrain.
  • Timed search.
SafetyPractice
3 hour detailed on-snow safety session aimed at the more experienced off-piste fans;
  • Avalanche awareness and risk assessment.
  • Snowpack analysis and slope safety.
  • Detailed information on avalanche rescue procedure.
  • Incident management and rescue procedures.
  • Multiple burial searches.
  • Practice searches on the mountain.
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Avalanche Bulletin

BRA

Click for latest Avalanche Bulletin issued by Meteo France.

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Technique

Off-piste made easy

Explore the latest in off-piste riding techniques across a variety of different terrains.
From couloir jump turns, or ripping through the forest runs to laying out some fat freeride lines on a fresh open face; learn a little and explore more.

Advanced
Enhance your off-piste skills whilst tackling the more challenging classic routes.
Intro
Get to grips with the techniques of off-piste skiing on some of the easier itineries.
AllTerrain
Development on all types of terrain including bumps, naturide and easy off-piste.
Build the basics...

Prices

Full Day 8h 600 €
Morning 4h 320 €
Afternoon 3h 250 €
Sessions are adapted to your current level to help gain confidence outside of the pistes.
Whilst wider skis have eased the passage for many into off-piste, the different terrain and snow conditions still require the implementation of certain, basic skills.

Riding Ability

Level
Be honest with yourself, the mountain is.
Pistes? Meh! You are a ski hero and nothing is too extreme. But you still fall over. Advanced
Pistes are purely for access. Off-piste is fun, challenging, and you still fall over. Advanced
Off-piste is frustrating, challenging, and still with too many wipeouts. Intro
Pistes are easy, you've dabbled with off-piste and fallen over regularly. Intro
You are in the process of mastering the pistes and wander off the sides sometimes. AllTerrain

Adventure

Backcountry Adventure Week

Classic couloirs, freeride faces, backcountry tours and heli-rides home.
Tignes and its surrounding resorts play host to some of the best and most readily accessible off-piste terrain in Europe.

For novice off-pisters and powder hounds to adrenaline junkies and backcountry wanderers.
Choose your adventure and we'll tailor it to your level on the best of the local conditions.

Explore the mountain...

Prices

Contact us for more details.

More Info

Equipment list details.

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Timetable

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Technique Recap DVA Training Video Analysis
Day 2 Freeride Technique Avalanche Search Intro
Day 3 Couloirs & Trees Rocks & Drops Touring Special
Day 4 Chevril Heli Secret Spots Video Analysis
Day 5 Touring Touring Debrief
Session order may be changed depending on current local conditions.

About

Who

Tignes Off-Piste is...
An adventure adapted to your needs, taking in the best of the local conditions on routes you've never ridden, mixed with a handful of technical tips, safety pointers, and a few unforgettable moments.
The idea of independent ski teacher Kev Herbert, a highly experienced off-piste instructor, backcountry tour guide and mountain safety coach.
Former off-piste manager for a local, well established, French ski school, Kev has been based in Tignes for over 25 years and his extensive knowledge of the terrain has built up from his passion for hiking and climbing in the summer and his desire to escape the masses on the pistes during the winter.
Languages
English, Français, Deutsch en slecht Nederlands
Catchphrase
Welcome to my office...
Favourite run
All of them...
Epitaph
Bury me high where the genepi grows and by my head place a single black rose.
Turn left, turn right and repeat as necessary.

What, where, when and why

What?
An adventure adapted to your needs, taking in the best of the local conditions on routes you've never ridden mixed with a handful of technical tips, safety pointers, and a few unforgettable moments.
Where?
The office begins with the 10 000ha of off-piste terrain around Tignes. Beyond that are the the backcountry areas linking many of the resorts in the Tarentaise, Maurienne and Aosta valleys. Plenty to keep one occupied.
When?
December to May every year.
Why?
Because it needs doing.

Contact

Enquiries

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