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We run an inspiring and progressive range of alpine mountaineering and ski courses which individuals or small groups can join. The carefully planned sequence of these courses form an ideal mountain apprenticeship and represent good value as they allow a number of people to share the cost of an IFMGA Mountain Guide. They offer great mountain experiences, quality training and often sociable mountain journeys where you can meet other like minded mountaineers and embrace a team approach to the trip.

"Our group courses are guaranteed to run once you book & pay for your place."

After an 0400 breakfast at the Almageller Hut. Heading to the Weissmies hut via a good Swiss mountain lunch at the Hohsaas station

We understand the need for you to book dates, travel & accommodation well in advance, so you won't get any nasty surprise last minute cancellations due to us not having enough other bookings.

You can thus book, and join us in confidence of both the course actually running, and it being a really good one!

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Winter 2017 Course Dates

Ski Vallee Blanche

Chamonix Guided Days

With Mont Blanc & the Grand Cupucin behind

Chamonix Powder Touring

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills

Introduction to Ski Touring

Intro Ski Touring Weekends

Spring 2016 Course Dates

Ski Gran Paradiso

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills - Advanced Course

Ski Bernese Oberland

Ski Monte Rosa

Ski Mont Blanc

Summer 2016 Course Dates

Alpine Training Weekends

Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering

After a fine team ascent of the North Face via a series of fun & technical ice, mixed & snow pitches. Multi Pitch abseil descent of the North Face made afterwards.

Climb Gran Paradiso

Monte Rosa Mountaineer

Climb the Wiesmies

Climb Mont Blanc

Becoming An Alpinist

Chamonix Alpinist

Last Minute Course Availability - Winter 2016

Here is quick summary of forthcoming events with places still available for Winter 2016...

Winter 2016 Course Dates

Chamonix Guided Days

Our guided ski days bring together like minded skiers within the Chamonix Valley for fun off piste skiing and great ski journeys away from the pistes & lifts....

2015 / 2016 Dates & Prices

  • Saturday 27th February, 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 0)
  • Saturday 19th March , 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 0)

Winter 2016 Price

  • £110 per person per day
  • This is a guiding fee only & does not include any equipment hire, lift pass, food & drink, insurance or any other expenses
  • Maximum guiding ratio of 6 guests to 1 Guide

Chamonix Guided Ski Days

Our guided ski days bring together like minded skiers within the Chamonix Valley for fun off piste skiing and great ski journeys away from the pistes & lifts. They are designed to give intermediate off-piste skiers the chance to explore interesting backcountry terrain with a... more>

Ski Vallee Blanche

Ski Vallee Blanche

As the most famous off-piste ski run in the world, the Vallee Blanche has a lot to live up to...Happily the 18km journey with 2800m of vertical descent through some of the worlds most stunning glaciated alpine scenery rarely dissapoints! Thanks to the huge height gain (2742m) gi... more>

Ski Vallee Blanche Open Days 2016

Dates

  • Saturday 30th January, 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 0)
  • Saturday 6th Feb, 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 1)
  • Thursday 18th Feb, 4 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 1)
  • Saturday 27th Feb, 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 2)
  • Wednesday 11th March, 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 0)
  • Saturday 19th March, 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 0)

For additional Chamonix group off piste skiing events, please also check the dates for our 2016 Chamonix Guided Ski Days.

Cost

  • £115
  • Maximum Group Size 6

Chamonix Off Piste & Mountain Skills

Chamonix Off-Piste Ski & Mountain Skills

“A ski instruction course designed to improve your technical off-piste skiing, mountain safety awareness and skill, whilst doing lots of good skiing in the process”.

Course Aim

To develop competence and confidence skiing in variable off-piste terrain and to en... more>

Since 2012 these courses have been a complete sell out so book early to ensure your place in 2016, although you may already be too late for certain dates.. In Feb 2016 we have 2 courses running the same week with the 2nd course having a day off on the Friday and thus both Alison & Rob will be able to ski with the team on the Saturday.

Winter I - 25th - 29th Jan, Monday - Friday Inclusive, 0 / 6 Places still available, Course Full, Please See Feb & March Dates

Winter II - 22nd Feb - 26th Feb, Monday - Friday Inclusive, 1 / 6 Places still available.

Winter IIB - 22nd Feb - 27th Feb, Monday - Saturday, 5 Days with Friday as a Day Off, 3 / 6 Places still available.

Spring - Standard Course - 27th March - 31 April, Sunday - Thursday Inclusive, 1 / 6 Places still available.

Spring - Advanced Course - 27th - 30st March, Sunday - Wednesday Inclusive, 1 / 4 Places still available.

Price

£610 - Standard Course

£750 - Advanced Course

Chamonix Powder Touring

On this powder packed week, we reveal the secret delights of ski touring in mid winter. Yes, the weather can be poor, yes the avalanche risk can be high...This is why our journeys are often at lesser elevations, on the beautiful wooded lower hills, where we can access some great touring terrain & hugely enjoyable powder skiing....

Chamonix Powder Touring

For many people 'ski touring' conjures up an image of spring ski journeys in the high mountains. This is indeed a superb time to travel across the high glaciers and cols of the Alps. However spring does not have exclusive claim over this fun and efficient way of escaping the con... more>

2016 Dates & Prices

  • 18 - 22 Jan 2015, Monday - Friday - 6 / 6 Places Available

Winter 2016 Course Fee

  • £595. This is a guiding fee only & does not include any equipment hire, lift pass, food & drink, insurance or any other expenses.
  • Course runs on a maximum of 6 ski guests per guide / ski instructor and will only run with 2 or more guests booked on to the course.

Introduction to Ski Touring

Introduction to Ski Touring in Chamonix

Ski touring provides a fantastic way of exploring the backcountry and enjoying some creative ski journeys and adventures away from the resorts. For those with some off piste ski experience and reasonable fitness this action packed 5 day course provides the inspiration & info... more>

8 - 12 Feb

5 days, Monday - Friday Inclusive, 6 / 6 Places Still Available (2 People enquiring)

Course Cost

£695

Maximum group size 6 guests with 1 Guide

2016 Intro Ski Touring Weekends - Dates TBC

10 - 11 January 2 days, Saturday - Sunday Inclusive, 6 / 6 Places Still Available (Enquiries: 2) 7 - 8 February 2 days, Saturday - Sunday Inclusive, 6 / 6 Places Still Available (Enquiries: 1) 14 - 15 March 2 days, Saturday - Sunday Inclusive, 6 / 6 Places Still Available (Enquiries: 0)

Course Cost

£295 Maximum Group Size 6

Spring 2016 Course Dates

Ski Gran Paradiso 2016

Ski Gran Paradiso (4061m)

An action packed 4 day course designed for ski mountaineers who want to sample a taste of Italy and climb its highest mountain on skis. The ski touring in the famous Italian Valle d'Aoste is as good as the coffee and we aim to give you an excellent introduction to the area with... more>

12-15 April

4 Days, Tuesday - Friday Inclusive. 4 / 4 Places Available

Build up to the ski ascent of the Paradiso by linking this course with our dedicated Off-piste coaching & ski mountain training course the before and / or capitalise on your acclimatisation and ski training with a trip to the Swiss Alps for our fabulous Ski Bernese Oberland adventure the week after this course.

Course Fee

£795

Guiding Ratio of 1 Guide to a Maximum of 4 Guests

Ski Bernese Oberland

Bernese Oberland

The Bernese Oberland is a magical part of the Alps. It's vast glaciers feel more arctic than alpine in scale and provide the ski mountaineer with some truly impressive terrain to tour through. The areas peaks lend themselves perfectly to either logical ski ascents or ski mountai... more>

2016 Dates

17 - 22 April

6 Days, Sunday - Friday Inclusive. 4 / 4 Places Still Available (Enquiries: 1)

Opportunity to Ski the Gran Paradiso before this course.

Opportunity to Ski Monte Rosa after this course.

2016 Course Fee

£1095

Guiding Ratio of 1 Guide to a Maximum of 4 Guests

Ski Mont Blanc

Ski Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc. The highest mountain in Western Europe and a true challenge for the dedicated ski mountaineer. A magnificent objective for those with the skills to do it. Late spring often provides the best snow conditions for a ski ascent of the mountain and we offer two 6 day cour... more>

2016 Dates TBC

8-13 May

6 days ,Sunday - Friday Inclusive. 4 / 4 Places Available (Enquiries: 2)

Cost

£1395

Ratio of 1 Guide to 4 clients for 3 training days and 1:2 for the 3 summit days.

Summer 2016 Course Dates

UK Alpine Training Weekends 2016

Make the most of your summer alpine trip his next season with some pre-trip alpine training in the Scottish Highlands or in Snowdonia. Both fantastic area for developing your technical skills, rope work & fitness whilst having a great time & meeting other like minded climbers. We have 4 weekend running from late Feb through to early mid June. Doing all 4 would be superb training for your alpine trip but just one would make a big difference.

Fort William Winter Mountaineering Training Weekend

  • 2 Full days, Saturday & Sunday 27-28 February 2016, 4 Places Available
  • Course Fee: £245

Fort William Alpine Training Weekend

  • 2 Full days, Saturday & Sunday 23-24 April 2016, 3 Places Available
  • Course Fee: £295

Snowdonia Alpine Training Weekend

  • 2 Full days, Saturday & Sunday 28-29 May, 2016, 3 Places Available
  • Course Fee: £295

Snowdonia Matterhorn Training Weekend

  • 2 Full days, Saturday & Sunday 18-19 June, 2016, 2 Places Available
  • Course Fee: £345

Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering

During 5 action packed mountain days, this course aims provides you with high quality mountaineering training in all the alpine essentials whilst completing some fine peaks and fun routes along the way....

Chamonix Alpine Intro

Whilst Chamonix is the capital of world mountaineering, you do not need to be a great climber to enjoy its vast mountain attractions. On the contrary, one of Chamonix's real assets is that it has peaks and climbs suitable for all levels of challenge and for every step along the... more>

June 20-24

5 days, Monday - Friday Inclusive, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 1)

Opportunity to climb Mont Blanc after this course.

Night spent in mountain hut on intended itinerary is June 23rd.

July 11-15

5 days, Monday - Friday Inclusive, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 0)

Opportunity to Climb Gran Paradiso or Mont Blancafter this course.

Night spent in mountain hut on intended itinerary is July 14th (Bastille Day!)

August 29 - September 2

5 days, Monday - Friday Inclusive, 3 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 1)

Opportunity to do our Monte Rosa Mountaineer course or Climb The Weissmies after this course.

Night spent in mountain hut on intended itinerary is September 1st.

2016 Price - £845

Maximum Ratio of 1 Guide To 4 Guests.

Climb Gran Paradiso

Our standard course involves three guided days and 2 nights in Italian Alpine Huts. For those with some existing mountain experience we also do a 2 day course which proceeds direct to the Paradiso without the night at the Torino Hut. Most of our Climb Gran Paradiso courses can be combined with an ascent of Mont Blanc to provide a superb action packed week of high alpine mountaineering.

Climb The Gran Paradiso

The Gran Paradiso (4061m) is the highest mountain entirely within Italy and a constant snowy companion on the southern skyline from the Mont Blanc Massif. Lying in the beautiful Paradiso National Park this is a delightful high mountain area, set above the Italian Val d'Aosta and... more>

June 19-21

Sunday - Tuesday, 4 / 4 Places Available (Enquiries: 1)

Nights spent in mountain hut on intended itinerary are June 19th & 20th.

Early summer, a lovely time to be in the Gran Paradiso National Park.

Opportunity to Climb the Weissmies or Monte Rosa Mountaineer 3 day course after the Paradiso to make a superb 6 day alpine programme.

July 18-20

Monday - Wednesday, 4 / 4 Places Available (Enquiries: 0)

Nights spent in mountain hut on intended itinerary are July 18th & 19th.

Opportunity to do a 3 day Climb Mont Blanc straight after this course.

August 3-5

Wednesday - Friday, 4 / 4 Places Available (Enquiries: 0)

Nights spent in mountain hut on intended itinerary are August 3rd & 4th.

Opportunity to climb the Aiguille du Tour beforehand and / or Monte Rosa Mountaineer & Climb the Weissmies 3 day courses after the Paradiso to make a superb longer alpine programme.

September 4-6

Sunday - Tuesday, 2 / 4 Places Available (Enquiries: 0)

Nights spent in mountain hut on intended itinerary are September 4th & 5th.

Opportunity to do a 3 day autumnal Climb The Weissmeis straight after this course and Climb Mont Blanc the week after that.

October 2-4 - Early Autumn Ascent

Sunday - Tuesday, 4 / 4 Places Available (Enquiries: 1)

Early Autumn - A Fantastic Time To Be In The Gran Paradiso Park...

Night spent in mountain hut on intended itinerary is Monday October 3rd. A warm up day mountaineering / acclimatising above Chamonix will be arranged as an a training / acclimatisation day prior to this 2 day ascent.

2016 Price - £595

Maximum Ratio of 1 Guide to 4 clients

Monte Rosa Mountaineer

Monte Rosa Mountaineer

The Monte Rosa chain forms a magnificent high alpine & glacial massif straddling the Italian & Swiss borders and presents the mountaineer with a superb series of snowy peaks to climb. Whilst the Dufourspitze (4634m) is the highest point of the range, our route approaches... more>

July 11 - 15

Monday - Friday Inclusive, 5 Days, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 1).

Opportunity to do our Chamonix Alpine Intro the week before and Climb Mont Blanc the week after.

Nights spent in mountain huts during the course July 11, 13, 14

August 7 - 11

Sunday - Thursday Inclusive, 5 Days, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 0).

Opportunity to do Climb The Gran Paradiso the week before and do our Becoming An Alpinist Course the week after.

Nights spent in mountain huts during the course August 7, 9, 10

September 5 - 9

Monday - Friday Inclusive, 5 Days, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 0).

Opportunity to do our Chamonix Alpine Intro the week before and Climb Mont Blanc the week after.

Nights spent in mountain huts during the course September 5, 7,8

2016 Price

£895

Maximum guiding ratio of 1 Guide to 4 clients.

Climb the Wiesmies

Climb The Weissmies

Whilst, at 4017m the Weissmies only just makes it into the exclusive club of Alpine 4000m peaks, it has many more attributes to recommend an ascent than just its altitude...

The traverse of the Weissmies is a classic high alpine journey, among some of the Giants of the Swi... more>

The traverse of the Weissmies is a classic & brilliant high alpine journey, among some of the Giants of the Swiss Alps. With lovely old fashioned mountain huts, quality mountain training along the way and ascents of two fine 4000m peaks, this provides an extremely enjoyable long weekend.

June 23 - 25

Tuesday - Thursday Inclusive, 3 Days, 2 / 3 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 1). Opportunity to Climb the Gran Paradiso (3 day course) just before these dates.

July 15 - 17

Wednesday - Friday Inclusive, 3 Days, 3 / 3 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 4). Opportunity to do our Chamonix Alpine Intro before and / or Climb Mt Blanc after this course.

September 7 - 9

Wednesday - Friday Inclusive, 3 Days, 2 / 3 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 1). Opportunity to do our 3 day Climb The Gran Paradiso Course beforehand and / or Climb Mt Blanc after this course.

2015 Price

£695

Maximum Guiding Ratio Of 1 Guide To 3 Clients

Climb Mont Blanc

Our first class Mont Blanc course includes 6 days of quality training, acclimatisation & climbing. We have an excellent summit success rate on Mont Blanc thanks to our detailed planning & logistics, first class guides and ability to work closely with people to help them prepare well.

Climb Mont Blanc

An ascent of Western Europe's highest mountain is a big challenge and superb mountaineering expedition. Our six day course allows time for training and acclimatisation which means you are able to enjoy the ascent and climb some other great alpine peaks along the way.

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June 12-17

6 days, Sunday - Friday Inclusive, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 1)

Nights spent in mountain huts on intended itinerary are June 12, 13, 15 & 16.

A tough but rewarding early summer period in which to climb Mont Blanc. Whilst the huts are open, the trains / lifts are sometimes not thus creating a more physical programme.

Opportunity to do climb the Weissmeis or do our Monte Rosa Mountaineer course the week after this course.

June 27-29

3 days, Monday - Wednesday, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 1)

Nights spent in mountain huts on intended itinerary are June 27, 28

Opportunity to climb the Weissmeis, Gran Paradiso, Aiguille du Tour or do our Monte Rosa Mountaineer or Intro Alpine courses, all the week before this 3 Day Mont Blanc ascent.

July 18-23

6 days, Monday - Saturday Inclusive, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 0)

Nights spent in mountain huts on intended itinerary are July 18, 19, 21 & 22.

This course starts with the 3 day Climb Gran Paradiso programme

Opportunity to climb the Weissmeis or do our Monte Rosa Mountaineer or Intro Alpine courses, the week before this Mont Blanc ascent.

Opportunity to do a 5 day Becoming an Alpinist course just after this course.

September 12-17

6 days, Monday - Saturday Inclusive, 4 / 4 Places Still Available. (Enquiries: 0)

Nights spent in mountain huts on intended itinerary are September 6, 7, 9 & 10

Opportunity to climb the Weissmeis, or do our Monte Rosa Mountaineer course the week before this Mont Blanc ascent.

Cost

6 Day Course - £1350 per person

3 Day Course - £850 per person

Maximum Guiding Ratios Of 1 Guide To 4 Clients For The 3 Training Days And 1:2 For The 3 Summit Days

Becoming An Alpinist

Becoming an Alpinist

On this progressive alpine training course we aim to tackle some of Chamonix's classic moderate alpine routes in a style that will offer you high quality mountaineering training along the way. This course is ideally suited to those with some existing rock climbing and winter mou... more>

June 29 - July 3

5 Days, Monday - Friday Inclusive, 1 / 3 Places Available, (Enquiries: 3)

Night spent in mountain huts on intended itinerary is July 2nd.

Opportunity to Climb the Weissmeis just before this course.

July 13 - 17

5 Days, Monday - Friday Inclusive, 1 / 3 Places Available, (Enquiries: 2)

Night spent in mountain huts on intended itinerary is July 16th

Opportunity to do a 5 day Chamonix Alpine Intro Mountaineering course just before this course.

Opportunity to do a 5 day Chamonix Alpinist course just after this course.

2015 Price

£995

Maximum Group Size - 3 Guests To 1 Guide

Chamonix Alpinist

This, is the domain of the 'Alpinist'. On this action packed week we aim to make the most of the remarkable infra structure of high mountain lifts in the Chamonix valley and do as much high quality alpine climbing as possible...

Chamonix Alpinist

Chamonix is the capital of World Mountaineering. Put simply, it has it all. Rich in alpine history, ripe with hundreds of superb climbs and overlooked by the spectacular presence of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Aiguilles. This, is the domain of the 'Alpinist'. On th... more>

This course includes 5 climbing / guided days

July 4-8

Monday Friday Inclusive Inclusive, 2 / 2 Places Available (Enquiries: 1)

August 22-26

Monday - Friday Inclusive Inclusive, 2 / 2 Places Available (Enquiries: 0)

Opportunity to do our popular 'Becoming An Alpinist' course before this trip. An excellent training & acclimatisation week and thus making a magnificent 2 week programme. Also an option to Climb Mont Blanc before this course.

2016 Price

£1395

Ratio of 1 Guide to 2 clients.