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Snow & Rock Backcountry Ski Adventures with FREEFLO & Squash Falconer
April 18, 2017 - April 23, 20171745 GBP
FREEFLO has joined together with Snow and Rock and Squash Falconer to present an exciting unique 5 Full Day adventure opportunity for intermediate skiers in Tignes and Val d’Isere. This is a great adventure that will improve your off-piste skiing skills and will get you enjoying a new and exciting world of ski touring. Escape from the crowds and enjoy the peace, tranquility and the beauty of the backcountry whilst having fun and learning how to be safe when skiing in the mountains.
Sunday 18-23 April 2017
Package Price only £1745*
*prices subject to change
- Includes 5 days elite British backcountry coaching with FREEFLO
- Sharing the 5 day Adventure with Adventurer Squash Falconer
- Avalanche and transceiver workshops
- Adventure evening with Squash Falconer
- Video Analysis
- Return UK Flights
- Resort Transfers
- 7 nights accommodation 4* facility Chalet Hotel L’Ecrins based on sharing a twin room
- Welcome Drinks & Canapés
- Hot and Continental Breakfast
- Afternoon Tea
- 3 Course Dinner & Wine
- £200 Snow & Rock in store voucher
Package Doesn’t Include:
- Lunch and Drinks on and off the mountain
- Espace Killy Lift Pass
Intermediate Level: If you are an off-piste skier with varying success then this course is for you. If you can link turns without traversing, at least 5–10 turns together if not more with reasonable control, style and speed, down the fall line, in most snow types then this adventure is for you.
Training for the trip
Fitness is paramount for this ski adventure. Good fitness will make the trip more fun and you will get more out of your week! Although the course will be tailored to the group’s ability, it is highly recommended for you to get as fit as possible before you start. You must be able to ski all day if not most of the day from the first lift to the last lift with a couple of short breaks.
Getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue is highly recommended. Make sure it covers skiing off-piste beyond the ski boundary and ski touring with an instructor or guide. Buying a Carte de Neige with your lift pass in resort or online is recommended as will cover any mountain rescue without payment. You can purchase the Licence Carte Neige in resort with your lift pass for around €2 euros a day, or you can purchase it online to beat the queues. You can also purchase the Carré Neige which is a similar product. Make sure your insurance covers skiing off-piste beyond the ski boundary with an instructor or guide.
The 5 Day Adventure
Another epic day in the mountains with Squash Falconer & Floss Cockle
This is an off-piste and backcountry adventure. If the weather doesn’t allow us to ski off-piste we will brush up our technique back on the piste. This is a course where I will be passing on my experience and skills and where you can learn how to ski and move safely off-piste and most importantly to have fun while skiing. You also will be inspired and motivated by Adventurer Squash Falconer throughout the week.
The Ski Area
The snow-sure ski resort Espace Killy which consists of Val D’Isère and Tignes is located in the Tarentaise valley in the northern alps in France. It is one of the biggest ski areas in France with over 300 km of slopes and 20 km of ski routes available. The off-piste and backcountry routes are endless.
Hotel L’Ecrin: This stylish 52 room chalet-hotel is located in Tignes-Val-Claret with only a 5 minute walk from the main lifts. The chalet hotel is built from timber in the traditional Savoie style and oozes tradition and charm inside and out. The interiors are cosy and comfortable with local wood panelling and a large lounge at the heart of the chalet with inviting sofas around an open fireplace. The restaurant is a perfect setting for skiers to re-group after a day on the slopes with small and large group tables available creating a lively, fun atmosphere. Twins, doubles, interconnecting and family bedrooms are available, many with balconies, flat screen TVs and free WiFi access in the rooms. After a hard day on the slopes, guests can visit the beautiful spa, with four therapy rooms and a range of treatments on offer from massages to manicures. The impressive swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath
enable weary skiers to relax and re-energise in a beautiful surrounding.
This an example of the 5 day Backcountry Adventure itinerary:
Night of arrival:
Welcome drink and canapés . Discuss the week ahead, plans and individual goals for the week.
Warm up to find our ski legs. Technical focus on: Balance and fundamental elements. Introduction to the use of avalanche equipment. Skiing mainly in Tignes.
Evening: Video Analysis.
Technical Focus how to improve your off-piste skiing.
Evening: Avalanche Workshop.
Technical Focus skiing on off-piste steeper terrain and variable conditions. Skiing in both Tignes and Val d’Isère.
Evening: Adventure evening with Squash Falconer.
Technical Focus ski touring/hiking with a short tour.
Ski tour a full day with a possible stop at a mountain hut.
Kit List – What To Bring
Skis: Ideally an all mountain ski with a touring binding that is around 85-110mm under foot. Anything wider under foot than that is a lot harder to make shorter turns and to influence the ski, especially when you are skiing the bumps amongst the trees.
Boots: If you haven’t got your own boots, a downhill boot without a hike mode is fine or a
Skins: Skins for touring.
Gloves: Gloves or mittens are fine. I normally have glove liners as well as it can get cold.
Layers: Lots of thin thermal breathable layers are always good with a waterproof jacket over the top, so you can remove them if you get hot. A buff or snood is always very handy.
Poles: Downhill poles with bigger baskets are fine. Telescopic touring poles are better for touring with.
Goggles: Goggles are a must. Ideally two lenses. If you can make sure you have a yellow goggle lens or a lens which you can put in your goggles in case of bad weather and poor visibility this will makes a huge difference.
Sunglasses: A big yes for the sunny days.
Helmet: A helmet is paramount.
Backpack: If you have a comfortable backpack 25-35 litres please can you bring it. If you have an ABS bag please bring it as it is great for off-piste but can be heavy for touring.
Avalanche Gear: If you do have a pack, shovel, probe and transceiver (digital) please bring them. If not you can rent them in resort. ABS bag is recommended. Water bottle, flask and snacks: Nuts, dried fruit and energy bars are always handy for slow release energy instead of chocolate.
Beanie: To keep head warm and to cover up helmet hair when having lunch!
Camera/GoPro: Good to take photos and to make movies.
First Aid Kit: Small first aid kit and foil safety blanket/blizzard blanket.
For more information and to book your place, please contact Floss at FREEFLO:
Email: email@example.com | Phone: +33 (0)6 30 11 11 09
We look forward to stepping into your next adventure with you.
Floss Cockle & Squash Falconer