To be able to freeride you must learn to adapt your technical riding – particularly in line with the different snowtypes that you encounter. Leaning-back will simply do nothing more than make you lose your balance and then lose control of the board. We will take you through the journey of technical discovery. You will learn to understand the tactics required to ride different snow types – the speed needed, the correct line and turn shape for the pitch you’re riding. It’s important to learn the right mental approach to certain situations, helping you develop trust and confidence when most needed. You will be taught to better understand the importance of safety. Finally you get to ride powder and taken to the best areas of the mountain. McNair snowsports offers you the complete freeriding experience.
The 5 day Off-piste B/C course is designed for riders with some off-piste experience and a good sense of adventure. It is important that you learn to take the good with the bad. Often, the access in/out of certain pitches is not the best snow to ride on, or a high, long traverse is necessary. These skills are paramount if you wish to ride in the backcountry.
This course is the perfect blend of learning to tour on a splitboard and traditional backcountry riding. Having the choice to mix short hikes with longer tours over the course gives greater flexibility depending the weather and snow conditions. There is a constant technical focus throughout the week allowing you to adapt your riding skills to the backcountry environment. Another key element to riding backcountry is good decision making on the line you are going to take. Working on tactical decisions is paramount to becoming a strong free-rider for both safety and enjoyment factors.
Be prepared to skin up between 300m and 500m vertical for 3 of the 5 days. Our goal is to be riding the freshest lines and great descents in the Tarentaise valley with mountain safety at the core of every decision. It is essential that you have some experience off-piste riding, good fitness level and a sense of adventure. Ultimately you will have the freedom to go anywhere and everywhere.
All splitboard and avalanche safety equipment is provided in the course fee.
For those riders with previous splitboard experience and search to escape the crowds of resorts and have a true appreciation of the mountain environment. Not only will you improve your touring but to help develop your technique and allow for greater flexibility we have included a technical backcountry riding day at the start of the week with another half day towards the end of the course. This mix of touring and training is the perfect balance to make the course a success.
The course is run over 5 days with a maximum of 6 riders. Be prepared to ascend 1000m vertical climb on each touring day. The end goal riding the freshest lines in the Tarentaise valley with mountain safety at the core of every decision. It is essential that you have good experience off-piste riding, high fitness level and a sense of adventure.
All splitboard and avalanche safe equipment is provided in the course fee.
2017/2018 courses, tours, locations and prices
|23rd - 27th November||Tignes, France||Kickstart weekend||Dragon Lodge||£550.00||3 PLACES LEFT|
|5th - 9th December||Tignes, France||Jenny Jones workshop||Chill Alp||£1450.00||AVAILABILITY|
|9th - 16th December||Tignes, France||Winter kickstart||Dragon Lodge||£650.00||1 PLACE LEFT|
|24th - 29th December||Tignes, France||Learn to shred 9-15yrs||N/A||£300.00 (9am-12pm)||6 PLACES LEFT|
|3rd - 16th January||Niseko, Japan||Explorer B/C||Country Resorts self-catering||£2500.00||SOLD OUT|
|20th - 27th January||Sainte Foy, France||Intro B/C Freeride||White Room chalets||£1050.00||3 PLACES LEFT|
|27th - 3rd February||Grimentz, Switzerland||B/C Split mix||Self catered||£950.00||4 PLACES LEFT
|3rd - 10th March||Sainte Foy, France||Jenny Jones workshop||Sainte Foy Chalet co.||£1950.00||AVAILABILITY|
|10th - 17th March||Gargellen, Austria||B/C Split mix||Gasthof Wulfenia||£1200.00||4 PLACES LEFT|
|17th - 24th March||Sainte Foy, France||Jenny Jones workshop||Sainte Foy Chalet co.||£1950.00||SOLD OUT|
|21st - 28th April||Siglufjordhur, Iceland||Splitboard Touring||Self catered||£1600.00||3 PLACES LEFT|