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Explore untouched slopes away from the classic off piste trails. These courses are for snowboarders who have experience off piste and are keen to explore the best backcountry descents the area has to offer. Using splitboards, and guided by a qualified mountain guide, the group will be guided far beyond the areas accessible by lifts in search of the best conditions, the best descents and peace and quiet away from the crowds in resort. All our courses are located in some of the finest ski areas in the French Alps, including Chamonix and Val d’Isere.

Always included in our holidays

Full splitboarding Equipment


Instruction or guiding


All meals

Friendly & social atmosphere

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Splitboarding allows the off-piste snowboarder to explore the backcountry under only human power. Previously when boarders wanted to adventure away from the resort uplift they had to walk using snowshoes, being left behind by the more adapted ski-tourer. Now with splitboarding you don't get left behind as your snowboard can split in half, becoming two ‘skis’ allowing you to travel more efficiently uphill by resembling a ski-tourer.

Off-piste simply means ‘outside the maintained and marked resort areas.' These areas are therefore not supervised, there are no markings and they are ungroomed/not pisted. When you leave a designated marked piste you are off-piste.Often you can go just beyond the markings without any problems, but avalanches have previously originated right next to the run. That’s why off piste carries real dangers and is not advised without instructors/guides, particularly in remote areas that splitboarding allows you to access.

Safety equipment is required when you go off piste; transceiver, probe and shovel. These are included in UCPA courses where they are needed. 

Anyone with previous off-piste experience knows it is not quite as effortless as all the freeride movies make it look. Thankfully, companies like UCPA now provide instruction very different to the standard ski school style that many have previous experience of. You generally spend more time with your instructor/guide in smaller groups making it less formal and more fun to allow you to challenge yourself and learn the skills and knowledge to become safer in the mountains.

Splitboarding off piste carries a number of real dangers, therefore even the more experienced backcountry snowboarders should only explore these challenging areas with a qualified guide. Their local knowledge also comes with advantages as you will get to experience the very best snow the area has to offer!

Fewer people: Splitboarding gives you even more freedom than a normal off piste snowboarder as you can access remote areas away from the busy resort. You will almost always be the only ones out there as much fewer skiers/snowboarders venture off piste.  

Challenging: Bored of riding the same runs, completed all the black runs you can? Off piste is more difficult than regular snowboarding and is a true test of skill, talent, and ability. Furthermore, the uphill climbs of touring are physically demanding and a great form of alternative, yet rigorous activity.

Beautiful scenery: It’s peaceful, the views are stunning and you can be at one with nature, enjoying the serenity away from commercial ski areas.

Safety equipment is required when you go off piste; transceiver, probe and shovel. These are included in UCPA courses where they are needed. 

What is a transceiver and why do I need it?

Wearing a transceiver transmits a signal that can be picked up by other transceivers, meaning that should you be buried under snow, it’s more likely the rest of your group/rescue teams will find you quickly. You can also switch your transceiver’s signal to receive, and you can also help find your friends. 

What is a probe?

Avalanche probes help searchers pinpoint the exact location of anyone buried under the snow. They usually have markings on them indicating snow depth. 

Why would I need a shovel?

To dig somebody out from underneath the snow! Shovels are the most efficient and fastest tools for digging. Avalanche shovels are generally made of plastic or aluminium and are designed to be tough yet light and compact to carry.

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