Discover freeride skiing

Do you want to powder ski and make your own mark? Are you wondering how to start and what equipment to get?
This advice is for you!

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Freeride skiing is a discipline that is the dream of many skiing and mountain enthusiasts: large spaces, powder snow, feelings of freedom, making your own mark, etc. A sport as technical as it is fun, freeride skiing requires you to have the right equipment and know the essential safety rules associated with an unmarked playground.

WHAT IS FREERIDE SKIING?

Freeride "skiing" means skiing outside the marked out areas, whether it is next to the pistes or further along the mountain, on virgin slopes.

Freeride skiing became a real skiing discipline in the middle of the 90s, with the arrival of international competitions and the spread of films dedicated to descents in powder snow. It is practised everywhere that the mountain allows: in the forest between 2 pistes, under a chairlift line accessible from the pistes, or further in the valleys and on the virgin slopes. Although the aim is to ski on fresh powder snow, the snow conditions are variable and are not always optimal: it may be slightly crusty on the surface and powdery underneath, or sometimes choppy and relatively hard with various streaks. You must be able to choose the right time to get the optimal conditions, which isn't always obvious!

To sum up, freeride skiing is practised on natural ground on unprepared snow. What drives Freeriders? Exploring new playgrounds completely freely. The Freerider is always in search of thrills and the far too rare joy of making the first marks on a powder snow slope. This sport requires specific equipment ensuring the skier's safety.

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HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR FREERIDE SKIING OUTING?

The basic rule with freeride is to practise completely safely to be able to make the most of it and really have a great time!

Form a group for your outing.
It's the essential rule in the mountains; never be alone. Form a group of 2 to 6 people maximum. To discover skiing off-piste, we advise that you are accompanied by a guide or a mountain professional who will be able to advise you on the routes and safety.

Get information on the snow and weather conditions.

It's essential when you are preparing your outing to choose a day when the conditions are optimal: a minimum avalanche risk, good weather, little or no wind. If there is any doubt, postpone your outing to another day, or to your next stay, even if it sometime requires being very patient.
Wondering how to get info on the local weather? To do this you simply get information from the professionals and "locals": ski patrollers, managers of ski resorts, etc. Also be aware of the displays in ski resorts, of the avalanche risk assessment report available online and of the pictograms which now replace the flags.

Discover freeride skiing
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Choose a route suited to your level and abilities

Don't overestimate yourself.Starting freeride skiing already requires a very good skiing level on the pistes. Start with routes at your level and accompanied by a professional or an expert-level freeride skier who will be there for you to give the right technical advice. Also, more and more ski resorts are putting in place marked and safe freeride routes. Get information from your favourite ski resorts.

FREERIDE SKIING, IS IT A SPORT FOR ME?

Freeride skiing is a sport in which freedom and big thrills combine to the utmost delight of skiers.
Do you have a very good skiing level, are you sporty, do you want to surpass yourself and discover new thrills? Do you love the mountain, have you already practised skiing on ungroomed trails and do you dream of making your own mark on a virgin slope?

Then YES, freeride skiing is made for you!

Discover freeride skiing

THE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED TO PRACTISE FREERIDE SKIING

THE SHOVEL-PROBE-AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER TRIO

The avalanche transceiver is a device for detecting avalanche victims which has a transmit mode and a receive mode for radio waves. It ensures your safety as well as the safety of those who are accompanying you.

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FREERANDO?

Freeride skiing isn't only synonymous with descents. It is common to have to carry out an approaching walk on skis or on foot letting you reach the start of the route with wider skis. Also called "backcountry" skiing, Freerando has revolutionised the freeride skiing market and that of ski touring.
Now skiers look for equipment that is light for the climb and sturdy for the descent and take advantage of the wonderful snowy surfaces.

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Cedric Piatek

Digital Leader

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