Backcountry Courses St Foy

Untracked snow for days on the famous Foglietta!

Untracked snow for days on the famous Foglietta!

Stentiford Snowboarding are super stoked to be teaming up with The Whiteroom in St Foy  for the season, to bring you probably the best Backcountry Courses around!

Here’s what White Room Chalet founder Stevo has to say: We’ve been running Backcountry trips in Sainte Foy for five years now. They’ve developed a little in that time, but the concept has stayed much the same – ride the best possible snow, with the least possible effort, guided by the best instructors.

Local knowledge, of course, is key. We combine our own experience of 8 winters spent riding here with the skills and knowledge of some of the top British snowboard instructors (for this winter, we’re working with Neil McNair and James Stentiford). This means we always know the best places to go whatever the weather or snow conditions. The concept was always to use Sainte Foy’s central location in the valley to ride at all of the resorts but over the years we’ve found that, 99% of the time, the best snow is in Sainte Foy, so we’ve mostly stayed here, but we have spread ourselves around a little too, riding in Tignes, Val d’Isere, Les Arcs, La Rosiere and over the border in La Thuile at times. It’s a catch-22 in some respects – if it’s just dumped a load of fresh snow, why go somewhere else? If it hasn’t, then Sainte Foy is almost always less tracked and more sheltered than the other resorts. Even so, it’s nice to see some other places sometimes. Last January, for 2 weeks in a row, we hit the jackpot of heavy snow almost every day, with some blue-sky intervals in-between to let us get up high and enjoy it.

The Backcountry Snowboard weeks are aimed at riders who already have fairly solid snowboard skills and want to get as much top-class riding done as possible. You don’t need to be the next Jeremey Jones, but you should have some experience of riding deeper snow off the pistes before coming on this trip. A little fitness is a good thing too – Backcountry snowboarding, unless you’re lucky enough to receive a fresh couple of feet of powder every night and blue skies every day, will always mean a little bit of effort, but it’s worth it! You hike for half an hour or put up with a commando finish through the trees so that you get to ride that epic, untouched powder face or gnarly couloir while everyone else is riding chopped-up seconds at the side of the piste and complaining about how terrible the snow is. There’s always freshies out there, sometimes you just have to work a little harder to find them.

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what Victor from Ireland had to say about last January’s course, ” Thanks for the best week ever, you guys should be some kind of ambassador for fun on a snowboard.”

The trip includes loan of avalanche safety equipment, avalanche safety training (both on and off the hill) and 5 days of guided backcountry snowboarding plus, of course, your chalet accommodation, food and drink.

Trip cost is £895 and we have trips running on 4th January, 25th January and 14th March. For more info, see www.whiteroomchalet.com/win_backcountry_weeks.htm

Written by James Stentiford on Dec 4th, 2014

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