European Avalanche School: Aims. The main objective of this course is to give the participant an in-depth knowledge of snow structure, the processes of change within it, and through field experience, develop recognition of snow-pack stability and confidence in ascertaining potential avalanche risk.
The Pic du Midi du Bigorre in the French Pyrenees is part of the Grand Tourmalet ski area and is along side surrounding by two areas and resorts of La Mongie and Bareges. It has positioning it-self as a freeride destination similar within the spirit of the legendary routes of La Grave – La Meije massif.
Prepare for different skiing conditions; fresh powder skiing, skiing in the stable spring corn snow, which is perfect for steep and extreme skiing and more exposed lines than you normally find where avalanches are more likely. Our vertical drop is up to 1500m or approximately 5000 ft. in the unbelievable Arctic mountains.
La Grave is a truly traditional alpine village dating back to the 12th century with a long and respected reputation as a centre of alpinism. It was here, in the latter half of the 19th century, that early mountaineering pioneers, accompanied by both native and Chamonix Guides, came to conquer the summits and seek new challenges.
La Grave and the massif of La Meije offer the biggest lift-accessed off-piste skiing in the world! Not only that but it is one of the few massifs which has an incredible 2300m of (7545 ft) vertical drop.