Customized lessons

A Know-how that need to be learned.


Freeride b.a.-BA
In order to know who, what, when, how… and above all, why

Partir à l’aventure hors des sentiers battus pour dessiner de belles courbes dans des espaces encore vierges et faire ses premières traces dans la haute neige. 

Getting to know the equipment
Off-piste safety
Powder snow
Ski touring technique

The golden rules of freeride

Advanced Courses
Set off in search of adventure and discover remote trails

Pour que votre champ de neige s’élargisse et que votre technique se stabilise en ski, en snowboard ou en télémark.

Visit of Grimentz / Zinal backcountry
Routes in the Anniviers area
Hikes : Nature and discovery
Becs de Bosson mountain hut

The huts in the area

Useful information

From b.a. – BA to advanced Freeride sessions

Freeride courses from basics to advanced (1 to 4 people)
are an excellent means to improve your skills safely in deep snow.

Technical advice and individual teaching,
and discovery of new areas in Grimentz/Zinal backcountry.

 150 minutes sessions
From 13:30 – 16:00

Day / half-day
or other possibilities on request.


Please be aware that
lift pass, transfer, equipment and meals are not included in any of our offers.

Private freeride lessons depend on snow cover and
current weather conditions.

For all Freeride formulas, it is strongly recommended
to come to our offices for the planning and the booking.

ski * snowboard * telemark

Freeride b.a.-BA

The freeride basic courses are absolutely necessary
if you want to ride off-piste in a responsible manner.

The goal is to make you interact in a responsible manner
with the backcountry environment, to allow you to
use the equipment wisely and behave properly in an off-piste escapade.


The off-piste environment

Use of the equipment
AVD, probe, shovel, Airbag
“Reading” the weather forecast

Off-piste safety

*Behaviour at high altitudes*
The off-piste environment
Use of the equipment
AVD, probe, shovel, Airbag
“Reading” the weather forecast

Riding in deep snow

Initiation to off-piste riding in deep snow
The first tracks in deep snow
Choosing a route adapted to the terrain and with a map

Technique in powder snow
Analysis of the snow on terrain
Technical approach to sliding in deep snow
Variation of turns depending on the type of slope
Ease at sliding

Touring technique
*Analysis and advice for the hiker*
Use of equipment (skins, knives)
How to manage uneven slopes and develop your stamina
Techniques for going uphill or downhill on different types of slopes
Route choice, map reading.

Advanced courses

For advanced courses, different packages are available, according to your wishes.
Backcountry skiing, snowboarding or telemark skiing (adapted equipment is compulsory).

Discovery of Grimentz / Zinal backcountry

Discover the area, off the beaten track,
depending on the snow cover and
current weather conditions.

Routes in the Anniviers area

Discover the large ski area of Val d’Anniviers backcountry.
From St-Luc / Chandolin to Vercorin.

Hikes: nature and discovery

Get off the beaten track for a ski, snowboard or telemark hike.
Equipment, technique for going uphill and different types of turns.

Bec de Bosson mountain hut

 Hike up to the hut from the place of your choice.

The Becs de Bosson hut, 2985m altitude,
offers magnificent panoramic views over the Mont Blanc,
The Imperial Crown and the Val d’Hérens.

For all Freeride packages,
we advise you to book your course well in advance.


One school, two offices

ess grimentz

Amis de la Nature 18
3961 Grimentz

+ 41 27 475 50 60

ESS Grimentz

ess zinal

Rue du Village
3961 Zinal

+ 41 27 475 13 73

ESS Zinal