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Discover Backcountry Week: London

Discover Backcountry Week: London
18 October 2018
Whether you get there under you own steam or gain access from the side of a lift, backcountry terrain provides you with a whole new world of ski and snowboard adventures; from pillow lines and cliff drops to couloirs and so much more.

Despite the allure of powder, heading off-piste can bit a little intimidating with all the touring hardware, safety equipment and the ever-present danger of an avalanche. However, with the right training, knowledge, route planning and terrain management you can greatly minimise the risks involved and become a proficient ski tourer.

We have teamed up with some of the best and most experienced experts in the field to provide you with series of talk over the week (at our Covent Garden store) introducing backcountry skiing and snowboarding. As well as the talks we will have our in-store backcountry experts on-hand to answer any of your questions and all the latest and greatest backcountry gear for you to check out.

Events taking place during Discover Backcountry Week

Ski Technique Lab - Warren Smith

Monday 22nd October - 20:00 - 22.00

We welcome back our partners and Ski Technique specialists from the Warren Smith and his Academy team; as they once bring us their SKI TECHNIQUE LAB talk consisting of a lecture and a personal range test assessment.

The 'Ski Technique Lab' is an event that consists of a lecture and tests that explain the Academy's 3 Way Lineage (Ski Technique / Ski Biomechanics / Ski Equipment Precision) philosophy of teaching and why it's vital for ski technique development, unlocking classic blocks in skier movement patterns. This typically relates to a lack of movement range and muscle coordination which can be spotted and fixed off the mountain.

warren smith academy lecture

Get Into The Backcountry - Nigel Shepherd

Tuesday 23rd October - 20:15 - 21.30

Ellis Brigham and Salomon present 'Get Into The Backcountry' with International Mountain Guide, photographer and author Nigel Shepherd. This unmissable evening focuses on giving you the inspiration, skills and advice to take your first steps away from the pistes this winter.

All proceeds from this talk will go to Scottish Mountain Rescue to help support their work this winter.


Ortovox Off-Piste Awareness Tour 2018

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th October 20:15 - 22.00

Join Ellis Brigham and Henry’s Avalanche Talks as we present this year’s Ortovox Off-Piste Awareness Tour with a new focus on knowledge application.

The talk will focus on the human aspect of off-piste skiing with a new focus on the mantra Learn-Apply, Learn-Apply, Learn-Apply, recently developed by Henry and the HAT team.


Ortovox Off-Piste Awareness Tour 2018 (essential talk)

Wednesday 24th October - 20:15 - 22.00

Essentials Talk – a must-see talk, full of essential information for all off-piste skiers and snowboarders no matter how experienced you are.


Ortovox Off-Piste Awareness Tour 2018 (in-depth talk)

Thursday 25th October - 20:15 - 22.00

In-Depth talk – Understand exactly how avalanches are triggered (for those who have already seen the Essentials Talk at least once).

The advanced talks assume you have attended the Essentials Talk and are for expanding upon your existing knowledge. Various theories are discussed including avalanche triggers and helping skiers and snowboarders understand exactly why and where avalanches happen.