If you don't want to take a lesson, but still want to get the most from your holiday, and the most from the mountain, then guiding is the perfect way to go. Of course, if you have any questions or want some tips to help improve your riding, I'm always more than happy to help.
ride with a local
I have been based in Alpe d'Huez for 7 winters now. I know the mountain intimately. I know the best places to ride on a whiteout, the best pistes for carving early in the morning, and all the hidden drops and side-hits across the mountain. Don't waste time reading a piste map or taking the wrong chairlift. I monitor the weather closely, looking at freezing levels, wind direction, snowfall, and slope aspect in order to make the best decisions about where to go. By riding with a local you can get the most from your time on the mountain. Oh, and did somebody say 'Powder Day?' I've got you covered!
No lumpy fondues
Find the best restaurants on the mountain. Whether you want a quick coffee, a pizza served with a view, or a traditional fondue, I know the places to go, and the ones to avoid!
Needless to say, from a lunchtime Vin Chaud, to dancing on the tables of Smithy's I know the best spots for a drink in Alpe d'Huez! I can be your guide on the mountain, and let you know where to head in the evening.
Off Piste guiding
Legally in France you are 'Off Piste' as soon as you step off the side of a run. As a fully certified instructor I am fully qualified, and have the experience, to make the decisions on when it is safe to go off piste. I can take you to my favourite zones on a powder day, and show you the best spots to access great snow from the chairlift. The mountains however are a very dangerous place; snow science and avalanche forecasting can never be 100% certain if a slope will or will not slide. Therefore, should you wish to explore beyond the ski area, or start accessing glaciated off piste terrain, I would recommend the services of a Mountain Guide.