BASI British International Ski Teacher L4 ISTD // Mountain Leader MTA
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New for this winter FREEFLO and Powder Mad invite you to join a unique 5-day off-piste, backcountry ski touring adventure based in St Foy in France. This course is designed for skiers who have ski touring experience who want to learn to become independent in backcountry skiing tackling steeper and more exhilarating terrain.

Tailored to intermediate off-piste skiers with ski touring experience, this adventure offers a blend of self-guided and guided exploration. You will have the opportunity to enhance your skills and confidence while learning to read the terrain, make informed decisions in avalanche terrain, and plan and execute your safe backcountry adventures.

  • Date: 15th-22nd March
  • Coaching Dates: 17th-21st March
  • Price: £1395
  • Duration: 5 days of coaching, 7 nights of self-catered accommodation
  • Location: Sainte Foy, France
  • Transportation: Fly & self-drive
  • Group Size: Max 6 participants

Package Includes:

  • Free Facebook membership in the Skiing Club
  • 5 full days of backcountry ski coaching and guiding with Floss
  • Avalanche and transceiver workshop
  • Self-catering accommodation

Not Included:

  • Insurance
  • Lift pass
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Equipment
  • Transfers
  • Flights/car hire

What You’ll Learn:

  • Advanced Ski touring techniques
  • Snow awareness and avalanche training
  • Route selection, navigation, and planning a touring ski day
  • Decision-making in avalanche terrain
  • How to be self-sufficient when in the backcountry

Fitness Level Required:

  • Level 3 fitness: Ability to ski all day with short breaks for food and drink
  • Endurance to ski off-piste all day, back-to-back
  • Capability to ski tour uphill for 2-3 hours at altitude and still have energy for the downhill

Ski Ability Required:

  • Comfortable on red and black pistes in all conditions
  • Confident in off-piste terrain, able to link turns and control speed on slopes up to 40 degrees
  • Able to handle variable conditions, narrow paths, complex terrain with trees and gullies
  • Some experience with exposure

Ski Touring Experience Required:

  • Ready to tackle 2-3 hours of uphill skiing daily, with 600-1000m of ascent
  • Able to cover at least 400m of uphill per hour
  • Ski touring experience is needed

Floss Cockle is an accomplished ski coach and an inspiration to many. As a Female BASI British International Ski Teacher L4 ISTD, she holds the highest ski teaching qualification available to a British coach anywhere in the world.

Floss also holds the French Carte de Professionnel, allowing her to work in France, and she is certified as a Mountain Leader and Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist.

With over twenty-seven years of coaching experience, Floss’s passion for teaching and the mountains is shines through. She has achieved remarkable feats, including climbing and skiing the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc (4810m), and skiing the volcanoes of Patagonia.

Floss shares her expertise through her YouTube channel, Freeflofloss, where she offers valuable insights and tips for skiers of all levels. Embracing the digital age, she also created Ski Touring Kickstarter, an online course designed to help skiers prepare for ski touring.

General Information:

  • Daily Schedule: 9:00 AM – 3:30/4:00 PM
  • Note: The itinerary may change due to individual and group goals and is weather depending.


  • Activity: Free skiing in the resort of St. Foy
  • Purpose: Getting used to boots and ski touring equipment

Day 1:

  • Morning: Introduction meeting
  • Mid-morning: Warm up to find ski legs
  • Afternoon: Avalanche training if needed
  • Main Activity: In St Foy guided ski tour with instruction on how to plan a ski tour, weather permitting

Day 2:

  • Main Activity: One or two group members lead their planned ski tour with assistance
  • Late Afternoon: Debrief and coaching session

Day 3:

  • Main Activity: One or two group members lead their planned ski tour with assistance in a different ski area such as Tignes, Val d’Isère, or Les Arcs.
  • Late Afternoon: Debrief and coaching session

Day 4:

  • Main Activity: One or two group members lead their planned ski tour with assistance in a different ski area such as Tignes, Val d’Isère, or Les Arcs.
  • Late Afternoon: Debrief and coaching session

Day 5:

  • Main Activity: One or two group members lead their planned ski tour with assistance in St Foy
  • Late Afternoon: Debrief and drinks

Day 6:

  • Activity: Departure

Join us to push your limits, gain valuable insights from experienced coaches, and explore the mountains two steps beyond the pistes in a supportive and thrilling environment.

Please let us know if you are interested in this course and if you know of anyone else that would by emailing Floss at [email protected]. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have.  

All accommodation enquires, bookings and payments are to go through Powder Mad email: [email protected]


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