See the other side of the mountains in the St Anton and Arlberg area in the company of freeski legend Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson. Take the path less travelled and learn how to read the terrain and see the best conditions to ensure the highest quality lines and softest rides. Together with Hoji and knowledgeable locals we will visit the quieter corners of the region away from the freeride hype. The motto of the clinic is define your line instead of just following tracks.
Skitouring with Hoji
The clinic “Skitouring with Hoji ” combines the use of various lifts with a ski touring program. The result is more downhill meters than uphill. Of course, a look at technique tips and guidance from Hoji plays a big part of it as we mainly explore the backcountry of the Arlberg region.
# Overview of the gear and differentiation between on-piste touring, ski touring, free touring
# Efficient walking technique with touring skis, from bow-shaped skin tracks to kick-turns
# Correct skin tracking
# Standard techniques in the backcountry
# Basics of avalanche rescue
LEVEL: Beginners, participation only with touring skis
Ascent: Physical condition for approx. 2 h ascent with touring skis (approx. 600 hm)
Descent: Safe and controlled skiing on black slopes must be mastered. Off-piste experience is an advantage.
GEAR / EQUIPMENT:
# Complete ski touring equipment (touring skis, skins, touring ski boots, poles), emergency equipment (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel)
# Lift ticket: You need a day ticket for this clinic (a special offer ticket can be bought on-site directly at the registration)
A detailed equipment list will be sent after booking.
03.02.23, 9.00 am
04.02.23, 9.00 am
The meeting point is at 9 am at the Freeride Village. Welcome from your guide and Hoji. Equipment and safety check. Ascent with the lift, check of skiing skills, followed by the workshop that will be held on-piste and off-piste. You will learn the correct and efficient walking technique from professionals in various practice sessions on tour. Lunch break on the mountain/optionally in a restaurant. Insights into emergency management and tips for avalanche equipment. Return to the Freeride Village at around 3 pm.
Group size per guide: 4 – 5 participants
# Guided tour by a certified mountain and ski guide
# Lift ticket
# Travel cancellation insurance (can be directly purchased upon booking, cost 25.- Euro)