is skyrunning? It's trail running in
higher altitudes, on rougher ground
(and snow), and in more remote mountain
areas. Following the boom of trail running
in the Alps, skyrunning is the next
step, for those who want to escape the
crowds that bit more.
week long Alpine skyrunning weeks are
based in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont
Blanc, as there are hundreds of kilometers
of trails and skyruns to choose from.
We offer a great balance of running,
coaching, and trail running advice,
preparation and top tips.
these courses we suggest that you will
enjoy them most if you are happy running
up to a half marathon (road), and you
are used to mountain walking. If you
are in any doubt as to if they will
suit, then get in touch to get advice
from one of the coaches.
well as enjoying a great week of skyrunning
of c. 15 - 20km a day, we aim to teach
you the key safety skills for route
planning and Alpine running, with a
focus put on the selection of equipment
and how to develop your training plans
for trail running.
worry if you have never run in the Alps
before, as you will pick up the skills
quickly with expert coaching and guidance.
All you need is to be fit for regular
running, to have a sense of humour,
and to love the outdoors. We can teach
the rest, and you are guaranteed a great
holiday that you won't forget for a
are led & coached by a Personal
Trainer, who is also an International
Mountain Leader. Most importantly they
will be a passionate trail runner who
has competed in plenty of Alpine ultra
running races, including the legendary
Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. You are led
by a genuine expert in ultra-trail running.
are listed in the column on the right,
and they show the live availability
from our secure online booking system.
When you book online, you receive immediate
confirmation, your Alpine Information
Booklet, course specific kit list and
Course Itinerary There
are hundreds of kilometers of trails and skyruns
over all types of terrain, so the itinerary can
be flexed on any day to take account of weather
conditions, to ensure that you sample the best on
offer. The itinerary below is to provide you with
a taster of what you could achieve, and isn't fixed
in stone. After each day in the itinerary is an
outline of the key teaching focus points for every
day, so you get a real idea of what you can learn
about. As far as the distances run each day, we
advertise c. 15 - 20km each day, though try and
select routes to cater for people to opt out of
sections if they would like an easier day. We aren't
expecting you to be mountain running machines, just
a great spirit of loving the mountains, and wanting
to give it a go. Speed is nothing. Enjoyment is
everything! Many clients come back year after year,
as they need never repeat a trail they have run
Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00
check-in followed by and course safety and
itinerary briefings. There is time for kit
checks or rental of equipment (see inclusions
below for what you are provided as part of
the course price). Briefings are over by 18:00
and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group
to pre-dinner drinks. Some clients opt to
travel out a day or two early to get their
hill legs back and to explore the town. Night
classic warm up skyrun in Chamonix, such as
running the first part of the 80km du Mont
Blanc, that is part of the Skyrunning World
Championships, up to Brevent, then via Col
du Brevent, and back down via Planpraz and
the single tracks to the valley.
Night in Chamonix.
Equipment and clothing choice and its selection
- footwear, poles, bags, compression kit.
- running over snow whilst overlooking the
whole Chamonix valley.
a popular choice of skyrunning might be to
run up to the Mer de Glace, and on the ridge
above the glacier, before following the balcony
perched far above the valley, before taking
the single track via the Bossons glacier down
to the valley floor again. Night in Chamonix.
Techniques for the use of poles for walking
and running - traversing, ascent, descent.
- gaining autonomy skills skyrunning in unspoiled
take the picturesque Mont Blanc express train
from Chamonix to Vallorcine, and run into
Switzerland via the Emosson dam, and on the
skyrunning track across to Loriaz. This trail
is famed for having several sections of chains
and rocky steps to negotiate. Night in Chamonix.
Decent techniques for different trail types
and conditions - grass, rock, scree, forest.
- skyrunning in two counties in the day, with
Mont Blanc ahead of you.
day skyrunning in Italy or Switzerland. Popular
choices are running the Mont de la Saxe skyline
trail over Testa Bernada 2534m far above Courmayeur,
or over the Col Chavanne near La Thuile. Over
in Switzerland running Mont Fourchon is a
Night in Chamonix.
Session on how to plan mountain trail running
routes - tactics, equipment, food, training.
- experience running on a section of the legendary
UTMB trail race route!
longer trail run, up to a half marathon in
length, to really put all the elements together
that you have learnt over the week. A tough
objective might be to run Mont Buet 3099m,
and to cross the Col du Salenton. Stunning
views reward you from the summit. Night in
Nutritional and hydration advice, whilst in
the mountains - quantity, effects, sources.
- completing a half marathon across the mountains
on rough Alpine trails.
then the accommodation check out is by 10:00.
Most arrange their airport transfers to leave
around this time, to catch a flight from Geneva
Depart for home.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow
itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather
and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we
are forced to alter the plans. If this is
the case, suitable alternatives are offered.
Please use this outline itinerary as a guide
to the types of route / activity that you
full days UIMLA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
on the planner logo to the right to
see the real time live course availability
1) UIMLA guide for five days, 2) Chamonix
course hosts for logistics & briefings,
3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment
discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Six nights
B&B accommodation in Chamonix (inc. bedding
& towels), 6) Free 36 page technical Course
Instruction Booklet, 7) Road / train transport
in Chamonix valley, 8) Logistics support and
several optional evening instruction sessions.
1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Personal
laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening
meals, & any purchases in mountain huts
/ hotels / restaurants, 3) Cable cars and
mountain uplift, 4) Road transport outside
the Chamonix valley (not usually required),
5) Activities insurance, & excess baggage
you so much for organising this as a
bespoke course for our group. We had
a brilliant week Ali
C , Skyrunning
heard about your guys from a friend
who had run with you. They sang your
praises, and I am joining your fan club.
It was a perfect week Helen
McG , Skyrunning
i ntimate knowledge of the trails was
superb, and really made the week of
skyrunning even better William
T , Skyrunning
the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc'
a personal experience of one of our trail
running guides, a two time UTMB finisher
data for this trip
majority of our trail runs are based in the Chamonix valley
in the French Alps. It is also easy to access the Valais
region of Switzerland or the Aosta Valley region of Italy,
as these involve less than an hours drive. There is a
great choice of trail running venues in all these regions.
Getting into trail running...
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