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Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

I have a little experience with ski touring/snowboarding in other places, but always with an experienced guide that took responsibility for route selection and avalanche assessment.

I would like to get into again and make it my winter hobby, especially around the Nyon area. I am near to Nyon and I have found there is the "Ski-Club Nyon". Their website seems to indicate that it is all about competitions. Is that right? Or do they do more casual "meet, climb and ski" type stuff as well?

Are there suitable places for backcountry ski-touring around Nyon? It looks like it to me, but I would appreciate confirmation from someone experienced.

Is there another more suitable club or group that exists and I could join?

Would I be better off travelling to the other side of the lake?

Finally, are there courses near Geneva for avalanche awareness training? A website would be great.

I am aware of the SAC. Are they more appropriate?

I would like to get involved, but it is unclear what the activities of involvement for these organisations are, other than competition.

To complicate matters, my French is not very good.
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Old 30.09.2020, 17:28
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Re: Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

I know Geneva is not Nyon but have a look at the International Ski Club of Geneva.

Also check with the St. Cergue Tourist Office. Lots of cross country in that area.
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Re: Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

Are you speaking about Cross Country skiing (Ski fond) or Randonnée skiing? I am guessing the latter. You can definitely do that up towards St-Cergue but the CAS (La Dole section) is definitely the bread & butter for a club and randonnée.

They have experienced guides and they go all over Switzerland and sometimes even into France (Usually either a day trip or over a weekend)

Like with everything in Switzerland, don't be intimidated by the language barrier - they don't bite and it's a genius way to meet people, enjoy your passion for the mountains and improve your language skills. There are members like yourself
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Re: Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

I'm also interested in this too, and in the Nyon area.


I've seen others doing the ski de randonnée between La Vattay and the Dôle, ie above Saint-Cergue. It's not going to be epic with huge vertical gain but it can be plenty for one day and it's on our doorstep, plus some people can go at night with a headlamp etc, it's that close.


This blog post shows some of what's possible: https://www.visinand.ch/Sommets/La_D...01/La_Dole.htm
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Re: Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

Ski clubs in Switzerland are generally race based for kids.

If you want to do an avalanche course (you should) you need to do one in a language you are fluent in or there is no point. Have a search on line for some.

As for finding people to go off-piste with, that is difficult, because everyone wants to ski with people they know and trust, not strangers that they don't know they can rely on in a back country incident.
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Re: Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

SAC clubs do this sometimes, look at the Geneva chapter in particular. There are a few meetup groups in the area also doing it, but they aren't too active and I think one just shut down for lack of someone taking it over. CERN ski club also did it regularly in season.
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Re: Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

Some good suggestions here, thanks.

I found this post from 2016 suggesting that the Carougeoise CAS can do English avalanche training, though it requires joining when it would make more sense for me to join La Dole. They are not listed on their website though.

I guess there is a chance the La Dole CAS or Genevoise CAS would accomodate English too?

Does anyone know how it work, if you a member of your local CAS, do you have to join other CAS separately to engage with their activities?

To clarify, I am really talking about splitboarding with skins, though skiing is fine too.

The CERN ski club could be a good one to try casually. They seem to have regular outings that are guided.
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Re: Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

I know that Geneva CAS has a lot of English speakers and native English guides. Not too familiar with La dole chapter, so I would think Geneva would probably be better in that respect. Keep in mind they go out with outings all over CH and FR, not so much where located, so I think it's better to be comfortable with the people involved and location is secondary.
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Re: Best way to get into backcountry ski-touring near Nyon?

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Some good suggestions here, thanks.

I found this post from 2016 suggesting that the Carougeoise CAS can do English avalanche training, though it requires joining when it would make more sense for me to join La Dole. They are not listed on their website though.

I guess there is a chance the La Dole CAS or Genevoise CAS would accomodate English too?

Does anyone know how it work, if you a member of your local CAS, do you have to join other CAS separately to engage with their activities?

To clarify, I am really talking about splitboarding with skins, though skiing is fine too.

The CERN ski club could be a good one to try casually. They seem to have regular outings that are guided.
Avalanche training via CAS is usually 1/2 times per year, some sections that are larger may accommodate more courses. There is also the Central CAS that offer courses irrespective of the section you are a member of. If you are in one section of CAS, however, you are not eligible for courses from another CAS section without being a member there as well

For La Dole section, this year the Avalanche training course has not yet been announced
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