Freeride Academy Ordino Arcalís

Freeride Lessons

For beginners it offers the first off-piste experience, with an introduction to the different types of snow and technical explanations about safe driving with good technique. Beginners will learn about skiing techniques and safety on off-piste terrain. They will be taught different techniques for all types of snow as well as the correct use of safety gear and risk assessment.

Advanced freeriders will explore the wildest areas and best off-piste routes in the Arcalís mountains.

Our expert monitors include safety in all classes: how to plan your ski trip in alpine terrain; the professional use of DVA (Detector Víctima Avalancha), shovel and probe; and how to correctly approach off-piste situations.

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Guide Freeride Academy

An unforgettable experience giving you the opportunity to discover the most unusual corners of Ordino Arcalís, one of the stages of the Freeride World Tour in recent years and a perfect place to venture off-piste. An expert guide will accompany you and give you all the insights you need to 100% enjoy the paradise of freeriding.

This experience includes:

  • DVA + shovel + probe (if the customer does not have them).
  • Hard material test.
  • VIP parking.

2023 - 2024 daily prices

 High seasonLow seasonSupplement pax 
1/2 day (4 hours)309 €276 €16 €Buy

Season Freeride Academy 

The Ordino Arcalís Freeride Academy aims to encourage and promote the sport and the values of the mountain through courses, trips and competitions. Its teaching approach is aimed at beginner and advanced groups in different areas of freeride skiing and snowboarding.

The Freeride Academy started a few seasons ago with the backing of the Ordino Arcalís ski school. The philosophy of the freeride school is clear: to enjoy winter sports while promoting values such as companionship, respect, responsibility, love for the environment and personal growth.

That is why we have perfectly specialised instructors to carry out this adventure with all the students of our school. Groups will be formed according to level and depending on the number of years the students have been freeriding.

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Seaons aims and content

The students are grouped according to levels, based on the number of years they have been doing freeriding.


  • To create a pleasant, optimal atmosphere for students to feel comfortable and motivated for the new season.
  • To acquire the necessary technical knowledge to enjoy freeriding safely and independently.
  • To learn to read the ground.
  • To take and perfect turns on a gradient.
  • To start and/or improve acrobatics (jumps, backflips, etc.).
  • To learn to assess risk, whether alone or in a group.
  • To trust and respect the group leader on a descent.
  • To become familiar with and understand the safety equipment (shovel, arva, probe).
  • Respect for team members and the trainer, as well as for the mountain environment.


Communication and collaboration between all members of the group.

  • Active participation within the group and tolerance of other team members.


Understanding of the environment.

  • Mountain conditions, weather conditions and their impact on the snow.
  • Characteristics and types of snow.
  • Types of avalanche and their characteristics. How to act and rescue techniques.


Advanced-level technique for skiing on slopes.

  • Performance of exercises to improve each technical element.
  • Performance of additional exercises applied to each technical aspect in the different phases of turning.
  • Control of speed.


Technique for skiing off-slope: exercises and practice on untouched snow.

  • Working on the three phases for safe freeride turning.
  • Navigating and improving on a gradient.
  • Jumping and speed as a safety measure.
  • Orientation and anticipation with the freeride skier flexing/extending.


How to prepare for a descent.

  • Safe descents and exposed areas.
  • Assessment of the difficulties and escape routes.


Assessment of the descent.

  • Descent lines.
  • Assessment of personal skills and the group’s skills.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Advance safety protocols.


Recordings and corrections on different descents.

  • Video correction for correcting errors on descents.


Working on different acrobatics on the slope, on Peretol, or on the 360º.

  • Starting and/or improving the backflip.
  • Jumping from rocks and controlling it.


Visiting some of the resort’s departments to find out how the mountain is made safe.

  • Depending on availability, opportunity to see how the PIDA (Avalanche Intervention Plan) is created. 
  • Finding out about the weather forecast reports.

2023 - 2024 season prices

Freeride AcademyFrom 12 to 18 24 daysFrom 9 am to 1 pm650 €
            44 days950 €

Prices conditions

  • Skiing or snowboarding.
  • Possibility to pay in installments without interest.
  • Option 44 days, minimum 3 registered people.
  • For the 24-day option, a price of €35 per day is set in case any student wishes to extend beyond the 44-day schedule.

Material needed:

  • Freeriding skis
  • Backpack + DVA + probe + shovel
  • Back protector