Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered below, please feel free to contact us…

Fitness Guide:

1/5 – You get out of breath walking up the stairs (not necessarily useless)

2/5 – You are active but do not train or do regular sports (could be fitter)

3/5 – You are active and enjoy sports (chess not included)

4/5 – You do a lot of sports and consider yourself relatively fit (uninjured?)

5/5 – You are fit and have good endurance (not necessarily an Olympian)


Essential equipment (bare minimum):

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Multiple under layers
  • Goggles and/or sunglasses
  • Helmet or beanie
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Board with bindings
  • Sun screen

Can you take skiers?

Unfortunately skiers are not allowed by law to be in the group as the licence held only applies to snowboarders. However I can highly recommend contacting Mark Gear at All Mountain Performance  or Chris Fecher at Tinder Box Ski School for similar courses and services.

Do you teach children?

HMS snowboarding has experience in teaching people aged between 6-70 so far but all ages are welcome! Kids should want to come to the lessons and bring suitable, fitting clothing and equipment. We like to put on games and stuff for kids to keep their interest.

Can you teach people with disabilities?

HMS instructor Paul McKeen does not currently hold a certificate for teaching ‘adaptive’ snowboarding lessons. This service is likely to be coming for winter 2015/16. However, guiding services can be provided subject to the participant’s proficiency and autonomy.

Do I need my own insurance?

Yes. For lessons, we recommend travel insurance and additional insurance bought with your lift pass.  Insurance coverage for off piste skiing/snowboarding is essential to booking onto one of our courses and the freestyle programme.

Can you take us on the Vallée Blanche?

We can arrange a high-mountain guide for you to experience the Vallée Blanche in safety. Get in touch if you want us to arrange this service. Horsemouth Snowboarding does not hold the necessary qualifications to take clients on glaciers, use ropes, crampons or ice axes.