Alpbase Academy - activities for smaller groups

Smaller Groups

These courses are designed for groups up to 30 in number (typical class size), or the first students to sign up! We build the multi activity course based around the outcomes you want to achieve. We select activities that will suit your group and their level of experience, so our instructors can adapt the sessions to make them inspiring, challenging, Fun and achievable. And your students get the quality supervision and coaching you expect.


The Hautes Alpes is the centre of white water rafting and kayaking in France, offering some of the most exciting rivers in Europe. The region has rivers of every grade so there is something for every group. Our team of highly experienced raft guides all work under the expert leadership of David King, one of the most highly respected guides in France. Our instructors encourage and train their students to navigate their inflatable bucking bronco through the thrills and spills of the Durance’s turbulent rapids. A full-on rollercoaster of a ride!

Split into teams of seven, students are first equipped with wet suits, neoprene footwear and helmets, plus a rash top if conditions necessitate. Then a full safety brief from David and his team, before the off! It is always the most favoured activity and allows a ride not to be forgotten.



The art and fun of moving over stone! Equipped with specialist safety equipment, students will scale sheer rock faces and learn to challenge themselves in this vertical arena. We teach bouldering, top roping, leading and multi pitch rock climbing. We can deliver to any level from an introduction to top-roping as part of a multi activity program session, to one of our specialist course’s where we can teach and coach you to reach that next level.

The Hautes Alpes, where we run all our courses, is famous for its rock climbing. We have six different rock types here and over 350 crag locations to choose from. This is definitely an activity not to miss teaching you the fun of balance, and moving over and across vertical obstacles where you have to think in 3D!



The AlpBase Academy is situated at the gateway to the mountains of Les Hautes Alpes, so called because the region has the largest number of high mountains between 3,000-4,000m. in altitude in the whole of France. Consequently, there are many glaciers here where we take our groups of students to enjoy the amazing alpine glacial scenery.

Glacial travel is literally as it sounds. Under the careful supervision of fully qualified IFMGA mountain guides our groups explore the various formations on and around a glacier. Our local guides instruct techniques such as ice climbing, ice axe arrest, and safe movement fully roped up over technical terrain using crampons, ski poles and ice axes. Students learn about avalanche awareness and rope techniques such as crevasse rescue and belaying on snow and ice. They are also taught about how glaciers are formed, the geology of this high-altitude range, and the history of the Ecrins Massif.

The Hautes Alpes are well known amongst mountaineers and alpinists for their dramatic peaks. The mountaineering elite have frequented this area since the beginning of the 19th century when the famous British Alpinist, Edward Whymper, together with local French Guides Croz and Almer, made the first ascent of the highest peak in this range, La Barre des Écrins (4,102m.) on June 25, 1864.

In addition to La Barre there many famous mountains here including La Meije, Mt Pelvoux and Mt. Ailefroide but there are also lots of lesser known peaks and summits complete with interesting glaciated terrain. In short, our glacier travel activity is very popular with both teachers and pupils.



The Hautes Alpes has literally thousands of kilometers of specialist lift-assisted downhill courses, all day All Mountain trails, multi-day X-Country itineraries and gentle family routes that take as little as 30 minutes! The variety of terrain is huge including high altitude trails, forest roads, and big fun descents.

Mountain biking is always one of our most popular activities. A typical day’s itinerary starts on the valley floor when our instructors teach the students the basics of the bikes – balance, brakes, and gears! Then the principles of riding off road, inspiring the students by giving them the skills to deal with steep descents, negotiating obstacles such as steams and fallen branches, and different terrain ranging from meadowland to rocky trails.

After a morning’s training, we take a coach up to a high mountain pass when students traverse alpine slopes to an amazing viewpoint. Then it’s time for some downhill fun, as students follow purpose-built trails and single track and descend the mountain side, before the transport pick-up back to base for well-deserved tea and medals!



The following course was developed for an international school. They wanted something that would push their students and give them a real sense of achievement, as well as being adventurous and fun. Based at our centre in Pelvoux, gate way to the Ecrins National Park - the largest in France - the course included 3 days of different adventure activities, with evening preparation sessions for the end-of-week expedition. This included ice climbing, glacier travel and a night in a mountain refuge at 2,500 meters.

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SATAM: Travel day
PM: Welcome to centre and brief on the week
sunMountain bike, training and assessment valley floor

Down Hill ride starting at the top of Puy St Vincent ski resort.

Callum Muskett talk
MONVia Ferrata and zip wire around the Durance gorgeRock climbing at one of the many local cragsMountain boot and crampon fitting
TUESAll day white water rafting on the Durance river class 3All day white water rafting on the Durance river class 3Sports and team challenge’s
WEDWalk to the mountain refuge, walking up through
stunning alpine scenery and wildlife
Go on to the glacier and try ice climbing, and learn about
the glacier and the high mountains around it.
Chilled evening in the mountain
refuge, cards etc
THURSWalk down from mountain refugeTrip to Briancon’s old medieval fortAwards night and disco
FRITravel Day--
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