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Anyone thinking of heading off piste this winter can get some good advice from an expert before leaving home by attending one of the Salomon Quest Backcountry Ski Seminar Tour dates which are taking place across England in the first half of November.

In several cases there'll be the option to try out specialist equipment in indoor snow centres.

International mountain guide Nigel Shepherd will host the seminars in Snow+Rock stores around England. Following an intro from the Ski Club of Great Britain, 'Shep' will talk about his experiences in legendary off-piste and touring spots around the world, the kit needed and his role in the development of Salomon's new Quest boot.

The seminar ends with a session on Snow Safety and Avalanche Skills.

The tour kicks off on November 2nd at Gateshead and then moves to Manchester's Chill Factor e indoor snow slope, one of the venues where ski testing and on-snow touring demos are offered. On November 4th its Birmingham, on the 9th Kensington and on the 10th Hemel Snow Centre - the other real snow venue. The final date is November 11th at Snow+Rock's Chertsey store.

Tickets cost from £5 to £15 for The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempsted and Chill Factore (including on slope demo sessions).

http://www.salomon.com/uk/minisites/quest/