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Freeride Skiing in Chamonix

Indulge in world-class skiing with this 2 days guided off-piste adventure in Chamonix.

Experience the winter paradise of Chamonix with 2 full days of guided off-piste skiing. With opportunities to ski the 22km glacier in Vallee Blanche, explore the forested couloirs of Courmayeur, or descend a maze of crevasses, Chamonix is sure to fulfil your greatest skiing dreams. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 2 full days of guided off-piste skiing
  • Professional, English-speaking, IFMGA-certified guide
  • Glacier safety equipment (harness, ropes)

Perfect for:
This trip is perfect for good skiers that can handle black piste without problems. You need to be confident with speed, able to link turns and stop on steep slopes. Prior off-piste skiing experience is preferred, but not required. You need to be in good physical conditions - fit enough to handle 5 to 6 hours activity.

  • Accommodation not provided
  • Chamonix —Chamonix Centre
  • Activity Type
    • Day tours, returning to a base
  • Groups up to 6


Day 1: Guided Off-Piste Skiing

You’ll meet your guide in the morning and determine which area to explore based on the group skill level and weather conditions.

One possibility is to take a lift to the top of the Vallee Blanche and spend the day skiing the intermediate terrain covering the 22km long Mer du Glace glacier. More advanced skiers can hit the maze of crevasses or the steeper, sustained pitches of the glacier.

Another option is to make smooth, sweeping turns along the open hills of Le Tour down into Switzerland. Either way, you’ll have an amazing day of powder skiing away from the crowds before returning to your hotel in Chamonix in the evening.

Day 2: More off-piste skiing!

After a good night’s sleep you’ll meet your guide and find fresh terrain for the day. One option is skiing the south side of Point Helbronner into Italy, then returning to Chamonix via the northern faces of the Glacier du Geant.

If conditions are better on the other side of Mont Blanc, you may head there to play in steep forest couloirs full of powder stashes. In the evening, return to Chamonix with tired legs and great memories.

Please keep in mind that these are just a few suggested options. Freeride skiing is heavily dependent on weather variables (wind, snow, humidity etc). Therefore, the itinerary will be defined in the morning having safety and security as top priorities.


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Chamonix is a world-famous ski resort in the French Alps where France, Italy and Switzerland meet. The Chamonix Valley is ringed by massive peaks including Mont Blanc, Aiguillies Rouges and Aiguille du Midi.

Cable cars to the summits of many mountains provide unparalleled access to high-alpine ski terrain, including the 22km long glacier Mer du Glace and the Toule Glacier. Most notably, the cable car to the summit of Aiguille du Midi is the highest in Europe, and its 3km stretch without pillars is the longest of its kind in the world.

The town of Chamonix is the perfect base for your ski adventure, with a plethora of delicious French restaurants and lively bars easily accessible on foot. It’s the ideal place to relax when you’re not busy skiing the nearby cols and couloirs.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you in Chamonix. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
The tour will end in Chamonix. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?

By car: Chamonix is one of the most convenient ski resorts to travel too, and many hardcore skiers use the resort for weekend breaks. It’s just a one hour drive from Geneva airport, a journey best taken using one of the local airport transfer companies in the area. Holiday makers often have the chance to use an airport transfer service booked by their accommodation provider too. The road to Chamonix is also one of the most stunning journeys in the French Alps. Mont Blanc looms, bold and bright in the distance.

By train: Chamonix is accessible by train via the St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet) station at the base of the valley. Trains to St. Gervais-les-Bains include direct lines from Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris, and overnight sleeper trains from Paris.


What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Transportation to and from Chamonix
  • Accommodation in Chamonix
  • Meals
  • Travel insurance that includes off-piste skiing
  • Mountain rescue insurance
  • Lift passes
  • Avalanche safety equipment (kit can be rented for €10/day)
  • Ski equipment

How fit do I need to be?

To join an open group on a pre-set date you need to be good skiers that can handle black piste without problems. You need to be confident with speed, able to link turns and stop on steep slopes. Prior off-piste skiing experience is preferred, but not required. You need to be in good physical conditions - fit enough to handle 5 to 6 hours activity.

If you want to organise a private group with your mates the skiing can be designed around your ability. Keep in mind this is off-piste skiing so you need to be a good skier to enjoy. All the skiing is accessible by lift.

What are the guides like?

All the guides are English speaking, fully qualified professional guides, with the best local knowledge.

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How big will the group be?

Groups tours will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 6. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip can run as a private trip for an extra cost or be canceled.

When can I do this?

The winter season in Chamonix runs from the end of November to mid-April. Best time for freeride skiing is from early February to April.

What’s the weather like?

Winter in Chamonix is cold, average temperatures are between 5 and -5°C most days. As you gain altitude, the weather will cool even more, but it’s a dry cold that doesn’t seem so bad, and days are usually bright and sunny. Nearly a meter of snow falls each month in the winter!

What do I need to bring with me?

For maximum enjoyment and comfort whilst ski touring, bring the outdoor winter clothing in three layers:

  • layer 1 – thermal underwear (synthetic, dry wick is the most comfortable, not cotton)
  • layer 2 – insulation layer (synthetic primaloft is best for touring, down also fine)
  • layer 3 – shell layer (wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers – ideally not padded)
  • Ski socks (synthetic, not cotton)
  • Gloves and hat
  • Goggles, sunglasses, suncream

The following technical equipment is needed and available to rent in Chamonix:

  • freeride skis have a waist wider than the skate ski track. Generally referred to as dedicated to freeride skis starting at 90-95 mm waist
  • ski poles, ideally telescopic one
  • helmet
  • rucksacks
  • avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe, can be rented for 10€/kit/day)