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Ski Touring in Chamonix

Explore untracked snow in the mountains of Chamonix on this 2 days guided ski touring adventure.

Seek out pristine snow in Chamonix’s hidden valleys and cols with 2 full days of guided ski touring. You’ll ascend high peaks then ski down wild glacial terrain and through remote powder stashes accessible only by skinning. Your hassle-free trip includes:

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

Perfect for:
This trip is perfect for good skiers that have experience skiing in off-piste terrain and can handle variable snow conditions. Prior ski touring experience is not required but you’ll 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

Service

Day 1: Guided Ski Touring

You’ll meet your guide in the morning and decide where to head for the day based on skill level and conditions.

One option is to skin up the Aguilles Crochues bowl to the summit of Col de Berard. From there you’ll enjoy a long descent on mellow slopes framed by dramatic peaks (500m ascent, 1040m descent).

Another possibility is the classic tour over the Periades Glacier and up to Breche Puiseux. From the col you’ll enjoy a wild descent down the glacier to where it rejoins the Vallee Blanche (1040m ascent, 3000m descent).

Day 2: More Ski Touring!

Ready for more? Your guide will pick a new destination for the day’s adventure. Perhaps you’ll climb Col du Belvedere then descend its narrow, steep couloir that opens onto the Berard Valley (680 m ascent, 1600m descent).

Another option is the Col de Passon, which starts with a descent from Les Grands Montets then continues across the Argentiere Glacier and up the col for a highly enjoyable descent with awesome views (750m ascent, 2500m descent).

With dozens of options to choose from, your guide will find the best possible snow each day.

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.

Accommodation

Not Set

Location

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. From the mountain summits you can tour into remote bowls and valleys to access untracked snow all winter long.

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?
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.

F.A.Q.

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

What ski and fitness level is required?

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 ski touring experience is not required but you’ll 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.

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 7. 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?

Ski touring can be practiced in Chamonix from theDicember to early May. The best time is from late February to early May.

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:

  • skis and boots (with touring bindings)
  • ski poles, ideally telescopic one
  • helmet
  • rucksacks
  • avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe, can be rented for 10€/kit/day)