CHAMONIX MONT BLANC
Take a 30-minute cable car ride to the summit of the Aiguille du Midi at 3,842 meters and be met by some breath-taking views: Mont Blanc awaits you! as well as many other magnificent and imposing peaks around: Grandes Jorasses, Cervin, Grand Paradis, Mont Rose…
We begin this day by descending the well-known snowy ridge, roped up until we put our skis on. We then set-off for 23 km of magical skiing and 2,000m of vertical descent in a setting of outstanding beauty.
Vallée Blanche offers fantastic itineraries: depending on snow conditions, your technical level and motivation on the day, we can offer you the Classic itinerary, Le Petit Envers, Le Grand Envers…
Vallée Blanche is an entirely wild and untracked route. It is therefore best suited for skiers who know how to stop, are comfortable to ski small turns, and also know how to control and adapt their speed.
We will guide you on appropriate speed and technique throughout the day, as you descend this beautiful route, in order to maximize your enjoyment while prioritizing your safety.
Depending on snow conditions, your technical level and motivations, your guide can offer you different itineraries : la classique, le petit envers, le grand envers…
The Vallée Blanche is accessible for every skiers who know to stop and turn in small areas with an adapted speed, but keep in mind that is absolutely not a groomed slope.
Your guide will adapt your speed according to the conditions and where you are on the glacier.
Our main projects are :
– your safety
– your satisfaction
Let’s discover some amazing routes :
La Classique : The famous and classical route. In that case, classical means “panoramic”. This is the longer route of the Vallee Blanche but the easiest one as well.
L’Envers, petit et grand : That routes can offer to good skiers incredible descent through the crevasses and seracs. Some parts are steep and need a really good stability.
La Vraie Vallée Blanche : The historic route. Skied the first time by the guides of Chamonix a long time ago, this descent offers a wild trip into an impressive glacier. For really good skiers only.
Meals are possible at the Refuge du Requin (mountain hut), located half-way down.
€400 per day, from 1 to 2 skiers, then 50€ for each additional person, up to a maximum of 8 skiers (depending on snow, mountain and weather conditions on the day). The total cost is split equally amongst participants.
The price includes:
personalized guiding & instructions from your High Altitude Mountain Guide,
safety equipment rental (ARVA/transceiver, spade, probe, harness),
tickets for the cable car ride to Aiguille du Midi
The price does not include:
transport to / back from the starting point,
ski lift passes if any,
meals, snacks & drinks, and accommodation or any other extras throughout the day.
Every day, from January to May depending on snow conditions.
Departing from Chamonix and returning to the valley usually takes about 4 to 6 hours depending on your chosen itinerary.
La Vallée Blanche is an unmarked off-piste backcountry trail, that is set on a high altitude glacier.
Being accompanied by a qualified guide is certainly the safest means of fully enjoying your tour knowing that maximum safety precautions have been taken. Thanks to the guide’s in- depth knowledge of the terrain you know you are in experienced hands leaving you the chance to take in the enthralling wonders of nature.
A guide can supervise a maximum of 8 people, this number can vary depending on the conditions of the glacier.
Skiers need to know how to control their speed, to slide-slip and to perform turns at moderate speed when required to by the itinerary. The trail can be compared to that of a red run in terms of technical difficulty.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that is does however remain an off piste itinerary and the level of technical difficulty may increase in relation to the weather/snow conditions at the time.
Equipment and clothing:
Regular ski equipment is sufficient.
We will organise all the necessary safety equipment ( transceiver, harness…). Clothing should be appropriate for the cold and wind that we often feel when we set off. Gloves, hats, sunglasses and sun cream are essential. A back pack will be needed for your drinks and snacks and to store your clothes if it gets too hot.
This programme is provided as a guideline. In the interests of safety, clients must abide by the guide’s decision to judge any unforeseen situation . The programme is susceptible to modification depending on the meteorological and mountain conditions as well as the fitness levels and technical skills of the participants.