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Chamonix Off Piste Day

Discover awesome off-piste terrain every day in Chamonix

The Chamonix Off-Piste Ski Day was created for those who want to discover some of the legendary Chamonix off-piste runs but have limited time. You can do some awesome skiing or snowboarding in one day; each of the Chamonix ski areas at Le Tour, Brevent, La Flegere and Grands Montets have many hidden runs and secret couloirs to discover.

Furthermore, the Vallee Blanche offers a variety of great off-piste descents from the classic route to the Grand Envers, there is plenty to fill a day with incredible experiences.

Our UIAGM qualified mountain guides know the Chamonix valley inside-out, they'll take you to their favourite places and use their knowledge of the mountains to find you the best snow out there!

This one day course will definitely give you an appetite for more - once you've had a taste of off-piste skiing in Chamonix, take a look at our other courses such as the 3 Day Chamex'Plore or our 5 Day Chamonix Off-Piste Week.

If it's superb off-piste technique that you really want to nail then how about progressing to our Off-Piste Performance Course or learn how to master the biggest descents with our Chamonix Steep Skiing Course.

Description

We'll start bright and early to fit as much into the day as possible! You'll meet your mountain guide at 08:30 at a pre-determined location; your guide will check that you have the correct equipment and provide you with any extra safety equipment you will need. Take a look at the Equipment tab to see what you'll need and let us know in advance if there is anything that you do not have.

We'll get on the ski lift before the crowds arrive and the whole day will be spent on the mountain, exploring the Chamonix backcountry and enjoying as much off-piste skiing as we can fit into one day. The day ends when the lifts close between 16:30-17:30, depending on the time of year. Then it's time to discover that other classic Chamonix experience... apres-ski!

Level Requirements

The Chamonix Off-Piste Day is for experienced off-piste skiers and snowboarders. You should be comfortable to ride in any snow conditions at a steady pace.

Off-Piste Skiing with a Private Guide

If you already have a group of friends that you want to ski with, or do not wish to join one of our groups, we can organise a private off-piste skiing day for you. The price is 375€ per day for a group of up to 6 skiers and/or snowboarders. You can book a private off-piste day for any date during the winter season.

Price

95€

Price per person; groups of minimum 4 and maximum 6 skiers per guide

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Guide Fee

UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide - a fully qualified and experienced Chamex guide will accompany you for the duration of your trip.

Safety Equipment

We can provide the essential safety equipment of harness, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel if you do not have your own. We can also lend you a backpack with straps for carrying your skis/snowboard on request.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Skis / Snowboards

The price does not include skis/snowboards, boots or clothing. If you do not have your own we can help you organise rental, please ask us for details.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Below are a few examples of the off-piste offered at each of the Chamonix ski areas:

Grands Montets

With more than 2000m vertical drop from the top station to the bottom, the Grands Montets offers an incredible variety of world-class off-piste skiing. From the infamous ‘Pas de Chèvre’ for the more advanced skier to the fantastically easily accessible ‘Combe des Blanchots’ between the two main chair lifts and the Lavancher Bowl there are endless hours of fun to be had.

Le Brévent

Here you can really get away from groomed piste to truly mountainous terrain in just a few turns. There is a great selection of superb technical itineraries here, including the ‘ENSA couloir’ and the ‘Bellin couloir’. For the novices there is great fun to be had on the ‘Hotel Face’ and around the ‘Col Cornu’ area.

La Flégère

This is a great area for newcomers to backcountry skiing. South-facing with wide open slopes, the ‘Crochues Bowl’ alone can offer hours of fun in the backcountry. The terrain is full of variety with couloirs and rollovers to keep you entertained. This side of the valley gives fantastic views of the Grandes Jorasses and the Mont Blanc Massif.

Le Tour & Vallorcine

Overlooking the Swiss border on one side and towards Chamonix on the other, this area is brilliant for backcountry beginners. The south side has mellow rolling hills, a perfect introduction, while the back side offers fun runs through slightly steeper terrain. There are several great itineraries that take you down into Switzerland where you can sample the great chocolate and Valais wine while waiting for the bus back!

Courmayeur

An day out skiing off the beaten path in Italy is a real treat. From the Hellbronner side there are brilliant runs for the advanced skier on the Toule glacier. The main Courmayeur ski station gives access to great runs down to Val Veny through beautiful larch forests. Longer runs are accessible from the Youla and Arpe lifts. You get great views of Mont Blanc’s spectacular north face from here, not to mention great coffee and food!**

*Transport supplement for groups of more than 4.

** Transport supplement for off-piste ski days in Italy.

Vallee Blanche; one of the world's most famous off-piste descents
Off-piste skiing in Chamonix
Off-piste skiing in Chamonix
Off-piste skiing in Chamonix
Off-piste skiing in Chamonix
Off-piste skiing in Chamonix
Off-piste skiing in Chamonix

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Technical gear

Free ride skis

Free ride skis

Ski boots

Ski boots

Ski poles

Ski poles

20 - 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard

20 - 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Ski or snowboard helmet

Ski or snowboard helmet

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Pas de Chevre

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This scenic off-piste itinerary starts from Les Grands Montets in Argentiere. From the top of the highest cable car you ski west towards the Grands Montets Glacier where the terrain starts to steepen, and you'll veer skier's right to enter into a wide couloir. Once you've skied down to 2800m the descent splits into two coombs, we follow the left one.

This wonderful long descent takes you all the way down to the open plains of the moraine and on to the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France. It might sound fairly straightforward but the exit itinerary is complicated and requires very good route finding skills and knowledge of the area.

This route is suitable for experienced off-piste skiers and snowboarders; if you are unsure of your level then consider joining one of our Chamonix Off-Piste Courses, where you will learn all the essential techniques for skiing safely on glacial off-piste terrain.

Vallée Blanche Classic

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The classic and most spectacular route down the Vallée Blanche, this itinerary avoids all the steep descents making it the easiest way to ski the Valley Blanche. You will ski amongst several stunning 4000m peaks of the Mont Blanc range: Aiguille Verte, Grandes Jorasses, Mont Blanc du Tacul and Dent du Geant.

You will ski over impressive glaciers that descend all the way from the summit of Mont Blanc down to the Mer de Glace, which is the longest glacier in France. From the Mer de Glace we can either ski back down to Chamonix along a forest trail if the snow conditions are good enough, or we can hike up past the ice caves to the lift station and take the historic Montenvers train back down to Chamonix centre.

The classic Vallee Blanche route is suitable for intermediate skiers who have some experience in off-piste skiing. If you are not sure of your ski level then you can combine this trip with a preparatory session when you will spend the day with one of our UIAGM mountains guides who will assess your skiing and practise all the techniques required to ski safely on glacial off-piste terrain.

Vallee Blanche Petit Envers du Plan

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The Petit Envers du Plan is a truly fun variation of the classic Vallee Blanche descent. It combines some interesting steeper sections with easy angled slopes to give your legs a little rest.

You will pass through labyrinths of magical glacier formations, deep crevasses and huge seracs amongst the towering peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif.

The Petit Envers du Plan is slightly more demanding than the classic Vallee Blanche route and requires good off-piste technique. If you're unsure of your skill level then consider spending a day beforehand with one of our UIAGM mountain guides to assess your skiing and practise all the techniques required to ski safely on glacial off-piste terrain.

Vallee Blanche Grand Envers

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The Grand Envers is one of the steepest and most difficult runs on the Vallee Blanche. It is also one of the most beautiful runs in the whole Chamonix Valley.

Starting from the summit of the Aiguille du Midi you'll ski down the steep faces of the Col du Plan, crossing the Glacier de l'Envers du Plan and passing the Refuge du Requin with stunning views of the Glacier du Tacul, to finish at the Mer de Glace. If snow conditions are good we can continue to ski down to Chamonix on an alpine forest trail, or we can hike up past the ice caves to take the historic Montenvers train back to Chamonix centre.

This itinerary requires you to ski sustained slopes of 40-50 degrees, stopping only at places indicated by your mountain guide. You have to have good off-piste technique and full control of your skis. If you qare unsure of your ski level then consider spending a day beforehand with one of our UIAGM mountain guides who will assess your skiing and practise all the techniques required to ski safely on steep glacial off-piste terrain. We also run a number of longer off-piste courses for those who want to take their backcountry skiing to the next level.