3 days of off-piste riding with our UIAGM qualified ski guides. This course has been designed to help you discover the best backcountry runs around the Chamonix Valley and Courmayeur.

AVALANCHE RESCUE SKILLS
Companion avalanche rescue training
The best of Chamonix
Discover the best Chamonix off piste runs and local secret stashes with our ski guides

CHAMONIX OFF PISTE WITH CHAMEX'PLORE

Maximise your experience skiing in Chamonix with our ski guides.

From 425.00€

Price per person for groups of minimum 4 skiers.

   

Advanced tech level

 

3 days of guiding

 

Group of 6 maximum

 

Fitness level 2

Your Chamex mountain guide will choose the best terrain for your level and find you the very best snow conditions in the valley. You have to be an expert rider with a taste for adventure to enjoy this 3 day off-piste experience.

Chamonix has 4 main ski areas: Brevent, Flegere, Les Grands Montets and Le Tour. All of which have fantastic off-piste terrain full of hidden powder stashes, secret couloirs, steep descents and deep snow - our mountain guides will take you to their favourite runs as well as to explore some Chamonix classics such as the Pas de Chevre, the ENSA couloir, the Rognon glacier and, of course, the world famous Vallee Blanche.

Depending on weather conditions we might take a trip through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Courmayeur in Italy, where there is excellent off-piste and glacial terrain - as well as excellent pizza and wine...

This group is open to skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers - you must be an experienced off-piste rider, comfortable riding all snow conditions at a good pace.

If you are not confident enough to join this group then have a look at our Chamonix Off-Piste Introduction Course and our Early Season Off-Piste Ski Clinic to brush up on all the essential off-piste skills as well as avalanche awareness and mountain safety.

"The Chamex'Plore Off-Piste Course comprises 3 full days of guided off-piste skiing or snowboarding with a qualified and experienced UIAGM Chamex mountain guide. It has been specially designed to show you the very best Chamonix off-piste ski and snowboard runs. It will be a busy, exciting and tiring 3 days and you will need to be a competent off-piste rider to make the most of it.

Level Requirements

Technical level

  • You must be able to ski safely in all snow conditions on slopes of 30 to 35 degrees
  • You must be capable of skiing parallel and controlling your speed on all types of snow
  • It is essential to have some previous off-piste experience before coming along on this course

If you think that your standard of skiing is not sufficient then we recommend that you join our Chamonix Off-Piste Introduction Course, which will give you an excellent grounding in the essential off-piste skiing and safety techniques.

Alternatively, you could book a private session with one of our Chamonix Experience Ski Instructors, who will give your personal instruction on improving your technique and gaining confidence off-piste.

Physical fitness

You are in very good physical and cardio-vascular shape. You backcountry or sidecountry ski for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon without taking long breaks, over consecutive days, with a backpack and off-piste essentials.

Additional Services

Airport transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well established airport transfer companies using new and comfortable vehicles, with the capacity and know-how to handle everything from delayed and cancelled flights, to unexpected traffic jams with professionalism and efficiency.

To book your transfer, we will need the following: 
  • Full name 
  • Mobile phone number 
  • Email address 
  • Your destination address 
  • Flight details (date, time and flight number)
SHARED TRANSFERS: 

This is the most economic and ecologically friendly way of travel. The driver will meet and greet you at the airport, gather you and the rest of the passenger group together and then head off to your chosen destination. The door-to-door service means that you will be dropped off and picked up right at your hotel /chalet / apartment. From 40€ per person for one way and 80€ per person for a return trip.

 

PRIVATE TRANSFERS: 

Private Transfers are the quickest way to get to and from the airport. Your driver will meet and greet you at the airport and guide you to your vehicle. There is no waiting for other passengers. Private transfers are available for one to eight person bookings and travelling together and you are guaranteed sole occupancy of the vehicle for your transfer. And, of course, it's a door to door service, so you won't be lugging any bags very far. 250€ per car for one way and 500€ per car for a return trip.

Rental equipment

We highly recommend that you book any equipment with us at least 2 weeks in advance as the hire shops can have limited availability in the busy season.

You can collect your equipment the evening before the start of the course and return it in the evening at the end of your course. We work with the following Chamonix ski hire and mountain shop: 

• Concept Pro Shop which is conveniently located directly next door from our office. Open 7/7 08:00-19:00

Search & Rescue Insurance

We don’t include mountain rescue insurance in any of our courses but we strongly recommend that you have it. Mountain rescue may be very expensive, particularly if helicopters are involved. Check with your travel insurance provider if you are covered for the specific activity you are going to do with us.

However, we can organise the mountain rescue insurance for you. The cost is 8€ per person per day for EU residents and 12€ per person per day for non-EU residents. Details of the insurance cover are different for EU and non-EU residents; please contact us for more information.

Accommodation in Chamonix

If you need help to find a place to stay in Chamonix, don't hesitate to let us know! We work with a network of excellent chalets, hotels, gites and B&Bs offering Chamonix accommodation to suit all tastes and all budgets.

Lift passes

CHAMONIX LIFT PASSES - FREE BOOKING & COLLECTION SERVICE

you can easily avoid the morning queue for the lift tickets - order your lift passes with us and then just pick them up the day before! We'll collect your lift passes and have them ready for you, free of charge.

If you have booked a course or a private trip with us, your guide will bring your lift passes along for you. There are two types of lift passes in Chamonix - Mont Blanc Unlimited and Chamonix Le Pass - please don't hesitate to contact us to find out which lift pass will be the best for you.

For this course you will need the 5 days Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, please contact us for further details.

Practical Information

Optional equipment

  • Thermos – not essential due to weight, but it can be comforting to have a hot drink on a cold day.
  • Water Bottle – should be at least 1.5 litres and durable. 
  • 
Camelback hydration systems are good as long as they are kept clean, but not recommended for winter sports or climbing Mont Blanc, as the tube tends to freeze up.
  • Extra Gloves - a pair of spare gloves is essential.
  • Extra Goggles - spare goggles are highly recommended.

Food

We suggest you bring plenty of snacks that you can take into the mountains with you each day; things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favourite trail snacks are ideal. You can buy all of these things in Chamonix.

Itinerary

Arrival in Chamonix

We start by meeting at the Chamonix Experience office the night before the course. You will meet your Chamex mountain guide and the other members of your off-piste group. ` We will check the snow conditions and the weather forecast together, to decide the best place to go skiing in the morning. Each day will be planned around the latest weather conditions to give you the best chance off-piste experience. Your Chamex mountain guide will check your equipment and answer any questions that you might have. Please take a look at the Equipment tab to see what you will need and contact us if there is anything that you don't have. The itinerary will change according to the weather and snow conditions but here is a possible itinerary for the 3 days:

Day 1 - Les Grands Montets

We head up to the Argentiere end of the Chamonix Valley and take the lift up to Les Grands Montets. Your mountain guide will spend a little time assessing your ski level and seeing what you are capable of on different types of snow, before running through the basics of mountain saftey and avalanche awaress.The rest of the day will be spent playing in the fantastic powder bowls and long descents of Les Grands Montets; if you're lucky your guide might even take you into the Magic Forest... If conditions are good we'll end the day with a classic Chamonix off-piste descent; skiing down all the way from Les Grands Montets to the Mer de Glace via the famous "Pas de chèvre" route.

Day 2 - Aiguille du Midi & Vallee Blanche

Today we take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 3842m, where we have a multitude of options. We could ski the Pré du Rocher from the Plan de l'Aiguille station, where we'll find steep couloirs hidden amongst the trees. Or we can ski one of the various routes down the legendary Vallee Blanche - the Gros Rognon perhaps, or the Petit Plan de l'Envers. Whichever one we take you'll be surrounded by the towering peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif, bottomless crevasses and stunning ice falls.

Day 3 - Italy & Glacier Toule

Today we cross over to the Italian side of Mont Blanc via the Glacier Toule. Here you'll find excellent off-piste terrain as well as spectacular views and wonderful Italian coffee! We'll end our day by skiing the Vallée Noire back down to Chamonix, where we can celebrate our trip with a bit of apres-ski in one of the many lively bars.

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

3 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Avalanche Training

Specific avalanche awareness tuition including assessment of the conditions, correct use of a transceiver and how to carry out a rescue using shovel and probe.

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.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle 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.

Insurance

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

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.

Accommodation in Chamonix

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.

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.

Equipment

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

Harness

Harness

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

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)

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