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Chamonix Off Piste with CHAMEX'PLORE

3 days of off-piste riding with our UIAGM qualified ski guide around the Chamonix Valley

This course has been designed to take you on the best backcountry runs around Chamonix. 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 Grand 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 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, snowboaders 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.

Description

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 compentent off-piste rider to make the most of it.

Level Requirements

  • 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
  • You should have a reasonable level of fitness

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 Mountain Guides, who will give your personal instruction on i,proving your technique and gaining confidence off-piste.

 

Price

425€

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

Course Dates

2017
Start Date End Date Spaces
Dec 22 Dec 24 6
2018
Start Date End Date Spaces
Jan 05 Jan 07 6
Jan 19 Jan 21 6
Feb 02 Feb 04 6
Feb 16 Feb 18 6
Mar 02 Mar 04 6
Mar 16 Mar 18 6
Mar 31 Apr 02 6
Apr 13 Apr 15 6

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


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 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.

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

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.

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.
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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.

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)

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.

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.

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.