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Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend Group

Discover incredible places & meet new people ski touring in Chamonix

Are you looking for some fun ski touring, do you want to discover new routes, or are you just looking for some friends to go ski touring with?

Chamonix Experience UIAGM qualified mountain guides will make sure that you find the best snow conditions in the area and have a fantastic weekend exploring the beautiful Chamonix backcountry.

We'll plan an exceptional itinerary based on the weather and snow conditions. The Mont Blanc valley is world-famous for its wonderful ski touring terrain including classic Chamonix ski touring routes such as the Col du Passon, Brèche Puiseux or Col du Belvédère.

Splitboarders and telemarkers are very welcome to join this group. If you do not wish to join a group then please contact us about organising a private ski touring trip.

This weekend is an ideal warm-up for one of our longer ski touring courses, where you'll venture further into the Chamonix backcountry and spend a night in a mountain hut. More advanced ski tourers will find this weekend to be perfect preparation for a multiday ski tour such as the iconic Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt or even combine it with some ski mountaineering and Ski Mont Blanc - the ultimate Chamonix Experience!

Description

Our Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend Group is aimed at people who already have some experience of ski touring and want to discover new routes with a experienced and qualified mountain guide.

Perhaps you are a compentent ski tourer but are not confident about going off-piste alone? Or perhaps you simply want to go with someone who knows the area and can plan the best route.

Either way, we're confident that not only will you have a fantastic weekend skiing beautiful terrain but that you'll also pick up a few tips that will improve your ski touring technique and make your future expeditions so much more enjoyable!

Level requirements:

  • You need to have experience of ski touring
  • Know how to use the equipment (skins, crampons, ice axe)
  • Be able to hike up with your skis strapped to your rucksack
  • Be prepared to rappel/abseil if needed
  • A good level of fitness is essential

Price

275€

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

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Guide Fees

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

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.

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.

Chamonix Ski Touring Weekend Itinerary

The weekend will comprise 2 full days of ski touring in the Chamonix valley. We will meet beforehand at the Chamonix Experience office in Chamonix Sud, opposite the Aiguille du Midi, so that you can meet your mountain guide and other members of the group. The exact itinerary will depend on the weather, snow conditions and overall abilities and objectives of the group. There are plenty of routes to choose from to suit all possibilities, for example: Col du Passon Brêche Puiseux Col du Belevdere Col du Tour noir Crochues Bérard Col du Beugeant And lot more... please click on Suggested Routes to see some typical ski tours. We will perform a brief initial assessment of everybodies ski level and run through the basics of avalanche awareness at the beginning of the weekend.

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

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Splitboard

Splitboard

Snowboard boots

Snowboard boots

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Ski / splitboard skins

Ski / splitboard skins

Crampons that fit snowboard boots

Crampons that fit snowboard boots

Ski poles

Ski poles

Crampons

Crampons

Ski touring skis

Ski touring skis

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots

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

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

Ski / splitboard crampons

Ski / splitboard crampons

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

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)

Crochues-Berard Traverse

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One of Chamonix's classic ski tours, starting from La Flegere and passing through the beautiful Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve. We start with a nice traverse from the top of the Floria draglift, towards the Aiguilles Crochues bowl. After a short steep climb to the Col de Crochues, we ski down through the bowl, keeping high so that we can descend from the Col du Berard into the next valley.

At the bottom of the valley there is a flat section where ski tour through alpine forest, alongside a crystal clear stream to the charming old village of Le Buet with its old stone chalets and wooden barns. From here we can pick up the bus or the train back to Chamonix.

Elevation gain 500m // elevation loss 1500m // duration 1day

 

Col du Belvedere

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The Col de Belvedere is a classic Chamonix ski touring route, starting from the slopes of Flegere.

From the top of the Floria drag lift we traverse around a high bowl, passing beneath the jagged ridge of the Aiguilles Crochues. We continue on to the beautiful alpine lake, Lac Blanc, and then skin up to the Col de Belvedere at an altitude of 2780m.

The views from the col are just fantastic and you can see all the way across the Berard and Samoens valleys; this is a remote mountain area in the middle of the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve, so there is also the chance that you may see some alpine wildlife such as bouquetin or chamois!

The descent from the Col de Belvedere is a steep 40° slope, accessed from a narrow 80m couloir; if snow conditions are not good you may need to use ropes to descend safely. Once you've cleared the couloir you'll ski all the way down through the magnificent Bérard valley into the charming little village of Le Buet.

Due to the steep descent and the potential complications in the couloir, this route is only advisable for advanced ski tourers who are accompanied by a mountain guide.

Elevation gain 480m // elevation loss 1450m // Duration 1 day

La Breche Puiseux

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This classic high mountain ski touring route passes some stunning scenery with a descent in front of the Grandes Jorasses. Access is via the Aiguille du Midi cable car to the top station, stepping out onto the famous arete and descending halfway down the Vallee Blanche normal route. You'll ski down as far as the Refuge du Requin and the magnificent seracs of the Salle a Manger. From here the route starts to ascend over the Periades glacier, climbing past impressive ice falls towards the access couloir that heads up to the cliff col and the summit at Breche Puiseux.

The descent from Breche Puiseux begins with a rappel/abseil of about 40-50 metres down to the Mont Mallet glacier. A long glacial descent brings us to the Leschaux glacier on steep slopes that usually retain good snow even long after a snow fall. From here you'll ski past spectacular views of the Talefre Basin and Aiguille Verte, before rejoining the Vallee Blanche route for the flat ski out towards the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France.

Depending on time and snow conditions we can either ski from the Mer de Glace to Chamonix along an old forest track, or we can hike up past the ice caves and take the historic Montenvers train back down to Chamonix centre.

The Breche-Puiseux ski tour is a superb itinerary for experienced ski tourers; offering varied terrain and spectacular views of peaks such as the Dent du Geant and Mont Blanc du Tacul. It is a long day out with a lot of climbing, so a good level of fitness is required.

Col du Passon

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The Col du Passon ski tour route starts from the top of the Les Grands Montets cable car in Argentiere (3283m). We start by skiing down the spectacular Rognon glacier, keeping to the right of the rock and onto the heavily crevassed Argentiere glacier. This descent can be an amazing ride when the snow is fresh but very challenging when the snow is wind and sun affected. 

After crossing the Argentiere glacier we put on our skins and start climbing up a short section over a steep moraine and continue over open slopes towards the Aiguille du Passon, then turn right towards the Col du Passon. The final part of the ascent is a short, steep couloir (45°). 

Once we've reached the col we can take a quick break and admire the spectacular view before skiing all the way back down towards the pretty village of Le Tour. The descent is truly rewarding. There are many options in terms of which way to descent as the terrain is pretty wide and open. 

Elevation gain 650m // elevation loss 2400m // Length 9.8km // Duration: 1 day