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Ski Mont Blanc

3 Day Ski Tour Ascent of Mont Blanc

Summit the world-famous Mont Blanc on an exceptional three day ski touring and mountaineering expedition led by our fully qualified and experienced UIAGM mountain guides.

Mont Blanc was first skied in 1930 by a Swiss mountain guide; it has now become the ultimate objective of many ski mountaineers and backcountry skiers. 

Typically, the majority of alpinists summit Mont Blanc during the summer months, on foot and using crampons where necessary. But what could be better than reaching the summit of Western Europe’s highest peak on skis, in the knowledge that you have the joy of a fantastic 3000m off-piste descent? During the ascent and descent you will pass through spectacular glacial structures with deep crevasses and towering seracs.

This course is for experienced ski tourers with a good level of fitness and a love of adventure.

Your Chamex mountain guide will ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime, one that very few people can claim to have had.

Description

The key to success on Mont Blanc is preparation; this 3 day course is for those of you who have already done all of the preparation and who just want the security of a professional guide to lead you safely to the summit and back.

We recommend that you prepare for this trip with altitude training to help you acclimatise, either here in Chamonix or elsewhere in the Alps.

Safety is our priority and in order to maintain the highest level of security, we stick to a ratio is 1:2 on Mont Blanc (1 mountain guide per 2 clients).

Our background in mountain rescue (PGHM Chamonix) means that we are experienced in assessing and reacting to the dangers that high mountain expeditions pose. Your Chamex mountain guide will decide the itinerary that you take depending on the weather, snow conditions and the level of the group.

There are two possible Mont Blanc itineraries:

  1. The traditional itinerary is via the Grands Mulets Refuge; this route starts from the Plan de l'Aiguille lift station (2310m). It makes its way between the crevasses of the Les Bossons Glacier to the refuge (3051m), which is spectacularly situated on a rocky outcrop in the middle of this imposing glacier.
  2. The Mont Blanc Traverse itinerary is substantially more technical. For this you start at the summit of Aiguille du Midi (3842m). You will make your way to the Col du Midi where you will spend the night at the Cosmiques refuge (3613m) before continuing to the peak of Mont Blanc.

 

Level Requirements

This course is for those who are experienced in ski touring and ski mountaineering.

  • You have to be confident and safe doing kick turns on slopes of up to 35 degrees.
  • You have to be skilled in using ice axe and crampons and comfortable climbing over a steep, snowy and rocky terrain.
  • You have to be advanced off piste skier, able to link short and long turns without stopping or losing control over your skis. You have to be confident and safe skiing slopes up to 40 degrees in all snow conditions (icy, crusty, powder).
  • You have to be physically fit, ready to skin up and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day.
  • You need to be well acclimatised before you meet your guide, we recommend that you arrive in Chamonix at least a week in advance of your trip to benefit from exposure to high altitude.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are not sure about your level, we will be happy to advise.

Our Ski Mountaineering course is a good preparation course for the Mont Blanc ski ascent.

Price

1090€

Price per person; groups of minimum and maximum 2 skiers per guide

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Included

Guide Fees

3 days guided skiing and ski touring with an IFMGA qualified mountain guide.

Accommodation (half-board)

1 night in a mountain hut with breakfast and dinner included.

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.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

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.

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.

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.

Ski Mont Blanc in 3 Days

This itinerary is an example of what could be done with good weather and good conditions.

There are two possibilities when summiting Mont Blanc; the traditional itinerary via the Grands Mulets Refuge and the traverse itinerary via the Cosmiques Refuge.

Your Chamex mountain guide will decide the best option according to weather, snow conditions and the level of the group.

Introduction : Meeting your Chamex Mountain Guide

The 3 day course starts when you meet your mountain guide the evening before your first ski day at the Chamonix Experience office near to the Aiguille du Midi lift station.

You'll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to check your equipment, over a coffee and a friendly chat.

Your guide will outline the itinerary and give you any necessary information on what to expect regarding weather and snow conditions.

Day 1: Ski Touring Aiguille du Midi

Your mountain guide will need to check that you have the correct level of fitness, ski ability and that you are suitably acclimatised before you begin your ascent of Mont Blanc.

What better way to check this than to do a fantastic ski tour from one of the most spectacular lift stations in the world? Your mountain guide will pick one of the many great ski tours accessible from the Aiguille du Midi, ending the day by skiing the Vallée Blanche back down to Chamonix.

The Aiguille du Midi lift station is right opposite the Chamonix Experience office, so it is the perfect place to put your ski legs to the test before we set off on our Mont Blanc expedition.

Day 2: Mont Blanc Ascent

a) Traditional Mont Blanc Itinerary via the Grands Mulets Refuge – this route starts from the Plan de l'Aiguille lift station (2310m). It makes its way between the crevasses of the Les Bossons Glacier to the Refuge des Grands Mulets (3051m), which is spectacularly situated on a rocky outcrop in the middle of this imposing glacier. We will spend the night at the refuge before continuing on to Mont Blanc in the early hours of the morning.

b) Mont Blanc Traverse Itinerary - this route is substantially more technical than the traditional Mont Blanc itinerary. Starting at the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), we will make our way to the Col du Midi where we will spend the night at the Cosmiques refuge (3613m) before pushing on to the top of Mont Blanc in the early hours of the morning.

Day 3: Summit Mont Blanc & Descent

This is the big day! We will leave the refuge between 2am and 3am with the aim of reaching the top of Mont Blanc by sunrise.

a) Traditional Mont Blanc Itinerary via the Grands Mulets Refuge - taking the classic route from the Grand Mulets Refuge will take up to 8 hours to reach the summit. Starting with a ski tour up to the Vallot hut (4362m), we will leave our skis here to climb the final section up to the summit of Mont Blanc using crampons and ice axes. The last section is on a very exposed and spectacular arête, where you will have incredible views of some of the highest peaks in Europe.

b) Mont Blanc Traverse Itinerary - we start by climbing over the shoulder of Mont Blanc du Tacul, followed by a short ski descent before climbing Mont Maudit and continuing on to the summit of Mont Blanc. You will have a mixture of steep skinning and climbing with skis on your back. This route takes up to 7 hours and is a real alpine adventure for experienced mountaineers.

Whichever itinerary is taken, you should arrive on the summit of Mont Blanc at about sunrise to see dawn breaking over the Alps - an unforgettable moment.

If your ascent took you via the Traditional Itinerary, you will return on foot to your skis at the Vallot hut. From here it is a fantastic off-piste descent as you ski down past the Grands Mulets Refuge, traversing across to the Plan de l’Aiguille, where we will take the lift back to Chamonix.

If you ascended via the Traverse Itinerary you will ski directly from the summit, an amazing off-piste descent of 3000m.

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

Pair of technical ice axes

Pair of technical ice axes

Ski / splitboard skins

Ski / splitboard skins

Crampons that fit snowboard boots

Crampons that fit snowboard boots

35 - 45 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

35 - 45 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

Crampons

Crampons

Ski touring skis

Ski touring skis

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

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)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner