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. Your Chamex mountain guide will ensure that you have the experience of a lifetime, one that very few people can claim to have had.
The key to success on Mont Blanc is preparation; this 2 day ascent 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.
Safety is our priority and in order to maintain the highest level of security, we stick to a ratio of 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:
a) 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.
b) The Mont Blanc Traverse itinerary is substantially more technical. For this you start at the summit of Aiguille du Midi (3842m) and traverse to the Col du Midi where you spend the night at the Cosmiques refuge (3613m) before continuing to the peak of Mont Blanc.
We also offer a three day version of this trip, which includes a preparatory day of ski touring at Aiguille du Midi with your mountain guide. You'll have the chance to brush up your technique and explore the amazing Chamonix backcountry terrain before setting off to summit Mont Blanc! More information can be found on our Ski Mont Blanc in 3 Days page.