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.
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: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. 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.
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.