Ski Touring Course Chamonix Introduction

Discover classic ski tours in Chamonix on a 5 day ski touring course

Ski touring is the key to discovering all the secrets of the Mont Blanc Massif. With the right equipment and skills, no peak, hidden valley or remote mountain pass is out of reach!

Our 5 day course will provide a thorough grounding in the skills needed for ski touring in a high mountain environment. It is ideal preparation for multi-day ski tours such as the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.

You will learn essential ski touring techniques such as how to fix skins and couteaux (crampons for skis), how to travel uphill and how to perform kick turns for traversing on steeper terrain.

We will stay one night in a mountain hut – no ski touring experience is complete without a pre-dawn start high in the mountains, watching the sunrise.

The agenda will also cover the complementary mountain craft skills you will need when ski touring in the Alps, such as avalanche awareness and crevasse rescue.

On this course you will ski some of the most famous Chamonix classic ski tours such as Col du Tour Noir, Crochues Berard, Col du Passon or Col du Belvedere. The nature reserve of the Aiguilles Rouges is renowned for its excellent ski touring terrain and you've a good chance of encountering typical Alpine wildlife such as bouquetin (ibex) or the famous but timid chamois.

There is plenty of accessible ski touring terrain from the main Chamonix ski areas of Brevent, Flegere, Le Tour and Les Grands Montets - meaning that you can be out in the backcountry and away from the crowds in no time.

Of course, we will also be exploring the legendary off-piste terrain of the Aiguille du Midi, crossing over to Pointe Helbronner in Italy before skiing the Vallee Blanche back down to Chamonix.

 

Course objectives: 

Learn hot to use the ski touring equipment Learn the essential ski touring techniques (efficient skinning techniques, kick turns) Learn hot to use crampons and ice axe to climb steep snow slopes and couloirs. Avalanche search and rescue techniques Skiing the best snow in the valley! 2 day ski trip with overnight on a mountain hut. 

 

Level requirements

You do not need any previous ski touring experience to join this programme but you should be a competent off-piste skier (be able to ski comfortably in all snow conditions on slopes of up to 35 degrees). You should also have a good level of fitness and be prepared to undertake climbs of 2-4 hours on skis.

If you are not sure if this course is for you, please contact us on info@chamex.com and we will be happy to help.