Our intermediate winter mountaineering course is for those who wish to advance their existing alpine climbing skills and become more independent mountaineers.

Educational course
Well structured curriculum covering wide range of mountaineering skills
Location
Chamonix is the capitol of Alpinism, the best place to learn mountaineering
Small groups
Most of the course operates on a 1:2 guiding ratio to allow more personalised instruction

WINTER MOUNTAINEERING COURSE CHAMONIX - L2

A progressional course for climbers with basic experience in winter mountaineering

From 1,630.00€

Price per person for groups of minimum 2 participants

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Intermediate tech level

 

5 days of climbing and instruction

 

1 night in mountain hut

 

Guiding ratio 1:2 most of the course

 

Available December - April

REVISED FOR 2022

Our Winter Mountaineering Level 2 Course is the perfect follow-up course from our Winter Mountaineering L1 or one of our Ice Climbing courses. You will advance your climbing techniques as well as the essential safety skills needed for independent climbing in the winter Alpine environment. 

The first day of the course will be a refresher of the skills you have learned on the Winter Mountaineering L1. We will go through the equipment, essential rope skills, basic ice climbing skills and we will check the overall level of the group to prepare the itinerary for the rest of the course. 

We reduced the guiding ratio to 1:2 on the last 3 days of the course to allow for more personalised instruction and increasingly technical climbing. 

Please let us know if you ski tour. While this is not necessary for the course, ski touring allows quick and fun access to climbs which are out of reach on foot. It opens more possibilities for climbing. We will use skis only when everyone in the group is happy to ski tour. 

Guiding ratios: 

D1 1:6
D2 1:3
D3 1:2 
D4 1:2
D5 1:2

Dates

Winter Mountaineering course Chamonix - L2 dates - 2021

Start date Spaces
Prices
 
December 13, 2021
G
1,630.00€
December 20, 2021
2
1,630.00€
December 27, 2021
2
1,630.00€
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   Spaces available
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   Limited Availability
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Fully Booked
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Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Winter Mountaineering course Chamonix - L2 dates - 2022

Start date Spaces
Prices
 
January 03, 2022
2
1,630.00€
January 10, 2022
2
1,630.00€
January 17, 2022
2
1,630.00€
January 24, 2022
2
1,630.00€
January 31, 2022
2
1,630.00€
February 07, 2022
2
1,630.00€
February 14, 2022
2
1,630.00€
February 21, 2022
2
1,630.00€
February 28, 2022
2
1,630.00€
March 07, 2022
2
1,630.00€
March 14, 2022
2
1,630.00€
March 21, 2022
2
1,630.00€
March 28, 2022
2
1,630.00€
April 04, 2022
2
1,630.00€
April 11, 2022
2
1,630.00€
April 18, 2022
2
1,630.00€
April 25, 2022
2
1,630.00€
A
   Spaces available
L
   Limited Availability
F
Fully Booked
G
Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Itinerary

As the course includes technical climbing with specific training in terrain that changes during the winter season, this itinerary is just an example. The exact itinerary will be decided during the course depending on the weather forecast, conditions and overall level and progress of the group. 

Arrival day

We will have the pre-course meeting with your group and your guide in the Chamex offices in the evening. The exact time will be communicated to you by an email few days prior the course. Your guide will discuss with you the equipment, the course itinerary and goals for the week.

Day 1 – Refresher day

Your guide will check what skills you already know and are confident at and what skills you need to know but are unsure or not very familiar with. You will practice those skills to gain the full confidence. We will go to one of Chamonix ice climbing areas to do the training.

Day 2 – Crevasse rescue and glacier travel

Today is dedicated to advance your crampon technique and roping techniques for safe travel on glaciers. We will also cover crevasse rescue training. The Vallee Blanche (form the Aiguille du Midi or from Helbronner) or Mer de Glace glacier are the ideal locations for the training. 

Day 3 – Mixed climbing La Flégère

La Flégère  and the Index area offer a great terrain to practice mixed climbing, ridge climbing, route finding and the protection placement. You will learn the essential rope work and climb a fun route. 

Day 4 – 5 Overnight trip or climb

Let’s put all these new skills into work. Depending on the conditions, we will go either to Cogne to ice climb – this is one of the best ice climbing areas in Europe. There are many multi-pitch routes ideal to practice skills such as ice screw placement, building anchors on ice and lead-climbing. Another option is to climb the high altitude mixed routes from the Aiguille du Midi or Helbronner lifts. The exact area, activity and itinerary will be discussed with the group and decided the evening before departure, depending on the weather forecast, conditions and goals of the group. As the guiding ratio is 1:2, we will divide the team into small and relatively independent teams. 

We will return to Chamonix on the day 5 in the afternoon (the exact time will depend on the destination, traffic, etc). 

Learning Outcomes

Glacier travel

Winter Mountaineering L1 refresher with addition of the following skills:

  • Advanced crampons techniques on steep terrain
  • Rope techniques on the glaciers (for parties of 2 and more, rope loops, braking knots)
  • Crevasse rescue

Ice & mixed climbing

  • Route finding, good placement, finding and placing protection (ice screws, friends, stoppers and slings)
  • Multi pitch rope work techniques
  • Advanced anchors (equalised anchors, complex terrain, recognising good anchor placement on an multi-pitch climb, etc.). 
  • Dynamic belaying
  • Abseil - efficiency, advanced safety and dealing with stuck ropes
  • Advanced knots workshop (homework with printed knot manuals and a sling)

Depending on the weather, conditions and interest of the group, we will cover winter camping skills:

  • Tent placement and building of a shelter
  • Cooking at high altitude and in cold weather
  • Choosing the right camping and bivouac equipment

Level Requirements

Technical level

This course is designed for climbers who participated in our Winter Mountaineering course L1, Summer Alpine Climbing Course L1 or our 5-day ice climbing course.
If you did not complete on of the courses listed above, you have to have the following skills: 

  • Basic ice and mixed climbing (at least 3 days of each)
  • Basic multi-pitch rope-work skills
  • You can abseil safely
  • You know the basic climbing knots

Physical fitness

You need a very good level of fitness to be able to follow the daily activities, climbing in high mountains, for 5 consecutive days.

Equipment

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

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

Gaiters

Gaiters

Sun hat

Sun hat

Belay Jacket - warm puffer jacket that fits over your layers

Belay Jacket - warm puffer jacket that fits over your layers

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Climbing harness

Climbing harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

3 x Screwgate carabiner

3 x Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

Snowshoes

Snowshoes

Pair of technical ice axes

Pair of technical ice axes

Ice climbing crampons

Ice climbing crampons

Crampons

Crampons

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

Lanyard

Lanyard

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

Poulie traction

Poulie traction

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Earplugs

Earplugs

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Sleeping bag liner - lightweight

Face mask

Face mask

Lightweight footwear to wear in mountain huts

Lightweight footwear to wear in mountain huts

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

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

Mountain hut

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

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Group Equipment

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

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle 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

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

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 in Chamonix

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.

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

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