Taming Chamonix

Discover freeride in the mecca of off-piste skiing in Europe from the many easy accesses via the cable cars, you will quickly reach the the descents that have made the legend of Chamonix.
The only objective is to be fit enough to keep up with the pace that takes us. After each descent we want even more and the possibilities are great.
- Chamonix via the Aiguille du Midi
- Les Grands Montets
- Le tour and Vallorcine
- Courmayeur
- Helbronner and the Pavilion
- Les Houches

Region

France - Chamonix

Duration

5 Days

Months

January, February, March

1,575 /personne for 4 people

Difficulties

Off piste Level 2 - Advanced
  • Competent to ski in all snow types and all terrain up to slopes of 30 to 35º

  • Ski with a 3 to 6 kg backpack

  • Be capable of physical effort for 3 to 6 hours

  • Have the competence to use the relevant safety equipment ( Transceiver, shovel, probe, ABS bag)

  • Be capable of descending 150 to 300m of elevation without stopping

Itinerary

Day 1

Meeting at 8am on the first day, in the Aiguille du Midi car park, to review the safety and ski equipment with the guide.
We will then leave for Les Grands Montets, in order to evaluate the level of the participants, both in skiing and safety.
From there, we will explore the area proposed by the Grands Montets. If necessary, we will use the ski touring equipment to reach even more remote places.

End of the day and debriefing over a drink in Chamonix.

day 2

Meeting point at 8am, on the Aiguille du Midi car park, and direction to the top of the Aiguille du Midi to descend the mythical Vallée Blanche.
The landscape around us is just beautiful and unique. 
We will use the ski touring equipment to reach hidden valleys or nearby passes.

Return to Chamonix on skis via the Cabane des Motets.
End of the day and debriefing over a drink in Chamonix.

day 3

Meeting point at 8am, on the Aiguille du Midi car park, and direction Courmayeur resort via the Mont Blanc tunnel.
We will slide in a vast area, offering descents worthy of a big ski resort. And all this facing the immense south face of Mont Blanc.
 
Return to Chamonix via the Mont Blanc tunnel.
End of the day and debriefing over a drink in Chamonix.

day 4

Meet at 8:30 am, on the Aiguille du Midi car park, and head towards Le Brévent, on the south side of Chamonix.
Breathtaking view on the whole chain of the Aiguilles de Chamonix and the north face of Mont Blanc, we will slide all day long in this area all in width.
 
Return to Chamonix on skis.
End of the day and debriefing over a drink in Chamonix.

day 5

Meet at 8.30 am, on the Aiguille du Midi car park, and head for the Tour station, by bus, at the end of the valley. Adjacent to Vallorcines in Switzerland, you will have the possibility to do some great off-piste itineraries.
 
Return to Chamonix by bus.
End of the day and debriefing over a drink in Chamonix, and end of the course.

Included

  • The safety equipment (Probe, shovel, Tranceiver, Harness)
  • Ski passes
  • Overnight accommodation described in the program
  • Breakfasts, picnics and dinners included in the program
  • The organization and transfers mentioned in the program using rental vehicles
  • Transport and taxi included in the program
  • A fully qualified and experienced IFMGA guide for the duration of your trip
  • Mandatory off-piste safety equipment (shovel, tranceiver, probe)
  • Mountain rescue radio
  • Free membership to the association for the organization of stays
  • The ticket for the ski lifts
  • Mandatory individual mountaineering safety equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe
  • Collective equipment necessary for progression and safety

Not included

  • Ski equipment rental (shoes, poles, skis, ...)
  • The meal at lunchtime for both you and your guide
  • Personal insurance covering the activity
  • All that is not included in "the price includes".
  • Personal expenses: additional drinks, energy bars, souvenirs, tips, etc.
  • Accommodation the night before, optional (room and breakfast)

All Ecrins Prestige guides have gained the highest guiding qualification from the IFMGA and are certified to guide anywhere in the world

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