Chamonix off piste – Intermediate
- experience the famous ski runs in the Grands Montets and the Vallée Blanche
- one of the world’s best off-piste resorts
- stunning mountains and hundreds of untouched slopes
- the highest cable car in Europe with a 22km-long ski run
- 5 amazing ski areas ensure the best ski conditions all winter
Chamonix is one of the most famous ski areas in the world. This amazing ski region offers hundreds of ski runs at all levels of difficulty. Magnificent mountains, a freeriders’ paradise and slopes between 1000m and 3800m guarantee fantastic skiing holidays. Mont Blanc and other high peaks ensure plenty of snow during winter so the skiing conditions are always good from December to May. All our guides are experts in finding the best powder and pristine slopes above the Chamonix valley.
The Vallée Blanche with its 22km long ski runs, the outstanding Grands Montets ski area, sunny Brévent-Flégère and Le Tour will give you unforgettable ski adventures. You could spend the whole winter here and still not ski all the slopes. To search for new ways through the fresh powder we will also visit Punta Helbronner and Les Contamines.
Day 1: Arrive at the hotel in Chamonix and meet with your mountain guide. Equipment check and introduction to the plan for the week. Your guide will decide which ski area you will visit depending on the snow conditions.
Day 2: Warm-up day in Le Tour ski area so your legs can get used to the powder conditions. There will also be some avalanche transceiver training.
Day 3: Ascent by cable car to the famous Aiguille du Midi and ski the 22km-long Vallée Blanche. You will probably stop at the Requin Hut for lunch. In good conditions with a strong group it is even possible to ski 2 runs in a day.
Day 4: Today you will get to know the biggest and probably the best off-piste area in the Chamonix valley – Les Grands Montets. The cable car will carry you to 3300m and you will ski some outstanding slopes above the Argentière glacier and magnificent couloirs to extend your skiing level.
Day 5: A visit to the Brévent-Flégère area with a possible extension to Crochues- Berard. Skiing on the north side to Le Buet and return by train and bus back to Les Praz.
Day 6: An early morning drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to experience the famous Punta Helbronner. Endless slopes give plenty of possibilities for skiing. The south facing slopes will be perfect right after snowfall, but if not we will try Les Contamines.
Day 7: Depart after breakfast.
Our guides are all professional UIAGM mountain guides with many years of guiding experience and a very good knowledge of the area. Please be aware that itinerary above is just sample and your guide will choose which ski area you will visit depending on current snow and weather conditions.
Dates and prices
- January 5th – 11th 2014 (Sun-Sat) 5 guided days
- Price: 559 € (euro)
- January 12th – 18th 2014 (Sun-Sat) 5 guided days
- Price: 559 € (euro)
We offer you two possible ways to do your booking: by online booking safety system or via e-mail and Paypal/bank transfer. Our online booking process using PayPal is straight-forward and provides you a simple, understandable, and safe way to book the trip. Before you make your booking make sure, that you read our Terms and coditions.
All of our prices are quoted in Euros – if you wish to use our currency conversion facility, then current daily exchange rates will be applied. Unless otherwise stated, we require a deposit of €470 (approx. £400) per person per course at the time of booking, and the final balance is due eight weeks prior to the start of the course. For bookings made less than 8 weeks before the course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking.
Booking via e-mail/phone and Paypal/Bank Transfer
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- make a payment to confirm your booking
- arrange your insurance policy that to cover all relevant hazardous activities and include search and rescue, medical expenses, repatriation and cancellation cover
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What is included?
- 5 full days of professional guiding by a IFMG mountain guide
- All transport from the hotel to the ski areas
What is not included?
- Travel to and from Chamonix
- Travel insurance
- Equipment hire
- Accommodation and meals
- Your and your guides’ lift passes and any extra transport costs
Chamonix is just an hour away from Geneva International Airport. If you need any help we will be happy to arrange transport to Chamonix for you.
Food and accommodation
During our Chamonix off-piste course we recommend you stay in the comfortable Hotel de l’Arve, 5 minutes walk from the centre of Chamonix. This central position will give you a chance to discover the bars and restaurants and enjoy the atmosphere of Chamonix in winter. If you prefer chalet-based accommodation, Chalet Tissières is perfect for you. We will be glad to help you with reservations.
Fitness and ski level
To join this course you should be an intermediate skier, capable of skiing black runs and able to do parallel turns. Some off-piste or ski-touring experience is recommended, but not essential – this course can be your first access into world of slopes covered with fresh snow. You should have a high level of fitness. We recommend some activities like running, Nordic walking or cycling for 1-2 hours two or three times per week, and also a couple of days skiing, in the months before this course.
See our list of equipment and contact us if you need to hire any kit.
Ski touring is a potentially dangerous activity. Before you start the course you must have travel insurance which includes mountain rescue in case of emergency, in order to avoid expensive charges . There are plenty of options, for example, OEAV Sektion Britannia, The British Mountaineering Council or Snowcard. If you have an Alpine Club membership card you will also enjoy a discount in mountain huts.
The guide:participant ratio is 1:6.
This equipment list will help you ensure you have all the important things which might be needed. Please be aware that on our off-piste and heli-skiing programs we recommend the use of an avalanche airbag backpack. We recommend you have skis with ski-touring bindings and skins which fit your skis, as your guide may decide to do a short climb to get the best skiing on untouched slopes. If you don’t own them, they can be hired in Chamonix.
- Base layer clothes
- Thermal layer
- Fleece jacket
- Ski (waterproof) jacket
- Ski trousers
- Light down jacket
- Warm hat
- Thermal gloves
- Warm and waterproof overgloves
- Camera (optional)
- Sun cream, lip salve
- Water bottle (1 litre)
- Backpack (15-30 litres)
- Ice axe
- Climbing harness
- Ski helmet (recommended)
- Skis (with ski-touring bindings – optional)
- Ski-touring boots or skiing boots (compatible with bindings)
- Ski poles
- Avalanche transceiver
- Avalanche shovel
- Avalanche probe
- First Aid kit (personal medicine, blister protection, etc)
Technical gear such as crampons, ice axe, climbing harness, avalanche kit and backpack can be hired from Alps Adventures (see equipment hire). You can hire all ski equipment (skis, ski boots etc.) in Chamonix. Please let us know if you have to hire any equipment, so we can help you.