Ski Mont Blanc
- skiing from the top of the Alps
- acclimatisation on Gran Paradiso 4061m
- unique climbing over Arête Royal and Bossons glacier
- optional helidropp off at 4200m
- amazing descent with 2500m vertical!
Skiing from the top of the Alps is stunning experience. With our specific program we will ensure you the greatest chance to success – ski right from the top of Mont Blanc. Beside good fitness and acclimatization we will also need great condition on mountain and good weather. Professional guide and excellent team of people with the same goal as you will ensure that Ski Mont Blanc week will push your skiing level up to the top. Ready? This winters final is: Skiing From The Top of Mont Blanc!
First four days we will spend in mountains in Mont Blanc circuit and Gran Paradiso National Park, where our guides will teach you climbing, skiing and skinning techniques on snow and ice slopes, beside that you will do acclimatization. Good acclimatization and comfort when using crampon, ice axe and good level of fitness will give you most enjoyable climbing trip.
Last two days are reserved for summit attempt. Amazing ascent over Bosson glacier, pre-dawn start and climb in the light of your torch and skiing from 4810m is challenging and unique experience. We normally climb Arête Royal and ski down to Grand Mullets hut.
Why choose our Ski Mont Blanc program?
Our knowledge and guiding experience will give a big chance to success. We know acclimatization is crucial, that is why we climb up to Grand Paradiso and ski and overnight on altitude around 3000m. Our guides will refresh your knowledge of using crampons and ice pickle and with their professional tips, you will improve your skiing and skinning. Spending night in Grand Mulets hut will ensure you good night sleep before summit attempt and spare day in case of bad weather will push chances to reach and ski from the top of Mont Blanc to highest level.
Prikaži večji zemljevid
Day 1: Arrive in hotel, meeting other climbers and mountain guide at around 7pm. Discussion about plan for week and checking equipment.
Day 2: After breakfast guide will pick you up and drive to Italy, Aosta valley. We will ascend 2,5 hours to Refugio Chabod (2750m).
Day 3: Early start, trek over glacier and climb on rocky ridge to the top of Gran Paradiso (4061m). Skiing down to the Valsavarenche valley. Drive back to hotel.
Day 4: With lift to the Grand Montets ski area, skiing to Argentiere Glacier and skinning to the Col du Tour Noir (3535m) and descent to Argentiere hut (2771m). Overnight there.
Day 5: Skinning up to Col du Passon (3028m) and fantastic skiing to Le Tour. Drive back to Chamonix. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6-7: Ascent with cable car to Plan de l’Aiguille, skinning over Bosson Glacier to reach Grand Mullets hut on 3051m. Next day we will start very early, skinning and climbing up the Arête Royal and after reaching Dome de Gutter following normal route to the top of Mont Blanc. In case of bad conditions we leave skis at Vallot hut. In case of good weather and great interests helidrop is in an option. Skiing over Bosson Glacier, passing Grand Mulets hut, finished skiing at altitude of 2354m. Return to Chamonix with cable car.
Dates and prices
- April 26th – May 3rd 2014 (Sat-Sat) 6 guided days
- Price: 979 € (euro)
- May 3rd – 10th 2014 (Sat-Sat) 6 guided days
- Price: 979 € (euro)
- May 10th – 17th 2014 (Sat-Sat) 6 guided days
- Price: 979 € (euro)
We offer you three 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.
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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.
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What is included?
- 6 full days of professional guiding by a IFMG mountain guide
- All transportation in the valley, including Mont Blanc tunnel tollli>
- Huts booking and planning courseli>
What is not included?
- Travel to and from Chamonix
- Travel insurance
- Equipment hire
- Accommodation and meals for you and guide
- Your and your guides’ lift passes and any extra transport costs
The costs for accommodation in mountain huts and transport are about 400£. Half-board in hut per night is 50-60eur and price for guide is aprox. 40eur (split between clients). Huts guardian will appreciate if you will pay in Euros. Lifts during whole week will cost you aprox. 80eur and about 40eur for guide. (split between clients).
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
Course starts and ends in Chamonix. 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, 1:2 during summit atempt
This equipment list will help you ensure you have all the important things which might be needed.
- 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)
- Head torch (with spare batteries)
- Sun cream, lip salve
- Water bottle (1 litre)
- Backpack 30-40 litres (with option of attaching skis on it)
- Ice axe
- Climbing harness
- Ski helmet (recommended)
- Skis (with ski-touring bindings)
- 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.