Italy’s Ferret valley borders the southern side of the Mont Blanc Massif. The valley is particularly famous for the views it offers of the neighbouring high peaks, such as Mont Blanc, the Grandes Jorasses and the Dent du Géant. It is also highly prized for its sense of isolation and authenticity, as well as its tranquillity. This programme is specially dedicated to learning about ski touring. Here you can discover ski touring in a unique environment while enjoying the comfort of the Bonatti hut.
Day 1: Short transfer from Chamonix to the Val Ferret via the Mont Blanc tunnel. We put on our skis in the small village of Planpincieux (1580m) then climb up the Val Ferret to the hamlet of Lavachey (1642m). Our ascent continues through the woods to the Malatra ‘alpages’, or high mountain pastures, from where we glimpse the Bonatti hut (2025m). The afternoon is devoted to learning basic techniques for ski touring (kick turns) and mountain safety (avalanche rescue).
Vertical ascent: 445m
Day 2: Ascending the gentle alpage slopes, we reach a livestock enclosure and then the huge Malatra valley. Depending on the wishes of the group, we can either head for the Col de Malatra (2928m) or the Col d’Entre Deux Sauts (2524m). A beautiful descent takes us back down to the hut and then the valley. Transfer to Chamonix, which we reach by mid-afternoon.
Vertical ascent: 500 m / Vertical descent: 950 m (Col d’Entre deux Sauts)
Vertical ascent: 900 m / Vertical descent: 1 350 m (Col de Malatra)
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Download the "Skiing technique and physical condition form"
Ability level: For people who occasionally exercise/take part in sports. No ski touring experience necessary.
Accommodation: Half-board in huts.
Preparing for the trip: One week before the trip, the head-guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
Group: 4 to 6 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Equipment: Download the ‘Equipment list’
Documentation: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Dates for 2018: Saturday & Sunday
February 10th & 11th – 24th & 25th
March 10th & 11th – 24th & 25th
April 07th & 08th – 14th & 15th
Meeting and transport: Meet at 08:30 at the Compagnie des Guides office in Chamonix. Transfer by minibus to the departure point. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until the group returns). Return to Chamonix by minibus.
Prices 2018: 340€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Transfers as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Cost of getting to meeting point (Chamonix),
- Personal technical equipment.
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
You are your own group (friends, family…)? We propose you a personalized trip; you chose your date of departure
(depending on hut availability).
Number of participant
Price per person
Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88