The Vallee Blanche is a wild ski run in the heart of the Mont-Blanc chain. The Vallee Blanche is unique for its variety of scenery and its sheer size and length. It is a high-altitude route, off-piste, ungroomed and on glaciers where caution is necessary. There are several different routes, the choice of which will depend on the condition of the glacier, the weather and the level of experience of the skiers. You will be accompanied by a qualified mountain guide who, from his experience and local knowledge, will choose the appropriate route enabling you to enjoy the magnificant scenery in total security.
Once at the end of Mer de Glace, skiers need to carry their skis during a short hike (20 min) in order to reach the Montenvers cog train, or to get to les Mottets refreshment hut before skiing back down to Chamonix.
The Vallee Blanche is skiable from December to May, depending on the snow conditions.
RATES 2017 :
- Private group of up to 6 people : 325€ (max. of 6)
The number maximum of people per guide depends of the glacier's conditions.
Mini 12 years old depending on glacier conditions
- Guiding service
- safety equipment (harness & transceiver)
- Booking of the Aiguille du Midi gondola
You will have to pay on spot for the ski pass fees (63.50 euros per person).
If you don't want to queue the day of Vallée Blanche, you can buy your ski pass at our office.
TECHNICAL LEVEL REQUIRED
Skiers must be able to control their speed, side-slip, ski at a safe speed and follow in tracks.
It requires at least red slope skiing ability (single black diamond).
Note for snowboarders:
The classic way down Vallée Blanche is not very steep, and therefore not recommended to snowboarders (long flat sections). There are yet several steeper options, such as Petit and Grand Envers du Plan. To enjoy a safe run down, snowboarders should be skilled to ride off piste black diamond runs, involving steep and changing snow quality.
We more that strongly recommend the use of a telescopic single pole for help on the long flat glacier section of Mer de Glace.
From the departure in Chamonix to the return down into the valley you should allow 4 to 6 hours depending upon conditions and the route taken.
You are advised to bring along a snack or, if you prefer, it may be possible to stop at the Requin refuge (which is half-way down the Vallee Blanche) for lunch.
We strongly advise you to book ahead of time. (Especially for weekends in March and April).
A full payment is required at the time of registration for group sessions. The same system is applied for private bookings as we accept direct payments at the Compagnie des Guides or by distance payment with a credit card number or bank transfer (IBAN sent by request) or online. In case of a cancellation due to bad weather you will get a entirely refunded.
RENDEZ-VOUS:The evening before your outing, either by telephone or at “la Compagnie des Guides”, to speak with your guide.
MATERIEL & CLOTHING Normal ski equipment is fine, however have your bindings checked. Your guide will provide the necessary safety equipment.
Clothing must be warm and wind-proof. You will also need gloves, a hat and sunglasses (a ruck-sack is useful to allow you to carry a picnic and of course your camera!).