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.
For any additional information or any booking,
feel free to contact us : + 33 4 50 53 00 88 or by e-mail
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!).
You are alone and you want to ski Vallée Blanche, join one of our groups ...
It is recommended to book in advance (especially for week-ends in March and April).
Your booking will be confirmed once we receive your full payment.
If we have to cancel the activity because of bad weather, there won't be any cancellation fees.
Rendez-vous with your mountain guide et 8.45 am at the bottom of Aiguille du Midi cable car.
2019 RATES :
93 euros per person, minimum 4 persons per group
or 158 euros per person with the ski pass.
Group session: Minimum 15 years old with a parent.
Skiers who are joining a group can purchase a one-day ski pass only from our office directly (MBU Pass including Aiguille du Midi and Montenvers train). Should the guide decide to ski all the way to the valley due to good conditions, the Montenvers train ticket will not be refunded.
For the lift pass and if you prefer, you can go at least 1/2 hour before your appointment to buy them (there could be a line and you could end up waiting).
This price includes the guide's fees, the safety equipement rental (harness and transceiver) and the booking of Aiguille du Midi gondola.
You will have to pay on spot for the ski pass fees.
If you don't want to queue the day of Vallée Blanche, you can buy your ski pass at our office.
For any additionnal information or any booking,
feel free to contact us : + 33 4 50 53 00 88 or by e-mail.