A great choice of exceptional one and 2-day ski touring trips in a breathtaking mountain setting: this is what the Mont-Blanc massif has to offer, providing all types of difficulties to suit all skiing abilities.
With our ski-touring program in hand, we adapt to weather and mountain conditions, as well as to skiers ability … and wishes. This « à la carte » formula is the best way to approach ski- touring.
Day 1: Col des Aig. Crochues – Brèche de Bérard – Vallorcine
From the village of Les Praz, we ride up Flégère cable car and Index chairlift. We ski tour and hike up to Col des Aiguilles Crochues. Once at the pass, we take our touring skins off, and ski across the slope until we reach the backside alpine bowl of Berard ( 2200m/7260ft). From there we use our skins again and ski tour up to Brèche de Bérard. The beautiful views of the Fiz mountain range are straight ahead of us, with the peaceful alpine wilderness for only company!
Once at the Brèche (key-hole pass) we put our skins away and into our pack for the day. Below our ski tips, Vallon de Bérard stretches away with alpine beauty and for us to discover. We are about to ski down a 5 000-foot run to the hamlet of Mount Buet…
Vertical gain: 2 100 ft. (635 m) - Drop: 5 800ft (1770m)
Day 2: Aiguille du Midi – Col de Toule – Pavillon – Vallée noire
We ride the cable car up to the peak of Aiguille du Midi. After hiking down the famous Arête we ski down to the base of Pyramide du Tacul and Pointe Lachenal.
From the base of Pointe Adolphe Rey we ski tour up Combe Maudite and to Col de Toule (11 640m). The border is just at the pass; the view over Italy, the Vanoise and further away the Ecrins mountain range is breathtaking!Then we ski into Italy and down glacier de Toule until Pavillon, the mid station of Helbronner lift. A visit to the small restaurant of La Palud is a perfect way to enjoy a marvellously Italian meal. After lunch, we will have to gather our strength to ride up to the top of Helbronner from where we finally ski down Vallée Noire, our last but not least run of the day!
Vertical gain: 860 ft. (260 m) - Drop: 10 900 ft. (3300 m)
Day 3: Aiguille des Grands-Montets – Col du Passon – Glacier du Tour – Refuge de Trient
After riding the lifts to the top of Grands Montets, we ski down Glacier du Rognon and across Argentière glacier. From there we ski tour up to Col de Passon, leaving behind us the legendary North East faces of the greatest peaks in the Argentière glacier basin. The final section before the pass requires the use of crampons to climb the last vertical 300 feet. After a short ski descent, we put our skins on and ski tour across Le Tour glacier to reach “col supérieur du Tour”. We ski tour over the pass and across the 4th glacier of the day, Glacier de Trient, to finally reach the Trient mountain hut.
Vertical gain: 2 900 ft. (882m)- Drop : 3100 ft. (942m)
Day 4 : Refuge de Trient – Aiguille du Tour – Trient via le glacier du Midi des Grands ou le glacier de Bron
From the hut, we ski up a gentle section to reach the base of Aiguille du Tour. If the group feels strong and is in a mood for it, we can do a quick round trip up to the summit after leaving our skis by the bergschrund. Then we continue heading North until we reach Glacier du Midi des Grands or Glacier de Bron, and engage into a fantastic long run into Switzerland and the village of Trient. We enjoy our reward, a large cool beer in the village, before riding the postal bus back to France.
Vertical gain: 1 235 ft.(374 m)- Drop : 7 329 ft.(2218 m)
This program is a general guideline for the trip. The guide alone can decide and apply changes in the program during the trip, according to weather and terrain conditions, skiers physical condition and skills.
Skiing ability :
Download “skiing technique and physical condition form”
Preparing for the trip :The head guide will phone you one week before the strip starts to answer your questions and inform you about what you need to bring (gear, clothing, documentation etc.)
Guiding standards :
For safety reasons, one mountain guide can manage groups of 4 to 6 people maximum. Small-group standards at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix are amongst the strictest in the mountain guiding business.
Accommodation : two nights in a dormitory in a valley mountain inn, and one night in catered mountain huts.
Meeting point : on Day 1, at 8h 30 am at the Compagnie des Guides, next to the church in Chamonix.
Ski touring trip ends in Chamonix.
Winter trip price 2017 :
Number of persons
Price includes :
- Mountain guiding service
- Half-board accommodation (dinner, breakfast and bed)
- Daily lunches and energy snacks.
- Lift tickets and bus shuttle during the trip.
- Avalanche transceiver rental (DVA), shovel and probe rental.
Not included :
- Personal drinks
- Personal skiing equipment and specific ski touring gear.
Documentation : valid passport or ID card.
Extras : Bring some extra Euros for personal expenses
Equipment : Download "Equipment list“
Download "Glaciers du Mont-blanc"
Booking ahead of time is the best way to fill up trips.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further and more detailed information.
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
Thank you to contact our office to know the price and the availability:
Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88