Chamonix Backcountry Skiing
Chamonix Backcountry Skiing weeks are exciting guided ski holidays with the focus on skiing the best terrain and best snow further away from the pistes. Every day we will be exploring a new area to find the best snow and best descents. Some descents will be lift served off piste and some we will be boot-packing or skinning to get to.
As the week progresses you will pick up the essentials of Chamonix backcountry skiing . These skills include avalanche awareness, skinning, boot packing, glacier skiing and decision making. As conditions permit we can cover crampon/ice axe skills and crevasse rescue.
Who is it for?
We split the group into intermediate and advanced courses, so you will be backcountry skiing with people with similar ambitions and ability. You should be an Intermediate or Advanced off-piste skier to get the most from these holidays. We take both splitboarders and skiers, trying to match speed and ability so that everyone gets the most out of the weeks.
You can expect to be skiing from first lift each day. Most days you can expect to do some uphill work to get to the descents. If this all sounds like hard work, don't worry! It's your holiday and the pace is up to you - but a sniff of fresh powder and it's often "maybe just one more run..."! There is also the option of a day's heliskiing to open up more terrain (at additional cost)...
Chamonix is an authentic mountain town with a genuine 'lived in' feel. There are lots of bars, restaurants and shops and there is lots to do in the evenings. Chamonix's off-piste ski terrain is vast, and it is well known for its long glacier descents and big vertical drop. With 5 resorts in 2 mountain ranges, there are top quality descents at all altitudes, aspects and lengths. In short, there is plenty for everyone and all conditions.
We stay in one of our comfortable Adventure Base Chalets, literally 6 minutes walk from the town centre's restaurants and bars. Breakfast and packed lunch are included leaving the evenings free for you to explore the delights of Chamonix.
Saturday: Arrive in Chamonix and settle in to the chalet. Meet with your Guide to discuss plans for the week.
Sunday: Warm up day to get your skiing legs in shape!
Monday: Exploring the epic back bowls of le Tour with a descent to Trient and avalanche transciever training. There will be up to 1.5 hours bootpacking
Thuesday: Ski touring in the Aiguilles Rouges. Introduction to uphill skinning, route choice and avalanche awareness...and a great descent to le Buet. A short train ride takes us back to Cham. About 2 hours of uphill today
Wednesday: Off piste skiing at the Grand Montets with crevasse rescue training. An afternoon descent of the classic Pas de Chevre powder run to the Mer de Glace. No uphill today!
Thursday: Ski touring the Col du Passon route down to le Tour village. a classic tour with 2500m of descent for about 2.5 hours uphill skinning. Introduction to glacier skiing and further avalanche awareness
Friday: A day skiing from the Aiguille du Midi. We skin for about 2 hours to make the most of the great skiing in this region, finishing with a descent of the Vallee Blanche
We may have to change this itinerary according to the prevailing weather and conditions (and we like to take into account your ambitions too!)
Piste transfers in the Chamonix valley are included.
Download the Info Pack for more information and please get in touch with any questions.
*Note: Chalet accommodation and piste transfers are not included if paying the 'Course Only' price.