Ski Mont Blanc
Skiing Mont Blanc is an ultimate backcountry experience - picture standing on the top of western europe's highest mountain with at least 2500m of descent just waiting... Our 6 day programme involves plenty of quality descents and day tours to acclimatise and prepare for the main event. During this time we will spend a night or possibly 2 in a high mountain hut. We will teach avalanche transciever use, glacier skiing and the necessary crampon/ice axe techniques during the week.
We have a choice of descent route according skiing ability and prevailing conditions, but most commonly we will ski the Grand Mulet route. (all routes are glaciated)
Weather allowing, we use a helicopter drop to within 3-4hrs climb from the summit - this will help save our legs for the epic descent from 4810m!
Please note the whole itinerary is very condition and weather dependant, and so may need to be changed at the last minute. If the helicopter can't fly we will climb the whole way, with a night in a hut beforehand (and a very early start!). Of course if you would prefer to climb on foot over two days, then we will build this into the itinerary.
Who is it for?
You should be an Advanced off piste skier well versed in side slipping and defensive skiing (in case the snow is hard pack or crusty) as well as powder skiing on slopes upto 40 degrees. You need to be fit as this is a physical week! Ideally you will have previous ski touring or mountaineering experience, but we will refresh all the necessary skills during the week.
When staying in Chamonix, 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.
Ski Mont Blanc - Typical Itinerary
Saturday: Arrive in Chamonix and settle in to the chalet. We meet in the evening to discuss plans for the week.
Sunday: A warm up day of classic off-piste skiing and transciever training. Night in Chamonix.
Monday: Col du Passon day tour - a classic with over 2000m of descent for about 2.5 hours uphill. Night in Chamonix.
Tuesday: Ski across the Vallee Blanche for a run into Italy and return to overnight in the Cosmiques hut. About 2.5hrs uphill.
Wednesday: Climb and ski Mt Blanc du Tacul 4135m (about 4hrs uphill). Return to Chamonix.
Thursday: Ski the grand Envers du Plan from the Aiguille du Midi. Overnight in the Chamonix. A restful day.
Friday: Ski Mont Blanc!
What to expect from mountain huts
They are basic but comfortable. They can cater for vegetarians. Food is plentiful and on a set menu basis (3 course in the evening, hot drink and bread/jam/cereal for breakfast). Often there is no running water and we have to buy water to drink and wash with (often no showers). You can usually buy tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, chocolate bars and snacks. Sleeping arrangements are normally dormitory style bunkbeds (eg 6 people on the bottom, 6 on the top) with blankets or duvets. The huts provide slippers for wearing inside.
You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!
Piste transfers are included in the Chamonix valley.
Download the Info Pack for more information and please get in touch with any questions.
*Note: Chalet accommodation packed lunches and piste transfers are not included if paying the 'Course Only' price.