Ski the Vallée Blanche

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Introduction

The Aiguille du Midi lift is often overlooked when people talk about the 7 wonders of the world, but if we had it our way, this lift would definitely be on the list.

Taking you from Chamonix town at just over 1000m, up to 3842m in the high peaks of the Mont Blanc massif, the Midi not surprisingly attracts skiers and tourists from all over the world.

With no pisted runs and no piste control, this is a completely off-piste area of skiing. Therefore we recommend hiring one of our experienced guides for the day, who will not only be there to safely navigate through crevasses, but will also know the best spots for fresh powder. Most of the skiing here is on glaciers so crevasses are a main objective hazard.

We have a great selection of IFMGA qualified guides. They are all english speaking, great fun to hang out with and very skilled at finding the best snow on the Vallee Blanche.

Our ski guides can take a group of up to 6 clients.

The most commonly skied run from the Aiguille du Midi is the Vallee Blanche. The classic route can be skied by skiers of an intermediate level, but some off piste experience is handy. The route leads down on to the Glacier du Tacul and then the Mer de Glace, where you finish at the Montenvers train station. In good conditions it’s possible to ski all the way down to Chamonix. There are various gradients of the Vallee Blanche a guide can take you, for example the Petite or Grand Envers delivers some steeper sections compared to the classic route.

Perhaps the most unsettling part of skiing the Vallee Blanche is the access via the Arete. As soon as you leave the ice cave from the Aiguille du Midi lift station, you’ll find yourself walking down a sharp Arete with 50 degree slopes either side. There are ropes on either side of the track that leads down the Arete. Our guides will always have you roped safely on this section.

For those experienced in off-piste skiing and ski-touring, the Aiguille du Midi opens up a world of opportunity. From world-famous steep lines to long ski-tours and ski mountaineering, this area has it all.

We’d love to hear from you if you have a specific project or trip in mind. It only takes a few clicks to complete your booking with us, simply click ‘book now’ and select your preferred dates and we’ll be in touch within 24hrs to confirm your booking.

Course Details

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Location

We start and end the day in Chamonix.
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Further Information.

What's included
  • Guiding fees
What's not included
  • Transport to/from Chamonix
  • Equipment rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Any catering
  • Uplifts
  • In resort transport
  • Accommodation
Who is this for?

You must be of an intermediate level and have had previous off-piste experience. It’s important for us to know your previous experience and for you to state whether you ski or snowboard.

Typical Itinerary

We can set up an itinerary according to your wishes and current conditions.

Kit List

1. Shell Jacket
2. Down Jacket
3. Salopettes
4. Avi kit (transceiver, shovel, probe)
5. Harness
6. Crampons
7. Helmet
8. Goggles
9. Sun cream (factor 50)
10. Backpack suitable to carry skis/snowboard (minimum 20L)
11. Fully charged camera
12. 1 litre water bottle (minimum)
13. Sunglasses
14. Gloves
12. Desire for Adventure!

Booking info

To find out more about our courses, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.

Insurance

We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.

Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/ skiing. We recommend the Dogtag (www.dogtag.co.uk) – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.

Alex Acton
“Rarely does reputation exceed expectation but the VB does exactly that. An epic descent through crevasses and high jagged peaks, this is a must for any off-piste powder hound!”
Alex, Operations Manager

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