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Ski Touring Intro - Chamonix

Introducing keen and competent off-piste skiers to the world of ski touring. This is great preparation for our ski touring trips and an essential confidence builder for those with no previous ski touring experience. You will learn the essential skills required for ski touring.

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    Duration

    5 days

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    Start Location

    Chamonix, France

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    Date(s)

    January - March

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    Price

    From €1150.00

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LEARN HOW TO SKI TOUR IN CHAMONIX

Ever fancied skiing in places you can't get to via a lift? Want to get away from it all in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet? If so, learning to ski tour and improve your off piste skiing is the next adventure for you.

This trip will teach you everything you need to know about the equipment, the techniques and the safety aspects of ski touring in the mountains. It's been designed for those who are comfortable off-piste skiers looking to go further, or more remote and will have you ready for some of our multi day ski adventures in no time at all. What's not to like?

If you think you need a little more off piste practice first then you can join one of our intro trips below. Likewise If you think you're already ready for a hut to hut ski tour then check out our Austrian Otztal ski tour, perfect for your first experience.

Off Piste Skiing Intro
Austrian Otztal Ski Tour

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

You should have previous off-piste skiing experience, confident on different types of snow but no ski touring experience is required. We also strongly advise you come with a high level of fitness as you'll be on your feet most of the day.

Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you. 

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    5 days

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    Start Location

    Chamonix, France

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    Date(s)

    January - March

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    Guide Ratio

    6:1

  • Ability

    Level A

    Level A

    You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!

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    Price

    From €1150.00

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'Better Business' page.

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LIVE THE ADVENTURE

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Our Ski Touring Intro Trip

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Are you tired of the same old ski slopes, crowded lifts, and grumpy chairlift operators? Do you want to add a little excitement to your ski holiday? Well, my friend, it's time to try something new - a ski touring trip in Chamonix!

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Ski Time with Adventure Base

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Skis, powder, skins, crampons... are there many things better than a ski adventure?

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Ski Touring

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We have a rule that every month we get out of the office, away from the noise and in to the great outdoors. This month Olly decided ski touring was the ticket, so we headed off to the Refuge d'Argentiere. Very hot for February but a great way to escape the noise of office life. Enjoy.

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Meet The Team

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Introducing our crack squad of mountain lovers and adventure junkies. We spend most of our days plotting, planning and building some of the very best trips out there for you all to enjoy.

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Haute Route Ski Tour

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One of the most iconic ski tours on the planet.

Kit & equipment required for this adventure

Most of the items below are available to rent or buy in Chamonix on arrival. Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.

For the full downloadable Ski Tour Intro kit list please click here.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE

On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow skiers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing and dinner in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.

What's Included?

  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 3 days ski touring introduction
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Learn essential ski touring skills
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Great preparation for ski tours like the Haute Route / Gran Paradiso
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 4 nights Chamonix hotel accommodation (Half Board)
  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. Handpicked IFMGA ski guide

What's not Included?

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  • Group 20 Created with Sketch. Uplifts (approx. €50-60 per day)
  • Group 20 Created with Sketch. Mountain hut option (approx. €60)
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This Trip is running on the following dates

february 2024
1 Date
Depart

Wed 28 Feb, 2024

Return

Sun 03 Mar, 2024

Availability

Full

march 2024
1 Date
Depart

Wed 13 Mar, 2024

Return

Sun 17 Mar, 2024

Availability

Full

january 2025
1 Date
Depart

Wed 22 Jan, 2025

Return

Sun 26 Jan, 2025

Availability

6 spots available

february 2025
1 Date
Depart

Wed 05 Feb, 2025

Return

Sun 09 Feb, 2025

Availability

6 spots available

march 2025
1 Date
Depart

Wed 19 Mar, 2025

Return

Sun 23 Mar, 2025

Availability

6 spots available

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Adventure: Ski Touring Intro – Chamonix


What to expect from your accommodation

We know the importance of having a comfortable and cosy base to return to after each day of skiing. That's why we've chosen a mountain lodge with super comfortable rooms and a warm atmosphere. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stays in the mountain huts. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!

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The lodge is an excellent base for our ski touring intro. With stunning views of the mountains, it's well placed and just a few minutes walk from Chamonix centre. Rooms are on a shared basis with other members on the trip, all rooms have en suite bathrooms. There is a bar and restaurant for the evenings, with some lovely social space to relax in after the hard days ski touring. Your breakfast and dinner is included here each day.

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    Duration

    3 Nights

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Shared en suite rooms

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    Food

    Half board

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Mountain huts

Depending on conditions and ability of the group we may propose to experience what it’s like to sleep in a mountain refuge and enjoy the warm hospitality and food. This would be an additional cost and discussed with the group to make sure everyone is happy. It would cost approximately €60 per person and would only be 'worth it' if conditions were great and the guide believed it would benefit the course.

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    Duration

    1 Night

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    Internet

    Not included

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    Beds

    Dormitory

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    Food

    Half Board

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountains and the weather sometimes have other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day

    Arrive in Chamonix. Today is the day to sort out any kit rental and make sure you have everything you need. Get to know the guides and other members of the group over a delicious 3 course evening meal at the hotel. Overnight in the Hotel.

  • Day 2:
    First day ski touring

    First day skiing and ski touring. We head out for a few resort runs to warm up the legs. After a short while we’ll go off-piste and get to know our ski touring equipment in a safe and mellow environment. We do our first short ski tour and ski back down to the valley floor. Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 3:
    Development day in the Mountains

    Today we will continue the learning and focus on developing your ski touring skills as well as focusing on general mountain safety and avalanche awareness. If the conditions and ability of the group allow we may head up to a mountain refuge to experience what it’s like to sleep in the mountains. We would ski tour to our chosen refuge based on the current weather and conditions and aim to progress our skills during the day. If the mountain refuge is not an option, we will spend more time ski touring in the beautiful peaks around Chamonix. Overnight either in the hotel or in the mountain refuge.

  • Day 4:
    Culmination of Skills

    Early start for our last ski tour of the trip. We head out early and enjoy a beautiful ski tour, putting all our skills and knowledge into practice. With tired legs we head back to Chamonix in evening for a well deserved dinner and to reflect on the new skills and knowledge that you've picked up. After completion of this course you should be in a good place to take on one of our multi day ski tours such as the Otztal Ski Tour, Haute Route or Gran Paradiso. Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 5:
    Departure

    Departure after breakfast. Check out is 10:00 am.

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Miha

IFMGA Guide

Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.

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Pablo

IFMGA Guide

Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.

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Fede

IFMGA Guide

"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"

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Jon

IFMGA Guide

"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".

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Fabio

IFMGA Guide

Fabio has guided with us for close to ten years now and has summited Mont Blanc more times than we can remember. He's even helped Sir Richard Branson get to the top of Western Europe. When asked what his favourite mountain was his response was 'It's the mountain not known to many, in a remote country that provides opportunity for adventure. That said, I do love Cordillera Blanca (Peru) to guide in, Montserrat (Barcelona) because it's where it all started for me and Main De Fatima (Mali) because it's special to me!"

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Lars

IFMGA Guide

Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.

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Faust

IFMGA Guide

Born in the Aran Valley, from parents who were ski teachers and mountain guides, the motivation inherited by nature has led him to practice all facets of mountain sports such as climbing, skiing and mountaineering. He has spent his alpine career as part of the FEDME team (Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports) and his passion and profession have led him to travel to other continents to carry out his activity.

Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This Ski Touring Intro – Chamonix trip is rated Level A, for beginners and newcomers We recommend you only book a trip that reflects your ability.

Level A

For beginners and newcomers

  • You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure
  • Little / no prior experience
  • Shorter time duration
  • No technical skills required but keen to learn
  • Basic level of fitness
Think you've got this?

This trip is at this level

Level B

For those with some prior experience

  • You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing, and are keen to build on that
  • You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more challenging environments
  • Some basic skills
  • Moderate fitness

Level C

For accomplished adventurers

  • You enjoy challenging yourself physically and mentally
  • You’re comfortable on multi-day adventures and you call yourself an avid adventurer
  • You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it is there' attitude
  • Strong level of fitness

Level D

For the pros

  • You're ready to test your skills on the next challenge
  • You're comfortable in most types of alpine environments
  • Some level of technical skills
  • Strong level of fitness

Level E

For the experts

  • You’ve been on multiple adventures and have built up a solid skillset to tackle most challenges out there
  • Good technical skills and knowledge
  • Experienced in alpine/mountains environments
  • Very high level of fitness

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