Vallee Blanche weekend

Vallée Blanche is one of the most beautiful off piste ski run in the world. You put your skis on at the top of Aiguille du Midi (3842m) and you start for an incredible 12 km ski run on some of the most beautiful glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif. During all the descent our guides will assure your security and open the way. They also teach you the secrets of off piste skiing.

We meet in Chamonix, at the Aiguille du Midi cable car station. When at 3842m, the guide will show us the Mont Blanc massif. We then descend the Aiguille du Midi snow ridge roped up to the guide and start our run by the easiest way, just to take advantage of the landscape, with no stress. After a rewarded lunch break we descend the Mer de Glace before reaching Chamonix by the famous skiable path runing in the forest. On the second day of this weekend, we will discover a wilder route to descend Vallée Blanche. We will navigate between seracs and crevasses. You will end the weekend very happy to have lived unforgettable moments !

Itinerary

  • Day 1First run

    We meet between 7 and 8 am at the Aiguille du Midi cable car station. Check of the equipment. After a 30 minute ascent with the cable car, we discover one of the most beautiful panoramas in the Alps. The biggest summits of the massif seem to be very close : Mont Blanc, Dent du Géant, Grandes Jorasses, Aiguille Verte ... We descend the Aiguille du Midi snow ridge roped up to the guide and begin our classic route run (few difficulties and magnificent scenery). The guide always goes first to ensure our safety. When passing through the seracs of Glacier du Géant, we have to be extremely careful and do precisely what the guide tells us to. This requires a good ski control. Just after this passage, we will take time to eat our packed lunches and drink a good warm tea ... We then reach the flatter surface of the Mer de Glace glacier. We have to ascend a steep 100m rocky slope to reach the skiable path which will drive us back to Chamonix. If there is not enough snow, we will go back by the Montenvers railway.

    Denivelation + : 100m
    Denivelation - : 2800m
    Altitude Max : 3842m

  • Day 2Second run

    We leave take the Aiguille du Midi cable car at 10 am (or earlier if the conditions require it) and descend through more secret routes (e.g. Petit Envers route or Grand Envers route ...) chosen by the guide in respect of the group's safety. Sometimes we will ski really close to the crevasses and carefully follow the guide's way. Big adventure today !! We should be back in Chamonix at approx. 4 pm.

    Denivelation + : 100m
    Denivelation - : 2800m
    Altitude Max : 3842m

Please note that our first meeting will be on the first day of the trip. If you want to book more night accommodations (e.g. before the first day or for the last day), you can contact us and we will do it for you. The price is 95 € to 115€ / pers. / night (half-board on a double-bedroom).

Dates & prices

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Trip reference: SVBA

Price includes :

- Aiguille du Midi cable car (2 trips)
- supervision by a High Mountain guide
- collective equipment (carried by the guide)
- loan of safety harness and avalanche transceiver for 2 days
- 2 picnics (1 for each day)
- Montenvers train tickets if there is not enough snow to reach Chamonix by the skiable path
- Saturday night accommodation in Chamonix (hôtel)

Price does not include :

- All transports around the valley
- Flights
- Insurance and assistance
- Individual equipment (skis, shoes, sticks)
- Personal expenses
- Snacks
- Application fees (17 €)
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes" section.

Please note that our first meeting will be on the first day of the trip. If you want to book more night accommodations (e.g. before the first day or for the last day), you can contact us and we will do it for you. The price is 95 € to 115 € / pers. / night (half-board i n a double-bedroom).

Insurance
We can offer you tree options (to subscribe to our insurance is mandatory to be domiciled for tax purposes in Europe): 
- Cancellation Insurance- 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal or event occurring before your departure that could prevent you from caring out with the journey
- Multi risk Insurance - 4% of the price of your stay: it takes the "cancellation" above and covers you during your stay, it covers also research and rescue costs, as well as possible hospital coast and medical expenses.
- Rapatriation assistance -2% of the price of your stay: assistance to persons in the event of illness or injury during the trip.

If you do not wish to subscribe on our insurance, you need to return us, mandatory, the discharging insurance sent to you with your registration confirmation.If you choose some other insurance and assistance company, please be so kind to verify that a part considering “Research and rescue by helicopter” is well adapted: coverage area, amount, risks covers.For information, a minimum of 15,000€ is recommended to cover Research assistance. Cards Credit offer little or not much of desirable guarantee. 

Equipment

Supplied equipment :

- collective equipment
- safety harness
- avalanche transceiver.

Personal equipment :

- skis, shoes, sticks, helmet
- ski clothes, Gore-Tex jacket and over-pants
- ski goggles
- solar cream
- little backpack (to put your stuff and your picnic inside)
- 1L water bottle.

First aid kit :

Your Stages Expéditions guide will carry a collective first aid kit.

However, it is important that you brought your individual pharmacy :
- analgesic (avoid aspirin)
- anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
- bandages and second skin
- elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- sun cream, afeter-sun cream
- Light sleeping drug (if you need some) and/or Quies ear plugs
- you own medecine...

Practical information

Passports / visas

Please contact your ambassy to check the passports and visas rules to come to France.

Staff

This trip is supervised by a qualified High Mountain Guide whose main objective is to train you in basics technics and to enable you to complete a safe/successful ascent of Mont Blanc.

Accommodation

Gite in Chamonix.

Food

We provide your picnics and snackings for saturday and sunday. You can bring a tea thermos bottle.

Altitude 

Since you quckly ascend to 3842m (cable car) it is important to drink a lot and save your energy (which is quite easy because of the descent : you won't have many efforts to do ...).