Discovering ski touring in Chamonix

Discovering ski touring around Mont Blanc with Chamonix as a base camp. What can be more delightful than a week within mountains, ensuring you 100% pleasure ?

The outings are progressive and the level is accessible, our guides teach you the secrets of the powder in safety while making you discover their secret little hikes. Every day a different landscape: valleys, ridges and slopes always affordable, always far from the crush of ski resorts (except for the first day-test) so that this week is under the sign of pleasure and the mountain preserved. Every day we will move to hike on a different summit around Mont Blanc: Aravis, Switzerland, Italy ... we will vary the pleasures and the panoramas. The program will be organized according to individual wishes, group level, progress in effort and weather and snow conditions. The guide will adapt the outings and will always seek to optimize your stay.


Itinerary

  • Day 1Warm-up and leveling race at La Tête de Balme.

    Reception of the trainees and verification of the material.
    Departure for a warm-up race and for a verification or discovery of techniques specific to ski touring, as well as research exercises of DVA (Avalanche Victim Detector).
    From Chamonix, we drive to the village of Tour at the end of the valley. After taking the gondola to Charamillon, we go up steep slopes that will allow us to climb our first summit: the Tête de Balme at 2321m. During the descent, we will test our behavior off-piste, while being not far from the ski area and its welcoming slopes if necessary.

    - Vertical gain + : 500 meters
    - Vertical drop - : 870 meters
    - Maximal Altitude: 2371 meters
    - Accommodation: cottage
    - Physical activity time: 4 to 6 hours

  • Day 2Aiguilles Rouges - Aiguilles Crochues (2837m)

    We go discover a summit and beautiful slopes generally powdery in the massif of Aiguilles Rouges, facing the great peaks and glaciers of Mont Blanc. We take the Flégère cable car and then the index chairlift, to start relatively high climbing Aiguilles Crochues (2837m).

    - Vertical gain + : 600 meters
    - Vertical drop - : 1000 meters
    - Max Altitude: 2837 meters
    - Accommodation: cottage
    - Physical activity time: 5 to 6 hours

  • Day 3Croisse Baulet, discovering the Aravis massif with a magnificent panoramic view of the Mont Blanc

    After 45 minutes by car, we start the hike above the village of Megève. We cross forests then mountain pastures to reach the Petit Croise Baulet (2009m). A slight descent, then the rise of the beautiful terminal slope of the highest peak of Croise Baulet, 2236 m above sea level, for the bravest. It is an ideal summit for cutting beautiful curves through the snowy glades of the descent.

    - Vertical gain + : 600 or 970 meters
    - Vertical drop - : 600 or 970 meters
    - Max Altitude: 2009m or 2236 meters
    - Accommodation: cottage
    - Activity hours: 6 h to 7h

  • Day 4La Punta Croce (2478m), Italy

    Today we go to Italy to discover the southern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif. After 1 hour of road crossing the tunnel of Mont Blanc, we arrive at Arpy, a small hamlet lost in the mountains of Valle d'Aosta. We go up the pretty Arpy Valley to climb the easy slopes of Punta Croce (2478m) or the 'Pointe de la Croix'. A beautiful hiking excursion unknown and therefore away from the crowds.

    - Vertical gain + : 780 meters
    - Vertical drop - : 780 meters
    - Max Altitude: 2478 meters
    - Accommodation: cottage
    - Physical activity time: 5 to 6 hours

  • Day 5Telliers Mountains (2951 m), Switzerland

    To finish this discovery of the Mont Blanc massif, we go north. Direction Switzerland and more exactly the terminus of the road of the collar of the Big St Bernard to make a beautiful exit which will take place on sunny slopes, and will allow us to reach a nice belvedere: the Tellier Mountains with 2951m.
    Back to Chamonix and end of your internship in the afternoon.

    - Vertical gain +: 1020 meters
    - Vertical drop -: 1020 meters
    - Max Altitude: 2951 meters
    - Physical activity time: 7 to 8 hours

MODIFICATION OF THE PROGRAM


Important: This program can be modified by decision of the guide if the conditions of the mountain, the weather or the physical condition of the participants require it and for the sake of safety. For security reasons and to guarantee a level consistent with the one announced, the management and the organization reserve the right to interrupt your participation if your technical level and / or your fitness do not correspond to those required. In no case may this interruption give rise to a refund or payment of compensation.

Dates & prices

From To Price per person Guaranteed
€685.00 Ask for availability

Trip reference: SRCHAM

The price includes

- The technical organization of the stay
- Mountain guides
- Accommodation in a cottage, half board, in Chamonix Valley  : shared rooms and shared facilities
- The picnic - lunch
- Safety equipment: Avalanche transceiver (batteries not included), shovel and probe
- Collective technical equipment (ropes)
- Transportation by minibus

The price does not include

- Drinks and personal expenses
- Energetic bars (cereal bars, dried fruit, chocolate bars, etc ... at your convenience)
- Hiking Ski Equipment + warm suit + knives + sticks
- Batteries for avalanche transceiver (4 LR03 AAA)
- The lifts as described in the program
- Transfers to Chamonix
- Application fees (18 €) 
- Insurance / Assistance
- Anything that is not included in "the price includes" 

To be paid on site

- Drinks and personal expenses
- Rental of personal equipment if necessary
- The lifts if necessary 

The 30% deposit is to be paid at the time of inscriptions and registration; the rest should be paid 30 days before departure.

Insurance
We can offer you three options (To subscribe to our insurance is mandatory to be domiciled for tax purposes in Europe):
- Rapatriation assistance contract - 2% of the price of your stay: assistance to persons in the event of illness or injury during the journey.
- Cancellation Insurance - 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal or any 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 includes the "cancellation" above and covers you during your stay, it also covers research and rescue costs, as well as possible hospital costs and medical expenses.  

If you do not wish to subscribe to any of our insurances, you must return us the discharging insurance sent to you with your registration confirmation.

If you choose some other insurance and assistance company, please verify that your contract includes a “Research and rescue by helicopter” part, well adapted: coverage area, amount, risk covers. For information, a minimum of 15,000€ is recommended to cover the research assistance. Credit cards offer little or not much guarantee. 

Equipment

Equipment provided


• Collective equipment (ropes) is provided if needed.
• At the refuge of the slippers are at your disposal.
• Covers and duvets are provided in a shelter: remember to provide the sheet-bag for hygiene reasons.
• Individual security equipment (DVA batteries not supplied, shovel, probe): thank you to report to the agency if you own yours.

Equipment for rent


We inform you about the rental of technical equipment on Chamonix:
• Equipment rental option for 5 days tariffs: Ski touring + sticks: 200 euros
Hiking shoes: 75 euros
Ski pack + shoes + sticks: 275 euros
Gore-Tex trousers: 61 euros
Gore-Tex jacket: 70 euros
Down jacket: 52 euros
Backpack: 44 euros
Headlamp: 25 euros
Mittens: 44 euros

If you buy equipment in your registration form, you will benefit from a 10% discount on advertised fares (do not forget to give us your size if you want shoes).

Technical equipment


Skis
• 1 pair of lightweight hiking skis with their appropriate bindings and a brake or safety straps, and waxed.
• 1 pair of VIBRAM insole ski touring shoes
• 1 pair of skins adapted to skis
• Knives adapted to bindings
• Telescopic sticks or not with wide washers Other
• Safety equipment: DVA, shovel, probe
• Blanket
• Pocket knife
• Thermos and water bottle
THE WHOLE MUST BE IN PERFECT CONDITION ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE INTERNSHIP

Personal equipment


Head
  • Beanie
• Windstopper hat
• Hat or cap
• Scarf and / or round neck buff
• Sun cream (very high protection index) and labial stick
• Glacier Glasses Category 4 + Ski Mask

Upper body
• 2 breathable long-sleeved technical underwear "Carline" (no cotton that dries too slowly)
• 1 technical and breathable sub-pull
• 1 thick fleece jacket
• 1 down jacket or vest
• 1 windproof and waterproof jacket Goretex type
• 1 pair of mittens (fleece or wool) windstopper
• 1 pair of gloves (fleece or wool) windstopper
• 1 pair of undergloves

Lower body
• 1 breathable technical tights type "Carline"
• 1 comfortable mountain pants
• 1 wind and waterproof pants Goretex type
• 2 pairs of socks: 1 thin and 1 thick

Other
• 1 "meat bag" type sheet for shelters / gîtes
• 1 small wash bag with 1 quick-drying towel
• Biafine
• Toilet paper + lighter
• 1 or 2 plastic bags of 100L and a sursac to protect the business and the backpack
• 1 waterproof pouch in which you will put your identity papers, your phone, your money and your insurance / assistance contract with all the emergency phone numbers

Luggage
• In the mountains you will carry all your belongings and equipment in a 40-liter mountaineering backpack, (with straps to attach the skis. )
• Your personal belongings to stay at the cottage can be transported in a second bag (type of travel bag).

Pharmacy
Your guide will have a pharmacy of first urgency.
Plan with your doctor your personal pharmacy:
• personal medications
• pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
• Double-skin
• élastoplast
• dressings
• local disinfectant
• Anti-inflammatory
• antispasmodic
• antidiarrheal
•anti-vomiting
• intestinal antiseptic
• eye drops
• mild sleeping pills
•earplugs

Non-exhaustive list

Practical information

HEALTH


Recommendations

Before departure, it is important to have a good physical condition, corresponding to the requirements and activities of the program. A regular physical activity and the practice of a sport with elements of endurance is mandatory for high mountain activities. This sport can be jogging, cycling, swimming or hiking. For information about the levels of difficulty of our trips, check the "TEST YOUR APTITUDES" section of our website. 

Please inform the agency about your medical conditions and particularities concerning your health: food allergies, diabetes, heart and vascular accidents you might have had, asthma, etc ...  

 Individual pharmacy

Your guide has a first aid kit.
Your guide will be carrying a first aid kit. In consultation with your doctor, prepare your own pharmacy: 
- personal medications
- anti-pain medications (paracetamol)
- double-skin
- elastic adhesive tapes
- bandages
- local disinfectant
- anti-inflammatory
- antispasmodic
- anti-diarrheal pills
- intestinal
- eyewash
- light tranquilizers and sleeping pills
- earplugs 

Practical information about destination

Formalities: to check with your country's consulate in the month preceding your visit.

Accommodation

- Shared bedrooms. Bathrooms also shared with other participants.
- Slippers are available in the refuges
- Blankets and quilts are provided in the refuges: remember to bring a cloth bag for hygiene issues  

Coaching

Your trip is monitored by a mountain guide who provide you all the technical elements needed for the good progress of the trip. The guide may need to change the program to ensure safety, regarding weather, mountains and other participants condition. 

Displacement

Touring skis. 
Personal affairs and picnic lunch have to fit in a 10 kg backpack.

Food

- Lunch : picnic.
- Dinner in the cottage.
- Remember to bring sweets and dried fruits up to your taste before departure.
- Drinks are not included in the price (water, tea, coffee, beer, cola, etc ...). In the mountain, clients use to pay for the guides' drinks: the best would be to make a group's pot at the beginning of your stay.  Remember to bring some cash because there is not necessarily a credit card machine in the refuges.

General information

Bibliography, maps and web : IGN 1/25 000: 3630OT Chamonix 

Your appointment

Appointment at 9 am in Chamonix. End of the trip : late afternoon in Chamonix.
How to get there:
- By train: SNCF train station of Saint Gervais les Bains le Fayet, then travel to Chamonix  with the Mont Blanc Express TER  (Times and prices on: www.voyages-sncf.com).
- By car, A40 "Autoroute Blanche" to Chamonix.