The French resort of Chamonix is situated at the foot of Mont Blanc, close to the Swiss and Italian borders and just 1 hour from Geneva Airport. Due to its high altitude, Chamonix is renowned for its snow-sure skiing combined with stunning mountain scenery.
Off-piste skiing is what Chamonix does best! Chamonix has earned its status as an off-piste mecca through its concentration of high peaks, steep and varied terrain and high lift system. To get the most out of an off-piste trip to Chamonix, skiing with an IFMGA guide should be a high priority - as many of the best runs are on serious glaciated terrain.
Skiing at an advanced level is always highly dependent on mountain conditions, we only use guides with a long history of skiing in the area to ensure you have a safe, action packed holiday to remember. We'll guide you through the amazing Chamonix off-piste while giving you practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated with skiing off-piste, particularly for avalanches.
Travel to Chamonix.
This week offers 5 full days off-piste guiding plus 1 'freeskiing' day when no guiding is provided.
With Chamonix's dramatic geography and diverse weather conditions itineraries vary considerably depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions. Below are just a few of the many potential options in the area.
The Vallee Blanche - the longest off-piste ski descent in the world (24kms).
Pas de Chevre – ascend to the top of Grand Montets and ski down to the Mer de Glace and on into Chamonix.
Glacier du Toule – you can ski the Glacier du Toule down towards Courmayeur and then catch the cable car back up to the top of the mountain and ski the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche.
Le Tour - from the back of the Le Tour lift system there is fantastic off-piste skiing towards Vallorcine and Switzerland
The price includes 5 full days guiding only. Please note the New Year trip is course only.
The April trip includes 5 full days guiding and 7 nights half board Accommodation
The price does not include lift pass, lunches, equipment hire, travel to/from Chamonix, and personal insurance.
THE £795 OPTION IS A COURSE ONLY PRICE.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Off-Piste Adventure trips. On all our weeks you’ll be staying in comfortable catered chalets or hotels. When skiing you need to carry just a day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items or extra clothing layers you may need.
Although our Off-Piste Adventure courses rely heavily on the lift systems in resorts, access to and egress from runs sometimes involve climbing and walking a short way and you may undertake 1 or 2 day ski tours, for this reason its best to have skis with ski touring bindings, skins and ski touring boots.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses and ski tours.
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or BCA Float sacks. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €20-30 per day or around €100-120 for 6/7 days.
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out http://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
France a Western European country with Paris as its capital city. The country is diverse with countryside, mountainous areas and many beautiful beaches. The country is renowned for its food and wine as well as well know places like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.
Its population is around 66 million people (2013). The highest mountain is Mont Blanc at 4,810m which is visited by many every year to climb.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson, and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 maximum, our advanced weeks typically run on a 1:4 ratio with expert trips either 1:2 or 1:1 we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.