5 days off-piste guiding. There is also 1 non-guided day.
The principal aims of this week are:
- To provide first class guiding and instruction from professional, friendly Mountain Guides to improve off piste skiing technique.
- To give practical mountain awareness training on the hazards and risks associated with skiing off-piste particularly for avalanches.
- To provide the opportunity to ski the best off piste in the Chamonix Valley
The week is intended to be fun with lots of thrilling skiing but always directed with maximum attention to your safety and the safety of others.
Itineraries vary depending on the composition of the group and the weather and snow conditions.
Ski area. The skiing area of Chamonix is generally considered to have some of the best off-piste skiing in the world. Much of this is accessible from the lift systems and includes descents of over 2000 m. The Chamonix valley runs for 20 km and there are several separate lift systems and mountains which provide enormous variety and all are included on the Mont Blanc pass.
Numerous options including:
- The Vallee Blanche - the longest off-piste ski descent in the world (24 km).
- 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.
Some of the very best areas can only be reached with an hour's walk from the pistes. The effort expended is more than rewarded with the awesome skiing across untracked terrain. In addition there are some great new heli-skiing opportunities available just through the Mont Blanc tunnel, only 20 minutes away from the town. These drops are not included in the price. Ask us for more details.
Our off-piste adventure advanced level courses are for strong all-round skiers with plenty of off-piste experience (5 weeks plus). To join courses at this level you must be able to cope with most conditions confidently, competently and with minimum faff! You are willing to try it all: steeps, breakable crud, speed, ice, spring snow, deep powder.
For the off-piste adventure courses you need to have good physical fitness in order to enjoy full days on the hill. On these courses you will mostly use the liftsystems to gain altitude but you can expect some walking/climbing in order to access some runs.
Accommodation and meals: Our Chamonix weeks will be based in Chalet Lounge in Les Praz. 'Lounge' is a luxury catered alpine chalet for up to 18 guests. It has a big deck with a hot tub and stunning views. Most rooms are en suite and other facilities include a big open fire, TV, stereo, high speed internet, videos and dvds. The chalet is owned and run by Tom & Sarah Broxton and the atmosphere is always friendly and relaxed and Sarah's food is exceptional.
The chalet is in Les Praz, which is about 4 km out of the centre of Chamonix, towards Argentière. It is 5 minutes walk from the Flégère lift station and the main street of Les Praz. There is a very pleasant pedestrian walk beside the river into town, which takes about 25-30 minutes.
Arriving in resort: You should aim to arrive in Chamonix sometime in the afternoon. If you are going to arrive before 1400 or after 1900 please contact the chalet to advise them. There will be an initial briefing with your guide on the first evening. This is an opportunity to meet the guide and the rest of the party, to discuss the plans and objectives for the week and to ask any questions you may have relating to the week’s itinerary.
Equipment: A copy of our recommended kit list will be sent to you at the time of booking. Alpine touring gear is essential for the Chamonix off-piste weeks. All skiers will need to carry a small day sack (max 25-30 litres) containing their safety gear and any personal items e.g. camera. Safety equipment: everyone is expected to ski at all times with the three essential items of avalanche safety equipment; transceiver, shovel and probe. If you ski off-piste regularly we recommend you purchase your own set. We use and recommend the excellent DTS Tracker and can offer you these at a discounted rate. Contact us for further details.
Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured for off-piste skiing covering personal accident, rescue and third party risks. You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment. We can arrange insurance cover for you at a cost of £42 per person for 9 days cover. Contact us for further details.
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