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General Chamonix Ski Touring / Mountaineering

Chamonix Ski Touring

Andy and Alison skinning across Cirque Maudit on a high level ski journey from the Aguille du Midi to Pointe Hellbronner.

Ski Touring in the Chamonix Aiguilles Rouges

Ski Mountaineering in Chamonix with Mont Blanc Behind

Contamine Ski, Chamonix

Amanda descending (quickly!) from the Col de Cicle, Contamine Valley

Ski off Mont Buet, Chamonix Valley

Photo: Mark Ryle

Mark skinning up Mont Buet, Mont Blanc behind, Chamonix Valley


Pas de Chevre, Chamonix Off-Piste Ski


Col de la Buche Ski descent, Chamonix


Ski descent from the Col du Tour Noir, Chamonix Valley


Skinning approach to the Breche Puiseux

To ski the Mont Mallet and Leschaux Glaciers, Chamonix Valley

Rappel descent from Breche Puiseux, Chamonix


Leschaux Glacier Ski with Grandes Jorasses North Face behind

Chamonix Valley

Les Contamines Off-Piste Ski

Looking North East along the Contamines Skyline towards the Chamonix Valley

Stormy Early January Conditions in the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix

Tour Ronde North Face on Left, Grand Capucin on Right

Fine Powder on the Glacier de Toule, Courmayeur

Aosta Valley beyond with the Grivola and Grand Paradiso visible on the skyline (centre left and centre). 11/1/2011

Ross Gets Air Through the Courmayeur Trees

Skiing off the Cresta D'Arp Lift, Jan 2011

Argentiere Glacier Ski


Glacier de Tour Noir, Chamonix

Spring conditions in January 2011!

Argentiere Glacier Ski Traverse

From the Grande Montets Lift Station

Argentiere Glacier from the Grands Montets, Chamonix Valley

Red Line marks the route to the Col d'Argentiere (Col de Chardonnet on left)

Skinning to the Col 'La Golette'

Above the small Swiss Valais ski resort or 'Les Marecottes'

Ski Tour with the 'Tour Sallier' (3220m) NE Face in the background

Vallon de Van, near the Rhone Valley, Swiss Alps

Short Ski Tour from the Brevent, Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix

Pointe Percee and the Aravis Chain above the cloud inversion in the Arve Valley

Ski Tour from the Brevent with the Chamonix Giants across the Arve Valley

Mt Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit, Mont Blanc, Dome de Gouter (L-R)

Argentiere Glacier Ski under Les Droites North Face

Off-Piste & Glacier Skiing in Chamonix, Jan 2011

North East Slope of Les Courtes, Chamonix

Jan 2011, many ski descents taking place

Decent fresh tracks....and it hasn't snowed for a month!

At 2400m on the North East Face of Point Ronde in the Swiss Valais Alps

Col de la Fenetre, 2245m Les Contamines


Col du Bonhomme (2329m), Les Contamines

Luke and Clare enjoying a sunny ski tour at the head of the Contamines Valley, Feb 2011

Avalanche Transceiver Training

Avalanche transceiver training with the 'Mammut Pulse'

Off-Piste Skiing in High Alpine Terrain

Good balance, rhythm and a smile on your face will all help your off-piste ski technique as well as the host of strategies and skills that Alison will help you develop.

Christmas Ski Touring in the Chamonix Valley

Approaching the 'Aiguillette des Houches' on a perfect Christmas Day

Ski Touring Course Above Lac Blanc, Aiguilles Rouges

The North Faces of Aiguille Verte, Drus & Grandes Jorasses across the Chamonix Valley behind

The Fine Ski Approach to Mont Rogneux (3084m)

Above the Cabane Brunet in the Swiss Valais Alps

A Snowy Start to the Aravis Ski Touring Season in Early November 2012

Pointe Percée takes centre stage at the heart of the Aravis above the Arve Valley

Ski Touring in Chamonix's 'Aiguilles Rouges'

With the Mont Blanc Massif across the Chamonix Valley

Great Powder on the Descent of the Petite Croisse Baulet (2009m), Aravis

Superb early season ski touring conditions in the Arve / Chamonix Valley

Ski Touring Above the Arve Valley

In the excellent North Facing bowls of 'Les Aravis' with the village of Passy below and the top of Flaine Ski station above, centre. Good conditions at the end of Jan 2013

Early Season Ski Touring in Les Aravis, December 2013

Good ski touring & stunning views of the Chaines des Aravis from the flanks of Mont Joly. Some fun light north facing powder for the descent too.

Early Season Ski Touring Below Les Quatre Tete, Sallanches

Enjoyable short ski tour in the Aravis Range (between Chamonix & Geneva). En route to the Chalet de Mayeres (1563m) & Refuge Tournieux

Ski Touring in the Aravis

Above Le Reposoir on the Col de la Columbiere Road

Ski Touring Along The Prarion Ridge, Les Houches

This fine snowy ridge is very quickly accessed from the Prarion lift summit and either side of the mountain can be skied. The East face back towards the Chamonix Valley or the West Face back in to the Plancerts piste on the St. Gervais side.

Approaching the Combe Noire Above The Italian Vallee Blanche

Fine skinning journey up through the Combe Vierge from the Aiguille du Midi and in to the entrance to these very fine long & sustained slopes leading down in to the Italian side of the Geant Ice Fall, Vallee Blanche.

Sustained North Facing Powder Skiing In The Combe Noire

Leading down from approximately 3400m to the Salle a Manger around 1000m below, this is a fine slope! Sustained & crevassed through the Italian Geant Ice fall section but with lots of excellent fall line skiing and an exposed traverse above crevasses to exit.

Fine Open North Facing Slopes High Above the Salle a Manger, Vallee Blanche

Accessed via a scenic skin up the Periades Glacier and start of the climb to Col du Tacul.

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