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Vallee Blanche Equipment List

Skiing the steep 'Grand Envers' variation to the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix

The following equipment list is a recommendation for clients of IFMGA Mountain Guides who are skiing the Vallee Blanche in good conditions.

  • Skis, Poles, Ski boots (Touring or downhill boots)
  • Warm Ski clothing including thermal top and bottoms, mid layer fleece and wind/water proof jacket and trousers. Plus one spare warm top layer.
  • Small Rucksack
  • Hat or balaclava, buff or neck gaiter also useful. Helmet not essential but if you have one and want to wear it - fine.
  • Ski goggles and sunglasses
  • Sun Cream
  • Warm gloves (the Guide will have a spare pair)
  • Harness with screwgate Karabiner
  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Snacks and drink
  • Strap to tie skis and poles together for walking sections
  • Mobile phone with the Chamonix PGHM (local mountain rescue) number programmed in: +33 (0)4 50 53 16 89
  • Copy of your insurance documents
  • Lift pass
  • Cash for refreshments (Requin Hut / Montenvers / Buvette etc)

The Guide will also carry the following items:

  • Rope
  • Crevasse Rescue Kit
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Navigation Equipment (map, compass, gps)
  • Spare gloves
  • Skins
  • Group Shelter
  • First aid kit

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