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Chamonix Guided Ski Days

Off-Piste Skiing in the Mont Blanc Massif. Well away from the lifts & pistes. An adventure on Skis...

Our guided ski days bring together like minded skiers within the Chamonix Valley for fun off piste skiing and great ski journeys away from the pistes & lifts. They are designed to give intermediate off-piste skiers the chance to explore interesting backcountry terrain with a Mountain Guide & enjoy a combination of good skiing, training & a fun day out in the mountains...

Chamonix Guided Off Piste Days

Chamonix Guided Ski Touring Days

2017 Dates & Prices

Chamonix Guided Off Piste Ski Days

If you have already experienced some off piste skiing and got a taste for more then this is a great opportunity to go further into the backcountry under the guidance of an IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide. These days are all about great skiing, mountain training, including avalanche awareness & safe travel techniques and meeting other like minded skiers in the Chamonix Valley.

Whilst quality training is given, these guided days are not off piste ski coaching sessions and for this a good qualified ski instructor should be hired. We recommend contacting Alison at off piste performance.

Which of the many excellent off piste venues in Chamonix we choose to ski is decided by the Guide the evening before and is based upon the prevailing snow conditions, latest weather & snow / avalanche forecast and the information you provide about your experience & aims on the booking form.

We will contact you the evening before to arrange a time & place to meet. It will usually be an 0830 meet at a cafe at one of the great resorts in the Chamonix Valley like the Grands Montets, Le Tour, Brevent / Flegere, Les Houches or even across on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif at Courmayeur.

If conditions are very snowy, with great powder but poor weather & a high avalanche risk we often also ski a little further down the Arve Valley at the brilliant lower resorts like St. Gervais, Megeve or Combloux.

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Hi Rob, Superb day! Thanks so much for your patience and expertise. H and I are recounting the day. Some truly memorable journeys & great skiing. Please send the photos!

Robert - Guided Chamonix Off Piste Day

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After an introduction we have a short discussion on the snow conditions and address 2 important questions: Firstly where do we NOT want to ski today and secondly where DO we want to ski today?! We will then ski for the morning using lifts or with short walks (max half an hour) to access great off piste terrain. We will usually have lunch in a cafe before venturing back out for an afternoon of more skiing & training. The emphasis will be on accessing interesting terrain & making off piste journeys rather than skiing anything steep or 'extreme'.

Ski Ability & Fitness Requirements

To get the most out of these guided days you will be an intermediate off piste skier. If you are a complete beginner please first take some good quality off piste ski coaching. You will be able to ski pisted black runs with linked parallel turns in good control and have at least tried skiing in the 'side country' next to the pistes or other non groomed terrain. You do not have to be an expert and good fitness and enthusiasm to try will go a long way! There will be limited uphill during the day - often just a bit of walking carrying your skis. However a decent level of ski fitness is still required for the long vertical descents in variable snow conditions that are a feature of skiing in the Chamonix Valley!

If you are unsure of your ski / fitness levels and want to check before booking then please send an email detailing your relevant experience via our Contact page.

This Chamonix Guided Ski day would also work well as a warm up day for a Ski Vallee Blanche day and give you a chance to discuss with the Guide whether or not you have the ski ability required to safely enjoy the Vallee Blanche descent.

Off Piste & Ski Touring Equipment Required

Please refer to our Off Piste Equipment List for full details of the gear required. In summary this includes ski clothing suitable for both very cold & windy & warm and sunny & specific off piste equipment including avalanche transceiver, shovel & probe.

Off Piste Skiing Equipment List

Here is a summary of the items of equipment you will need for off-piste skiing on one of our Guided courses. Please check you have each item and refer to the bottom of the page for details on hiring equipment.

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Ski Preparation Notes

As with all our ski courses, we recommend you prepare as much as possible in advance with relevant ‘ski fit’ preparation and then arrive at least a day or two early to both warm up your ski legs & check equipment. This is especially important if you will be renting boots or skis & bindings. Please also make sure your skis are well serviced & bindings correctly adjusted.

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Thanks for a great day of off piste ski-ing - Great fun and a massive improvement in our abilities & awareness off piste; no more piste-bashing for us!

John, Jean & Tom

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To see many more ski testimonials please visit our online High Mountain Guides Guest Book

2017 Dates & Prices

  • Wednesday 21st December - 5 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 2) - Very Early Season So a Flexible Approach as to what is possible is required!
  • Wednesday 11th January - 5 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 2)
  • Wednesday 18th January - 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 2)
  • Wednesday 1st February - 4 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 1)
  • Friday 10th March - 5 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 3)

For additional Chamonix group off piste skiing days, please also check the dates for our 2017 Ski Vallee Blanche trips.

Winter 2017 Price

  • £130 per person per day
  • This is a guiding fee only & does not include any equipment hire, lift pass, food & drink, insurance or any other expenses
  • Maximum guiding ratio of 6 guests to 1 Guide

Chamonix Guided Ski Touring Days

These day trips run on the same principle as the Guided off piste days but use ski touring gear to access backcountry terrain.

All of the ski ability and equipment requirements are as above but you will also need to have ski touring boots, bindings & skins. You will also need to be a bit fitter as these days can involve up to around 4 hours of climbing at a steady pace (300m / hr) on skins. Depending on conditions there are a fantastic range of options including using the lifts of various resorts to get a head start on the ascent!

You do not need to be an experienced ski tourer to join these days although some experience will be useful. They would however work as an introduction to touring if you were a good off piste skier with a good level of fitness and keen to try touring for the first time. Objectives will not be serious and exposed but may involve some kick turns. Thus a good opportunity to practice!

Favourite tours completed on these kind of days include routes like Croisse Baulet in the Aravis, Ski Touring in the Contamines Valley, Col de Tour Noir above the Argentiere Glacier or ski touring in the beautiful Val Feret on the Italian side of Mont Blanc.

2017 Dates & Prices

  • Thursday 19th January, 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 1)
  • Wednesday 15th February, 0 / 4 Places Available (People Enquiring: 2) Course Full
  • Wednesday 15th March, 6 / 6 Places Available (People Enquiring: 0)
  • Friday 31st March, 3 / 4 Places Available (People Enquiring: 2) 1:4 ratio - £170 - This day is running and will be a slightly more advanced tour at the 1:4 ratio and can thus be mobile via the guides car as a day trip from Chamonix.

Winter 2017 Price

  • £165 per person per day
  • This is a guiding fee only & does not include any equipment hire, lift pass, food & drink, insurance or any other expenses
  • Maximum guiding ratio of 4 or 6 guests to 1 Guide, as per the description for each date above

Booking

To make a booking on one of our Chamonix Ski Guided or Touring Days please fill in a booking form (one per person) via our bookings page and we will mail you an invoice for the course balance to pay & confirm your place. For any further information please contact us, or call for more details:

Tel: +441158882994

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