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…
2019 Vallee Blanche Open Days
2019 Chamonix Guided Off Piste Ski Days
2019 Ski Haute Route Training 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.
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 form at the base of the 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 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.
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.
John, Jean & Tom, Chamonix Off Piste Private Guiding, Winter 2015, 16, 17 & 18!
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!
2018 Dates & Prices – 2018 Dates Now All Full – Please Enquire for 2019 Dates
Winter 2018 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. 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.
2019 Ski Touring Days Dates & Prices
£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 guests to 1 Guide,