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Chamonix Guided Ski Touring Day – April 2019
This guided ski touring day picks up from our intro ski touring courses and offers a technical and physical progression to enjoy a classic days ski touring from a Base Camp in Chamonix. With an early start and a maximum group size of 4 guests, a venue can be chosen with a flexible approach to finding the best spring snow conditions on the day and making an enjoyable ski journey accordingly.
The aim will be to complete a fine ski tour and have a sociable day in the mountains.
The chosen venue for the day could be in the Chamonix Valley, nearby Italian Val d’Aosta, Aravis or Les Contamines depending on the snow, weather and avalanche forecast and we only make the final decision the day before. This is high season for glacier touring and we often try and use the high mountain lifts of the Mont Blanc Massif to do a high glacier tour if the weather allows.
For more info and inspiration on possible venues check out our Chamonix Ski Touring Gallery.
To join the team please make sure you have the following ski ability and fitness level:
- Solid off piste skiing ability & experience. Able to ski a variety of snow conditions on off piste slopes up to the equivalent of a black run. This need not be with style or speed but should be in control with the ability to ski short radius turns and steer very accurately, eg around crevasses or other hazards.
- Some ski touring experience. You should understand how your touring bindings work, be able to put your skins on and skin effectively including kick turns. At least a couple of previous days ski touring experience is required.
- A good level of fitness is required in order to complete a sustained day of training and skiing. The aim is not to do a big / long tour but you should be able to ski up hill for 3-4 hours doing around 300m+ an hour as a minimum.