Chamonix Off Piste Guided Day – Jan 2019
January 17, 2019
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 trying to find the best snow possible for some great skiing, enjoyable backcountry journeys and meeting other like minded skiers in the Chamonix Valley. There will also be some ‘on-the-go’ training regarding avalanche awareness and route planning.
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’.
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.
The maximum guide to skier guest ratio on this day is 1:6.