CHAMONIX FREERIDE TOURING

France

“Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads.” 

“Skiing is a dance and the mountain always leads.” 

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09 – 16 Jan 2021

Trip details

Chamonix Freeride Touring

Ski the great runs in Chamonix, off the lifts if it’s a powder day or ski touring if the good snow is a bit further away. This adventure is about finding the best snow for the conditions and enjoying the spectacular terrain Chamonix has to offer. We always teach some ski touring skills and avalanche safety as we go so that everyone can understand and participate in the route choices and decisions.

Each day we leave from the chalet to the area that offers the best experience for the conditions. We may ski the runs off the Aiguille du Midi and do ski touring on the glacier. Ski touring in the Aiguille Rouges and from Grands Montets offers great terrain. Often we include a day trip to Italy to ski the fun off-piste terrain or ski touring options in Courmayeur.

In the evenings you get to relax in our comfortable chalet in Chamonix and enjoy the good food they prepare. Chamonix centre is a ten minute walk from the chalet so going out to the vibrant town centre is easy.

What you can expect:

  • Great skiing in spectacular scenery.
  • Comfortable accommodation and good food.
  • Meet new people with similar passions.
  • Enjoy the nature, challenge and fun of these mountains.
  • Careful risk management from the guides.
  • Learn or improve partner rescue skills and avalanche awareness.
  • Improve or perfect touring and ski mountaineering techniques, such as planning, risk assessment, route choice, change-overs, technique.

The trip is always adapted to the group’s capabilities, the week starts fairly easily and builds in intensity.

Sample Itinerary

Arrive at Chalet Les Pelerins and get a briefing from your guide. Sleep at the chalet in Chamonix

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The living room in the Chamonix Valley accommodation.

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The chalet Les Pelerins, the Chamonix Valley accommodation.

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The rooms in the chalet in Chamonix.

Practical Details

  • Price

    € 2590 per person (Minimum 3 participants to run the trip)

    Pricing details

  • How many people in a group

    5 Clients per guide maximum

  • Fitness and technical level required

    Intermediate – Advanced

    You should have a lot of off-piste skiing experience, able to ski solidly in most snow conditions. Ski touring experience is not necessary but preferable. Good skiing fitness and some up-hill fitness is needed.

    Fitness level: F2 to F4

    Ski level: S3 to S4

    The activities will be adapted to the group level.

  • When

    December to end April

    Sunday to Friday

    6 Days Guiding

  • Included

    Guiding

    In- Valley Transport

    Accommodation 7 nights

    Breakfast and dinner

    Lift pass

    Avalanche safety equipment: transceiver, shovel, probe.

  • Not Included

    Transportation to Alps

    Lunches & drinks

    Personal ski equipment: skis, boots, skins, backpack etc. Ski Hire can be arranged.

  • Nearest airport

    Geneva

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FAQ

We will mail you an equipment list on booking. Ask us if you have any specific questions.

Are these activities risky?

Studies done by the Swiss on annual risk of death in mountain sports compared to annual risk of death in road transport in Switzerland came up with the following conclusions:

  • High Mountain Sports ≈ 2 × the risk of death in road transport
  • Rock Climbing ≈ risk of death in road transport
  • Ski Touring ≈ risk of death in road transport
  • Mountain Hiking ≈ 5 × less risk of death compared to road transport

(Extract from ‘Sports de montagne d’hiver’ © 2005 Edition du CAS) 

A professionally qualified Mountain Guide will try to keep the risks down to what our guides associations consider to be socially acceptable risk levels. We carefully consider the conditions, terrain, group capabilities and aptitudes. We work to reduce the consequences of an accident (e.g. Avalanche transceivers) and build redundancy into our systems (e.g. 2 points on a rock climbing belay)

However, this does not eliminate the risk! Like driving your car, there are residual risks even if your car is serviced, you drive within the laws and take due care, you can still have a mortal accident.

The mountains are not a controlled environment, there are objective dangers. i.e. Seracs, Avalanches, Rock Fall and more.

Responsibility

Anyone considering participation in these activities must understand that these are adventure sports with real risks.  You must take responsibility for your own participation.

Generally it is possible to still have a good day in the mountains when the weather is bad or conditions aren’t optimal.

Skiing in average snow conditions is part of high mountain skiing and often we learn a lot in average snow conditions. We don’t cancel or refund due to snow conditions.

Climbing and Mountaineering courses will always run regardless of the weather or conditions. We will do our best to find appropriate routes for the conditions. We can train skills, do a hut approach, or occasionally indoor climbing if the weather is very bad.

We can’t offer a refund due to injured participants. We recommend a good travel insurance that covers such eventualities.

If you felt a guide went out of their way and gave you a great experience, a tip is much appreciated. Guides don’t expect tips and understand that it’s easier for some guests to offer a tip than for others.

It’s good to keep track of where you are on the mountain. Ask the guide questions so as to take an active role in the team and understand where you’re going.

In case of an accident of any kind always think about keeping yourself safe first and then take your time to consider secondary action.

Call: 112 in Europe

Tell the rescuers where you are, what happened, how many victims there are, what the weather is like there. They will generally guide the questioning. Keep calm and speak in short clear sentences.

Often the guide will carry a radio for rescue.

If you have a victim remember: Airway, Breathing, Recovery Position

Then very important: the COLD will put an injured person into a hypothermic state very quickly. Protect them from the elements.

Private Mountain Guiding

Make your own adventure in the Alps

  • As many days as you like

    Let us know how many days you have and what you’d like to do in the mountains and we’ll build a program together.

  • As hard or as easy as you like

    We can arrange everything from short hikes to climbing some of the toughest routes in Europe to skiing the best descents.

  • From €400 per day + expenses

    Price depends on activity, route and number of participants. Contact us to customise your trip.

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