Chamonix Off-Piste Course

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“Go where you feel most alive!”

“Go where you feel most alive!”

Guided Skiing

Chamonix Off-Piste Course

Experience a Chamonix off-piste course, we’ll guide you to the best off-piste runs for the snow conditions. Our Chamonix ski guides will manage the avalanche risk and guide you safely through the famous Chamonix off-piste ski descents. Chamonix has a deserved reputation for long off-piste ski runs in wild settings. The great thing with skiing in Chamonix is that you have a variety of orientations and altitudes at the five different lift served areas of Brevent, Flegere, Grands Montets, Le Tour and Les Houches. It’s easy to hop over to Megeve, Les Contamines, Courmayeur or Verbier if the off-piste conditions look good.

Discover the long adventure runs on the glaciers of Les Grands Montets and the Aiguille du Midi with the famous Vallée Blanche going all the way down to Chamonix from the Aiguille du Midi. Check, Skiing the Vallée Blanche to organise a descent of the Vallée Blanche or combine it with your Chamonix off-piste course.

Having skied Chamonix off piste for many years, we know the right spot on the right day to get the most out of your off-piste skiing holiday.

We provide avalanche safety gear for off-piste skiing and ski touring if you need it. We also supply ropes and harnesses for glacier off-piste skiing, like the Vallée Blanche run.

Sample Itinerary

Arrive in Chamonix, settle into your accommodation, meet your mountain guide, check your gear and plan the next day’s off-piste skiing. Sleep in Chamonix.

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.

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  • 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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