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Chamonix Ski Touring Week

Enjoy the ultimate holiday as you return each night from skiing to the comfort of your Chamonix hotel where you can enjoy the local entertainment, vibrant restaurants and bars of this exciting alpine wonderland that is the undeniable centre of the European alpine world.

An amazing network of lifts provides quick access to an unimaginable array of terrain on downhill skis, and for those with ski touring equipment, the availability of terrain is even greater.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 2 or 5 days
Elevation 3,552M / 11,653FT
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Exploring the Aosta Valley, La Thuile - Paolo Pieroni

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Traversing the Vallée Blanche - Suze Kelly

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Skiing through the ice fall, Vallée Blanche - Stefan Sporli

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Ski touring the Alps wide open spaces - Guy Cotter

From January to April
Departs from Chamonix, France
RATIOS 2 DAYS 5 DAYS
1:1 €1,590 EUR €3,300 EUR
1:2 €1,040 EUR €1,990 EUR
1:4 €800 EUR €1,570 EUR
  • Overview

    • World-famous as one of the premier skiing destinations around the globe
    • From steep couloirs to scenic glacier descents, there is something for everybody
    • Shorter Weekend option available


    The best skiing around Chamonix is found off-piste across the huge area of terrain in the region. Our guides are tuned into where you can find primo snow by utilising a combination of lift access and short tours each day throughout your week. There are numerous glaciers to explore and often, it is not far to find the untracked snow that makes touring so satisfying!

    Classic ski runs such as the Vallée Blanche and the Grande Montets can be combined with ski tours around the Brévent, Les Trois Cols or the Crochues Bérard, to make up a multi-day program.

    Our resident guides have a comprehensive knowledge of the region and know where to find the best skiing in some of the most spectacular terrain.

    You can use this week as a way to develop your ski-touring skills with the help of your guide or you may already be a seasoned ski mountaineer who has a specific penchant for certain terrain. You decide with your guide on a programme that suits you, that can include as little or as much skiing as you want on the type of terrain that you prefer. This really is the ultimate holiday!

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to expedition and ascent climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our skiers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialised IFMGA Ski Guides, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry.

    Many of our expedition members and climbers come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions and guided ski tours safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Ski tour guide
    • Lift passes as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Hut or hotel accommodation as per the scheduled itinerary
    • Local ground transport as per the scheduled itinerary


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Any costs that are additional to the programme that come about due to changes to the programme caused by weather or organisational changes (any changes will generally be due to factors outside our control such as weather, lift failure, etc. and actioned only after you have been consulted by your guide)
    • Personal ski/mountaineering clothing and equipment as per lists supplied
    • Evening meals during hotel nights in town
    • Lunches
    • Extra additional meals or snacks/drinks purchased from huts/hotels
    • Insurance
    • Transport to and from trip departure location (although we can arrange it for you)
    • Gratuity

    Account Information

    Following is the EURO bank information for Adventure Consultants Ltd., 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand, Ph +64 3 443 8711. All deposits and final payments for European trips should be sent by telegraphic transfer to this account unless advised otherwise.

    Bank Name and Address:
    Bank of New Zealand - Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand

    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22
    Beneficiary’s Account Number: 1000-594771-0002
    Beneficiary’s Account Name: Adventure Consultants Limited
    Beneficiary’s Address: 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
    Account Type: Euro Dollars

    Please request that all charges are for the remitter’s account.

    Please contact us if you have any problems sending moneys to this account.

    We can accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card – Visa, Mastercard, Amex.

    Deposit

    In order to confirm a guide and your trip, we require a completed Booking Form and a non-refundable deposit of EUR500.

    Balance Payment

    The balance of payment is due 60 days prior to the start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. You may then cancel your participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • Inside 60 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • Inside 30 days of the departure date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee.
    • Inside 15 days of the departure date forfeits 100% of the full fee.


    We recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Chamonix Ski Tour WeekThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Chamonix Ski Touring Week.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Chamonix Ski Touring Week Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The number of guides is determined by the size of the group, the ratio of guides to climbers is 1:2 or 1:4 depending on the skill level of the group.

    Our Guides

    You will find the Adventure Consultants Mountain & Ski Guides companionable and strong guides with considerable power and willingness to see you enjoy your journey through the Alps on skis.

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to their trips. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition and trip to offer our ski tourers the best possible experience.

    We employ strong and specialised leaders/mountain guides, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams with the best back-up and support available.

    Many of our climbers, ski tourers and trekkers come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make our expeditions and trips safe, enjoyable and successful.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison for European and Himalayan Operations. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.


     

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication. Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.

    Level of Experience Required

    To ski tour in the European Alps, you will need to be able to link parallel turns in all types of off-piste snow conditions, be physically fit and have a minimum of 5 days ski touring experience.

    Even skiing and climbing at the moderate altitudes in Europe has a definite physical effect on people. Most climbers and skiers notice a lower performance rate than normal. Ski touring days are physically demanding and can entail a 1,000m/3,300ft ascent at altitude.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    To make the most of your skiing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness and skiing/snowboarding prior to the trip. Your guide places special focus on fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your trip.

    History

    The European Alps are full of climbing and skiing history. They are the birthplace of mountaineering and the rich heritage adds to the superb facilities (catered huts and lift systems), which provide for mountaineers and ski-tourers that is not seen elsewhere.

    Food

    Adventure Consultants will provide nutritious snacks and packed lunches whilst touring. Should the group decide to take a restaurant lunch that is not in the program that will be at your own expense. It is a good idea to bring a small selection of your favourite snack food and hydration drinks with you to ensure you are fuelled by your preferred brands. Actual amounts depend on your consumption but 2 per day in addition to the lunches we provide would seem reasonable.

    You will be required to pay for your evening meals. Any additional food, beverages or meals you purchase that are not mentioned in the inclusions will be at your own expense.

    If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. If your dietary requirements are especially strict you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided on a twin share basis in hotels for 6 nights. The hotels we utilise are clean and comfortable. If you want single accommodation or a higher standard of accommodation, we may be able to arrange this for you. Please enquire about options and costs at time of enquiry.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Chamonix skiers will be sent a list detailing all necessary individual clothing and equipment to be provided.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    0 Arrive into Chamonix and overnight at hotel.
    1 L’Aiguillette des Houches (2,285m/7,497ft) – From the village of Coupeau, it is a gentle ascent through the forests that takes us up past Chalet de Chailloux. Now, we are well above the tree line and the open slopes take us up to one of the best view points of the entire Chamonix valley.
    2 Col d’Argentière (3,552m/11,654ft) – At the top, we are rewarded with amazing scenery of the Argentière basin with views of the summits of the Aiguille Verte, Les Droites, Mont Dolent and the Aiguille de Chardonnet.
    3 Crochue Bérard – Starting from the La Flegérè, we take a cable car and chairlift to l’Index. Our first climb up to the Col des Crochues (2,704m/8,872ft) is started on skins, before a final boot pack with skis on rucksacks up to the Col. A long traverse descending into the Aiguille Rouges Nature Reserve takes us to our second 200m gentle climb on skins to the Col de Bérard (2,469m/8,100ft). All of our efforts are now rewarded with a stunning ski down the Combe de Bérard to the village of Le Buet. From here, we take the train back to Chamonix.
    4 Col des Autannes (2,777m//9,110ft) – From the Le Tour ski area, we have a climb of 650m/2,130ft up to the col before a brilliant descent on north facing slopes that often hold very good powder snow. This takes us down to the village of Trient in Switzerland. A bus and then train take us back to Chamonix.
    5 Vallée Blanche and Col d’Entrèves – Any ski trip to Chamonix wouldn’t be complete without a descent of the Vallée Blanche. From the Aiguille du Midi, we ski down the classic Vallée Blanche to Pointe Adolphe Rey before putting our skins on and climbing for 2 hours up to the Col d’Entrèves on the Italian border. Now it is time for our final run down the majestic Vallée Blanche, before heading back to Chamonix for a celebratory cold beer.
    6 Depart for home.

    The Weekend Ski Tour option will take in two days of guided ski touring in the Chamonix area. The options are endless and a selection of our favourite ski touring areas is listed in our Daily Options tab. Your guide will suggest an itinerary based on your experience, goals and current snow conditions in the area. As an example a weekend itinerary could look like this:

    Day  
    0 Arrive into Chamonix and overnight at hotel.
    1 L’Aiguillette des Houches (2,285m/7,496ft) – From the village of Coupeau, it is a gentle ascent through the forests that takes us up past Chalet de Chailloux. Now we are well above the tree line and the open slopes take us up to one of the best viewpoints of the entire Chamonix valley.
    2 Vallée Blanche and Col d’Entrèves – Any ski trip to Chamonix wouldn’t be complete without a descent of the Vallée Blanche. From the Aiguille du Midi, we ski down the classic Vallée Blanche to Pointe Adolphe Rey before putting our skins on and climbing for 2 hours up to the Col d’Entrèves on the Italian border. Now it is time for our final run down the majestic Vallée Blanche, before heading back to Chamonix for a celebratory meal and depart for home.

    Brévent-Flégère

    The Brévent-Flégère pistes face south. The steep couloirs for which the Brévent is known as an ideal introduction to steep skiing. The couloirs range from the serious ENSA couloir which has a very steep and often corniced entry to the delightful Col de la Glière, which is reached by a short hike (use skins or carry the skis) and takes you away from the crowds for awhile.

    Flégère Lift System

    The Flégère lift system has a wealth of fine ski tours which will take most of the day to complete; some are classic introductions to ski touring such as the Crochue-Bérard traverse (one hour to the top of the 40° Crochue couloir, a scenic west-facing traverse, a 30 minute skin to the Col de Bérard and then the reward - north facing powder and a picturesque valley). Others are more serious, such as the superb Glacier du Mort, the climb to the top of which usually entails the use of a rope and ice axe.

    Tour-Vallorcine Lift System

    Moving further up the valley, the Tour-Vallorcine lift system has both North and South facing pistes, and the off-piste skiing here can be some of the best in the valley. There are the Vormaine gullies, mildly steep south-facing skiing, the north and south sides of the Posettes which are both thoroughly excellent outings with a 900m of descent. There is the playground area of Les Jeurs, which will pay dividends if you bring skins; a 20-minute skin back to lift gives access to terrain ordinary skiers cannot reach or at least, cannot get back from! Finally, there are the descents to the Swiss village of Trient, the fabulous and easy Nant Noir, a long scenic valley and the steep couloirs (40°, 50° and 35° depending on the route) on the north east side of the Pointe du Van. Serious stuff, but you have the pleasure of skiing into one of more popular ice climbing valleys in the region.

    North facing Grands Montets for many people IS Chamonix. Huge wide pistes, skiing from 3,200m down to 1,200m, endless off-piste variations returning to the lift system. Because of the altitude and aspect, the snow remains in condition here until late spring. There is good glacier skiing on the east of the Argentière Glacier, steeper skiing on the north side and to the west side of the top station are the brilliant Pas de Chèvre variations, which lead down to the Montenvers Cog Railway; some of the great classics of off-piste. The one downside of Grands Montets is that because it is so good there, it attracts a lot of good skiers and the competition for fresh powder is fierce.

    Grands Montets is also the starting point for the Chamonix - Zermatt Haute Route as well as some classic short ski tours such as Col du Passon and the Three Cols, both of which finish down the Tour Glacier.

    Aiguille du Midi

    If you do nothing else in Chamonix, you really should ski from here at least once. There are no pistes here and from 3,800m, you are in mountain terrain. There is an embarrassing wealth of off-piste descents from the two lift stations. The absolute classic is the Vallée Blanche. When the snow reaches down to Chamonix, the descent is 2,800m over 22km. The variations on the classic route follow steeper slopes and alternative aspects exploiting the northern aspects for powder and southern slopes for spring snow. The Col de Plan, Envers, Vrai, Rognon and Noir variations all hold their special attractions; powder filled corners where you may find yourself alone surrounded by ice and snow-capped granite spires.

    The Midi also is home to some of the very wild sides of skiing, but that is another story and you will find out about it when you are here. The mid-station on the Midi lift system, le Plan de l'Aiguille is the starting point for two or three great winter outings, and these need snow down to Chamonix. The Combe des Glaciers has a marvellous shallow couloir that is long and perfectly angled leading to a hidden entry to the forest above Chamonix.

    Helbronner Lift System

    On the other side of Mont Blanc (just 20 minutes from Chamonix) is the Helbronner lift system, which serves the Vallée Blanche as well as the south-facing slopes leading to the Italian side. Like the Midi, there are only off-piste runs from here. A great day can be had by skiing the Toula Glacier in the morning and finishing down the Vallée Blanche to Chamonix. And of course, skiing off the Mont Blanc Massif, there are a lot of exciting-going-on-wild steep couloirs and the classic on this side is probably the Marbrée, which has a steep entry (45° to 50°) followed by 200m of fine open slopes at 40°, then cruising, if you are lucky with the conditions, back at the lift some 2,000m lower. All of this set in the hugely atmospheric cirque under the Dent du Géant.

    Courmayeur

    Ten minutes further down the Aosta Valley are the lifts of Courmayeur, which have a network of pistes with off-piste variants, plus some quite long and scenic excursions into adjacent valleys. The latter are often used as the back half of a heli-skiing day.

    Les Contamines

    About 45 minutes from Chamonix and on the west side of Mont Blanc is the Les Contamines lift system. Here, like Courmayeur, are great opportunities for easier off-piste runs, a place to experiment and learn on the big powder days. The South West Face of the Aiguille Croche is a classic example; 800m of open slopes with a short section of 35°. In spring this is perfect for the old lags and beginners alike.

    Les Contamines also has quite a few classic one-day ski tours. As with all the descents around Mont Blanc, there is a certain amount of overlap between skiing off the piste and full on ski touring. A lot of the off-piste require a short walk, booting it up to a better col or hill, sometimes it is worth attaching skins for half an hour to climb up. For this you will be using ski touring bindings on your skis.

    At the other end of the spectrum are the multi-day tours and ski mountaineering. Different but related activities, all of which can be experienced at the highest level in the Mont Blanc Massif.

  • Add Ons

    Chamonix is located in the heart of the Alps and is central to some of the best ski touring that Europe has to offer. There is a huge variety of properties on offer in Chamonix and after many years of operating in the Alps we have uncovered some of the area's finest. At Adventure Consultants we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing accommodation providers to remain aligned with our high standards.

    Contact us if you would like to upgrade your hotel before or after your European Alps trip, as there are several superb properties in the area. We profile our favourite selection below:

    HOTEL MONT BLANC

    Why we recommend this property

    Originally built in 1849, this fine establishment is located in the heart of Chamonix. Surrounded by private gardens, the hotel was recently renovated to be reminiscent of an elegant 19th-century palace. Each room offers a stunning panorama of the surrounding mountains and has been interior-designed by renowned French designer Sybille de Margerie, inspired by nature and the environment. The 14-metre outdoor heated swimming pool can be used year round and offers spectacular views of nearby Mont Blanc. The hotel's in-house restaurant, 'La Mafatan', produces cuisine that will take you on a culinary journey.

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    HOTEL LE MORGANE

    Why we recommend this property

    This luxury boutique hotel is located right in the centre of Chamonix and offers guests top-quality service. Chef Daniele Raimondi produces some of Chamonix's finest cuisine at 'Le Bistrot' restaurant. Le Morgane offers a variety of rooms from singles to deluxe and suites, each featuring balconies with views of Mont Blanc or Le Brévent. Hotel facilities include a small lounge, library, relaxation pool and spa, a ski storage room and free WiFi. Rental of bicycles and electric bikes, as well as a valet car service is available.

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    euro ice jon bracey 2Looking to make the most of the winter break in the Alps? Have a go at ice climbing on our Cogne Ice Climbing Weekend, or push it out to a full week of adrenaline and exploration on our Chamonix-Cogne Ice Climbing Week, taking in some of Europe's best and most classic ice climbing routes. Suitable for both beginner's and more experienced climbers, contact us to learn more.

    Your family or friends may wish to join you on your holiday but may not like the idea of ski touring or climbing a mountain. Let us know if this is the situation and we will be able to put together an itinerary that keeps them busy while you are up high. There are so many wonderful things to do, so contact us and we will help to organise the perfect programme.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

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