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Category: Steep skiing
Duration: 2 days
Price from: 1 370 €


Thanks to the collective experience of its ski mountaineering team, which comprises the talented riders Vivian Bruchez, Doud’s Charlet and Alex Pittin, the Chamonix Compagnie des Guides offers you a range of courses to take you from your first ski mountaineering turns right up to the legendary slopes of the Mont Blanc range. Progressing from course to course gives you the opportunity to acquire the essential skills for safely tackling the lines of your dreams.
The ‘ski mountaineering self-sufficiency 2’ course takes place in the legendary Argentière basin. This forms the concluding level in our training programme. To this end, it is aimed at skiers who have already completed the ‘ski mountaineering self-sufficiency 1’ course. It includes two nights in a mountain hut to allow us to make the most of the conditions.
During the 2 days you will be alone with your guide to ensure your coaching meets your personal needs.

Aims of the ‘ski mountaineering self-sufficiency 2’ course - self-sufficiency in big routes:

  • Mastery of techniques specific to ski mountaineering: jump turns, crossing rocky and icy terrain.
  • Mastery of mountaineering techniques: crampon use, use of ice axe during descents with your skis on.
  • Mastery of belay techniques: ropework, protection equipment.

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Ski mountaineering requires the ability to constantly adapt to the conditions. The route chosen will be a guide only, as your group leader may have to change it on the day. In any case, the actual line taken will meet the group’s aims, and the third night is spent in a mountain hut.

Day 1: Starting from les Grands Montets (3300m/ 10826ft) to reach Argentière cirque (2500m/8202ft). Col des Cristaux (3601m/ 11814ft) go & back. Night to Argentière hut (2771m/ 9091ft).

Day 2: Go up to Aiguille Argentière (3900m/ 12795ft) through the normal route of Glacier du milieu. Descent through the East face of the Barbet corridor. Come back to Col du Chardonnet (3323m/ 10902ft) and ski donw to the valley.


This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.


DATES 2019
March 30th & 31st - April 13th & 14th - April 20th & 21st.

TARIF 2019: 1370€ per person based on 1 participant.

Included in the package:
- One IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service
- OIne half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
Not included:
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Transportation during the trip,
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Swiss Francs),
- Cost of getting to meeting point and cost of getting back to Chamonix.
- Personal technical equipment.

Further information

Meet at 7.30am in front of the ski lift of les Grands-Montets (Argentière).

An appropriate choice of destination is essential for you to properly enjoy your holiday. To get the most out of your trip we recommend you take regular exercise throughout the year and, where necessary, undertake specific training a few months before you leave. Try to avoid last minute training that can lead to injury. It is important you do not overestimate your abilities and you understand that the weight of your backpack, the altitude and the snow conditions can negatively impact on your normal skiing ability.

For experienced ski tourer with a solid technique in all snow conditions. Several technical sections and exposed passages. Slope up to 45° and more (technical difficulty 5.1/5.2). Vertical ascent of up to 1500m (4921ft) per day. Seven to eight hours of exercise per day. Backpack includes mountaineering equipment (crampons and ice axe). Carrying skis.

1 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.

One half-board in hut (night, dinner & breakfast).


Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.


One week before the trip, the mountain guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.


We recommend you to pay particular attention to the choice of your equipment. It contributes greatly to the success of your stay. Weight is decisive: you always have to evaluate the ratio weight/comfort, to find the best compromise. In a general way, it is better to pile up several light coats rather than wear one big clothing.
 - Comfortable frameless rucksack of 35l on which you could fix your skis & ice-axe,
- Ski touring skis & shoes,
- Adhesive climbing skins & ski knifes adapted to your skis,
- A pair of poles with large discs,
- A security pack including harness, DVA, shovel & probe - this pack will be lend by your guide.
- A pair of crampons & an ice-axe.
- An helmet.

Specific Equipment
- 2 ice-pins & 2 climbing quickdraws,
- 1 snap screws,
- Some climbing cams,
- 1 « Abalakof »,
- 1 lazerman (screwdriver),
- Glacier security pack: 2 straps of 120cm, 1 micro traction, 1 ti- bloc)

- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated parka with hood (Gore-tex or equivalent),
- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated pants,
- Thick polar-pile fleece jacket or equivalent,
- A light down jacket,
- 1 long-sleeve shirt,
- Medium weight thermal underwear (top + bottoms, silk or polypro, double as pyjamas),
- Warm ski socks,
- Warm ski hat and light sun hat with brim,
- Warm ski gloves or mittens,
- A pair of adjusted gloves (in leather or fleece),
- Neck protection,
- Spare thermal underwear (for sleeping and change).
- High-altitude sunglasses (grade 4 is recommended),
- A goggle,
- 1.5 quart water bottle,
- An isotherm bottle,
- A mini toilet bag including: sun block for face and lips, aspirin, elastoplast, 2nd skin kit, earplug, toilet paper,
- A headlamp with spare batteries,
- A cotton or silk sleeping sheet: compulsory in every hut. - Hut provide blankets, slippers or clogs
- A plastic bag contains your ID card & Euros for extras.
You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports & Ravanel & Co.

A 10€ discount voucher coming from the shop Au Vieux Campeur will be given to the first 500 clients from the ‘Cie des Guides’ (voucher to be collected at our office). Closest shop ‘Au Vieux Campeur’ : Sallanches.

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