Thanks to the collective experience of its steep skiing team, which comprises the talented riders Vivian Bruchez, Doud’s Charlet and Alex Pittin... the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix offers you two courses: steep skiing basics & steep skiing perfect turn to take you from your first turns on steep slope right up to the legendary slopes of the Mont Blanc Massif. Progressing from course to course gives you the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and techniques with a maximum of safety.
The steep skiing perfect turn is the logical continuation to the steep skiing basics course. Its main aim is to give you the opportunity to ski your first steep ski lines in Chamonix. Personalised tips and advice from your guide together with great flexibility are your guarantee of a high quality trip.
Aims of the steep skiing perfect turn course:
- Avalanche safety: advanced evaluation of snow conditions
- Mastery of turn on steep slope techniques
- Use of an ice axe during descents with your skis on.
- Use of self-belaying techniques : rope, ice screws.
The steep skiing perfect turn course in only available in private booking
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.
Depart from Aiguille du Midi (3 700m) towards the Col d’Entrèves (3 527m). In the upper section of the Vallée Blanche, your guide will introduce you to safety techniques on glacier. Descent through the South face of the Glacier de Toule. Skyway ski lift then back to Chamonix through the Vallée Noire.
Depart from Lognan towards the Glacier d’Argentière. Your goal: a secret couloir near to the refuge d’Argentière. The way up with your crampons will take you to the mountain ski universe.
Itinerary in the Argentière area, according to conditions and group level.
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.
A private booking is the historical relationship that binds a guide to his/her client. It allows you to be alone, or in a constituted group, with your guide that meets your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula to realize your projects because it guarantees you a maximum of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (depending on the availability of the huts) and the itinerary can be adjusted, according to your specific expectations.
2 people: 1065€ per person
3 people: 785€ per person
4 people: 650€ per person
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
Not included in the package :
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Nights in the valley
- 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.
In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).
Meeting point : arranged wih your guide
Ability level : 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.
Technical level : For experienced ski tourer with a solid technique in all snow conditions. Several technical sections. Slope up to 45° (technical difficulty 4.2/4.3). Vertical ascent of up to 1 200m per day.
Phycical level : Six to seven hours of exercise per day. Backpack includes mountaineering equipment (crampons and ice axe). Carrying skis.
Guiding policy : 1 - 4 people per guide. 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.
Accommodation : one half-board in hut
Documentation : Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Preparing for the trip : 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, rentable
- Adhesive climbing skins & ski knifes adapted to your skis, rentable
- A pair of poles with large discs, rentable
- A pair of crampons & an ice-axe. rentable
- A helmet. rentable
- A security pack including harness, DVA, shovel & probe - this pack will be lend by your guide.
- 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), rentable
- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated pants, rentable
- 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.
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