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Aiguille du Midi summit - 3842m. A panoramic view on: Mont-Blanc, Grandes Jorasses, Drus and Aiguille Verte… An outstanding landscape boasting glaciers and rocky peaks. The descent from the Aiguille du Midi - equipped with fixed ropes in the winter season - gives access to the Vallée Blanche ski descent: 23 kilometres and 2000m of elevation gain in an exceptional glacial universe. Along slopes and bowls, you will ski across seracs and crevasses. Then, you can have an optional lunch break at Refuge du Requin, in front of the impressive serac fall of the Glacier du Géant. In order to reach Montenvers station from the Mer de Glace, you will need to walk 20-30 minutes with the skis on your back to Montenvers station (540 steps plus ski lift) to catch a train to Chamonix. Otherwise - if snow conditions are good - you can reach the Buvette des Mottets (1650m - 200m of elevation gain) to finish the descent skiing all the way to Chamonix.

The Vallee Blanche is undoubtedly, the most famous ski itinerary in the French Alps. Enjoy with our Mountain Guides a proper alpine adventure!
 

GROUP BOOKING

The group session joins together people who do not necessarily know each other. It is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group at an attractive price.
No snowboarders in group booking, only in private booking

Dates (group booking) : See online booking

Guiding policy (group booking) : Group from 3 to 6 people
15 years old minimum accompanied by a parent
The number of participants per guide may vary depending on the glacier

Meeting point (group booking) : 8.45am at the bottom of the Aiguille du Midi (Info Point)

Route (group booking) : Vallee Blanche classic

Prices 2023 (group booking) :
- 145€ per person without lift pass
If you choose to buy your lift pass yourself, you will need to go to the Aiguille du Midi lift at least half an hour before the appointment time with your guide. (There is often queuing at the ticket office)

- 76€ per person the lift pass
MBU including Aiguille du Midi and Montenvers cog train. No refund if you do not take the Montenvers train.

This price includes :
- the guiding fees
- the safety equipement  (harness and avalanche transceiver)
- the lift depending on the package

- reservation of the Aiguille du Midi cable car

This price does not include :
- your personal gear (ski poles, skis, boots...)
- the lift depending on the package
- the lunch

PRIVATE BOOKING

A private booking is the historic relationship between a guide and their clients. It allows you to be alone or in a group of friends with your guide where the guide organizes your outing to suit your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula to ski the route of your choise.

You can book online your private guide for the Vallee Blanche. Don’t hesitate to ask for every details to be sure that this activity meets your expectations. Your booking and payment commit you to do this activity on the booking date. You will be fully refunded in case the weather does not guarantee the safety of the activity.

For the snowboarders : Due to the natural configuration of the glaciers, the classic route of the Vallée Blanche is not very steep and therefore is not recommended for snowboarders. Several steeper variants (Petit et Moyen Envers du Plan for example) are better adapted for snowboarders. The level required for these variants is equivalent to that of a black slope in off-slope conditions (changing and deep snow). Telescopic poles are mandatory to help your descent on the final part of the glacier.

Dates (private booking) : See online booking
No online booking in early season - Contact us

Route (private booking) : On request depending on the conditions.

Meeting point (private booking) : Your guide will call you the evening before your trip around 6.30pm to organize the meeting time and place

Guiding policy (private booking) : Group from 1 to 6 people
12 years old minimum accompanied by a parent. The number of participants per guide may vary depending on the glacier

Prices 2023 (private booking) :
Group from 1 to 2 people : 380€
Group from 3 to 4 people : 400€
Group from 5 to 6 people : 420€

You can buy your ski passes (MBU) from the Compagnie des Guides

The price includes :
- the guiding fees
- the safety equipement  (harness and transceiver)
- reservation of the Aiguille du Midi cable car

The price does not include :
- your personal gear (ski poles, skis, boots...)
- the lifts
- the Lunch

Further information

Find in this section, all the information about this activity. For any further information please contact our advisors (contact details above).

The Vallée Blanche is an off-piste and not groomed route, taking place on glaciers at high altitude. Supervision by a qualified Mountain Guide is the safest way to take full advantage of the activity. The Vallée Blanche is skiable from mid-December to early Mai. Weekends of March and April are usually the busiest. 

Duration : Aiguille du Midi lift in Chamonix - Back to the Valley : from 4 to 6 hours.

Ability level : The descent of the Vallée Blanche is for skiers who can control their speed and know how to skid and make turns determined by the route. The technical difficulties are comparable to those of a black run. In case of fresh snow, the descent of the Vallée Blanche is similar to off-piste skiing in powder snow. It therefore requires adequate experience.
Season after season, global warming profoundly alters the morphology of glaciers. The Vallée Blanche is no exception; if you've skied this route before, you're likely to be very surprised. The crevasses are more present than before and wide slopes have given way to cramped passages. The level required to ski the Vallée Blanche has therefore significantly increased overall in recent years.

Formality : Make sure you have valid repatriation insurance for this activity

Equipment

We recommend you to pay particular attention to the choice of your equipment. It contributes greatly to the success of your stay. In a general way, it is better to pile up several light coats rather than wear one big clothing. 

Equipment
- The normal ski gear is sufficient. Have the bindings checked before departure.
A backpack on which you can attach your skis is obligatory.
- A pair of Crampons adjust on your ski boots

Clothing
 - Clothing should be adapted to the cold and wind that we often have at the start. Gloves, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen with a high degree of protection are essential.

Do not forget : 
- Sunglasses or goggle
- Sunscreen
- Power food / lunch
- Camera

Our Rental Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & CoConcept Pro Shop
Our Equipment Partners : Millet, Dynastar, Julbo, Grivel & Monnet

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CO2 emitted per person for the activity: 3 kg. In order to limit global warming to +2°C by 2100, the COP-21 agreement stipulates that each human should emit no more than 2t of CO2 per year. According to the French Ministry of Ecology, today European citizens emit an average of 11t per year, and American citizens emit an average of 21t annually.

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