"Vallée blanche" with a Chamonix mountain guide
Blanche is an outstanding off piste run stretching over 20 km in the
Mont Blanc range, from the top of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m) to
Mont-Blanc (1050m) or to the Montenvers train depending on snow
you have no or little experience of backcountry skiing or not a good
knowledge on glacier and high
terrain, the presence of a mountain guide will be necessary.
Several routes down the
blanche are possible depending on
the size and level
of the group : the Classic Vallee Blanche, the Petit Envers, the Grand
Envers … A
itinerary you will make with your guide.
Without being difficult, the Classic
Vallee Blanche is a long off piste run, on a high mountain
glacier terrain, which in
terms of skiing
requires good control of speed and trajectory. In terms of difficulty, it
could be compared to a “Red” run in a ski resort, except on a
in a non-securized environment offering no possibility of turning back,
during 15 km. Even with a
Blanche presents some objectives localized risks (falling seracs, crevasses,...) requiring group efficiency in
skiing. You should be able to control your speed.
on snowboard? Vallée Blanche is more difficult to
some parts are flat or traversing close to crevasses. You should be a
very good snowboarder, black run with off piste experience and good fitness.
Telescopic poles are useful.
your mountain guide!
The descent of the Vallée
is possible from
mid-December to late
April depending on snow conditions.
The Vallée Blanche is not
recommended for young children,
even very good
skiers because of the cold and fatigue. It may be possible only with
their parents, in very good weather conditions and if the
are motivated and in very good physical shape (medical opinion advised).
All guides are UIAGM
certified mountain guides.
After booking, you have to
call the guide 1 or 2 days before the descent to check the conditions
and decide on
the meeting time and location.
In case of bad weather, the day
is canceled by the guide but only by
at no cost for the client (except the cable car booking). If Aiguille
du Midi is closed, an
alternative glaciar routes can be decided by the
you cancel or decide not to go less than 48h before the descent, you
shoud pay for the guide fees
Material : Off piste Skiing
equipment and warm cloths for high altitude. Your guide will lend you
safety equipment (harness and avalanche
You should carry your own backpack with drinks and snacks
and/or a picnic. It may be possible, depending on the conditions to
lunch at the Requin hut or at the Montenvers.