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Vallee Blanche guide: ski in Chamonix Mont Blanc valley with chamonixskiguide, off piste skiing and mountaineering

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Vallee Blanche and Mont Blanc with the Chamonix guides:
Chamonix ski guide office, we are the local mountain guides, the Valley Blanche, the Mont Blanc, the off piste skiing are our specialities.
Since 1990, our team of local, experienced and reliable guides (Ifmga & Uiagm) organize your stays all year with taylor made programs.
Our activities are Mont Blanc, Vallee Blanche,Off piste skiing, Mountaineering, ski and Snowboard, Ski Touring, Glacier Travel, Rock Climbing, hiking for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced.
 
VIDEOS OFF PISTE SKIING IN THE VALLEE BLANCHE
 
In Chamonix, skiing the VALLEE BLANCHE is an interesting off piste descent for intermediate skiers and for experts.
Hiring a mountain guide (UIAGM and IFMGA certifications) is the best way to explore Alps and Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley.   
 
Yan RAULET Webmaster chamonixskiguide.com Mountain Guide in Chamonix Mont Blanc
 
 
 
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Information
 
vallee blanche guide valley chamonix ski guideThe Valley Blanche is a route on the glaciers with crevasses in the high mountains from Aiguille du Midi 3842 meters to the bottom of the valley 1030 meters.
The greatest descent in the Alps: the Valley Blanche is not a pist, but a high mountain route with unprepared snow on the glaciers, the itinerary is 22 kilometers long and the vertical descent is higher than 2800 meters.
All the views are wonderful and the snow and glaciers landscape offers a big impression of wilderness. All for one of the best memories of your life and for an unforgetable experience.
 
vallee blanche off piste routeWhen the snow is good, the amazing and beautiful classic route is skiable by intermediate skiers (from a good red slope level with a small off piste experience). It will be the best day of your stay in our valley on the biggest glaciers of the Alps in the Mont Blanc range.
In the middle of the descent, it’s possible to have a break at the Requin mountain hut for a good lunch and a drink.
If there is not snow enough in the valley, we will descent by train to the bottom of the valley from the  Montenvers  railway station.
If this is possible, we will ski down to Chamonix.
 
Many  possibilities are existing  from the top of Aiguille du Midi if you have a previous off piste experience and a good skiing ability. Steep slopes, narrow passages between the crevasses, untracked routes can be possible
 
Even if you are a good skier, it’s highly adviced to take a mountain guide because skiing on a so big glacier is a totally different experience: many crevasses are covered by snow and the dangers can be well hided for a non -experienced personn.
 

Sking standart level: French ski school levels 2 and 3

Dates: From Christmas to may, depending on snowfall and mountain conditions.

Price: 310 euros for guiding fees a group up to 4 personns. 15 euros more per extra personn above 4 personns. For the safety maximum 6 personns per guide. The lifts are not included.

Note: The cable car is free with an unlimited valley skipass (56 euros for the 1 day unlimited pass including train lifts) and costs 45 euros (one way to Aiguille du Midi) if there is snow down to Chamonix.

 
THE ROUTES
 
The "classic" Valley Blanche is the original route. Avoiding all the steep slopes, this route is the easiest one. You will ski in the middle of the Mont Blanc range. Amazing views on Monte Rosa, Matterhorn, Switzerland, Italy, les Drus and Grandes Jorasses
You' will be on one of the most impressive ice falls descending from the Mont Blanc summit.
Remember that you can have  all the snow conditions in this area because nobody prepares the snow on this off piste route.
 
The Gros Rognon is a quite accessible variant of the classic trip. Just on the left of the classic, the snow is less tracked and there is often some fresh and virgin snow.
It can be an excellent opportunity to taste your off piste skills in the deep snow. You can join the classic route anytime you want.
 
The  Envers du Plan is a very interesting  variant: a more difficult and steeper route between the crevasses on a wilder section of the glacier of the Giant. The Envers is one of most classic off piste ski route for good skiers, many options are possible on this part of the glacier.
 
With the Grand Envers, the skiing becomes a big challenge: this route includes a few slopes with an average gradient of 40 45 degrees. You will be obliged to have a perfect control of your skiing and a very good technical level.
An unforgettable experience for only excellent off piste skiers.
 
VALLEE BLANCHE USEFUL INFORMATION
 
FOR YOUR SAFETY THE MOST IMPORTANT PHYSICAL AND TECHNICAL LEVELS
 
Vallee Blanche is a high altitude route (3842 meters to 1030 meters) on non prepared snow, off-piste, on a crevassed glacier. Therefore this descent technical grade is variable and cant be compared to traditional ski in a resort.
 
The notions of middle level skier, or advanced are different among people, it will be easier for the professional to decide whether or not the descent is possible by getting information about (this concerns particularly the less advanced level skier in the team):
 
-Your ease on pistes (blue, red or black piste)
-The resorts you have been to, and which pistes and off-pistes youve skied.
-Your ability among moguls
-Your experience or not off-piste skiing
-Your physical condition (which sports, which level, how often?)
-Your tool: ski or snowboard?
 
Vallee Blanche is more difficult to snowboard and is reserved for very good boarders, because some parts are not steep and traversing, compulsory for a few of them.
While crossing it will be necessary for boarders following the track to not loose any altitude to not come dangerously close to any crevasse
Skiers and boarders follow different curves, which makes it difficult to guide both in the same team: snowboard implicating a steeper routes choice, skiers will need a good off-piste ability to follow these itineraries.
 
The less technically or physically advanced skier level will make the global team level. (Attention to not come with a friend to please her or him and end in a trap)
 
Evidently an off-piste experience will allow you to navigate easily, but we also guide resourceful piste skiers in case not cumulating too many weak points: low fitness level associated with a limited ski level for example.
Of course the guide will be here to help you in a professional way, patiently and carefully, the aim isnt the performance here.
We are not elitist but want to give an objective, rational, non commercial information about Vallee Blanche realities and the reasonable risk management to plan this route.
 
GUIDE BOOKING
 
Why book? This shows your commitment and makes sure of getting a high mountain guide on time.
Team size : Its preferable for safety to limit the number to 6 participants maximum. Evidently, if less experienced skiers participate, it will be reasonable to decrease the team size in order the guide pays more attention to them.
Some periods are very busy, so, early booking is essential to be guaranteed to be with a professional.
Booking is validated after having sent a 100 euros draft, through Paypal or bank transfer.
The balance will be paid on the day the of the descent.
Cancellation is decided by the guide, being in a good place to judge weather and snow conditions.
In case of cancellation, Paypal payment is better to pay you back, without any problem if the reason for cancellation is due to bad snow/weather circumstances and not to poor motivation of the participants behalf.
An other descent will be proposed to you if you want it, there are many very interesting possibilities in Mont Blanc valleys.
 
COMMUNICATION WITH THE GUIDE
Your guide will contact you (email and phone) the latest one week prior to the descent (if you have booked in advance).
In order to give you directly the last information concerning necessary equipment, to speak about your technical and physical level, the meeting time might be fixed by the guide on cable-car busy days or because of the weather forecast, not by the participants.
It also will be necessary to give us a phone number you will use in Chamonix in order to allow us to contact you before the descent eventually.
 
A contact in the evening prior to the descent (preferably between 17 and 18 h) will be very important to exchange the latest information concerning the meeting time and place, the descent conditions, to recheck the participants number and their level.
 
If you have to drive a long distance in the morning a rational evaluation of the conditions will be made beforehand to avoid any unnecessary journey.
 
THE DAY OF THE DESCENT
Be on time, half an hour minimum is necessary to prepare yourself after having parked the car, before taking the cable-car.
To start at 9 for example, its preferable to reach Chamonix at 8:15.
(Time to park, prepare, buy tickets)
Theres a big paid car parking: the Grepon parking is opposite to Aiguille du Midi. When you come from Geneve its on right side of first roundabout after “CHAMONIX MONT-BLANC” sign.
When you come from top of the valley its on left side of 2nd roundabout after having passed the Montenvers small train railway track.
A backpack might be useful to fix skis and get both hands free to walk down on the Vallee Blanche starting ridge.
Bring some drinks and food even if a stop might be planned at Requin hut in the middle of the descent (about 15 euros per person for a meal). If you opt for picnic on the glacier bring some also for the guide: thats the tradition.
The cable-car cost is 45 euros per person if theres snow down to Chamonix
Mont Blanc unlimited ski pass, 56 euros per person will be necessary in case skiing ends near Montenvers train top station.
There exists lower prices for people less than 15 years and more than 65 years old , also for families and also in December and April, have a look on “Compagnie du Mont Blanc” site.
Plan warm clothes and good gloves for high altitude skiing, sun cream and sun glasses
 
Here is a gear list (we will provide you with a harness and an avalanche safety transceiver)
 
Skis boots, poles or snowboard and telescopic poles
Back pack [20 to 50l] * if you have one prefer it supplying skis attachments
Sun glasses, ski mask.
Water bottle and some food (bars, chocolate, sandwich….)
Linergloves and warm gloves
Ski trousers and jacket
Underwear, fleece
Hat
Ski socks
Sun cream
Passport, camera
 
THE DESCENT
About 20 minutes are necessary to reach Aiguille du Midi, on top we will put on the harness and the transceiver before starting the descent.
We will rope up to walk down the Aiguille du Midi ridge.
The guide will then communicate you the specific glacier skiing information, these rules have to be followed for your safety.
We will ski one the Vallee Blanche routes, chosen by the guide, looking at the skiers level, this down to Montenvers train or to Chamonix if possible.
We generally come back between 13 h. 30 and 16 h. to Chamonix this depending on participants level.
A useful shuttle brings back the skiers to the departure parking close to Aiguille du Midi.

 

Snowboarders in the Vallee Blanche!!!
 
Only for good off piste snowboarders with several years of experience.
Why? There is long part with little gradient of slope, there are some traverses above crevasses which requires to avoid to loose altitude.
The most difficult on snowboard!!!
You must have telescopic poles and you must prepare as well as possible your board: a good maintenance of your sole with a good wax for the convenient temperature and humidity of the snow.
If you are not a good boarder, if you don’t prepare well your board, you must forget the descent from Aiguille du Midi.
 
SNOWBOARD INFORMATION
 
Vallee Blanche isnt the most adapted route for snowboarding but we regularly guide boarders.
Why a good technical level is required ?
Vallee Blanche has low steepness slopes and crosses where keeping the altitude is necessary to avoid dangerous glacier parts.
Thats the most difficult for snowboarders.
Therefore to cross some low steepness areas, its necessary to take speed, to anticipate and in the direction of well read the terrain to avoid crevasses.
What helps make the descent easier?
Wax the board correctly at good temperature and get telescopic poles.
Its absolutely necessary that boarders opt for a steeper Vallee Blanche glacier area such as Envers du Plan glacier.
Therefore its not possible to mix boarders and intermediary level skiers in a team, this is unmanageable.
The intermediary level skiers will prefer the classic route less steep slopes, very inconvenient to snowboarders whilst boarders will find easy the Envers du Plan slopes where intermediary level skiers would be technically overtaken.
 
VALLEE BLANCHE WEEK-END: (possible also the week)
An unforgettable week end, discovering two of the main off piste skiing areas in the Chamonix valley : the Grands Montets and the Aiguille du Midi with as a bonus a night spent in the ambiance of a mountain hut, normally very calm at this time of year.
 
D1: Morning. At the Grands Montets (3300 m). Skiing on the Argentière glacier and many other off pist routes of this outstanding ski area depending on your skiing ability. Afternoon,cable car to the summit of Aiguille du Midi (3842 m), then the first part of the Vallée Blanche to the Cosmiques hut for the night.
D2: Ski down the Vallée Blanche, we start early in the morning just before all the skiers starting from the 1st cable car of the Aiguille du Midi, just you and the Valley Blanche...
 
Sking standart level: French ski school levels 2 and 3
 
Dates: Every week-end (and during the week) from mid february until mid-may, depending on the snow conditions. (4 personns minimum)
 
Price: 370 euros per personn (170 euros for guiding + 200 euros for the common fees: mountain hut on half board basis and valley ski pass)
 
 
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