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Information Vallee Blanche

The Vallée Blanche
 
The skiing: The Vallée Blanche is entirely off-piste, unmarked and unpatroled. The weather alone determines snow conditions. Plan on spending 4/6 hours depending upon conditions, route chosen and group level.
Standard: Open to various abilities (from an intermediate off piste level) because different routes down can be chosen according to the groups ability (Envers du Plan, Rognon glacier...), though note well; the most important thing is to have control over your skiing no matter what your personal ability. A well behaved snowplough is preferable to an out of control parallel turn

 

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

 

 
Price: 380 euros for guiding fees a group up to 4 personns. 30 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 (62 euros for the 1 day unlimited pass including train lifts) and costs 49 euros (one way to Aiguille du Midi) if there is snow down to Chamonix.
 
PRIVATE GUIDING, 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.
 
Price: 500 euros per personn (170 euros for guiding + 330 euros for the common fees: mountain hut on half board basis and valley ski pass (groups of 4 personns minimum, less than 4 personns in your group quotation on request)
 
THE VALLEE BLANCHE
 
Early meeting with your Mountain Guide at the bottom of Aiguille du Midi lift. After checking your safety equipment and fitting your harnesses and avalanche tranceivers, you take the cable car. This ascend takes from Chamonix to 3842 meters about 20 minutes.
The start of the Vallee Blanche route is accessed by a short snow ridge, fixed with rope handrails and steps, to reach a flat where you put on your skis/snowboard. The guide will usually clip you on to a rope  to ensure your safety. There are many routes down the Vallee Blanche, so the guide will choose the best depending on the level of your group. All of the routes converge at the Requin mountain hutte, where there is a restaurant.
From the Requin you descend over the snow bridges through the Salle à Manger icefall, and the guide will show the best passages through the towers of ice for avoiding  the crevasses. This section of the route is impressive, and also the most technically demanding. You need to have good ski or board control, with experience of side slipping and varying snow conditions from icy crusts to soft powder. Soon you reach the easier, flatter surface of the Mer de Glace glacier, where boarders are advised to have some telescopic poles or keep up a good speed. It is a fairly straight run down towards the Montenvers mountain railway station, from where you can catch the mountain railway to Chamonix.
If there is good snow conditions at the bottom of the valley, you may be able to descend all the way through the forest down to Chamonix. Normally you arrive in mid afternoon.
The Vallée Blanche is not a classic slope but a route on glacier in high altitude mountains which is not marked, not secured and not patrolled. The glaciers are changing constantly, some crevasses can appear anytime and there can be risk of ice or snow avalanche. The quality of the snow is only depending on the natural conditions( no machine for compacting snow)
 
Price: 380 € for a group from 1 up to 4 personns; 30 euros per extra personn above this number up to 6 personns. We advise you against bigger groups. The lifts are not included.
 
Because of the conditions of the mountain, the level of the group and others, the guide could organize a different planing or even a different descente somewhere else.
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