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Off Piste Information
 
Chamonix is world renown for its fabulous off-piste skiing. From the classic to the lesser known descents, the Mont Blanc massif offers some of the longest vertical drops imaginable, often departing directly from the cable cars stations.
The guide of Chamonixskiguide, well specialized in his valley and in all types of skiing, will offer you his secret "powder spots" and can introduce you to the off-piste techniques.
 
Classic routes starting from :
 
L'Aiguille du Midi: l'Envers du Plan, la Vallée Blanche
Plan de l'Aiguille: le Pré du Rocher, la Combe des Pélerins
Le Tour: la Combe de Trient, les Jeurs
Les Grands Montets: le Lavancher, le Pas de Chèvre, le Couloir Rectiligne, la Combe de l'EHM
Le Brévent: le Couloir de l'ENSA, le Couloir Bellin
Many other possibilities, including couloirs on steep slopes
Season : from december to may, depending on snowfalls.
days
Off Piste in Italy: Courmayeur, la Thuile, Gressonney, Alagna, Cervinia-Zermatt.

*Skiing standard : level 2 et 3 (french ski school), parallel turns        
 
*Private guide
: 400 € / day - 1 to 4 person I provide to you harness and avalanche beeper.

 
EXEMPLE OF OFF PISTE COURSE

Day 1 OFF PISTE  AT LE TOUR:
Le Tour is the top hamlet of the Chamonix Valley. This village is famous for the record of annual  snowfall in the Alps.. There are opportunities to practice steep couloirs, wide fiedls of snow, forest skiing.  Today is the first day to recover your legs , check your kit, practice technique, gain confidence and new techniques  from your guide . Usually we finish the day by a long off piste run to Trient a village in Switzerland. We go back to Chamonix by bus.

Day 2 OFF PISTE IN THE VALLEE BLANCHE:
This is one of the longest (23km) and most famous off piste ski runs in the world. The Aiguille du Midi cable car takes you to 3842m. We descend the short narrow snow ridge, which is fixed with rope handrails.  There are many options for the Vallee Blanche and all  the routes are spectacular. They all converge at the Requin  hut, where there is a restaurant , before skiing through the impressive Requin  icefall. Your Guide will show you safely the best passages through the seracs for avoiding crevasses on snow bridges. Once you reach the flatter Mer de Glace glacier there is a straight run to the Montenvers railway. If there is snow at the bottom of the valley, we descent to Chamonix on a slope through the forest. If you have made quick time there is the opportunity for a second descent of the Vallee Blanche by an other route.

Day 3 PAS DE CHEVRE & GRAND MONTETS:
Grand Montets cable car, which ascends to 3300m. From the top cable car there are two main route variations: left onto the Argentiere Glacier or right onto the Mer de Glace glacier (Pas de Chevre). From the top cable car you can ski from 3300m down to the valley, over the Argentiere glacier, off the end of the glacier snout, past the Cremerie ice falls, and through the trees. The Pas de Chevre is a great run to the Mer de Glace glacier to Montenvers. Usually there are multiple descents over the day.

Day 4, ITALIAN OFF PISTE
Two options
Drive through the Mont Blanc road tunnel to the Italian town of Courmayeur. Here you have the Italian face of Mont Blanc towering above you. You ascend the lift system to the top, Helbronner, where there are fantastic views of the famous summits of  Dent du Geant and Tour Ronde. The descent is either by the steep couloirs to Courmayeur, or traverse on to the Vallee Blanche to find fgood snow on this side of the massif.

Day 5 OFF PISTE: THREE BORDERS FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND
Starting  early  from Chamonix, we drive to Cervinia in Italy. From here you ski into Italy or towards Zermatt in Switzerland. The numerous lifts enable you to find good snow with all the possibilities of orientations and steepness of slopes.
The descent of a run passing the famous land mark of the Matterhorn is a must! There are plenty of excellent run options
A bit far from Chamonix, but Zermatt is one of the best place for ski mountaineering in Europe.
 
Because of the conditions of the mountain, the level of the group and others, the guide could organize a different planing.
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