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Ski touring week end information with a mountain guide in Chamonix Mont Blanc

Introduction Ski Touring Week End
A  two days programm for learning the basics of ski touring . The planing is flexible to take account of your previous skills, experience and expectations..

If you are a piste skier and if you want to escape the crowds, this course is perfect to access the mountains during the winter season. This course can be a good preparation for ski tours such as the Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt).

In terms of ski ability you should be able to ski any run on piste. You will have an advantage if you have a previous off piste experience.

Day 1: THE VALLEE BLANCHE, CHAMONIX: The most famous off piste ski run in the world is the Vallee Blanche, but on ski touring  you will the descent from a more interesting starting point than the rest of the crowds. The start of this huge 23km run is accessed by a short snow ridge (fixed with rope handrails and steps) to reach a flat area where you put on your skis and skins. The guide  clip you onto a safety rope for the descent down the ridge. After reaching the flat area, called the 'Col du Midi', you ski across the Vallee Blanche towards the Italian side of the massif. As all of the usual skiiers descend from the Col towards the valley ,we will be alone to enjoy the stunning scenery of the high mountains.
Traversing the Vallee Blanche to Italy will take around 1 hour. At the board, you can descend to the middle station of the italian cable car on the south face of Mont Blanc and you will come back to the board by the Helbronner cable car or if you haven't enough time, you can start your descent of the Vallee Blanche or of 2 other valleys: the glacier of the Virgin or the descent of the black virgin glacier.
From the ice fall of the Requin (shark) you descend through the Salle à Manger icefall and the Guide will show to you the best passages through the seracs for avoiding crevasses on snow bridges.
This section of the route is impressive, and also the most technically demanding. Once you are through the icefall, you reach the flatter surface of the Mer de Glace glacier, and it is a fairly straight run towards the Montenvers mountain railway station. Here the Guide will make the choice for if the conditions are suitable to descend through the trees right down to Chamonix, or if it is safer to descend by the mountain railway.

Day 2: SKI TOURING ASCENT TO COL DU PASSON:
First cable car at 8.30. Top of Grand Montets cable car (3300 m), you ascend the two sections to 3300m . The group descend on the Argentiere glacier and skins  across the Argentiere Glacier up to Col du Passon, which take approximately two hours. A short break for a rest and a snack, we will descent the amazing glacier of le Tour down to the hamlet called Le Tour: One of the best descent of the Chamonix Valley.

If the Col du Passon is not in good condition, the group may opt to climb the Col du Tour Noir or Col d'Argentière instead (which is the next glacier system by the Argentiere hut).

Return to Chamonix around 15.00, then you are free to depart for a return flight home.

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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