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Chamoxix Ski Guide FAQs

1/ What is a guide?
I qualified at the National School of Mountaineering in Chamonix gaining an internationally recognised diploma.
-Regarding alpine sports I am able to lead clients in the mountains and instruct off-piste and touring. A guide is the only professional that is able to take a group onto a glacier. I don't teach beginners to ski.
-I am qualified to take care of and instruct my clients mountaineering [ice climbing, climbing, walking on glaciers, summiting] as well as canyoning and via ferrata.
Of course, every guide has his or her favourite activities. In winter, skiing, ski touring, winter mountaineering, ice climbing or snowshoeing, both of which I do. In summer  climbing, summiting, mountaineering, via ferratas or canyoning, trekking, expeditions and others
2/ How do I get to Chamonix?
By train SNCF, by plane into Geneva, Lyon or Chambéry (easyJet, Ryan Air) by car  (easyCar, Europcar) by taxi/ bus from Geneva (ats).

3/ Where can I stay?
The best professionals of all inclusived and accomodations: mountain

4/ Where shall I buy or rent equipment?
A top quality rental and maintenance shop: racing service and freeride, 50 rue Paccard Chamonix / 04 50 96 64 07
Sports Alpins and Footwork's opposite the Midi Lift station: rental and sales
5/ Do I need a lot of equipment?
I have some equipment [arva, harness, karabiners etc] Tell me what you need and then you can rent the rest in Chamonix

6/ Can I learn to ski?
Christophe a very good ski-instructor :

7/ Is there a weather webcam?

8/ Is there an Internet site for the ski resorts?
9/ Which ski pass should I buy?
I advise you to buy the MontBlanc Unlimited ski pass, which includes Chamonix Valley, Courmayeur, les Houches. If there's heavy snowfall you will be happy to ski lower down the valley.
Extra tickets have to be bought for Megéve, Cervinia Zermatt and La Thuile. If you need these tickets you will have to organise it.

10/ Do we get priority in the lift queues?
As a guide I have priority in the lift queues and for booking the Midi cable car. If you want to ski a lot and find untracked snow its best to be early to avoid any potential crowds.
11/ Can I join a group?
I usually have private clients who make their own groups but I can organise your needs if you want to join a group.

12/ How much does it cost?
The guide's fee is dependent on the type of activity and is divided by the number of clients. In addition you pay your lift, your meals, accommodation, and the rental of your equipment. Traditionally you pay for the meals and accommodation of the guide.

13/ Is it all included?
I'm a guide, not a tour operator so I can only suggest hotels and restaurants via websites. I can't legally provide an all inclusive package. You will have to organise the rest yourselves.
The all-inclusive professionals are:
14/ Do you know a good restaurant? well known by the locals
L' imprévu: 24 avenue Ravanel le Rouge Tel 04 50 53 96 74 from 13 euros
Le Bivouac: galerie Blanc Neige rue paccard 04 50 53 34 08 from 13 euros
L Annapurna: 62-avenue Ravanel le Rouge Tel 04 50 55 81 39 Indian Food from 20 euros
Le Sarpé: Les Bois Tel 0450533408 local excellent food from 30 euros
Le Bois Prin one of the really best restaurant 4 stars from 50 euros

15/ An excellent bottle of wine: ChaChaCha the paradise of the best wines in Chamonix
134 Avenue Ravanel le Rouge
74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc
Tel/Fax : 04 50 93 47 74
Email :
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