Ski Tour  
mont blanc - france 4810m

Skiing off the summit of the highest peak in the Alps is certainly one of the greatest descents in the Alps. Where else in the world can one ski over 3,600m vertical? - Absolutely amazing...The ascent is a long gruelling climb that is spread out over two days. However, one is rewarded with one of the best ski-able summits in the world...

In General there 3 possible ways to ascend Mont Blanc via skis:

  • Grands Mulets Route via the Dome du Gouter
  • The 3 Mont Blanc Route
  • A quick heli-lift to the Pitons des Italiens (additional fee)

Most often we will choose the first of the 3 but the snow conditions as well as your physical conditioning will be decisive in determining the route we will follow. Below is the typical program.

With good preparation, fitness, acclimation and ski touring skills you can tick this big run off your list.

Course Highlights:

  • ski from the summit of the Alps - 4810m
  • 1st day shakedown with a fabled descent of the Vallee Blanche
  • ski through some of the most amazing and rugged scenery the Alps have to offer
Included

Cost Includes:

  • Guide fees
  • accommodation and half board based on dbl occupancy or in huts
  • assistance for travel logistics and planning


Cost Exclusions:

  • lift fees 
  • lunches, snacks or drinks
  • personal equipment
  • travel to or from the course departure point
  • rescue insurance
Program

Ski Tour Mont Blanc Details

Day 0 - Evening meeting and course briefing at your hotel.

Day 1 - Aiguille du Midi Cable Car - Torino Hut, Italy
Today is a shakedown day used to make certain fitness, equipment and technique are all up to par for the ascent.
We will start by riding the cable car to the summit of the world famous Aiguille du Midi and then enjoy a short ski part way across the Vallee Blanche before donning skis and skins and to access the Helbronner ski lift located on the Italian border. From here, we'll have a short lunch break - perhaps a great Italian caffe and then ski back down the Vallee Blanche to Chamonix to prepare for our big ascent.
Night in Chamonix.
Elevation gain : 350m / Vertical loss : 2600m / Moving time: 5-6h

Day 2 - Aiguille du Midi Cable Car - Grands Mulets Hut (or other options)
We'll meet at the lift station and ride to the mid point - from here the journey starts. A long gradual ascent takes us across the moraines below the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi and leads to the Jonction Glacier. From here things get a bit more serious and a typical maze of seracs and icefalls must be navigated to reach the Grands Mulets hut (3123m). 

Elevation gain : 800m / Vertical loss : 200m / Moving time: 5-6h

Day 3 - Grands Mulets Hut - Summit of Mont Blanc - Chamonix
An early 2am start is needed to tackle the first 800+m ridge of the Dome du Gouter. From here, the route becomes slightly easier until we reach the Vallot emergency shelter. Following a short break, we continue on foot with the skis on the pack along the narrow Bosses ridge which willlead us to the summit of the Alps - 4810m. Spectacular 360 degree vistas to be had from the summit. Now the only way back is down and this is what we've come for - if conditions are good we can opt for the north face or the corridor - both itineraries lead us back to the Grand Mulets hut. The remainder of the journey will be backtracking our way to the mid station lift and a celbratory beverage of choice.

Elevation gain : 1700m / Vertical loss : 2500m / Moving time: 10-12h

* Actual course details may vary due to safety reasons and the guide may modify the itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions

    Dates

    Length:
    3 days, 2 nights

    2018 COURSE DATES
    This is a custom course and available from early April through mid June depending on the conditions

    Skills

    Required Level:
    Excellent base fitness
    Expert skiers - flawless standard off-piste skiing level capable of turning in any type of snow
    Previous multi-day ski tour experience a must

    Skiing/Climbing Grade:
    Skiing may include sustained 40 degree slopes. S3/4

    Technical Level:
    4 out of 5

    Fitness Level:
    5 out of 5

    Price

    1,095 € / pp with min 2 guests
    2,195 € private arrangement

    *If you are adding this onto a ski course you can take 10% off the price !

    Group Size:
    Maximum group size is 2 : 1

    Local links

    Course Base:
    Chamonix, France

    Local Airport:
    Geneva Int'l Airport, Switzerland - GVA

    webcam Chamonix Arrête de l'Aiguille du Midi - Vallée Blanche
    Map
     
    Equipment List

    Remember that keeping the weight to a minimum on your back will absolutely add to your pleasure and enjoyment.

    Clothing

    • Waterproof Jacket/shell lightweight and breathable GoreTex or Sympatex style
    • Shell pants w/ side zips so they can be taken on/off on the go
    • Synthetic thermal top and bottom (or soft shell ski pants)
    • Fleece or mid weight top
    • Lightweight down or primaloft type jacket
    • Socks - like the Smartwool ski sock type
    • Thin inner gloves
    • Warm ski gloves or mittens
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat

    Personal Items

    • Water bottle thermos (best) 1 liter
    • Personal toiletry kit, compeed and painkillers
    • Ski goggles
    • Sun glasses rated minimum Cat 3
    • Sunscreen and lip cream
    • Spare shirt, undies, socks
    • Silk sheet liner (no sleeping bags needed)
    • Ear plugs
    • Wallet (with some cash), passport, Alpine Club card if you are a member and proof of insurance

    Technical Gear

    • Pack 35l as lightweight as you can find - minus all the fancy gadgets....
    • Digital avalanche beacon/transceiver no analogue models
    • Shovel with metal blade
    • Avalanche probe that's at least 2,00m long
    • Ski mountaineering boots like the Salomon MTN, Scarpa Freedom, etc  see my links page for ideas
    • Skis with touring bindings pin type or otherwise
    • Ski poles that have a decent sized basket on them they don't need to be telescopic
    • Climbing skins that match your skis and that are in good shape
    • Ski crampons - yes you need to have them
    • Harness, with 120cm sling and a carabiner
    • Boot crampons alloy are fine
    • Ice Axe light and short-ish 50-60cm

    All the other group items such a safety kit, first aid and survival equipment, I will have with me.

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