Ski the summit of Mont Blanc
Chamonix, 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.
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
accommodation and half board based on dbl occupancy or in huts
assistance for travel logistics and planning
lunches, snacks or drinks
travel to or from the course departure point
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
3 days, 2 nights
2018 COURSE DATES
This is a custom course and available from early April through mid June depending on the conditions
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 may include sustained 40 degree slopes. S3/4
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
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 !
Maximum group size is 2 : 1
Geneva Int'l Airport, Switzerland - GVA
Remember that keeping the weight to a minimum on your back will absolutely add to your pleasure and enjoyment.
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
Water bottle thermos (best) 1 liter
Personal toiletry kit, compeed and painkillers
Sun glasses rated minimum Cat 3
Sunscreen and lip cream
Spare shirt, undies, socks
Silk sheet liner (no sleeping bags needed)
Wallet (with some cash), passport, Alpine Club card if you are a member and proof of insurance
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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