Backcountry skiing day trip in Vallée Blanche

Backcountry skiing day trip in Vallée Blanche

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: Italian, English
  • Fitness level: Sporty
  • Minimum age: minimum 18 y/o
  • Duration: full day
  • Cancellation policy: 
    flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Skyway Mont Blanc, SS26dir, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Leave the passports back at base camp and navigate the ancient mountain pass of Vallée Blanche from Italy to France on this two-nation backcountry adventure.

Geared to the action nomad looking to venture from the safety of the slopes - traversing avalanche-prone glacial valleys and nosebleed highs, the Vallée Blanche is a playground for backcountry skiers with a 'no way back' philosophy to riding - travelling from the peak of Punta Helbronner through the Mer de Glace and finishing with a well-earnt vin chaud in neighbouring Chamonix.

Location
A popular off-piste ski route, Vallée Blanche is situated between Courmayeur and Chamonix ski resorts. Accessed via the Aiguille du Midi cable car, the 20km route is a vertical descent of 2700m and requires a full Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass covering the Aiguille du Midi lift.

Activity
An unmarked, unmaintained and unpatrolled high mountain off-piste ski itinerary which offers some of the most spectacular scenery that the Mont Blanc range has to offer. The Vallée Blanche excursion is a 20 km full day itinerary suited to experienced and advanced skiers. Travelling from Punta Helbronner at an altitude of 3400m, groups will traverse the Mer de Glace glacier - stopping for lunch before finishing the tour in Chamonix (snow conditions permitting), where a bus will transfer guests back to Courmayeur.

Conditions
Operating between December and May, all itineraries cover un-pisted terrain with rocks, cliffs, cornices, avalanches and changing snow conditions factors to acknowledge.

Itinerary

The itinerary will be chosen based on the skiing ability of the participants and the areas with the best safety conditions on the day.

Activity requirements

Previous off-piste skiing experience required - must be able to complete red/black runs confidently

Special terms

Duration, route, and date subject to change based on weather conditions.

Included
  • ARTVA
  • RC insurance
  • Alpine guide
Excluded
  • Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass (€62)
Do not forget to bring
  • Safety equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel, abs)
  • Ski equipment/protection
  • GoPro/Camera
  • Picnic lunch / personal expenses
Meeting point
Skyway Mont Blanc, SS26dir, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy Get directions

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