Vallée Blanche

Vallee Blanche

With a descent of 2800m, the Vallée Blanche is one of the most famous off piste descents in the World. After leaving the Aiguille du Midi and descending the narrow snow arete, the descent takes a line deep into the Mont Blanc Massif, rapidly becoming a wilderness experience.  

In good conditions the Chamonix Vallée Blanche is accessible to most good intermediate skiers with off piste skiing experience. This allows skiers of modest ability to enjoy a memorable descent down the largest glacier system in the Mont Blanc Massif, taking in approximately 17Km of skiing.

In normal conditions 'Le Classique Vallée Blanche' takes the easiest line, carving a large arch into the centre of the glacier directly under the couloirs of Mont Blanc du Tacul. From here you ski through some impressive crevassed terrain towards the Geant Ice Fall.  The option of visiting the Refuge du Requin (2516m) makes for a pleasant break for many, before rejoining the route at the Salle à Manger. Easier angled skiing leads to the steps and cable car to the Montenvers and a final descent by train. In good conditions it is possible to ski all the way to Chamonix taking the narrow 'James Bond Track' through the forest via Les Planards.

Our Vallée Blanche descents are normally guided by IFMGA Mountain Guide James Thacker.

Pre-requisites

The conditions on the Vallée Blanche can vary throughout the season, changing the level of difficulty considerably.  To consider making a descent of the Vallée Blanche you must be a competent red run skier. You also need to have some experience of skiing off-piste to have an appreciation of the snow that you might be faced with.  The Vallée Blanche can be a mogul field through the Geant Ice Fall, and at other times you'll be skiing knee deep powder.  Your ability to traverse and side slip also need to be bombproof.

The Vallée Blanche is a serious mountain environment.  You will be skiing on a glacier with crevasses.  This means it is essential to  have complete control over the speed that you travel at and be accurate with the line that you take, at all times.

If you are unsure about your ability then we recommend booking the guide for 2 days so that you can have a warm day and practice skiing off-piste.

Cost

£360 (for up to 6 people)

Booking

Please email to check availability.

Timings

We aim to set off as early as possible to make the most of the day.  Depending on the time of year, lift opening times and how busy it is, we will meet you at the bottom of the Aiguille du Midi between 0730 and 0900. You will normally be back in Chamonix by mid to late afternoon.

Kit List

To download the kit list for this course click here.

What happens if the weather is bad?

If for any reason the Vallee Blanche is not possible, we will offer another suitable off-piste itinerary and no refund will be given. Examples of this are; skiing the Toule Glacier from the Helbronner lift in Italy, exploring the back bowls of Le Tour, descending the Argentière glacier at Les Grands Montets.  

Alternatively, you can leave making your booking until the last minute to see if it will be skiable under the current conditions.  However, we will not be able to guarantee availability. Click here for the booking terms and conditions.

What’s included?

  • An IFMGA Mountain Guide for the Vallee Blanche, or a suitable off-piste alternative
  • Use of Transceiver, shovel and probe
  • Use of harness

What’s not included?

  • Lift ticket.  You will need a Mont Blanc Unlimited pass which is 58.50 Euro
  • Insurance 
  • Ski Hire
  • Lunch
Off-Piste Ski Ability
Effective but not efficient, Experienced
Location
Chamonix
Activity
Off-Piste Ski Guiding
Team
Mountain Guide