Your Haute Route traverse begins in the Chamonix Valley. You might go for some warm up skiing to Vallée Blanche, just an hour from Chamonix. To start the traverse, cruise up to the village of Argentière, which has lift access to the Argentière Glacier.
Depending on the group’s wishes and weather conditions, there are a few options here. Some might go up the glacier to Argentière Hut, and this option gives you a short day with some lift-accessed skiing—this is good because it allows you to practice crevasse rescue skills. Then on the second day, you would go through either Col du Passon or Col du Chardonnet.
The other option is to undertake one of these cols on the first day, making it a long one. It’s worth mentioning that Col du Passon, unlike Col du Chardonnet, does not have mandatory rappelling, though it still involves some technical climbing. Either way, you will get to Trient Plateau, crossing into Switzerland, and overnight at Trient Hut.
The final part of the first section is marked by a short climb to Col des Escandies, and then you have a long 2,500-meter descent down Val d’Arpette, all the way to the village of Champex, where you catch a taxi to the Swiss village of Verbier. This is the ideal time for a resupply. Grab your lift tickets, ski around the Verbier Ski Resort and stay at the Mont Fort Hut.