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Boasting several contenders for the best ski run on the continent (and in the world), Chamonix is the crowning jewel of serious European skiing. Whether it’s the wide glacier lines of Vallee Blanche, the scenic forest tracks of the Col Du Passion, or the bone-chillingly steep slopes of Col de Beugeant, these 2000+ m / 6,500+ ft runs represent the crème de la crème of the ski world. Plus, fantastic cable coverage means pretty much zero downtime, and the “après-ski” scene is just wild. How wild, you ask? So wild that the term itself was coined here! Find out more about backcountry skiing in Chamonix from Nika Marohnić, avid backcountry skier and mountaineer.
Sample the best intermediate-to-advanced ski runs in Europe
Excellent lift system guarantees very little downtime
Discover the most exciting après-ski scene in the world before Christmas
Enjoy 5 days of shredding fresh pow and hardcore skiing in some of the best ski areas in Chamonix! Utilize the lift system to minimize downtime and maximize your time on the most exciting lines in Europe, such as the couloirs of Vallée Blanche and the steep slopes of Col de Beugeant. Your expert guide will show you the hottest spots and keep you safe in the snow.
Arrive in time to meet your guide at 6 pm in Hotel Chamonix. Go over the area’s top objectives and discuss your prior experience and goals, before retreating to your accommodation. Make sure to rest up for the adventure ahead!
Get ready for five days of shredding some of the best backcountry slopes in the world! Your guide will help you make good use of Chamonix’s excellent lift system to easily reach some of the best objectives in the area.
After a short traverse with your touring and glacier travel gear, it’s time to shred Chamonix Mont-Blanc’s iconic couloirs, treeline tracks, and 2,000+m (6,500+ ft) long lines. And you get to do it for 5 full days! Your guide will make sure you sample all the best slopes, legendary lines and hidden gems alike.
NOTE: To ensure your safety in case of unfavorable ski conditions or bad weather, your guide reserves the right to alter the itinerary and change the location you’ll be skiing in.
After a full five days of backcountry bliss, it’s time to say goodbye to Cham and your guide!
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Chamonix, please refer to the official COVID-19 information for Chamonix Mont-blanc and France Diplomacy’s COVID-19 travel guidelines.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
What’s not included:
To enjoy this off-piste adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for 5 full days, covering miles of complex glaciated terrain every day. You will need to manage controlled ascents and descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs, have experience in glacier traversal, and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations.
To participate in this tour, you need to have extensive backcountry skiing experience. You will be skiing on challenging glaciated terrain for 5 full days. You also need to be adept at using glacier gear, such as crampons and an ice ax. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe.
If you’ve never backcountry skied before, we suggest joining a guide for a day of beginner-friendly ski touring or a 5-day avalanche education and ski touring course in Chamonix.
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
Gear rental locations are in Chamonix and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Group sizes and pricing:
Off-piste skiing in Chamonix can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 45 days prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
Please note that, to ensure your safety and the safety of other clients, your guide reserves the right to alter the itinerary in case of unfavorable ski conditions or bad weather.
To get to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France, most people fly into Geneva International Airport in Geneva, Switzerland, 1 hour away. From there, you can rent a car, take a bus, or travel by train to Chamonix.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at Hotel Chamonix on Day 0 of the tour, so make sure to arrive before 6 pm. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.