The Vallée Blanche ski descent


physical level

skiing level

group

duration


2


2


6-8


1 day


Detail

Unique and incomparable ski glacier descent of the "Mer de Glace", in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif. The ski descent is 18 km long and it starts from the New Torino Hut 3.375 mt and arrives in Chamonix 1.042 mt. You will ski through granite spiers, crevasses and seracs breathtaking. At the beginning of the day little briefing for skiing in fresh snow and for recognize the dangerous crevasses. Arrival with ski in Chamonix in the afternoon and traditional beer after ski. In case of poor snow at the bottom part the arrival at Chamonix is by the train of Montenvers. Return in Courmayeur by bus through the Mont Blanc tunnel.

The best period:

Normally it is possible to ski the Vallée Blanche from Christmas to the beginning of May. During January and February, snow and weather conditions are generally excellent along the whole descent. From the beginning of March and for all of April the snow is usually transformed to spring snow. It is probable that during these months it will be necessary to walk for part of the descent or to take the Montenvers cogwheel train to reach Chamonix. Considering the last couple years' weather conditions of not abundant snowfall, the recommended period is in February and March.

The ski descent of Vallée Blanche is an offpiste descent and it is suitable for good skiers, able to ski all kind of red pistes with parallel skis.

Program


- Meeting point at the SkyWay cable car departure point in Entrèves at 8.30am
- Participants will be provided with harness and avalanche transceiver
- Briefing on the schedule for the day and cable car ride up to Punta Helbronner (3466 mt)
- Visit to the view terrace of the cable car station to enjoy the stunning vista of the surrounding Aosta Valley summits

- Walk to Col Flambeaux with our skiing gear for about 15 minutes
- From here, ski descent to the Vallée Blanche along the “Mer de Glace” glacier. Arrival in Chamonix approx. 5 hours later. Scheduled stops to snap pictures of the unique scenery, have a packed lunch, and enjoy the sun
- If the snow conditions and the participants’ skill level allow it, ski descent directly into Chamonix. If not, arrival to Chamonix by the little Montenvers train (the 26,00€€ fair is not included in the program price). In both cases (descent by ski to Chamonix or descent by train), it will be necessary to walk uphill 15 to 20 min to reach from the bottom of the glacier the downhill piste, or the Montenvers train station.
- After a glass of beer in Chamonix ‒ a must-do ‒ return trip to Courmayeur with a 35-minutes bus ride (the fair is included in the program price) through the Mont Blanc Tunnel
- Arrival in Courmayeur between 4pm and 5pm.

Equipment


PERSONAL TECHNICAL GEAR
- 30 liters backpack 

- Skiing gear: snowboard or freeride skis
- Security kit: avalanche transceiver, harness
- Helmet

CLOTHING AND USEFUL GEAR
- Glacier glasses
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Wool cap
- Neckwarmer
- Ski gloves + 1 pair of lighter gloves
- Breathable T-shirt
- Fleece
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Ski pants
- Ski socks
- One extra T-shirt
- Ski goggles
- Camera  
- Paper handkerchiefs
- Cap
- Sandwich, small water bottle, chocolate bar

Rates


You can choose to perform the trip in a "Collective Group" or with a "Private Guide"

COLLECTIVE
You'll be added in an a group with other people.
Groups:

- min 6 people
- max 8 people per Mountain Guide
The trip will be confirmed ONLY by reaching the minimun number of 6 clients. If not, the Guide Office will suggest you some alternative ski trips.
Cost per person:
115,00€ (from monday to thursday excluding public italian holidays) including "search and rescue insurance"
Cost per person:
125,00€ (from friday to sunday and every public italian holidays) including "search and rescue insurance"
The price includes:
- the assistance of the Mountain Guide and insurance
- security kit: avalance transceiver and harness
- bus ticket to come back to Courmayeur
The price does not include:
- The SkyWay Monte Bianco cableway ticket: 37,00€ per person
- Montenvers train ticket 26.00€ per person (the use of the train to go down to Chamonix depens by the snow coverage)
- Montenvers train ticket for the Mountain Guide 15.50€ has to be payed by the group

PRIVATE GUIDE

You can perform the trip with a Mountain Guide only for you, all day long.
Cost for private group:
1-2 people: 385,00€/390,00 including "search and rescue insurance"
3 people: 435,00€ including "search and rescue insurance"
4 people: 480,00€ including "search and rescue insurance"
5 people: 525,00€ including "search and rescue insurance"
6 people: 590,00€ including "search and rescue insurance"
7 people: 635,00€ including "search and rescue insurance"
8 people: 690,00€ including "search and rescue insurance"
The price includes:

- the assistance of the Mountain Guide and insurance
- security kit: avalance transceiver and harness
The price does not include:

- SkyWay Monte Bianco cableway tickets 37,00 € per person
- Montenvers train tickets 26.00€ per person (the use of the train to go down to Chamonix depends by the snow coverage)
- Montenvers train ticket for the Mountain Guide 15.50€ has to be payed by the group
- The cost of a private bus to come back to Courmayeur

Note


- The ski descent of Vallée Blanche is suitable for good skiers, able to ski all kind of red pistes with parallel skis
- the Ski descent of Vallée Blanche is an OFF PISTE descent: we suggest freeride ski equipment!
- In case of bad weather, we will suggest an alternative day to perform the same trip
- The 3-day or more Courmayeur, VDA and Mont Blanc Unlimited skipasses include the SkyWay cable car fares
- As this trip begins at an altitude of  3466m, you are required to inform our office about any respiratory or heart diseases upon booking the trip.

Search and rescue insurance details:

- Search, rescue and/or recovery provided during the activities carried out with the alpine Guide resulting in illness and/or injury of, and/or a condition of danger for, the insured person (the occurrence of such conditions shall be determined by the alpine Guide).
- Medical transport to the closest medical facility in case of illness and/or injury provided during the activities carried out with the alpine Guide resulting in illness and/or injury of the insured person.
- Accompaniment of children up to 15 years of age provided during the activities carried out with the alpine Guide resulting in illness and/or injury of the insured person.
- Driver at disposal provided during the activities carried out with the alpine Guide resulting in illness and/or injury of the insured person.
- Medical information provided during the activities carried out with the alpine Guide resulting in illness and/or injury of the insured person.

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Booking

Bookings must be made either by phone at +39 0165 842064 or by email at info@guidecourmayeur.com indicating:
- participants' name and surname;
- telephone number, address, Italian taxpayer identification number or, in its absence, place and date of birth;
- technical skill level;
- date and program of your choice;
- parental consent for underage participants.
After having made arrangements with our main office (by phone or email) an advance payment (by wire transfer or credit card) is required in the amount of:
- the TOTAL price for 1-day, 2 and 3-days programs;
- 50% of the total price for 3-day or multiple-day programs;
- 50% of the total price for MONT BLANC ascents and STAGE MONT BLANC
 (summer programs). Full payment of the balance of the total participation fee must be made within 15 days prior to the start of the program selected.
No booking will be accepted before the requested payment has been received.
Bookings made after the payment deadline require full payment of the total participation fee without any deferments or deposits.

Bank details:
Heading: SOCIETA' GUIDE ALPINE COURMAYEUR
IBAN: IT10N0858731560000200100250
BIC: CCRTIT2TVAL
Bank details: Banca di Credito Cooperativo Valdostana Scrl
Viale Monte Bianco, 30
11013 Courmayeur (AO)

Bank transfer fees + Bank currency conversions fees MUST be debited to you. If not, these fees have to be refounded at our office before the start of the selected trip.
It's possible to pay by credit card, communicating the details: card number, expiration date and CVS number.

Variations to the program scheduled

If weather or mountain conditions do not allow for the activities to be carried out as scheduled, we will offer you an alternative program as replacement, or alternative dates for the same program selected (clients will be promptly informed of any additional costs relating to the proposed alternative solutions). Should it not be possible to set an alternative date or to agree upon an appropriate alternative trip, Society Guide Alpine di Courmayeur will issue  a credit, which you can use within the following year for the same program.

For all the bookings of group activities: in case we do not reach the minimum number of clients, the Mountain Guide Office will offer you an alternative program. We will offer you: - book privately a Mountain Guide, with, probably a money adjustment
- change the scheduled program for a different one
- change the date of the scheduled program

Cancellation and withdrawal policy

If you wish to cancel your booking of a program for which you have already paid a deposit by way of subscription (or the total participation fee), the following cancellation fees will apply:
- 10% of the total participation fee for withdraws notified before 30 business days prior to the start of the program selected
- 25% of the total participation fee for withdraws notified 29 to 21 business days prior to the start of the program selected;
- 50% of the total participation fee for withdraws notified 20 to 11 business days prior to the start of the program selected;
- 75% of the total participation fee for withdraws notified 10 to 3 business days prior to the program selected;
No refunds for withdraws notified 3 business days prior to the start of the program selected


THE REFUND EXPENSES THROUGH BANK TRANSFER ARE CHARGED TO THE CUSTOMER.

Assignment of a subscription to third parties

In the event that you are not able to attend the program you have booked, Società Guide Alpine di Courmayeur allows you to assign your subscription to a specific program to third parties (that meet the requirements provided), prior notice must be made to Società Guide Alpine di Courmayeur at least 4 days before the start of the trip.

Evaluate your Level

Physical condition levels

TIME REQUIRED
HEIGHT GAIN PER HOUR
MAX HEIGHT GAIN

1

From 1 to 2 hours

100m

100 / 300 m

2

from 3 to 4 hours

200m

400 / 600 m

3

from 4 to 6 hours

250m

700 / 1000 m

4

from 6 to 9 hours

300m

1000 / 1300 m

5

from 9 to 12 hours

400m

1300 / 1800 m


Skiing and ski-touring Technical Ratings

LEVEL
INFO

1

Introduction to off-piste skiing. On-piste skiing level required: red piste.

2

Skiers with basic off-piste experience. On-piste skiing level required: black piste. Routes on max. 30 degree slopes, SM/BS difficulty, possible short climbing passages with crampons.

3

Expert off-piste skiers, able to ski in all snow conditions on steep slopes. Routes on max. 40 degree slopes, BSA/TBSA difficulty, climbing passages with crampons and ice axe.

4

Excellent skiers on steep slopes, with climbing experience.


Alpinism and ice-climbing technical ratings

LEVEL
INFO

0

Walking on marked trails. Multi-day hikes or glacier walks.

1

First ascents at altitude, use of crampons and ice axe, basic rope work, rock and ice climbing techniques, and via ferratas.

2

"F easy ascent". Snow or ice slopes, 40 degrees max. Easy rock climbing with sections up to grade III max.

3

"PD slightly difficult ascent". Snow or ice slopes, 45 degrees max. Rather easy rock climbing with sections up to grade IV max.

4

"AD Fairly hard ascent". Snow or ice slopes, 60 degrees max. Rock climbing with sections up to grade V max.

5

"D sustained and difficult ascent". Snow or ice slopes, 70 degrees max. Rock climbing with sections up to grade 6a (French grades).

6

"TD/ED extremely difficult ascent, with sustained climbing and high commitment". Snow or ice slopes up to 90 degrees. Rock climbing with sections from 6a further on (French grades).

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