Where does it take place:
the Vallée Blanche descent begins at New Torino Hutat 3375 mt. and ends in Chamonix 1037 mt., a 24 Km descent in the heart of the Mont Blanc Massif on the Glaciers of the Colle del Gigante descending
into the Valley of Chamonix across the Mar de Glace on the Sea of Ice. This is a breathtaking journey winding between granite peaks, crevasses and ice tunnels.
How long does it takes:
Mont Blanc cable car reaches Ancient Torino Hut in 15 minutes from La Palud. From here it is necessary to walk about 10 minutes along a covered metal staircase to reach the New Torino Hut. All the skiing equipment will be trasposted by a lift: we recommed to use comfortable shoes to walk over the staircase. At the New Torino Hut it will be possible to change boots and prepare for the descent. Outside the Hut along a path prepared by snowcats we will reach in 15 minutes the Flambeaux Col. From here it is about 4 to 5 hours to Chamonix on skis, depending on how much time is spent taking photos, having a picnic lunch and sunbathing at 4.000 mt. After the traditional French beer in town, return to Courrmayeur by bus through the Mont Blanc Tunnel takes about 30 – 40 minutes.
When is the best time:
The Vallée Blanche descent is possible 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 January and February when the snow conditions
generally allow you to ski to Chamonix.
Group: 6/8 people per Guide
(depending on snow conditions)
Cost: Euro 85 per person (bus Chamonix- Courmayeur included)
Euro 90,00 per person in the weekend and holidays from the first week-end of February till the end of the season (bus included).
Ski level required: The Vallée Blanche is an off-piste descent for onpiste
skiers, used to skiing without problems and
with parallel skis on red runs. (Ski School 4th
Notes: The cost doesn't include the cablecar La palud - Torino Hut: Cost 25,00 Euro per person. From Mid March it could be possible to walk some minutes or take the Montenvers cogwheel train to reach Chamonix. Cost of Montenver train 21,00 Euro.