Vallee Blanche

The Vallee Blanche is the world-famous glacier descent from Chamonix's highest cable car, the Aiguille du Midi. It is around 20km long, and journeys through the heart of some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the Alps. If conditions are good, especially in the first half of the winter, it is possible to ski from the top of Midi at 3842m all the way down to the valley at 1040m. A sunny day on the Vallee Blanche can be the highlight of your ski trip to Chamonix.

Starting at

£350

per group

January – April

Guided Days - 1

Guiding ratio – up to 1:6

Based in Chamonix

The route

The initial ridge descending from the Aiguille du Midi is done on foot, often using crampons, carrying skis on our backpacks. Although this section is quite exposed, it is brief, and in the winter season is equipped with a fenced track.

There are many variations to the Vallee Blanche. Skied by it's easiest line (the 'classic'), the descent is never too steep, perhaps resembling a huge blue run. The snow can range from perfect powder, through spring snow and moguls, to wind-packed or crusty, whatever the mountain offers! There are a number of steeper variations, such as the Gros Rognon, and Grand and Petit Envers du Plan, which are suitable for more confident off-piste skiers.

All the variations meet in the lower section onto the Mer de Glace. From January – March, it is often possible, after a short walk up from the end of the glacier, to ski the track down through the forests all the way to Chamonix. In the later stages of the winter, it is normal to catch the funicular railway down from Montenvers instead.

Suitability

A reasonable level of off-piste experience is required for the Vallee Blanche, along with the confidence to manoeuvre your skis accurately in any tighter sections past crevasses.

It is not suitable for skiers with no off-piste experience. It is possible to do the Vallee Blanche on a snowboard, although it is recommended to bring two poles to use for the flatter sections of the Mer de Glace.

Booking

Price per person:

1 skier - £350

2 skiers - £175

3 skiers - £130

4 skiers - £110

5 skiers - £90

6 skiers - £80

What's included?

Included

  • IFMGA Mountain Guide(s)
  • Provision of avalanche safety equipment, including harness, crampons,
  • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe
  • Guide uplift costs

Not included

  • Lift passes (approximately €60 each)
  • Travel to and from Chamonix
  • Accommodation in the valley
  • Cables cars and uplift
  • Insurance