Chamonix freeride skiing week


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Dates: December to April

Our Chamonix Freeride weeks are a dream come true for everyone interested in backcountry skiing.

What to expect:

During the week you’ll get a chance to experience the scenic backcountry around Mont Blanc in the company of an UIAGM-licensed mountain guide. The Chamonix Mont Blanc area will leave nobody cold. The most experienced free riders from all corners of the world come to ski this ski areas. A real skier’s paradise!

Our guides know the backcountry terrain and weather conditions extremely well and will make sure you’ll ski the best spots.


Tentative plan

Arrival day: 
Meet and greet in Chamonix, Equipment Check

Day 1: Les Grands Montets, Argentière
We will ski at the Grands Montets, Chamonix most famous off-piste ski area.
This ski resort has an immense range of off piste skiing. The snow stays light and fresh, due to the North Face of the Aiguille Verte which shields it from the sun.

Day 2: Vallee Blanche
We’ll ride one of the most legendary Glaciers of all time – the Vallée Blanche route, where you get to see the most amazing views of Mont Blanc.

Day 3: Courmayeur
Courmayeur (ITA) is just a 20 Minutes drive trough the Mont Blanc tunnel away from Chamonix and offers very nice off piste options. A real Italian ski day!

Day 4: Brévent – Flégere
We will check out the snow at Brévent – Flégere ski area accesible from Chamonix town today.

Day 5: Toule Glacier
The brand new Sky way cable car brings us up to Punta Helbronner. We ride the South side of Mont Blanc, on the Toule Glacier down into Courmayeur.


Prices:

2 skiers:  1’100.00€ per Skier
3 skiers:   740.00€ per Skier
4 skiers:   600.00€ per Skier

Included in the price:
Organisation, 5 days UIAGM-mountain guide

Not included in the price:
Lift passes, snow safety equipment, personal insurances, transportation

  • We require all participants to carry full avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and to obey given instructions to ensure amazing powder days.

Day Guiding:

Do you only have a day or two for skiing in Chamonix? We are happy to offer you a great shorter off-piste experience! Let us know.


Accommodation:

Let us know if we can help you finding your perfect accommodation.


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Ski Vallee Blanche, Chamonix

Dates: January to May

The world famous 18km journey with 2800m of vertical descent through some of the most stunning glaciated alpine scenery rarely disappoints!

  • Start altitude (Aiguille du Midi): 3777m
  • Finish Altitude (Chamonix): 1050m
  • Vertical Descent: 2727m
  • Length: 18Km
  • Season: Usually January to April
  • Time: Varies according to skiers ability and priorities but commonly 4-5 hours

This magnificent ski journey can be done in a short day by confident black slope skiers. Thanks to the height gain (2742m) given by the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The descent of the Vallee Blanche is often the highlight of a ski trip to Chamonix!

We provide fully qualified (IFMGA) Mountain Guides who work hard to ensure, that you have a safe, enjoyable and interesting descent. We are also able to offer interesting variations on the descent. Would you like to choose  steeper lines? Or include a short ski tour across to the Italian side before skiing down the classic route to Chamonix.


Requirements to ski the Valle Blanche:

If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE Vallee Blanche with us!


Map:

map of vallee blanche skiing in chamonix


Price: 400.00€* 

(* up to 6 skiers) 

Included in the Price: UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide – a fully qualified and experienced Patagoniatiptop guide will accompany you, we provide you with an avalanche beacon and harness.

Not included in the price: Cablecar ride up to Aiguille du Midi 


Bad weather option:

If the weather or snow conditions are not suitable to ski the Vallee Blanche, we will not cancel the trip but follow an alternative off-piste skiing program. Chamonix offers perfect terrain for a guided off-piste skiing day.


Lift Pass:

A lift pass to access the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train is needed, the Mont Blanc Unlimited is the best option as it covers both.


Video:

Have a look at our video showing the Valle Blanche skiing:


Guest Blog:

Our guests left their impressions on an interesting blog, read it here.


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Ice climbing course Cogne, Aosta Valley, Italy

Dates: December – February

Our ice climbing course Cogne offers you the doors to an exciting sport carried out on an ever changing medium of snow and ice. Climbing on a frozen waterfall offers a unique challenge for novice and experienced climbers alike. This skill also opens the door to many great mountaineering challenges. North Faces, plus countless quality ice and mixed routes across the Alps. 

On our ice climbing course Cogne we offer structured skills training to provide fun and informative days in the mountains.

Cogne is located in Italy’s beautiful Gran Paradiso National Park. Situated in a high alpine valley that holds cold air, Cogne is a very reliable venue throughout the seasons. It’s one of the best areas for ice climbing in the Alps. Ice climbing here is suitable for all levels of ability and experience.

Our ice climbing course Cogne is accessed from a comfortable valley hotel.

  • 3 Day course
  • 2 nights at a Eco Label Hotel in Cogne, walking distance to the climbs
  • First night in a Lodge in Chamonix

A short Video below:

Itinerary ice climbing course Cogne
Day 1: Meet in Chamonix,

Meet your mountain guide in Chamonix. Your guide will brief you about the course, check your kit and you will have dinner together. There is also time to rent equipment if needed.

Night and dinner at Hotel in Chamonix

Day 2 – 3: Ice climbing course

We drive to Cogne in the early morning (approx. 1hr 45) where our course starts. Learn ice axe and crampon skills and the basic movements, or refresh your technique for those who have climbed before. Tailored to your requirements, your mountain guide takes you to the classic icefall climbs of the Cogne Valley. There are lots of route choices at all grades.

Night and dinner at Hotel in Cogne

Day 4: Ice climbing and back to Chamonix

Last day of climbing before heading back to Chamonix where you’ll arrive around 5pm.


Costs:

1101.00€ per climber

Ratio Guide / Client: 1:2

Included in the costs: Organisation, 3 days course with an IFMGA mountain guide, travel from Chamonix trough Mont Blanc tunnel to Cogne and back, 1 night at a Hotel in Chamonix & 2 nights at a Hotel in Cogne with half board (double room based), all guides expenses

Not included in the costs: Personal insurance, personal equipment, lunches and snacks, drinks


Level

This ice climbing course Cogne is suitable for all levels from introductory to advanced level.


How to get to the start of the course, Chamonix France

Our ice climbing Cogne course starts and finishes in the Chamonix . Several airlines fly to Geneva (GVA), which is the nearest airport to Chamonix. To get to Chamonix its easiest to use one of the many shared mini bus taxis. You will meet your guide at the Hotel in the evening.


Hotels

The Hotel in Chamonix is a comfortable lodge near Chamonix town center.

The Hotel in Cogne is situated in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park. The building and its location are in perfect harmony with the quaint rustic village of Valnontey (1665m) with its beautiful mountain scenery and wildlife. This charming hotel has been developed from a cluster of authentic old mountain buildings, in keeping with the local tradition of stone and wood, typical style of the Aosta Valley. In the search of true relaxation after your climbing, the hotel offers a small spa with hot tub and sauna.

The small village is part of the prestigious Alpine Pearls and offers a holiday with soft mobility and sustainable tourism in direct contact with nature.


Map
Map of Geneva Chamonix and Cogne

Equipment
  • Backpack 20-30L
  • Mountaineering boots 
  • Harness, locking karabiner and belay device
  • 120cm sling and locking karabiner
  • Prusik cordelette
  • Climbing helmet
  • Technical ice axe and ice hammer
  • Crampons

Clothing

  • Waterproof Jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket
  • Warm Socks 
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal base layer
  • Fleece
  • Thin inner gloves
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • Second pair of warm gloves
  • Hat (to fit under your helmet)
  • Buff or similar

Personal Items

  • Thermos bottle
  • Headtlamp
  • Personal medications and blister kit 
  • Sun Glasses 
  • Goggles 
  • Sun and lip cream 
  • Wallet and valid passport

Your mountain guide will have ropes and climbing rack.


Itinerary Changes

Conditions and weather can sometimes alter our plans. Your guide will usually find an appropriate climbing objective if the weather and conditions allow. The guide will discuss the possible alternatives with the group and agree on a new plan, which may involve relocating to find better weather and conditions.


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Patagonia Rock climbing, Refugio Frey – Bariloche

Dates: October through April

“Granite spires in an incomparable setting, a great patagonia rock climbing experience!”

Climbing experience:

Rock climbing from 2 – 5 days with a certified UIAGM – mountain guide. There is something for every level of traditional and sport climbing. A wide spectrum of climbing from the clean cracks to challenging heady sport cracks to chimneys to off widths with each ending atop some precipitous spire with a view.

Imagine a wonderland of endless spires of quality granite bathed in alpine sun amid a backdrop of snow capped volcanoes, enormous alpine lakes, soaring condors, and friendly Argentines that know how to make pizza, beer and chocolate. Indeed such a land does exist nestled on the east side of the Andes a short steep hike up from Bariloche in the lake district of Argentina.

rock climbing at Refugio Frey in Bariloche

It’s regarded by many as the best rock climbing area in South America. Honey-coloured granite pinnacles surround a beautiful  basin with a laguna. The rock is weathered, solid and breathtakingly beautiful.

To climbers, Patagonia means rumbling glaciers, ceaseless wind, and world-class alpinism. Frey, a pair of connected alpine cirques in northern Argentine Patagonia, borrows from both of these perceptions. It’s the Patagonia of steep splitters and looming spires. If you’d rather climb than scowl over bleak forecasts, Frey’s one- to 10-pitch granite routes, following steep splitters and huecoed faces, might just be Patagonian paradise.


Prices for Patagonia Rock climbing Refugio Frey:
  • 2 days of guided rock climbing:

1 person: 600 USD
2 persons: 300 USD each

Every following day: 300 USD
(max. 2 climbers/guide)

  • Price does not include huts, meals, insurances


Frey Hut, 1700m:

A two-story stone Refugio above tree line, a mere frisbee toss from frigid Lake Toncek that servers delicious food and Argentine wine and their own beer. You can camp out or sleep in the dorms.

The Frey mountain hut in Bariloche lies on a beautiful lake in the mountains


Getting there:

A flight to Buenos Aires and a 21 hrs deluxe tour bus ride, or a 2hrs  direct flight from Buenos Aires to reach San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC). A 10km +700m hike from Villa Cathedral brings you in 3-4 hours up to Refugio Frey.


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