Private Ski Lessons Chamonix & Megève

Mid November – April

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Professional private Ski lessons in  Chamonix & Megève ski areas from December until end of April. Learn from the Swiss Ex-world cup ski racer Ella Alpiger and her team.


Chamonix ski lessons

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Everything about Chamonix ski resort is big. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, the deep valley has more skiable slopes than seems reasonable. With several ski areas distributed across the huge mountain ranges to north and south, a thriving town in the centre and smaller, charming mountain villages in the valley, there’s something for everyone.


Megève ski lessons

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With the Mont Blanc as its backdrop, Megève ski area is in a lovely sunny setting and the village has a beautifully preserved, partly medieval centre. It’s the capital of the mountain way of life, an authentic village in the Savoy Alps that is covered by a carpet of snow every winter.


Teaching for beginners and experts

Many different slopes in all different colors and challenging Offpiste runs are waiting for you to be discovered.
Beginners and Experts are welcome to join the lessons!

We will analyze your skiing on video cameras. Fast technical progress and more enjoyable ski days are the result of that.


Prices for private ski lessons in Chamonix valley:

Daily Ski and Telemark lessons, Off – piste days and Ski touring intro courses:

Half day (3hrs): 240.00€

  • 09:00-12:00 / 13:00 – 16:00

All day (7hrs): 420.00€ 

  • 09:00 – 16:00 (with 1 hour lunch break)

Included in the price: Teaching, Video of your progress, pick up at your Hotel

Make a booking with Patagoniatiptop



Ski areas within the Chamonix Valley

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The Chamonix Valley offers 4 different, big ski areas. There is a multitude of slopes for all levels, each ski area having its own merit. Sometimes it’s not easy to choose where to go. Let us help you with this decision.

Brévent – Flégère the ski area out of Chamonix town

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A south-facing ski area for skiers of every level, with superb gullies, on the edge of the nature reserve Aiguilles Rouges. An unrivalled panorama of the ‘roof’ of Europe and its surrounding summits. Access Brévent from the center of Chamonix or Flégère from Chamonix Les Praz (3km from Chamonix). At the bottom of the Brévent ski area there is a beginners area: the Savoy which can be accessed on foot from the resort center.


Grand Montets out of Argentière

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The north facing ski area for expert skiers. Grand Montets ski area offers long, steep runs and a great off piste ski bowl. It’s the spot after a snow storm and for skiers that like moguls.


Balme – Vallorcine out of Le Tour or Vallorcine

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The perfect family ski where to enjoy wide open gentle slopes overlooking the entire Chamonix Valley. There is some fantastic tree-skiing and tree-lined pistes on the Vallorcine ski bordering with Switzerland. In Le Tour at the bottom of the ski area there is La Vormaine, a very good beginner area.


Les Houches

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Great for families and intermediate skiers. The ski area of Les Houches / Saint Gervais extends from an altitude of 950m to 1900m. From the summit one has a spectacular 360° view of the Mont-Blanc massive. And with 55 km of slopes meandering through the forests, you will discover the real pleasures of skiing. With the Kandahar slope Les Houches also offers a black slope where Men’s World Cup races are hold.


Unlimited skiing in and around Chamonix

With the Chamonix Unlimited Skipass (more than 3 days) we can also enjoy skiing in Courmayeur (ITA) 15 Min., Verbier (CH) 40 Min. and Evasion Mont Blanc (Megève, St.Gervais, Les Contamines) (FR) 20 Min. by car from Chamonix.


Why not try Ski touring?

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Chamonix also offers great ski touring options not only for Experts.

Let us introduce you to our favourite sport with a Ski touring Intro. Learn all about safety, snow and technique with an UIAGM Mountain Guide. Bring your skiing to the next level!


Sign in for our Off piste, powder courses

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Explore the snow on the other side of the groomed run! If you have mastered the pistes and want to learn how to ski all trains off piste, come and sign up for our Off piste courses. We will teach you on all different slopes and terrains. Let’s train to get you fit to take a ski trip down the Valle Blanche!


Equipment

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We proudly ski with K2 Skis, they offer a great range of skis and boots for all different kind of availabilities and snow conditions. Not sure which material to buy or rent? We are happy to recommend the perfect ski for you.

There are plenty of shops in Chamonix that rent high quality skiing equipment. 


Accommodation for ski lessons in Chamonix

Do you want to sleep in down town Chamonix or rather a bit outside in the quite or maybe ski in and ski out? Chamonix has it all, let us find the perfect place for you!


Chamonix skiing, what it’s all about

A must by all ski enthusiasts! The Chamonix Valley is consistently rated as one of the top ten ski areas in the world. The legendary skiing caters for every taste and ability. 90% of the ski area is above 2000m with an excellent snow record and a long season from December to May. It is the home of the legendary 23 kilometre Vallee Blanche and the Kandahar World Cup downhill runs. The lift pass which, covers 750km of groomed skiing includes the elegant resort of Courmayeur in Italy, Verbier in Switzerland, and Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. The Chamonix Valley is approximately 20 kilometres long with the Aiguilles Rouges mountain range on the north side, and the Mont-Blanc mountain range on the south side. 

The town

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Chamonix is an ancient mountain town with a stylish atmosphere and a blend of French charm, varied skiing and modern facilities that few other alpine resorts can match. Our guests return time after time and always discover something new.

The town of Chamonix with its pedestrianised cobbled streets and squares, beautiful buildings has an excellent choice of quality shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and a Saturday market that should not be missed. Chamonix has an attractive, bustling old town centre. The smaller, quieter ski villages of Argentiere, Les Houches and Vallorcine offer a different style of resort life.


Aiguille du Midi, 3842m

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The top station of the Aiguille du Midi cablecar has a spectacular panorama of Chamonix, the Mont Blanc and the Mer De Glace glacier. It’s the access point to high elevation glacier skiing the world famous Vallée Blanche. Majestic Mont-Blanc, one of the world’s natural wonders dominates the area.


How skiing came to France; did you know?

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Skiing had come to Italy via Switzerland since about 1895. The natural thing for France would have been to copy the neighboring Italians. They went to the source instead, they wanted a missionary from Norway and in November 1902 one such providentially dropped in. A junior Norwegian army lieutenant called Herman Schultz that wanted to visit France as a ski instructor in order to get out into the wider world an learn French. Later two more officers where sent to France and they started a ski school to teach the French soldiers. Those soldiers showed a legendary marching ability and could accomplish to march up to 50 or 60 km a day on skis without really being worn out. They sometimes started at 4a.m. and didn’t return until 8p.m.

The ski school was so exhausting, both for teachers and the taught, that it only ran from Monday to Thursday, with the rest of the week free; for the French soldiery at any rate. On Friday and Saturday, the Norwegians were expected to teach the officers and on Sundays, their wives. The Colonel’s lady was particularly keen. The two instructors would support her on each side and she was wearing a hat and veil! …”Suddenly her skis broke trough the crust, and we ran on, but in confusion. It was not a dignified regimental commander’s wife who got her feet, covered in blood, with hat awry and tattered veil. Afternoon tea with her was cancelled. We didn’t see her for 14 days.”

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Women’s Skitouring Camp Pays du St Bernard, Switzerland

Skiing in Liddes, Pays du St. Bernard

Dates season 2023:  
  • April: 8th – 10th (Easter)
Dates for private Camps: December – April
Highlights 
  • 3 days ski teaching and ski touring 
  • 3 nights at a wonderful small Chalet in Val Ferret
  • Learn all about ski touring and back country skiing
  • Ski touring basics, including gear usage, uphill techniques, pacing, layering, and route selection
  • Avalanche awareness including terrain management and basic companion rescue strategies

Learn Off piste skiing and ski touring with us!

Three days of world-class skiing with top, women-specific instructions from Ex-World Cup ski racer and certified ski instructor Ella Alpiger.
This Women’s ski touring camp features the latest ski and ski-touring teaching techniques, avalanche safety informations and some hidden Off-piste runs.

  • “It’s all about learning off piste skiing technique, backcountry skills, mountain safety, and most importantly, having fun in the outdoors!”

We will base out of the beautiful Swiss Val Ferret for 3 days of adventure skiing. Our goal is to ski the best hidden places for the given conditions, and provide you with coaching and instruction in skiing off piste.

  • “It’s a unique ski program that makes it easier, faster and more fun to learn.”

Women’s ski touring camp Itinerary Pays du Saint Bernard

Arrival day

We pick you up at Martigny train station at 6pm and drive into the Swiss Val Ferret (20′). We welcome you at Sylvianes cozy Chalet for a first get together.

Come enjoy a dinner in the kitchen and a glas of wine infront of the fire place.

  • Night and dinner at Chalet in Val Ferret

Day 1: Off piste skiing work shop and avalanche rescuing

From piste to Off piste work shop in the ski area of Liddes near Grand Saint Bernard Pass. We ski where we find the nicest snow. Get tips on your skiing skills and technique to help you improve in a variety of ski conditions and terrain. Work on technique and mental preparation that will improve your skiing in the backcountry, in steeps, trees, narrow chutes and crud.
Learn how to search with your avalanche transceiver in the afternoon on a short ski tour. An important skill you have to know!

Before heading back to the Chalet we stop at the local cheese factory to get our Raclette cheese for dinner.

  • Night and dinner at the Chalet in Val Ferret.

Day 2:  Ski touring intro La Fouly, Switzerland

A short drive brings us to our Offpiste work shop in the morning in the small ski area of  La Fouly. It’s a secret spot for powder lovers and offers also some great tree skiing. Practice the tips you have learned yesterday.
Now we are ready to bring our back country skiing to the next level. We start with a short ski tour in the afternoon where you learn all about ascending with skins on your skis, ski touring itineraries and snow safety information.

  • Night and dinner at the Chalet, enjoy a glas of wine at the fire place and check out today’s skiing videos.

Day 3: Ski tour 

With a picknick and all necessary things in our backpack we skin up into the mountains. We use and try all our new learned skills and enjoy a day in the peaceful mountains.
The course finishes at 4pm at the train station in Martigny.

Changes to the itinerary:

The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.


What you will learn in this Women’s ski touring camp:

This course makes it possible for intermediate and advanced skiers to move to the next level of expertise in the shortest time possible. Get confident with the avalanche safety skills and make your first ski touring experiences. All in a group session designed to foster camaraderie. A truly elevated experience. Do you already have some ski touring experience? This course will still help you to improve and make sure, you feel confident while skiing off piste. 


Personal Requirements:

If you feel confident on red and black slopes and have some off-piste experience, you’re ready to join this camp. Please contact us if you’re not sure about your level.


Location, Pays du St. Bernard:

In a privileged natural Alpine setting that is almost perfectly preserved, the St-Bernard region offers a wide range of sports and cultural activities.

In winter, the charming resorts offer ski runs and freeride for all levels with spectacular panoramic views in breathtaking natural surroundings .


How to get to Martigny, Switzerland:

Martigny in the Swiss Valais region can be reached by train in an hour from Geneva and in 2hrs from Zürich. From Chamonix you can reach Martigny by train as well. 


Our Accommodation:  

We’ll stay in a special Chalet from the 18th century, carefully renovated by Sylviane, our host. The chalet is located in a very quiet, traditional village with only 30 people living there.

We share the two big bedrooms with places for 8 people and can enjoy the whole chalet to ourselves. You can relax in front of the  fireplace with a glass of wine or enjoy the tastefully decorated wooden living room and a big common space underneath the roof where we can do some yoga and stretching after skiing. 

Chalet features:
  • Champagne and canapés upon arrival at the chalet
  • Home made vegetarian dinners  – including special menus for those with dietary needs, prepared by Sylviane our host
  • Full breakfast every morning: hot and cold option including eggs, fresh bread, fruit platter and cereals
  • Afternoon tea – home baked cakes, fresh bread and jams with tea and coffee

Fees:
  • 3 Skiers:            910.00CHF /skier
    5 skiers:             772.00CHF /skier
    Skiing only*:     500.00CHF /skier 

(*Min. 3 skiers: accommodation/half board, ski pass and transport not included in the skiing only program)

Included: Professional teaching and organisation, 2 ski passes, 3 nights in a traditional Chalet with half board in shared rooms, lots of information about ski touring and avalanche rescuing, mental training tips, pick up and drop off at Martigny train station

Not included: Transportation to and back from Martigny, lunches, drinks, personal insurance, personal equipment (let us know if you need ski touring and avalanche safety equipment, it can be rented).


What material should you choose for our women’s ski touring camp? 

We proudly ski on K2 Skis! They offer great backcountry skiing equipment especially for Women! Let us know if we can recommend a ski for you.


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Ski touring Refugio Frey, Bariloche / Argentina


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August – October

Ski touring around Refugio Frey in Bariloche is a must on a ski trip down to Argentina!

The hut is legendary and the ambiance is great! Not to talk about the many skiing options between Granite towers and mountain lagoons. Come enjoy a couple great Bariloche skiing days with us in Northern Patagonia.

Ski touring Itinerary

1st day: Cerro Catedral – Refugio Frey
We pick you up at your hotel in Bariloche and drive to the Cerro Cathedral ski area. A few lifts bring us to the top of the mountain where our ski touring trip starts. We will reach the Frey hut after a first nice run down to Vantitter valley and a short ascend up to the hut. There will be plenty of couloirs with fresh snow to be discovered this afternoon.
Night and dinner at the cosy Frey hut

2nd day: Refugio Frey Ski touring
All day skiing around Refugio Frey today. We will discover mountain lagoons, ski between Granit towers and make sure you try a good Mate – Tee at the end of the day.
Enjoy a dinner and night at Frey hut

3rd day: Refugio Frey – Bariloche
There is lots to ski still today before heading back down to Bariloche.


Rates:

1 – 2 pax: 940.- USD
3 pax: 730.- USD
4 and more: 600.- USD

Included in the price:
Organisation, local IVBV-IFMGA mountain guide, Transport from/to your Hotel in Bariloche, Ski pass 1st day, 2 nights at mountain hut with full board

Not included in the price:
Hotel in Bariloche, personal insurance (accident, annulation, travel etc.), drinks


Refugio Frey

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Located on the shores of Toncek lagoon, with turquoise cold waters, at the foot of Frey peak in Mount Catedral. Named after Engineer Emilio Frey, a member of the Border Committee presided by Perito Moreno since 1895. He was the park administrator of the Nahuel Huapi National Park and one of the founders of Club Andino Bariloche.


How to get to Bariloche
  • Flights: Air transport is more comfortable and most widely chosen to travel from Buenos Aires to Bariloche (BRC). Flights are offered by LATAM and Aerolíneas Argentinas airlines. Flight time is about 2hrs.
  • Bus: There is a large offering of buses in Argentina, and most offer services from and to Bariloche. You can choose from among basic services, seats partially convertible into beds, fully convertible into beds or executive bed service. They all offer comfortable seats, onboard movies, drinks, breakfast, lunch or dinner during the trip. Find your bus here
  • Coming from Chile: There are buses from Puerto Montt or Osorno. This is a good website to find your bus connections.


Packing list for Refugio Frey ski touring

There are no showers in the huts but you will find running water and toilets to clean yourself.

Ski gear

  • Ski touring Skis with skins (Ski around 80mm under foot, max 90mm)
  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski poles
  • Avalanche probe, shovel and beacon 
  • Boot crampons
  • Ski crampons
  • Helmet (optional)

Personal gear

  • Backpack 30-40 Lts
  • Sleeping bag (thin, for the hut)
  • Headlamp 
  • Pocket knife or Leatherman
  • Waterbottle / Thermosbottle
  • Crocs or light weight sandals 
  • 2 pairs of skiing socks 
  • Warm skiing underwear
  • T shirt
  • Fleece
  • Insulated jacket 
  • Water proof Goretex jacket
  • Water proof Goretex pants
  • Water proof Goretex gloves with insulation or similar
  • Thin gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Buff or similar
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses with UV filter + Goggles
  • Sun screen and lipstick
  • Earplug
  • Tooth brush and paste
  • Personal toiletries and medicaments
  • Bag to keep things waterproof in your backpack
  • Camera/phone/batterie pack

Paper work

  • Valid passport/visa (with/photo copy carried separately. Also leave a copy with someone at home)
  • Cash in U.S. dollars (not smaller than 50US for a better change)
  • Bring cash in pesos (or change in US$) up to the huts for beers/wine

Change of plan

Anyone familiar with the backcountry knows to expect the unexpected and the weather is unpredictable.
Be prepared for a potential Plan B if the conditions/ weather change.


About Bariloche

Located in Argentina’s Río Negro province, Bariloche is a city surrounded by thousand-year-old forests, mountains covered in snow and crystal clear lakes. It’s quintessentially Patagonian and located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. A city that is home to excellence and surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful natural spots.


Wonderful private house in Bariloche

Are you looking for the perfect spot to relax before and after the tour? We offer a beautiful house in the forest and near the lake. You can book it trough Airbnb or directly with us:


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Ski touring Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt

Dates:
March – April, please choose your date for privat tours

From the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital

This seven day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes. It traverses the crest of the Western Alps and passes through some of the most stunning mountain scenery in Europe. We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis glaciers of Switzerland. The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.

  • 7 skitouring days
  • 6 nights in typical mountain huts


Daily itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Elevation gain: 700m
Vertical loss: 700m

Day 2: Refuge de Trient
Ref Argentière  – Refuge Trient
Elevation gain: 1100m
Vertical loss: 300m

Day 3: Refuge Prafleuri
Refuge Trient – Refuge Prafleuri
Elevation gain: 900m
Vertical loss: 2700m

Day 4: Cabane de Dix
Refuge Prafleuri  – Cabane de Dix
Elevation gain: 800m
Vertical loss: 660m

Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes
Cabane de Dix – Pigne d’Arolla – Cabane des Vignettes
Elevation gain: 894m
Vertical loss: 728m

Day 6: Cabane Bertol
Cabane des Vignettes – Cabane Bertol
Elevation gain: 1098m
Vertical loss: 853m

Day 7: Cabane Bertol – Zermatt
Cabane Bertol – Zermatt
Elevation gain: 610m
Vertical loss: 2270m

Options:

This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Adding more peaks or changing tour route with other huts. Please contact us for more informations.


Map:

map of the haute route Skitour from chamonix to zermatt


Price:
  • 2 Skiers: 3’596.00€ per Skier
  • 4 Skiers: 2’189.00€ per Skier
  • 6 Skiers: 1’720.00€ per Skier 

Included in the price: Organisation, 7 days IFMGA mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier on Day 2,  6 nights at huts with half board, 6 pack lunches, tea for the tour
Not included in the price: Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment

*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation, accident, travel insurance.


Level requirements

This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to skin up to 5 hours with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace.
Efficiency in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain should be no problem. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees.
Are you an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without losing control over your skis?  Skiing on slopes of 40 degrees is not a problem of you?
You should be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h).


Haute Route Mont Blanc Extension 

Why not benefit from your fitness and acclimatization and climb Mont Blanc with skis following your completion of the Haute Route? Take a look at our program!


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