Great, unique, unforgettable… All adjectives suit to a T this freeride slope, which is not only the most famous in the Alps but also among the best in the whole world!Undoubtedly our advice is to TRY IT, at least once in your life!
Even if the Vallée Blanche offers various possible slope alternatives (from the Gigante to the Glacier du Plan, just to give an idea) as well as many ski mountaineering itineraries that can be included in challenging multiple-day tours, the classical slope is maybe one of the most significant experiences for those who come from the ski on track or from the ski mountaineering world. The landscape alternates red/orange rock peaks and ice towers that fall into séracs next to which you can ski, whereas after every corner the panorama reinvents itself and offers glimpses on those mountains that have made the story of mountaineering: from the Grand Capucin to the Jorasses, from the Mont Maudit to the Aiguilles de Chamonix.
With the best conditions the descent ends up along the Chamonix pine groves and reaches directly the village; otherwise, in case of snow shortage in the lower part of the valley, you can stop by the Montenvers terminal and go back to the village by rack railway.
We leave Cuneo together or we meet up on the motorway in Ivrea and go to Courmayeur. We reach the Helbronner peak on the cablecar (at 3.400 m of altitude, on the Italian side), or the Aiguille du Midi (at 3.800 m of altitude, on the French side). In both cases the view is great and we get glimpses on the marvellous Mount Blanc peak. We have our packed lunch along the slope near the Salle a Manger or the Requin hut. We arrive at Chamonix in the early afternoon; from there, if we had gone to the Helbronner peak from the La Palud, we go back to Courmayeur by bus, otherwise we go directly to Chamonix and take our car. The Vallèe Blanche descent is easily combined with other freeride or ski mountaineering programs in Chamonix. So don’t wait, contact us and we’ll organize your custom-made program!
LEVEL From easy to hard depending on the itinerary agreed with the guide
PERIOD from December to April based on snow cover
What do I need?
ARTVA, shovel, probe and ABS backpack (possibility to rent an ABS backpack). Freeride skis (it’s possibile to hire them in an affiliated shop), climbing skins (not essential but reccomended) ski boots, ski poles, harness, crampons, high altitudes suitable ski clothing (gore tex ski jacket and pants, gloves, helmet or ski cap, ski mask or sun glasses, winter coat and first layer).
What is included:
– Day with Global Mountain Alpine Guide.
What in not included:
– Rental of freeride equipment and ABS backpack
– Transfer, lifts and any overnight stays (the overnight stay of the guide is to be understood by the participants)