Snowboarding Chamonix

France: Haute-Savoie

Shred the legendary Cham pow on a thrilling trip in Chamonix designed just for snowboarders and splitboarders!

Rates & Packages

Rates 2017 / 2018

Splitboard discovery day
Number of PeoplePrice per person
Daily / minimum 3 people125 €
Private (max. 6)360 €
2 day Snow Touring
Please contact LUEX for more information
Snow Board in Vallée Blanche
Group - min 4 peoplePrice per person
Without Ski Pass90 €
With Ski Pass150 €
PrivatePrice per group
1 to 4 people (without ski pass)325 €

Please note:

  • The number of persons maay change depending on the snow conditions

What is included / What not

Splitboard discovery day

Included in the package:

  • Mountain guiding service
  • Avalanche transceiver rental (DVA), shovel, probe, harness rental

Not included:

  • Personal drinks
  • transportation
  • pack lunch
  • eventual lift tickets
  • Personal snowboarding equipment, personal expenses

2 Day Snow Touring includes

  • Mountain guiding service
  • Half board (night, breakfast and dinner)
  • Daily lunches and energy snacks
  • Lift access and transfers during the tour
  • Avalanche transceiver rental (DVA), shovel, probe, harness rental

Not included

  • Personal drinks
  • Personal snowboarding equipment, personal expenses (bring some extra cash: euros)

Snowboard in Valee Blanche includes

  • The guide's fees
  • The safety equipement rental (harness and transceiver)
  • The booking of Aiguille du Midi gondola

Not included

  • Ski pass

Extended Description

 Splitboard tour

A program of 4 days in Splitboard to discover the Mont-Blanc range.

Route

This program is a general guideline for the trip. The guide alone can decide and apply changes in the program during the trip, according to weather and terrain conditions, skiers physical condition and skills.

Day 1: From the village of Le Tour we ride up the lifts to the top of the Autannes chairlift and ride to the base of Tête de Charamillon (7 260ft). There we start our climb up Col des Autannes (9 164ft) the mountain pass above us. The summit ridgeline separates France and Switzerland. From the pass we set foot onto glacier terrain and continue across glaciers de Bron and glacier des Grands until we reach Pointe des Grands ( 10 230ft). We ride into Switzerland and down to the village of Trient. We spend the night back in a guest house (locally called a “gîte”) in Chamonix.

Vertical gain: 1 900ft / Vertical drop: 4 860ft

Day 2: We leave from Les Praz and use the Flégère ski lifts to reach the summit of Aiguilles Crochues (8 300ft). After a short descent we use our touring skins again and skin up past Lac Blanc, under the Chamois and Ancrenaz needles, and then to Col de l’Ancrenaz (8 500ft). Snow conditions will decide of our line down, either to Vallorcine or to Argentière.

Vertical gain: 1 640ft / Vertical drop: 4 200ft

Day 3: We start from the Grands Montets (10 870ft) ski area.From the top of tram our first descent begins on Glacier du Rognon until we reach the wide and flat section of Argentière glacier. After putting our skis on our boards, our route meanders up the Améthyste glacier until col du Tour Noir (11 660ft).  From the top of the pass we can admire amazing alpine views, the super steep swiss side onto La Fouly and the very dramatic North face of Aiguille Verte (13 600ft). We ride back down the glacier to Argentière hut (9 150ft) where we stay for the night.

Vertical gain: 3 070ft / Vertical drop: 2 510ft

Day 4:  After a nice rewarding night at the hut, and a short descent on Argentière glacier, we put our skins on again and start touring up to Col du Passon (10 000ft).  At the top of the pass, we find our way down the Tour glacier, and enjoy a great long run to the village of Le Tour.

Vertical gain: 1 920ft / Vertical drop: 5 160ft

Details

Riding skills level 3:  riders are able to link turns and keep up a moderate speed while switching to fakie riding position. Snowboarding skills include flat section anticipation and adjusting speed when necessary.

Preparing for the trip: One week before trip departure, the head-guide will contact by to answer your questions, and provide complementary information (i.e. touring gear, clothing, specific equipment etc.)

Guiding standards: For safety reasons, one mountain guide can manage groups of 4 to 6 people maximum. Small group standards at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix are amongst the strictest in the mountain guiding business. 

Accommodation: Nights in “gite” in the Chamonix valley and one in a hut.

Dates 2014: March the 20th to the 23rd – April the 03rd to the 06th – April the 17th to the 20th.

Meeting point: On day 1, at 8.30am at the Compagnie des Guides, next to the church, in Chamonix. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until group returns)

Documentation: Valid passport or ID card.

Insurance: Mountain professionals working as guides are self-employed and are individually covered under a professional liability insurance contract (from the French Mountain Guiding Association (SNGM)).The Voyages Department of the Compagnie des Guides is insured under a tour operator professional liability contract  (MMA IARD) : We also provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation. Each trip participant must have personal repatriation insurance. We strongly advise you purchase cancellation insurance. We also advise you purchase personal ski insurance (ie. “Carte neige”).

 

2 day Snow Touring

Discover the Mont Blanc range in a flash, and snowboard down classic runs such as Toule glacier, the Tour glacier, Vallée Blanche and many more.... Every uphill and downhill part is perfectly adapted to snowboarding. The Mont Blanc range offers an exceptional choice of one or two-day trips, with varying vertical drops and difficulties, in a fantastic mountain background.

 

Route

Day 1: Riding into the Red Needle range (massif des Aiguilles Rouges)

After riding the Flégère lifts we begin with an avalanche safety kit training day: (Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe…). Later on we ride down to the base of Col des Dards (9 200ft). Using our snowshoes we climb to the top of the pass. After enjoying the superb panoramic view over the Mont Blanc range, we ride back down using the same route.

Vertical gain: 1 378ft  / Vertical drop: 5 577ft

Day 2: Le Tour to Trient

From the village of Le Tour, we ride the lifts and climb up to the top of Petites or Grandes Autannes. From the summit ridge a nice long run into Switzerland takes us to the village of Trient.

Vertical gain: 1 574ft  / Vertical drop: 4 790ft


Details

Riding skills level 2:  riders must be able to ride backside and frontside across a mountain side that may involve changing over to “fakie” or “switch” without losing altitude.  It also requires good snowboarding skills, such as anticipating flat sections and adjusting speed when necessary.

Preparing for the trip: One week before trip departure, the head-guide will contact by to answer your questions, and provide complementary information (i.e. touring gear, clothing, specific equipment etc.)

Guiding standards: For safety reasons, one mountain guide can manage groups of 4 to 6 people maximum. Small group standards at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix are amongst the strictest in the mountain guiding business. 

Accommodation: Night in “gite” in the Chamonix valley.

Meeting point: On day 1, at 8.30am at the Compagnie des Guides, next to the church, in Chamonix. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until group returns).

Documentation: Valid passport or ID card.

Insurance: Mountain professionals working as guides are self-employed and are individually covered under a professional liability insurance contract (from the French Mountain Guiding Association (SNGM)).The Voyages Department of the Compagnie des Guides is insured under a tour operator professional liability contract  (MMA IARD) : We also provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation. Each trip participant must have personal repatriation insurance. We strongly advise you purchase cancellation insurance. We also advise you purchase personal ski insurance (ie. “Carte neige”)

 

Splitboard 3 days

Based in Chamonix, you will enjoy the best spots between France, Switzerland and Italy to approach the snowboard trip differently. You will discover all the good aspects of the splitboard: lighter bag, real pleasure on the way up and in the descent!!

 

Route

Day 1: From Chamonix we ride the Brévent lifts and head out to the base of Col Cornu (7 660ft). After a short run we reach the frozen Cornu Lake. Then we climb back up to Col and Lac Noir (8 600ft). From the top of the pass we enjoy a beautiful run into the remote Lac noir alpine bowl and all the way to Chamonix.

Vertical gain:500ft  /  Vertical drop: 1640ft

Day 2: We drive o Val d’Aosta in Italy to find a remote and lift-free valley! We leave from Val d’Arpy ( 5 550ft) and follow a nice trail up into a nice, open larch forest to reach the top of Punta Croce (8 150ft) and a fabulous view point that offers an amazing panoramic view covering the South face of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. We ride the same route back down.

Vertical gain: 2625ft  /  Vertical drop:2625ft

Day 3: a longer day that involves snowboarding on a glacier.

From the top to the Autannes chairlift on Le Tour ski area, we start riding slightly downhill and across the mountain side until Charamillon Lake. There we start our climb to the pass above us, Les Autannes (9 164ft) and the ridgeline that seperates France and Switzerland. From the pass we set foot onto glacier terrain and continue across glaciers de Bron and glacier des Grands until we reach Pointe des Grands ( 10 230ft). Then comes the rewarding time after our work out:  a long glacier run all the way down to the village of Trient: it was well worth-it.

Vertical gain:2950ft /  Vertical drop:5920ft

 

Details

Riding skills level 2:  riders must be able to ride backside and frontside across a mountain side that may involve changer over to “fakie” or “switch” without losing altitude. It also requires good snowboarding skills, such as anticipating flat sections and adjusting speed when necessary.

Preparing for the trip: One week before trip departure, the head-guide will contact by to answer your questions, and provide complementary information (i.e. touring gear, clothing, specific equipment etc.)

Guiding standards: For safety reasons, one mountain guide can manage groups of 4 to 6 people maximum. Small group standards at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix are amongst the strictest in the mountain guiding business. 

Accommodation: nights in “gite” in the Chamonix valley.

Dates 2014: February the 28th to the 02nd of March- March the 07th to the 09th and March the 14th to the 16th.

Meeting point: On day 1, at 8.30am at the Compagnie des Guides, next to the church, in Chamonix. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until group returns).

Documentation: valid passport or ID card.

Insurance: Mountain professionals working as guides are self-employed and are individually covered under a professional liability insurance contract (from the French Mountain Guiding Association (SNGM)).The Voyages Department of the Compagnie des Guides is insured under a tour operator professional liability contract  (MMA IARD) : We also provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation. Each trip participant must have personal repatriation insurance. We strongly advise you purchase cancellation insurance. We also advise you purchase personal ski insurance (ie. “Carte neige”).


Snow Board in Vallée Blanche

Ride THE LEGEND ...

Aiguille du Midi : altitude 3 842 m ... All around is immense, pristine and wide open.

The famous Aiguille du Midi ridge is just in front of you, with its legendary run starting just below … 

It is a skier’s wonderland, a 23 km run, through incredible glacier bowls and slopes. A magic ski experience, around seracs and crevasses until the welcoming break at the Requin hut (optional).

A breathtaking panorama: Mont Blanc, the Chamonix Aiguilles, the Grandes Jorasses, the Drus, and the Verte. A must in a skier’s life !

Discover exclusive routes ...

Ski routes vary and are chosen to fit skier’s technical skills : the classic route, Envers, Petit or Grand Envers.

 

Details

Timing

From the departure in Chamonix to the return down into the valley, you should allow 4 to 6 hours depending on the conditions and the route taken.

 

Guiding

Vallée Blanche is an off-piste and ungroomed ski run on glaciers, where caution is necessary.

Taking a qualified moutain guide is then the best way to fully enjoy the activity.

From his experience and local knowledge, he will know how to choose the appropriate route enabling you to enjoy this magnificiant scenery in total security.

The maximum number of persons per guide is 8, this number can change depending on the snow conditions.

 

Technical level required

The classic way down Vallée Blanche is not very steep, and therefore not recommended to snowboarders (long flat sections).  There are yet several steeper options, such as Petit and Grand Envers du Plan. To enjoy a safe run down, snowboarders should be skilled to ride off piste black diamond runs, involving steep and changing snow quality.

We more that strongly recommend the use of a telescopic single pole for help on the long flat glacier section of Mer de Glace.

 

Ski equipment & clothing

Normal ski equipment is fine, however have your bindings checked. Your guide will provide the necessary safety equipment.

Clothing must be warm and wind-proof. You will also need gloves, a hat and sunglasses.

A ruck-sack is useful to allow you to carry a picnic and of course your camera !

 

Group Hiring

You are alone and you want to ski Vallée Blanche, join one of our groups ..

 

Private Hiring

You are already a group or you want to be alone with your guide, hire a private guide ...

 


PP/Night from US$ 85