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Chamonix Powder Touring

Powder Touring in the Larch Woods of the Val Feret

On the Italian Side of the Mont Blanc Range. Great terrain for ski touring, not to mention quality cafe trips!

Deep Untracked Powder Accessed With Skins Near Les Houches

This time of year often lends itself well to combining lift access with skinning. In this way good ski touring terrain can be accessed quickly as well as enjoying some powder tree skiing off the lifts if the weather is poor.

Powder Ski Touring in the Massif des Aravis Near Chamonix

Situated above Sallanches in the Arve Valley between Geneva & Chamonix these hills can be great for ski touring when there are heavy mid winter snowfalls and the avalanche risk can be managed more easily on the lower, more easily angled and wooded slopes compared to Chamonix.

Heavy Snow Conditions in January - Off Piste & Ski Touring from the Lifts of St. Gervais

It's amazing how with a pair of skins, a map and some avalanche awareness & route planning some great ski journeys can be had even low on the mountain and away from the crowds.

Finishing a Lift Accessed Ski Tour Above the Megeve Valley

Classic snowy January conditions with snowy trees & great powder

The Weather Can Be Very Good in Winter too!

Here a mid winter ski tour in the Italian Val Feret on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc range is enjoyed in perfect winter weather. The cover of the tree line can be left below and whilst care is required with route planning & avalanche awareness some great middle mountain terrain can be enjoyed.

Ski Touring on a Fine Winter Day Above the Contamines Valley

The Contamines provides a fine lift accessed ski touring venue on the North West side of the Mont Blanc range near the Italian border. There are a good variety of cols & peaks providing different lengths & difficulty of tour.

Lots of Options for Winter Ski Touring Routes Around the Col de Jaillet, Aravis

These tours can be accessed by car from Cordon or via the lifts of the Combloux or Megeva Jaillet ski area. Either way there are a various great micro tours where a pair of skins will take you in to terrain that other skiers can not reach!

The Skinning Ascent of the Petit Croise Baulet from the Col de Jaillet

An hours skinning from the col, itself accessed by a lovely easy mini off piste run through the trees, takes you to the superb view point of the Croisse Baulet, from where there are various inviting choices for the ski descent.

Touring Over the Petit Croise Baulet in the Aravis

With the Mont Blanc Massif & Chamonix Valley in the background

Great Winter Snow for the Descent of the Croise Baulet in the Aravis

Heading South & further in to the Aravis towards Le Plan / La Giettaz and Col des Aravis route.

Winter Powder Touring in the Larch Forests of Punta Croce

Above Morgex in the Italian Val d'Aosta, this provides a great 'away day' for the Chamonix based ski tourer

Ski Touring Low Down on the West Side of the Chamonix Valley on a Snowy Day

There are still lots of options for skiing great snow even if the avalanche risk is high - it is just a question of finding suitable terrain.