Many thanks for your booking on our guided Ski Vallée Blanche programme.
Please find more details regarding the day and Chamonix logistics listed here.
Skiing The Vallee Blanche
This is a superb journey, but also a physical undertaking at high altitude. You need to be in good health, with good fitness, with a good level off piste skiing. Please carefully read all the details on our Ski Vallée Blanche course page here:
Please check all the equipment requirements on the list below and let us know if you will need to borrow any technical equipment in particular with regard to the following items:
- Crampons (if required)
- Ski pack which skis can be effectively attached to
Please also pay particular attention to the cold weather items like face mask, goggles, warm gloves, warm jacket etc.
If you need to rent equipment then we recommend you hire from Sanglard Sports in Chamonix use this link to make a booking https://uk.rentski.com/rental/
Please mention ‘High Mountain Guides’ when arranging this to get the 15% discount in the shop or add ‘high’ as a discount code on the Sanglards website when booking online to get an extra 5% on top of the 10% discount which is standard for online bookings.
Please check the link above for information on Chamonix accommodation, Travel & transfers from Geneva airport, logistics etc
Geneva Airport – Chamonix Transfers
Discount with ‘Mountain Drop-offs‘
Promo code (case sensitive): HMGCHX
The code gives prices of 30€50 super saver, 35€ flexi and 190€ private vs 33€50, 38€ and 199€. The discounts are available in high season mid-December to mid-April then mid-June to mid-September. There is a supplement for very early and late travel.
We will be in touch with details of your Guide close to the date of your guiding. Please do revert back to us should you have any questions in the meantime.
Meeting Time & Place
We will also confirm the exact time and place for meeting the guide that day. It is often at 0830 at the Aiguille du Midi base station in Chamonix but this will be confirmed according to prevailing weather and conditions and your preference nearer the time.
Lift Pass & Other Expenses
A Mont Blanc Unlimited pass costs around €65 and this will cover both your ascent of the Midi and descent of the Montenvers railway.
If conditions are good and you are fit and skiing well a single pass on the Midi can be bought and save around €20.
Please make sure you have arranged your own ski hire and note that any other expenses like insurance / lunch / drinks along the way are not included in the guiding fee.
You need rescue and medical insurance covering you for off-piste skiing and ski touring. Also for trip cancellation. For UK residents we would recommend using the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) policies. For other nationalities and residents, please refer to our Insurance FAQs below. Insurance is a personal issue and we can’t advise on an individual’s policy details.
Please read our FAQs about arranging your mountain insurance here
Ski Fit – BeFit Apps
We highly recommend you undertake a pre-ski season / trip preparation programme, ideally starting early in the autumn season to give plenty of time to build strength in your core, glutes and various other important ski related muscles! Our friends at BeFitt Apps have produced a really excellent pre season preparation which you can follow online, on your phone etc for a very cheap subscription.
We will send you more specific details closer to the time in our Joining Information about 1-2 weeks before you travel. This will including the meeting time and place for starting the course as well as the name and contact details of your guide, an update on conditions, and any other relevant information. The day normally starts at around 0800 – 0830 hrs where the guide will meet you at the Aiguille du Midi for the ski day.
We keep a regularly updated blog on Vallée Blanche & Chamonix off piste ski conditions which you can check on either our ski Vallee Blanche page or our mountain news page via the link above.
We are not planning on having any accidents or incidents in the mountains…people never are! But in the event of an incident taking place, and your guide not being available to respond on behalf of the team, please note the following rescue numbers and procedures.
ADD THESE NUMBERS TO YOUR PHONE NOW!
Chamonix Mountain Rescue PGHM) – +33(0)4 50 53 16 89
France Emergency Number – 112
Courmayeur Emergency Number – 118
Swiss Valais Helicopter Rescue (REGA) – 1414
Swiss Valais Emergency Number – 144
During an emergency call, calmly & clearly give the following information:
- Who? Your name & phone number you are calling from
- What? Type of accident, number of victims, seriousness & type of injuries
- Where? Your location, including the route you are on & elevation in metres
- When? Time of accident
- Weather? Include wind speed (Km/hr), wind direction & visibility
Thanks for your booking for guiding and we look forward to meeting & climbing with you soon.
In the meantime, best wishes & good training,
Robin Jarvis IFMGA MIC Mountain Guide
Chamonix Weather Forecasts
Chamonix Ski Touring & Off Piste Warm-Up & Course Preparation
We have a great article available for you to read on Off Piste and Ski Touring warm-up options in the Chamonix Valley if you plan to arrive a couple of days early for some additional skiing before your course / guided days begin.
Ski Touring & Ski Mountaineering Progression
For more details on our other Chamonix ski touring days, weekends and weeks, as well as our spring ski mountaineering programmes, please check our dedicated pages below: