Ski Touring in Chamonix – Les Houches
Ski Touring in Chamonix – Les Houches. Join our Guides based at our Mont Blanc Escalade climbing centre in Les Houches for a ski touring day to remember. The Chamonix Valley is the destination of choice for freeride and mountaineering adventures. Ski Touring in Chamonix is an unforgettable experience, far from the crowds and on slopes not accessible from the ski lifts. Discover the glaciers, wild landscapes and hidden off-piste in the vast Mont Blanc range. The choice of Ski Touring routes within the Chamonix Valley are extensive. Let our guides lead you to the best trails that suit your level, the weather and snow conditions. A Ski Touring novice or expert, discover the best ski touring climbs and off-piste descents as our guides share their knowledge and expertise with you.
Ski Touring in Chamonix Mont Blanc
Ski Touring Routes in Chamonix – Les Houches
Explore the extensive network of routes in the Chamonix-Les Houches valley. Each area offering multiple options for off-piste and ski touring. Your guide will share their favourite routes and the hidden gems of the Chamonix back-country. Experience a full day Ski Touring on the Crochues Bérard route, taking the Index chairlift and starting the adventure in the village of Le Praz. An alternative route in the same area, will take you to the Col du Belvédère. The legendary Ski Touring route of Le Buet, an ascent of 1770m altitude, has magical landscapes and spectacular views. In the du Tour, La Balme and the Grands Montets areas, find yourself with countless Ski Touring options, enjoying both the climb and descent. Those looking for a less technical Ski Touring experience, La Flégère and Les Houches have superb options.
The Ski Touring Equipment to have
There are Ski Touring routes to suit all levels of experience. Depending on the area and off-piste route, you may need a higher level of fitness and technical ski touring / off-piste knowledge. There are routes with gentler gradients, whilst others such as Le Buet, with its steep climbs, exposed and challenging slopes, are suitable for experienced skiers. As with all off-piste skiing, safety is paramount. An avalanche backpack, transceiver (DVA), probe and shovel are non-negotiable. Helmets are strongly recommended and on some routes are required. If your chosen route requires a rope and harness or crampons, your guide can provide this equipment. Ski Touring or freeride skis are preferable, for your comfort on the climbs and to take advantage of powder turns on the descent. We recommend that you carry a spare pair of skins along with a pair of ski claws to aid in steep climbs.
Start your Ski Touring Day
Our Chamonix Base Camp is located in Les Houches, at our Mont Blanc Escalade climbing centre. Find our Mountain Guides, along with all the advice you’ll need prior to your day on the slopes. For Ski Touring adventures in the Chamonix-Les Houches area, meet your guide at your hotel, accommodation or directly on the slopes. Following an evaluation of your ski level, weather, snow conditions and if you have any specific routes in mind, your adventure commences. Your guide will lead you to the different off-piste areas in Chamonix Mont Blanc for a half or full day of ski touring & off-piste descents. Because your safety and enjoyment are paramount for our Guides. They’ll share their expertise in both ski touring and off-piste techniques, to ensure you take full advantage of the freeride experience.