Guided skiing trips from off-piste lift accessed days – to multi day hut to hut touring...
We're based in the world renowned Mountain Resort of Chamonix, and we run guided skiing trips from off-piste lift accessed days through to multi day hut to hut touring. We're in the Chamonix valley year round, and during the winter we keep a close eye on conditions so as to pick the best venue for the day. We are passionate skiers, and enjoy every aspect from big mountain freeride lines, to putting on the skinny skis and getting some serious vertical touring done.
Vertical Frontiers is run by IFMGA Mountain Guide Ben Bradford. Ben competes in Ski Mountaineering races throughout Europe, and is a member of the British team. Fitting racing and training around guiding can be tricky, but having some fit clients helps a lot!
In the spring we run several private ski touring trips around the Alps, and sometimes schedule trips where we match clients up who’d like to share costs. If your interested in some hut to hut ski touring or mountaineering please do contact us.
Ski Touring encompasses a large variety of ski days, short little skins to access a slope away from the lifts through to multi-day hut to hut ski tours...
Some tours require some mountaineering skills, such as using crampons and a rope whilst others are super mellow and are just gentle uphill walking with skis on.
In short, there really is something for everyone, and using Chamonix as a base is super flexible with good touring in Chamonix itself but with many other areas close by such as Les Contamine, the Italian Courmayeur area and Switzerland.
We are passionate ski tourers and mountaineers and are regularly out skinning on our days off. Ben is a member of the British Ski Mountaineering team and competes in local races as well as European and World cup events during the season.
We guide and run all of these trips for private groups, so if your interested in an introduction or want to book an adventurous hut to hut week long tour get in touch with us to discuss the options.
Off piste ski guiding days with qualified IFMGA Mountain Guides
Chamonix and the surrounding resorts are world famous ski areas, known for their spectacular off piste runs. Skiing beneath the Chamonix Aiguilles with Mont Blanc as a background is a must for every off piste skier...
Our experienced IFMGA mountain guides will take you to the best venue for the day, based on weather, snow conditions and your skiing ability. We are based in the Chamonix valley and know the skiing intimately, and also travel to ski and guide in nearby resorts such as Coumayeur in Italy, Verbier in Switzerland, and the nearby resorts of Megeve, Saint Gervais and Combloux.
There really is something for everyone, with easily accessed mellow slopes for first time off piste skiers, through to extreme couloirs for the highly experienced.
Thanks Ben for possibly the best day off piste powder skiing in 20 years…Just awesome thank you, when can I come back?!!
- Sally - Chamonix 2016
Private ski guiding in the Chamonix valley and beyond
If you’d like to join a group for some off piste skiing, check out our Chamonix – Courmayeur Ski weekend trips...
We take bookings for private groups from December to May. Our maximum group size per guide is six, but for more technical skiing the ratios are reduced. For each booking re require a 50% deposit, or the full amount if booking less than 30 days in advance. See our full terms and conditions. Each participant must fill out our online medical form.
Our price includes all guiding fees, avalanche safety gear (shovel, probe, transceiver), guides lift ticket and transport for up to four people within the Chamonix valley. It does not include personal rescue insurance, lift tickets, ski hire or lunch costs.
Winter 2016/17 ski guiding prices;
Chamonix ski conditions
During the winter we publish ongoing ski condition reports on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. The Chamonix weather forecast and webcams are a useful resource too. Have a look at our News ⁄ Blog page for the latest photos and reports.
Other trips you might be interested in…
Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering
Opens up a whole new world of possibilities. With some extra effort to skin uphill, you can ski away from the crowds and lifts. We head out ski touring all winter.
One of the most famous off piste runs in the world, the Valley Blanche is simply a must do! As soon as the snow and conditions allow, we run trips down the Vallee Blanche. Read our Valley Blanche page.
Why ski with Vertical Frontiers?
Skiing with a mountain guide allows you to ski good safe snow. Mountain guides can also work on glaciers (unlike ski instructors) so you can experience some of the best terrain the mountains have to offer.
If you want a specific ski lesson then you should book an instructor, but if you can ski to the side of the piste and want to try some more challenging terrain, or your an experienced off piste skier who wants to explore then hiring a mountain guide is the thing to do.
We are passionate skiers and during the winter log a fair amount of time on skis, off the lifts, and ski touring as well. Skiing is our number one priority in the winter. The mountaineering gear gets put away until the summer as searching out the best conditions for the weather and clients is satisfying, and great fun! All our guides are fully qualified IFMGA mountain guides and all are english speaking. Most are British and are members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
We tailor each day to the ability and desires of our clients, whilst taking into account current snow conditions and avalanche hazards. We will contact you the evening before our ski day to arrange a meeting point and the venue for the day. This allows us to choose the best conditions for you and your group. Our day generally starts at 8.30 with a quick coffee and a briefing for the day. We then head out skiing, aiming to be back at the base of the lift station for 4.30.
Safety is our priority
All of our clients must have an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe, we begin each day or course with a quick introduction to these essential tools, as well as talking through our avalanche hazard awareness for that days skiing. If you don’t have avalanche gear yourselves, we can provide this free of charge upon request.
We choose our venues and slopes carefully each day to take into account current and ongoing avalanche hazards. We have a conservative approach, and will avoid certain slopes and areas, even if other people are skiing there and the powder looks amazing! No matter what the conditions, there is always something to ski and quite often we’ll get in the car to take our groups to a different area or resort to make the most of the conditions.
The summit day will typically take around twelve hours with up to 1700m of ascent and descent, all done at altitude. You will need a good level of hill fitness to have a successful and enjoyable week.
Although no prior mountaineering experience is required toclimb Mont Blanc, you will need to be physically and mentallyfit. Some good long days out in the UK hills is goodpreparation, especially getting in some vertical ascentsimilar to Mont Blanc.