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Chamonix & Courmayeur Ski Weekends…

Ski off piste in Chamonix and Courmayeur with one of our experienced IFMGA mountain guides.

Chamonix has to be one of the best off piste ski and snowboard resorts in the alps, with it’s quick access to high mountain terrain where you can ski on north facing glaciers or sunny south facing spring snow.

Our off piste ski weekends combine a day at Chamonix with neighbouring Courmayeur in Italy. Courmayeur is a great resort, with a large variety of runs including trees, bowls and long “itinerary” descents.

A days skiing in Italy is always good and there’s time for a quick cappuccino between off piste runs!

  • Led by experienced IFMGA Mountain Guides
  • Small group sizes
  • Ski in France and Italy
  • Trips available throughout the season

How good a skier I do I need to be?

These weekends are suitable for intermediate off piste skiers, you should be comfortable skiing red piste runs in complete control as well as off piste runs of a similar slope angle.

This isn’t a ski lesson weekend, we will obviously give you some tips, but is about traveling around some great off piste terrain safely and finding some good snow. Our maximum ratio is one guide to four skiers, giving you a more personal experience and lots more skiing than if you were in a large group.

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

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 thenIFMGA 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.

Safety is our main priority

Our guides know both resorts intimately, and will plan the weekend based on the weather and conditions at the time. Safety is our main priority and we equipe each skier with avalanche safety gear such as an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (included in the trip price).

Weekend Itinerary – Pre-trip preparation:

We begin our skiing right away, so you will need to have your own skis or arrange ski hire before we meet on day 1.

Day 1

We meet you at your accommodation in Chamonix around eight o’clock, before heading through the Mont Blanc tunnel into Italy. Courmayeurs ski resort is just on the other side of the tunnel and after buying lift passes we head up and get on with the skiing.

We always start with a warm up run on piste, getting the legs going again before gradually heading out on some off piste runs. During these initial runs we brief the group on avalanche safety and awareness as well as checking the avalanche transceivers.

Lunch is taken in one of the excellent piste side restaurants that Courmayeur has to offer, your chance to eat some top notch Italian food! In the afternoon we have the opportunity to ski a longer off piste runs if conditions and weather allow. We aim to be back down at the car for around four o’clock, before driving back through to Chamonix.

Day 2

Skiing in Chamonix offers lots of flexibility with the option of skiing at Les Houches, Brevant, Flegere, Grand Montet and Le Tour. All of these mini resorts are within the Chamonix valley and often we pick one based on the weather and conditions. Grand Montet is a bit of a favourite and offers some amazing runs from the top lift down onto the Argentiere glacier, for which we would equipe the group with harnesses and brief you on glacial skiing.

The Chamonix bus network is very good, so there is opportunity to leave the group early if you have a slightly earlier airport transfer, otherwise we aim to have you back in Chamonix for 4.30pm.

Courmayeur & Chamonix Weekend ski prices 2017:

£265 per person

A minimum of two bookings is required for the trip to run.

2016/2017 open dates – contact us to book your place or to enquire about a private trip.

  • Monday 19th – Tuesday 20th December 2016
  • Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th January 2017
  • Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th February 2017

You might also be interested in our Private Ski Guiding and our Vallee Balanche Descents, both of which can be added before or after our Chamonix & Courmayeur weekends.

What is included?

  • All guiding fees for your IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • A low guiding ratio of 1:4
  • Avalanche safety equipment including transceiver, shovel and probe. You will need a rucksack for these, that can be hired from us if need be
  • Group Guiding equipment such as first aid, shelters etc will be provided by your guide
  • Transport within the Chamonix valley and to Courmayuer. We pick up between Les Houches and Les Praz, so if you have booked accommodation elsewhere you will need to catch a bus into Chamonix to meet us

What is not included?

  • Lift passes. Courmayeur is 50€ and the Mont Blanc unlimited pass is 60€, although sometimes we just buy the ChamPass for 45€ if we are not using the top lifts due to the weather
  • Ski hire. You will need skis suitable for off piste skiing as well as boots which can all be hired in Chamonix. We highly recommend booking ahead in high season
  • Accommodation in Chamonix – lots of options here
  • Rescue insurance, which needs to cover you for off piste skiing. Check out the BMC and Snowcard
  • Bring some money for lunch and coffees

Four days with fresh tracks every day with Sam. Superb snow and great weather - skiing in Italy, France and Switzerland.
Great to explore new places as well, I'm very fortunate to have such a varied #guideslife !
Time off now, with some fresh snow due this week. Back at it next weekend.
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Loving the April powder.
Soft turns above the col St Bernard this morning. Once off the main drag it was pretty quiet too.
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February powder touring in April. First time in thermals in a month or so.
#springtouring #freezing #guideslife #skiuphill #britishmountainguides #guideslife #chamonix @arcteryx & @scarpa_uk
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Good photos and feedback from our latest "learn to lead" course on Dartmoor:
Just thought I would give you a quick email to say that we had a great time on the trad course with Matt who was really good and very helpful!
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Back from a couple of good days around the Benevalo Refugio in Italy.
Some icy early morning skinning before nice spring snow back into the valley.
That concludes our five day touring trip - 3 countries, every type of snow and a little walking in the woods. Spring touring!
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Managed to sneak in a pretty decent tour before the weather broke today. A never ending boot pack followed by some more spring snow into Switzerland.
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Getting into the sunny south side. Good conditions up high at the moment. Non existent lower down.
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