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Le Tour, Chamonix – Off Piste Skiing


Off Piste Skiing – Le Tour, Chamonix - France


Skiing – Off Piste Skiing

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Route description:

At the head of the Chamonix valley, is the sunny ski area of Le Tour – Balme. With wide open slopes and sweeping views right down the main Chamonix valley, Le Tour has a good selection of blue and red runs.

The off piste runs at Le Tour are numerous and you can pick and choose your run depending on ability and snow conditions. It is possible to ski off piste close to the pisted runs on the front side, or drop into the “back bowls” if the snow conditions are stable enough.

Other options include skiing from the Aiguillette des Posettes down to Vallocine, and from the Col de Blame into the Swiss village of Trient.

The Vormaine couloirs are also superb when in condition.

There is some good tree skiing next to the “Belle Place” lift, but Le Tour is best enjoyed on a good visibility day as the slopes can be quite bare and open.

Obviously, to get the most out of Le Tour, you should ski with one of our experienced mountain guides!

Required experience/skill level:

Beginner - Advanced

Length (in metres):

Highest Ski Lift: 2250m

Resort base: 1450m


1 day

Starting point/base:

Le Tour, twenty minutes drive from Chamonix centre.

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Normal season:

December - April

Links/ featured courses:

Le Tour

Lifts/huts etc:

Chamonix Lift Status


The lift from the village of Vallocine can be used to access the Le Tour – Balme ski area as well. Often quieter than the main lift at Le Tour.

There are some good short ski tours at Le Tour as well, including the Tete de Blame area. There is a dedicated ski touring track accessible from the main ski lift. Follow the yellow signs and then ski on or off piste afterwards.

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Last lift accessed ski tour of (my) season from Contamines yesterday.

Plenty of folk out enjoying the good conditions on the classics.

A weeks holiday away from the mountains now. Rest time before the @trofeomezzalama race at the end of the month.

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6 days ago

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A big couple of days on the wild Miage glacier taking advantage of the great spring ski touring conditions.

Up Mont Tondu and then today over the Miage after a night in the Conscrits refuge. Which served a vegetarian meal to the whole hut last night, meaning it’s now my favourite refuge. 🌱

Over 3500m of ascent and some very good snow on the way down.

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Off the beaten track in the Aiguille Rouge today.

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Updated the Iran Ski Touring Photo Gallery today. Video on it's way.... #ski
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Well the express Haute Route didn’t exactly go to Plan. A meter of fresh snow at altitude put paid to that.

We headed south and spent a great couple of days around the Mont Thabor area. Nice hut, quiet and loads of good skiing. Despite the cloud.

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