How good a skier I do I need to join this trip?
You should have several years of off piste skiing experience and be confident skiing various snow conditions off piste, including the tricky stuff! Having previous experience of hut to hut touring is desirable, but not essential.
We will be ascending at a rate of around 350-400m/hr, with some inevitable tricky skinning conditions including steep kick turns and icy skinning tracks. A very good level of fitness is important as each day involves quite a lot of ascent and you will need some energy for the downhills as well.
If your not sure about your current ability or fitness level, please do contact us for some advice. We also run ski touring skills weekends if you need to brush up your skills
What equipment will I need for this trip?
We will provide each member for the group with avalanche safety gear such as a transceiver, shovel and probe. You will need mountaineering equipment such as a harness, helmet, axe and crampons, which can be hired from us. Details here.
You will need your normal ski touring equipment such as skis, boots, skins, ski crampons which can be hired in Chamonix if required. Skiing on a light setup with a streamlined rucksack is a very good idea. Skis around 85 – 95 wide are about right, anything skinner will struggle in deep snow and anything wider is hard work on icy skinning tracks. We are working on our online equipment list and will send out a pdf version when you book.