Vallée Blanche – from Courmayeur to Chamonix - Mont Blanc
A wonderful itinerary 24km long in the middle of Mont Blanc massif. A unique and incomparable ski glacier descent on the famous "Mer de Glace”, surrounded by majestic granite peaks.
The itinerary starts from the New Torino Hut, at 3.375 mt (Punta Helbronner), and arrives in Chamonix at 1.042 mt.
You will ski through breathtaking granite spiers, crevasses and seracs.
You need to be a good skier but the route does not involve major technical difficulties. The descent takes between 4/5 hours, considering breaks to take pictures and for lunch.
Arrival by skis in Chamonix in the afternoon, where you will enjoy a well-deserved beer!
In case of poor snow at the bottom part of the glacier, you will avoid it by taking the Montenvers train to reach Chamonix.
Return to Courmayeur by bus or private minibus, through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
We propose the descent from the Italian side, from Courmayeur - Punta Helbronner, because it avoids the difficult technical part from the Aiguille du Midi, where you would have to ware crampons and walk down the first exposed ridge.
The Italian side is of easier access and thefore accessible also to people who do not feel comfortable with "mountaineering" techniques
Meeting with the guide between 8:00 and 9:00 am in Courmayeur (or surroundings depending on where you accommodate);
After a material check (add maybe a goog Capuccino), you will catch the Sky Way cable car in Courmayeur to reach Punta Helbronner at 3.375 mt. Once on the top you will have the chance to visit the architectural perfection of the Sky Way building, Italy's highest cable car, and from its terrace you can admire the view on the Dent du Géant (Dente del Gigante), on the whole glacier that extends to your feet and finally on the summit of Mont Blanc;
Descent of about 2000 meters in the middle of the impressive Mont Blanc chain; The descent takes between 4/5 hours;
Arrival at the Montenvers Train Station at 1900 mt. - as the glacier level has seen an important decrease in the last few years, you must walk about 200 mt on the stairchase to reach the train station.
Train from Montenvers to Chamonix - you can stop for a beer and lunch in the charming village of Chamonix;
Bus back to Courmayeur.
Hotel / Overnight stay
If you are staying near by Aosta, you can easily move from one valley to another day by day depending on where snow conditions are best and at the same time take the chance to visit the historic center of the ancient Roman city and maybe enjoy the traditional Aosta Valley cuisine at the end of your ski day.
we recommend to have your own personal travel insurance, covering accident abroad and repatriation.
How to reach Aosta Valley:
Via Chamonix Mont Blanc – you can reach Chamonix by train from the main French airports or from Geneva airport – then you can reach Courmayeur – Aosta Valley through the Mont Blanc Tunnel (there are buses connections from Chamonix to Aosta Valley, but if you would like to be free to move it is advisable to rent a car).
Via Geneva or Martigny – you can easily reach Martigny by train from Geneva airport - then you reach Aosta city center via the tunnel of Grand Saint Bernard (there are buses connections from Martigny to Aosta Valley, but if you would like to be free to move it is advisable to rent a car).
Via Milan/Turin airport – rent a car directly to reach Aosta via the highway.
PRICE of the day of the mountain guide
The Vallée Blanche descent: € 500 per day to be devided between the participants.
The price includes:
the assistance from the mountain guide
safety material for each participant (airbag backpack, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe)
The price does not include:
cable car ticket from Courmayeur to Punta Helbronner;
public or private bus from Chamonix to Curmayeur;
everything that is not mentioned in "the price includes".
Our mountain guide will decide the daily itinerary based on the conditions of the snow and weather conditions.
The mountain guide will equip you with the safety material:
shovel and probe
The Vallée Blanche is a glacier itinerary, therefore you need to be an intermediate skier who has done off piste before and can easily ski without falling.