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Ski Off Piste

The Vallée Blanche on skis - from Courmayeur to Chamonix

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Easy off-piste skiing :

You have a good level in Ski de Piste, you ski in the Pistes Noires for pleasure and want to go off piste with a Guide on easy itineraries with slopes lower than 35 degrees. Off-piste skiing or ski touring. Maximum of 8 people per group, beyond that there will be two guides!

Physical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Physical lev. : 2.5 / 5


Effort corresponding to about 900 - 1000 m of elevation change in hiking per day.
It's good to have already been in the mountains, we're only going downhill but the start is at 3400 metres and we'll have to walk at times!

  • 1 day
  • Participants : min 4 max 12
  • From January to mid March, depending on the glacier conditions
  • Hotel not included

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.

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Dates & Prices

PRICE of the Vallée Blanche ski descent

Price per person:

  • 1 person: 500,00 € ;
  • 2 persons: 250,00 € per person;
  • 3 persons: 170,00 € per person;
  • 4 to 12 persons: 125,00 € per person from 8 persons the group will be composed of two Guides!

The Vallée Blanche descent for the above dates is guaranteed from 4 participants.

If the number of participants is not reached 12 days before departure, Esprit des Guides SA will cancel the booking and refund the payment received (only 3% will be retained for bank charges).
If you wish and if you agree, Esprit des Guides SA can offer you to pay the remaining balance based on the number of participants reached (see prices above) and guarantee the departure.

Your day

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.

The Program

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 wear crampons and walk down the first exposed ridge. 
The Italian side is of easier access and therefore accessible also to people who do not feel comfortable with "mountaineering" techniques
  • Meeting with the guide between at 9:00 am (unless changes take place due to the weather) in front of the Sky Way cablecar departure in Courmayeur;
  • 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.


The Mountain Guide will equip you with the safety material:

  • avalanche transceiver
  • shovel and probe
  • harness

Personal equipment

  • Off-piste skis, minimum 88 mm at the foot
  • Backpack, min 25 lt
  • Ski poles (if possible with large rings, for off-piste skiing)

If you do not have your own off-piste skis, we can advise you on renting the necessary equipment.

Picnic / food

  • Remember to bring a sandwich or snack to eat during or at the end of the run
  • 1 lt of water and a thermos

Useful Infos

Meeting point in the morning

Meet the guide and the rest of the group at the Sky Way cable car ticket office in Courmayeur at 9am:

Picnic / food

  • Remember to bring a sandwich or a snack to eat during or at the end of the descent
  • 1 lt of water and a thermos

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.


Level required:

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.



Budget for the Vallée Blanche by ski


. Guiding by a certified UIAGM mountain guide of our Team;

. Safety equipment for each participant (avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe).

Our mountain guide will decide on the daily itinerary according to the snow and weather conditions.

In case of bad weather at altitude, the Guide will take you lower down on the off-piste of Courmayeur!


. Cable car ticket to Punta Helbronner (59 € by person);

. Train ticket from Montenvers de la Mer de Glace to Chamonix town centre, if necessary, in case of lack of snow on the lower part of the descent (30 € per person for you and 18,5 € for the Guide to be shared between the participants); 

. Public or private bus to get bck to Courmayeur (for yourself and the mountain guide)

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How to do the Vallée Blanche?

The Vallée Blanche is easily done on skis from the top of the Helbronner cable car on the Italian side, the Esprit Montagne team will help you discover the Vallée Blanche avoiding the Aiguille du Midi arete which is difficult and impressive for non mountaineers, so you can enjoy it without leaving half the family at home!

The descent of the glacier du Géant and the sea of ice from the Pointe Helbronner is done with a Mountain Guide, participants must have a good physical condition and a good level of off-piste skiing but the descent is not too steep so it can be done quite easily!

When to do the vallée blanche?

The Vallée Blanche can be skied from the beginning of February to the beginning of April as a general rule, the view is superb from the Aiguille du Midi or from the Pointe Helbronner which are the two starting points for the Vallée Blanche. Before February the glacier is not blocked enough by snow and the snow bridges can be fragile, that's why you have to wait a bit then at the end of the season with the melting, the lower part is not snowed enough at the level of the Montenvers so at the beginning of April the conditions can decline...

Do the vallée blanche with a guide :

Esprit Montagne offers you to do the vallée blanche with a high mountain guide so that you can discover the high mountain by showing you the way to avoid falling in a crevasse and above all with him you will take advantage of advice to make the descent in peace, he will provide you with the safety equipment and will adapt the day according to the weather by finding the best place for the picnic!

The Vallée Blanche from Italy to avoid the Aiguille du Midi edge:

The descent of the Aiguille du Midi is difficult and it can be very impressive asking to carry the skis on the bag so a Guide can't take many people whereas on the Italian side the exit of the Sky Way cable car at the level of the Pointe Helbronner is very easy at 3462 meters of altitude which also allows to have less sick people at the top of the Aiguille du Midi some people are really bothered by the effects of the altitude, These are the reasons that lead us to discover the Sky Way with its cabins that turn 360 degrees on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, our team of guides is also largely Valdotaine and therefore speaks very good French since in Valle d'Aosta there are two national languages: Italian and French which is taught to children from 7 years old. 

How long does it take to ski the Vallée Blanche?

The descent of the vallée blanche takes all day while taking advantage of the views, as a general rule the ascent takes a good hour and at the top the time to enjoy and get equipped it takes another hour before leaving for the descent which lasts from 2 to 4 hours depending on the rhythm of the skiers and the chosen itinerary between the classic vallée blanche or the descent by the backside of the Plan things can change well not to mention the conditions which can change depending on where the snow starts to run out or not, The guide of our team will give you the conditions of the moment before the departure to choose the most adapted route to your desires and the safety of the group!

What glacier can you see from Chamonix?

From Chamonix you can see the Glacier des Bossons which descends from the summit of Mont Blanc or the Glacier de Taconnaz which splits off at the Jonction which is one of the most magical places in Chamonix.

If you go up above Chamonix you can see the Leschaux Glacier under the Grandes Jorasses and the mythical Vallée Blanche which is still impressive even if its retreat is even more impressive!