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post #1 of 17
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Just got sent some pics from our guide in Cham, he went on a ski tour above Le Tour:

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More at:

http://powderbible.com/2011/12/09/first-tracks-in-chamonix-ski-tour-aiguille-des-posettes/
post #2 of 17
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post #3 of 17

Saturday on the Grand Montets with Mr Plake

 

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post #4 of 17
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OK you win.

I will be requiring an introduction on my next Cham visit. Cool?

I carry the Blizzard of Aaahhhs loaded on my iPhone at all times. Just in case.
post #5 of 17

That is so cool!  I´ll be there for one week in Feb. I´m planning on hiring a guide for one or two days for some glacier and off piste fun. I´ve never really skied pure or deep powder, even after many visits to the rockies. It´s Chamonix or bust!

post #6 of 17
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Enjoy!

Let me know if you need a recommendation for a guide, I have a great contact.

The snow is going berserk at the moment, actually it would be a little scary skiing there right now with the avalanche danger so I hope everyone keeps safe.
post #7 of 17

Hey everyone. This is my first time on epicski. nice to see some comments on Chamonix.

 

My wife and I are going there for our honeymoon in February. For a few of the days I have a backcountry guide through Compagine des Guides, as well as a day doing the Valle blanche.We have never been in chamonix before, but we have skied in Austria (St. Anton and several other areas around Innsbruck). We're staying at hotel Oustalet. 

 

I'm just looking for any general tips/info that experienced people can give us. I think we plan on spending the majority of our time in the Brevent and Flegere regions. If we understand correctly, those two areas have the greatest variety of both pisted and off-piste terrain. We also want to do a day in Courmayour, Italy (probably spelled wrong, sorry) and a day in Verbier with the ultimate Mont blanc pass. So if anyone has any good info on those two areas we would appreciate it.

 

Thanks for any help and we're looking forward to our trip! The photos above look sweet! 

post #8 of 17
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Sounds like a great plan and you have made the first good move in booking a guide. I have been to France for my last 2 ski trips totalling 6 weeks and without question skiing with a guide was the best move we could have made. So that would have been the main tip I would have given. A private guide is the ultimate but don't discount the guided groups either.

Verbier and Courmayeur are definitely worth the effort - both fantastic choices on the right day.

In terms of Chamonix itself, when you are skiing without the guide as you mentioned Brevent and Flegere are good 'secure' options but don't discount Les Grands Montets either. There's lots of wild terrain there but there are also pisted/controlled trails off the main lifts. You can quite happily head to the top cable car and ski 'Point de Vue' without a guide. It's a massive descent with amazing scenery.

Here's what we got up to in the area (don't forget pages 2 & 3): http://powderbible.com/category/trip-reports/
post #9 of 17

What is the best method of getting from Chamonix to Verbier or Courmayeur? I'm looking for logistics. Anyone with experience doing this would be a help. Do I just schedule a bus ride over? If so, with who? I just like to have a game plan. I plan on getting the Mont Blanc unlimited pass to have the access, but I just want to make sure that I get there! Thanks. 

post #10 of 17

Skisicko, one day will not be enough to explore all Verbier + the 4 Vallees. If you're going for off-piste, I recommend that you take a guide. Otherwise you might either (a) run into trouble or (b) miss the really good stuff. wink.gif

 

For the transfer from Chamonix to Verbier, there are a couple of companies offering shuttles. However you should be aware that it's usually for a given day of the week and they will only offer the service if there are a minimum number of skiers. Below you will find links to two rather generic offers (but the prices are still reasonable). Best thing is to get a group of skiers going. Private transfers cost a fortune. There's a train which goes to Verbier (via Martigny), but it takes 3 hours one way. So generally that's not a good option for a day trip.

 

http://www.chamonix-bus.com/fr/reservation/page.aspx?cp=EN&rp=12

http://www.chamonixfirst.com/en/chamonix-courmayeur-taxi-transfer/

 

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by JayAre View Post

Skisicko, one day will not be enough to explore all Verbier + the 4 Vallees. If you're going for off-piste, I recommend that you take a guide. Otherwise you might either (a) run into trouble or (b) miss the really good stuff. wink.gif

 


 


Yeah, I know this is definitely not enough time. Even the amount of time I have booked for Chamonix still isn't enough time. It's unfortunate. Every time I go to Europe I feel like I need another week or two, but my job does not allow it. I have to make do with what I have.

 

Thanks for the bus information. My wife really wants to say that we skied in Italy, so we will probably make Courmayeur the priority. Would that be better time spent with one day available? I still know it is clearly not enough, but is it more time effective?

 

post #12 of 17
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Yeah, I know this is definitely not enough time. Even the amount of time I have booked for Chamonix still isn't enough time. It's unfortunate. Every time I go to Europe I feel like I need another week or two, but my job does not allow it. I have to make do with what I have.

 

Thanks for the bus information. My wife really wants to say that we skied in Italy, so we will probably make Courmayeur the priority. Would that be better time spent with one day available? I still know it is clearly not enough, but is it more time effective?

 


I'm not really that familiar with the off-piste opportunities at Courmeyer, as I've only been there a couple of times. But your chances of exploring everything in one day would be fairly good as far as on-piste stuff goes. A trip to Verbier is definitely worth it if the upper slopes are open and visibility is good. However, I recommend that you go during a week day.

 

For the Chamonix-Verbier transfer, I suggest that you post a message on snowheads. The people on that board tend to transfer quite frequently as they're making trips from the UK and use the taxi/bus companies to get to/from the airports. I'm sure they can give you some useful pointers. 

 

post #13 of 17

Easy drive to Courmeyer through the tunnel. Spend some time in the town while you're there - great shopping - the wife will love it. There is a whole backcoutry side that you can access from the top. We did not go there on our one day but you will need a guide unless you're very adventurous. Do not know about the whole mountain but Grands Montets is truly GRAND. Our favorite. Can not forget climbing the stairs to the train from the bottom of Valee Blanche - dead tired - long fun day - lot of adrenalin and altitude - moving slow and I hear someone behind me, boots moving fast up the stairs, two at a time, I move over and it's Plake! Clomp, clomp, clomp up-up and away. Bumped into him again on the train - nice guy.

post #14 of 17
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I've never failed to have an awesome day on the Italian side so if you're restricted to Courmayeur through logistics it is not a bad thing at all.

Have lunch up at the Maison Vielle - it's a riot with the himalayan south face of Mont Blanc looming above.
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Easy drive to Courmeyer through the tunnel.



Do we schedule a bus, similar to the trip to Verbier? We will not have a rental car.

 

Thanks everyone for all of the excellent info! We hope to have similar experiences!

post #16 of 17

Today in Cham

 

 

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post #17 of 17

If you get a three day off piste guide deal, you can request a day at Verbier or Courmayeur. If you´re in a group, try getting a consensus. I don´t know if that will work, but it´s worth a try. The three day guides will normally pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. I´ll be there from Feb. 8-15 and I´ll be doing that.

You can try asking the guide company about this before you get there, see what they say.

 

I was there a few years ago and my only advice for the Valle Blanche is listen to your guide carefully. They make a point for skiers to stay behind them at all times and there is good reason: crevasses are impossible to see and the guides seem to know exactly where they are. Also make sure to keep an eye on any wild skiers in your group. I´ve seen some lose control and you don´t want anyone crashing into you. It´s just basic common sense, but out there it´s easy to get caught up in the grandeur of where you are.  

 

Have a great honeymoon!          

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