The Vallée Blanche descent from Courmayeur or Chamonix

 

The Vallée Blanche offers the longest off-piste descent and, perhaps, the most beautiful in the Alps. Depending on the preparation of the skier, it can be more or less demanding. In any case, for your safety, it is strictly required the accompaniment of a mountain guide.

 

We propose you to make the descent from Courmayeur (Punta Helbronner) - 3462 m, or from Chamonix (point Aiguille du Midi) - 3842 m.

So, we start going up from Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi or from Courmayeur to Punta Helbronner. After checking harness and ARTVAs, we continue on the rope for about 20 min, then we'll put on skis or snowboard to our feet . During the descent, we see the glacier of the Giant's Tooth, the serac of the Requin, in which we'll proceed between seracs that join the upper basin of the Géant with the Tacul glacier.

 

The descent is easy, but requires patience, and a pause in the large plateau of the “Salle à manger" is an ideal spot to have a snack and to contemplate the landscape. Then the route gets gentle, with unforgettable views on the Periades, on the Lechaux glacier, on the north face of the Grandes Jorasses and on the Drus. Finally, depending on the amount of snow, we'll continue by skis, or by train, the last part of the descent from La Mer de Glace until Chamonix.

 

The programme:


07:30: transfer to Chamonix/Courmayeur.
09:30: Ascension through the ski lifts to Aiguille du Midi/Punta Helbronner, downhill skiing, destination Chamonix.
15:30: Arrival to Chamonix (estimated time).
16:30: Return.

 

 

- Required equipment: Skis (alpine, mountaineering or free-ride) or snowboard, packed lunch, suitable clothing to high mountains. The ARVAs (avalanche beacons) are provided by the guides. Before departure, it’s possible to rent all the necessary equipment at the point of hire, which is located next to the Aosta-Pila cableway. 

- Technical requirements: Skiers capable to face red runs, and free-ride trails with moguls.

 

NOTE: Since this is an high mountains activity, Alpina-Tour reserves the right to change the date of the excursion, if weather conditions are extreme and potentially dangerous to the success of the sortie.