Freeride in Chamonix
Day 1 Freeride skiing on the area of La Flégère
for our first day, we meet in the morning in Chamonix. Our guide will check our equipment (renting is possible). We then join La Gléfère for our first slides in the snow and to learn hors to use an avalanche transceiver. After training for a little bit, we then get down to business : freeride. We'll discover with our guide the hidden areas of the domain, the slaloms through pins and obviously the joy of sliding in the powdery snow ! For example, the Lachenal valley or the Crochues valley.
Free activities are included in the trip for the evening (check "the price includes") : rail toboggan, museum, skating-rink, sauna, hammam...
Altitude Max : 2595m
Day 2 Freeride around the Brévent
Today, our playground is the Brévent. After a few training slopes, here we are at the top of the slopes near our hotel. Every year, a world cup freeriding event takes place on these slopes. But no competition between us for today. Our aim is to have some fun ! We will ski through couloirs, depending on the conditions : the ENSA corridor, the Bellin, the Allais or even the Bozon. According to the snow conditions, we will get back down to the valley on the Brévent couloir or on one of the many other options.
Altitude Max : 2525m
Day 3 Freeride at the Plan de l’Aiguille
It is on the Mont Blanc massif side that we'll have some fun today. The Rocher meadows is a wonderful descent, valued by inhabitants of Chamonix. Indeed, we climb up the famous Aiguille du Midi cable car in 8 minutes and enjoy a descent of a 1300m difference in altitude ! We then descend a few slopes (Pré du Rocher, Blaitière, Glacier des Pélerins...). Options are wide !
Altitude Max : 2317m
Day 4 THE freeride skiing spot
Today, we'll play in THE best sport for freeride skiing : the Grands Montets. Located in the Mont Blanc massif, it is the freeriders favorite place. Valleys are immense.
Between the Grands Montets summits and the village of Argentière, it is over 2000m of difference in altitude that are waiting for us. Our guide will show us every secrets of this area, wether the Pendant valley leaidng us to the hamlet of Lavancher, the hidden valleys of Rachasse or Cordier, or even the variation in the middle of crevices of the Glacier des Rognons and the Glacier d'Argentière.
Altitude Max : 3275m
Day 5 Icing on the cake, the Vallée Blanche
To finish on a high note, we will descend the Vallée Blanche today. After taking the cable cars up to 3777m in altitude, we put on our harness to descend the ridge whilst roped up. We will be careful to stay close to our guide's marks as we evolve on a majestic glacier. During this hike, we evolve in the heart of High Mountain : La Dent du Géant, the AIguille Verte or even the grandes Jorasses will be our neighbors. The game will be to sigh hidden refuges in this immensity : the Cosmiques, the Requin or even the Charpoua. Our freeride experience will allow us to play with variations of the Vallée Blanche : to the right or to the left of Rognon ? Should we go to the Envers des Aiguilles ?
The end of this superb day will take plane in the Montenvers train or by the Mottets refuge. We'll say goodbye in Chamonix in the end of the afternoon.
Altitude Max : 3777m
Dates & prices
No departure for now
Trip code: SHPCH
- The technical organization of the stay
- Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
- Collective equipment provided (ropes)
- Safety equipment : avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel
- Cable cars included in the program
- Picnics for lunch
- Buses in the valley
- Richard Bozon center : swimming pool, sauna, steam room
- Chamonix, Argentière and les Houches skating rink : skates renting for free
- Museums : alpine museum and Espace Tairraz in Chamonix, Mountaineering museum in Les Houches
- Sledge on rail in the Planards (entrance of Chamonix)
- Individual ski material : shoes, ski, poles
- Snacks: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc ..
- All the drinks and personal expenses in refuges
- Insurance and assistance
- Dinner in Chamonix on Saturday night
- Batteries for the avalanche transceiver
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes"
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch picnics
- Diners : meals prepared by shelter keepers
- Take some race food according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate bars, dry fruits,…).
- Water is not for free in refuges (from 5 to 8 euros one bottle). We advise you to bring some water purification tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur) in order to drink tap water.
- Personal drinks are not included in the trip's price
- Bring cash for coffees, fruit juices, coke or beers during breaks… Shelters usually don’t accept bank card payments and Euros.
Budget & exchange
- Collective technical equipment (ropes, carabiners)
- Individual safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel) + harness
- 1 pair of skis
- 1 pair of ski shoes
- Telescopic poles
- Safety equipmet : avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel
- Crampons with "Antibott" system
- Ice axe
- Harness and carabiners
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Thermos and water bottle
- Hat or cap
- Scarf to put around your neck
- Sunscreen (face and lips)
- Sunglasses suited for glaciers (category 4) + ski goggles
- Technical breathable long sleeve underweartype "Carline" (no coton that dries too slowly)
- 1 shirt to put under your jumper (breathable and technical)
- 1 thick fleece jacket
- 1 duvet jacket
- 1 windstopper and waterproof jacket type Goretex
- 1 pair of mitains (fleece or wool)
- 1 pair of globes (fleece or wool)
- 1 pair of silk under gloves
- 1 pair of windstopper and waterproof trousers type Goretex
- 2 pairs of socks : 1 thick 1 thin
- 1 toiletry bag
- Cream for sunburns (Biafine)
- Biodegradable toilet paper
- 1 bag to put over your bag in order to protect your belongings from getting wet in case of rain
- 1 waterproof pouch in which you will put your identity papers, your phone, your money and your insurance/assistance documents with all of your emergency phone numbers
- You will carry your belongings and your technical equipment in a 35/40L alpinism backpack.
- Your personal belongings will stay at the lodge in Chamonix (you can bring them in a second bag)
- Personal medication
- Pain killers (preferably Paracetamol)
- Double skin
- Elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Eye drops
- Light sleeping pills
- Ear plugs
- Up to 90 days visit in France : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France.
- Over 90 days visit in France : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.