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Discover the picturesque and venerated slopes along the Haute Route or head out into the wilderness around the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc!

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Chamonix-Zermatt

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Chamonix-Zermatt?

The 70-kilometer stretch of mountains, valleys and glaciers in between Chamonix and Zermatt is ripe for backcountry skiing adventure.

While headed from one city to the other along the Haute Route or reverse Haute Route are the most popular options, there is plenty more to see and do in the area as well. Ski mountaineering expeditions up Mont Blanc and Grand Combin combine incredible views from the top of alpine peaks with adrenaline-pumping descents down their impeccable slopes.

For those looking for something a little bit different, helicopter assisted backcountry skiing from both spots is particularly popular. Head to your favourite spot on the Haute Route for a single, longer day of incredible skiing or head somewhere else in the backcountry.

Why should I choose Chamonix-Zermatt for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

**Stunning scenery **

The scenery in between the slopes of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc is simply sublime. The best way to see this wintertime paradise is by heading out on a set of skis and exploring. From the valleys and mountain passes of the region enjoy phenomenal views of this incredibly glacier-carved landscape.

Plentiful powder

The section of the Alps around Chamonix-Zermatt is pretty humid in the winter, which ensures plenty of fresh powder falling on a fairly regular basis. When you head out into the backcountry, you greatly increase your chances of finding your own fresh patch of fluffy white powder to enjoy. There is no better feeling in the world.

Hallowed Haute Route

This classic five to seven-day ski touring experience follows one of the oldest backcountry skiing routes around. Head through stunning valleys, up incredible mountain passes and race down from the Alps to Zermatt or Chamonix when it’s all over. There really is no off-piste experience quite like the Haute Route.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Chamonix-Zermatt?

During the winter, the Chamonix-Zermatt area is quite humid with average daily temperatures hovering around freezing. Temperatures decrease significantly as you gain altitude. The humid conditions mean there is always plenty of snow in the region as well during the winter.

How can I get to Chamonix-Zermatt?

The best way to get to Chamonix or Zermatt is to fly into the Geneva International Airport (GVA). From here, both cities are easily accessed by either hiring a car and making the 1 to 3 hour drive, respectively. Buses and trains are also available to get you to both destinations.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Chamonix-Zermatt region?

French, English

What's the country code for the Chamonix-Zermatt region?

+33, +41

What currency is accepted around Chamonix-Zermatt?

Euro, Swiss Franc (CHF)

When is the best time to travel to Chamonix-Zermatt for Backcountry Skiing?

January to April

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Chamonix-Zermatt



Claudio is an excellent guide who takes safety seriously. He is extremely knowledgeable and was able to judge our capabilities and pace our trips perfectly. We hired Claudio for a small group trip on two occasions in 2018 and 2019 and will go with him again in 2021 if we can. Our attempts at the Haute Route both failed after 4-5 days due to bad weather, but sooner or later we will complete it!



Amazing trip, thoroughly enjoyed myself. Unfortunately, the Haute Route was cancelled due to incline weather, a safe decision by the guides, but they were able to create a new tour on the fly which was still spectacular. The Guides were very friendly and helpful, were able to pick me up from town as i didn't have a car, and transport me to the starting location. Both Elis and Claudio were very hospitable, knowledgable and friendly. Highly recommend PeakHunters for any guided needs!

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