Off Piste Skiing trips – France

Wonder along the wild slopes of the breathtaking French Alps

With the best powder snow and large terrains on the outskirts of the country, France offers off-piste skiing options for all tastes and abilities. Just minutes from the main ski centers you will find incredible out of bounds terrain to explore along with qualified local guides. It does not matter if you are an expert in making turns or if you prefer to immerse yourself in the backcountry with minimal effort, in France there is a lot to choose from. Visit in the winter months between December and March for ideal off-piste skiing conditions.

 

 

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Home to one of the world’s major destinations for off-piste skiing, much of the territory of France is bound by nature. The Pyrenees and the Alps to the south and southeast, and the Rhine that cuts along the eastern border with Germany. France extends from the Mediterranean Sea in the south to the North Sea and English Channel to the north. Thick snow blankets the mountains in its wintry months.

 

 

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What's the weather like?

The winter months experience a large supply of snowfall with temperatures frequently dipping below 0 degrees.

Language

French.

Currency

Euro.

Country code

+33.

Best time to visit

Visit in the winter months between December and March for prime skiing conditions.

 

 
 

 

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I am really, really happy with both Explore-share.com’s service and their recommendation of guide Benjamin Souflot. Benjamin was extremely personable, and more importantly knowledgeable. Benjamin recommended where to rent ski gear and the proper gear for the day. He had crampons for my boots, ropes and other safety gear needed. I showed up at the meeting spot early, and Benjamin was already there waiting. On the gondola ride up to Aiguille du Midi, he talked safety and what to expect. When we got up to the top, it was very windy and intimidating. As Benjamin prepared the gear for our descent, he talked safety, strategy and was reassuring that it would be a fun, safe adventure. As I look down the face of the Ridgeline, I became nervous and anxious. Benjamin was very reassuring that it was going to be OK, that I was safe with him and we would make it down. Sure enough, Benjamin literally “talked me off the ledge” and we proceeded down. Benjamin was focused & guided me the entire time. Once we started skiing, Benjamin gave great instructions as to where to ski, what to expect ahead, etc. He was very knowledgeable about the mountain. When we took breaks, Benjamin shared with me interesting facts about where we were, in the mountains France, Italy, Mount Blanc, the crevasses, various peaks, history of the glacier, etc. I had a great experience!

I would definitely do this trip again with Benjamin. I would also recommend this trip to anyone else with Benjamin and your company, Explore-share.com.
Thank you again!
-John

Jessy took good care of us. He contacted us in good time before our actual day. Super nice and skilled. We like to ski long days and so did Jessy. If we come back we will definetly contact Jessy again.

The one day we had with Nicolas was excellent max. We toured the Vallee Blanche and it was an outstanding tour and he was an amazing guide!  Thanks again Nico!

Skiing from Aguille du Midi down to Chamonix has been an experience of a lifetime. We enjoyed the Valle Blanche breathtaking views all the way down and the best route and ski conditions we could ever had! Our guide provided us with the avalanche material and safety information prior to start the run and shared his knowledge and skiing advice with us during the day. We’d 100% recommend the activity and our experienced guide Mathis! Having him guiding us made it an incredible day. Thank you so much for the unforgettable adventure!!

Overall the experience was great – Xavier really knew the local area catered to everyones abilities in the group and offered some great advice.
I would love to book another day trip (or maybe even a multi day trip!) with Xavier so I could experience some of the peace and quiet you get away from the piestes in the remote areas of the mountains.
Would recommend to anyone that wants to explore the mountains away from the crowds.

Really knowledgeable chap and really nice. Just a pity the top lift wasn’t open!

The Vallee Blanche is near the top of every skier’s bucket list and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint! The spectacular views, various snow surfaces and inclines, and the adrenaline rush of skiing on a moving glacier cannot be beat.
Mathis was an amazing guide. From the beginning, he was knowledgeable about every face of every mountain in the area. It is very clear that skiing and climbing are his passions. He evaluated us and chose the perfect route down. Even when things got a little dicey on the ridge and around the crevaces, he kept his cool and gave very clear instructions. I would 100% reccomend hiring him for this trip or any other skiing or mountaineering experience.

We had a truly wonderful ski tour with Mathis, he is a fantastic guide and incredibly knowledgeable about the area and his passionate about getting people to know and see his backyard shows! We will definitely be coming back to Chamonix to ski tour again!

Michael Dillon for Chamonix Guided Ski Touring

What a fantastic trip. Our guide Julia was amazing. She has an extensive knowledge of the local area and is an very experienced guide. We would highly recommend Julia as a guide.

We had booked Ben for a single day and weather did not play nice: rain in the valley, snowfall and high winds on the summits. Hence, we were locked down to a single slope. Ben still made this an awesome day with lots of off-piste dives wherever possible, some avalanche training in between and good advice and powder exercises as he’s simply an excellent skier. On top of that he is a great person and also available as guide in Chamonix and 4Vallee. Full recommendation!

Benjamin, jeune guide professionnel, confirme avec excellence que la valeur n’attend pas le nombre des années ! Nous avons pu, en sa discrète compagnie,  découvrir en toute sécurité une approche inédite et respectueuse de la montagne dans des randonnées en peau de phoque. Je me réjouis déjà de réitérer cette expérience l’année prochaine, si possible encore  avec le même guide, et avec même un degré de difficulté supérieur…

Malgré des conditions de neige médiocres notre guide Benjamin nous a permis de passer deux journées fantastiques à la découverte de sites vierges dans les Portes du Soleil.  La rando en peau de phoque fut pour nous une grande première à renouveler très rapidement.  Admirer la montagne avec un guide de qualité quoi de plus excitant dans la vie !!

Superbes moments passés ensemble dans les portes du Soleil, très sympa et très pro. Nous nous réjouissons de réitérer l’expérience du côté de Chamonix en ta compagnie.

Nous sommes partis 2 jours avec Benjamin. C’était fantastique de découvrir une autre façon de faire du ski. Benjamin est un gars super sympa et sécurisant. On a passé deux belles journées avec lui. Un regret : Que l’on ne découvre qu’à 54 balais la randonnée à ski. Qui sait !! On prendra peut-être goût à l’alpinisme à 70 ans. Merci à Explore-Share.com de nous avoir présenté Benjamin. Il est sûrement à conseiller à d’autres candidats.

Nous avons passé une excellente journée avec Benjamin sur le domaine des Portes du Soleil. Malgré des conditions d’enneigement difficiles, il est parvenu à nous trouver de belles descentes. Très pro et à l’écoute de nos envies, Benjamin nous a fait découvrir des recoins cachés dont il a le secret. De plus, ses conseils techniques en pente raide ont été très utiles. Entre des combes bien préservées, de la peau de phoque et une Via Ferrata avec les skis sur le dos, la journée a été remplie d’émotions. Je le recommande vivement !

An amazing few days of skiing, ski touring and glacier exploring with Jessy. Jessy is a true professional, always alert, safety conscious and tailoring his trips to the ability of his clients – making for a great, memorable experience. (Photos included!). I have been ski-touring with guides for 16 years and would definitely choose Jessy again and recommend him to others.

Ces 3 jours de ski de rando avec Julia dans le massif du Mont Blanc ont été formidables. Avec une météo favorable nous avons pu faire 2 journées de rando glaciaire versant Mont Blanc et une randonnée versant Aiguilles Rouges, 100% en ligne avec mes souhaits initialement partagés avec Julia. Une boucle, le premier jour au départ des Grands Montets, avec traversée du glacier d’Argentière, remontée du glacier du Chardonnet jusqu’au col, puis descente en rappel pour se poser sur le glacier de Saleina, et retour par le glacier du Tour après avoir franchi la Fenêtre du Tour. Pour le 2ème jour objectif Col du Belvédère dans des conditions délicates en raison du vent et d’une neige non décaillée. Retour vers les glaciers jour 3 avec départ de l’Aiguille du Midi, descente partielle glacier du Géant, puis montée vers la Pointe Helbronner, et retour par la Vallée Noire, puis vallée Blanche. Ces 3 jours ont été l’occasion de faire de nombreuses manipulations en raison du profil varié du terrain. J’ai beaucoup apprécié le professionnalisme et l’implication de Julia, sa démarche sécuritaire pointue. Sa disposition naturelle à échanger, partager et conseiller reste un plus majeur, tout en arborant un sourire constant très rassurant dans un univers imposant. Je garde un souvenir fantastique de ces jours de ski de randonnée et Julia y est pour beaucoup.

Superbe échappée aux pieds du Mont Blanc. Nous sommes partis du côté italien, ce qui évite la traversée d’une arête un peu périlleuse. Il fait du moins s’organiser pour le trajet jusqu’au départ de la cabine (sensationnelle) et le retour depuis Chamonix. Elis nous a guidé avec beaucoup de prudence et d’attention sur cette jolie balade. Nous avons été gâté par la météo qui nous a offert de faire une visite guidée avec Elis sur l’histoire de l’alpinisme de la région et découvrir la topographie des lieux. Magique !

We spent a half day with Elis on the Vallée Blanche (from Courmayeur to Chamonix) where he guided us for a wonderful tour. I recommend Elis who was very keen on making us discover the breathtaking environment of La Vallée du Mont Blanc. Nice plus: Elis is taking pictures and send them to you afterwards.

 

 

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