Jul, Aug, Sep
Beginning in Argentiere, we’ll ride up past the lifts to the summit of the skiing resort of Le Tour, before enjoying a break and beautiful views. We’ll drop down into the Swiss side and dive deep into the woods and forests, before finally reaching Champex le Lac.
We start with a flowing downhill section to hit Praz de Fort and from here a gentle up and down to the Swiss village of La Fouly where time stands still.
We head up gentle trails past the hamlet of Ferret, then climbing the summit of the Tete de Ferret peak, which is at the border of Italy. Following a short break, we’ll have a technical ride down to Bonatti. Then we have a great balcony ride with many ups and downs. At the end of the long ridge we arrive at the Bertone hut, a stunning location for views of the entire Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif. All that’s left is downhill to the alpine resort of Courmayeur.
At the halfway point our e-bikes come in really handy. From Courmayeur, we have a long pedal up through the Val Veny to reach the Col de la Seigne. This marks the border between Italy and France. After a brief stop we head down a series of moderate trails to the village of les Mottets and then les Chapieux where we will stop for a late lunch. Afterwards we first ride past a massive dam and continue with the descent into the village of Beaufort.
We begin by climbing back up towards the Gittaz lake. Following a short stop we have a single track descent into Notre Dame de la Gorge and finally reach our destination of les Contamines.
On the final day we start with a long climb out of town to reach the steep ascent of Mont Truc before a descent and equally epic ascent to our final uphill challenge to the col de Voza. From here we spot our final destination – Chamonix. Enjoying the single tracks of les Houches ski slopes, we finally reach the valley floor with a mix of dirt and pavement back into Chamonix.
Five nights in hotels in standard rooms.
Mandatory Gear: 30L backpack, knee pads and elbow pads, helmet and a
small personal repair kit.
IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide
I am a professional mountain & ski guide. I have been guiding now since 1994. I have always been into the mountains – skiing at age 4 and secretly sneaking away for overnight bivouacs in the mountains behind my parents house. At age 13, I decided to pursue my airy scrambles for something that looked a bit more fun. I went to work as an assistant bringing out other young teenagers on exciting hiking and more importantly to me, climbing outings. One thing led to another and before I knew it my world revolved around the mountains.
At the age of 18 I moved to France to pursue my passions, later becoming actively involved with the French Alpine Club in Dijon and organizing outings and putting up climbing routes here and there in Burgundy.
In 1992, I entered the infamous ENSA or French guides school in Chamonix and became the first American to receive international certification (UIAGM/IFMGA) through this prestigious school.
Since then I have been making my living as a full time professional guide, climbing and skiing in many of the worlds great mountain ranges. I speak fluent French, some Italian and I am now learning German.
Previously I have worked as a technical consultant for Petzl, and Grivel.
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