People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Type of Trip
I invite you to come learn the basic ski touring techniques through this 2-day course that I organize in Chamonix, in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif.
At the end of this training, you will be ready to do ski touring expeditions over several days, like the Haute Route from Chamonix to to Zermatt, for example. This course also aims to help you understand the risks of ski touring and explain the use of avalanche equipment (detector, shovel and probe).
I advise participants to have some experience in off-piste skiing to be comfortable in the descents and for a best approach to glacier grounds.
The best time for ski touring in the Chamonix area runs from December to April. Several dates are open for those who wish to join a group. We will be a maximum of 8 people to promote optimal learning for everyone.
You will find the program I propose for this ski touring introductory course. This could be changed at the last minute depending on weather and snow conditions.
Saturday – Learning the basic techniques of ski touring and safety
Meeting at my partner’s store in Chamonix so you can rent the equipment you need. I will check that you have the required equipment. Then we will go to the Grands Montets to review skiing techniques and learn those of ski touring, all in a glacier field (Glacier d’Argentière). By late afternoon, we will do some exercises with the avalanche sensor, shovel and probe.
Sunday – Ski touring at Crochue Bérarde.
For our second day, we will put into practice the techniques learned during the previous day. We will take La Flégère lifts at 9am and at the top of the Index chairlift, we will go together for a beautiful hike to the Crochue Bérarde. The positive vertical drop will be of 735 meters and the negative vertical drop of 1795 meters. We’ll be back in the valley in Chamonix, at 5PM.
My daily guiding fee is 335€ so that would make 670€ for the 2 days.
I invite you to contact me if you are interested in this program. Of course, I also customize it for you.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
About the Guide
IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guide -
Sébastien is originally from Toulon. Before he dedicated his time fully to his passion, mountaineering, he has completed a degree in Alpine Geography.
His thirst for adventure took him from countries such as Turkey and Peru to the high mountains of Pakistan .
Since 2000, he work as a Mountain Guide in Chamonix, La Clusaz and all over the world.
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