Jan, Feb, Mar
Arrive in Chamonix, welcomed at 15:00 by your guide in the Hotel L’Arve, Chamonix.
Acclimatize for the Haute Route by skiing the famous Vallee Blanche (14 km. ski run!) (equipment preparation and tour review).
Ski lifts and a tram access the run. Chamonix (1087 mt) to Aig du Midi (3842 mt). It is on rugged glacier terrain surrounded with the most spectacular mountains in Europe which allows you to get ready for the type of skiing found on the Haute Route.
Leave Chamonix (1087 mt) to a little village called Argentiere, where we will take a tram to the Grand Montent (3233 mt). From the top we will ski down and skin up for 3 hr. up to the Col du Chardonnet (3323 mt) via Fenetre du Tour (3225 mt) to the Refugee Albert 1er. hut (2702 mt).
This is apprx. a 5 to 7 hr. day.
We skin up via Co de Tour (3281 mt) ski down a great, via the Glacier du Trient to the long run in the Valles d’Arpettes, a 9 km. ski descent to Champex (1466 mt), where we take the train and bus to Verbier (1490 mt) We end the day by skiing to the Mont For Hut (2457 mt).
This day is 1.5-2 hrs. of skiing to Champex and 3-4 hrs. to the Mont For Hut.
We ski and climb up the Rosablanche (3336 mt) and ski down to the Prafleuri Hut (2624 mt).
This is about 4-5 hrs. to the Rosablanche peak and 1 hr. ski descent.
Travel along the highest dam in Europe, Lac of the Dix, up to the Dix Hut (2928 mt).
This is about a 4- to 5-hr. climb.
Skin up the Pigne d’Arolla (3790 mt), where we will have a great view over the Alps. After a pleasant descent, skin up to the Col de l’Eveque (3386 mt) and ski down to the Refuge Gpllon, (2818 mt).
This is about 4-5 hrs. to the peak and a 1-hr. descent.
Skin back up to the Col Collon (2386 m) and ski down to the Glacier Arolla to skin/climb up the Col de M. Brule (3213 mt) and Col du Valpelline (3562 mt), we ski down to (Zermatt 1616 mt) at the bottom of the famous Matterhorn North Face. This is a very committing and long day that requires good weather.
This is a 6- to 8-hr. day and covers the longest distance during the tour.
Hotel L’Arve, Chamonix, France
2 nights in Hotel L´Arve, Chamonix.
5 nights in the different huts we´ll find along the traverse.
I highly recommend in doing a level 1 avalanche class with AIARE (American institute for Avalanche Research and Education) to gain some basic Avalanche knowledge.
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