On the first day of our tour we will evaluate the overall group fitness and ability. We will also review some glacier skiing and avalanche rescue skills. If the weather permits, we will ski the Valle Blanche, a legendary glacial decent above Chamonix. Otherwise, we may spend the day at the Grands Montets. Lodging: Chamonix
We will begin by taking the lifts up the Grands Montets and skiing down to the Argentiere glacier. Then, we will skin up to the col du Chardonnet, before dropping onto the Saleinaz glacier, our entrance into Switzerland. Another skin will take us to the Fenetre de Saleinaz, which leads to the Trient glacier. Finally, from there, we will traverse to the Trient Hut. Lodging: Trient Hut
To start off the day, we will ski down to the Col des Ecandies. After a quick climb we will arrive at the Val d’Arpette, which we ski to Champex. We will then take a taxi to Verbier. Depending on conditions and the group, we will spend the afternoon exploring the Verbier resort or lounging in the sun at the Cabane Mont Fort, where we will spend the night.
We will kick start the day by skinning to the Col de la Chaux. From there, we will immerse ourselves in a world of glaciers and high peaks. After reaching the summit of the Rosablanche we will ski down to the Prafleuri Hut where we will spend the night.
After a short skin up to the Col des Roux we will begin the long traverse above the Lac des Dix. A steep climb up the Pas du Chat will take us into the Dix valley with stunning views on the Mont Blanc de Cheilon. We will stay in the Dix Hut for the evening.
We get the icing on the cake on the last two days of our tour. We will begin with a skin up to the Pigne d’Arolla through a maze of crevasses and rugged terrain. After a last steep section, we will traverse a high glaciated plateau to reach the summit of the Pigne d’Arolla – the highest point on the Haute Route at around 3,800m – which offers mindblowing views over the Alps and the surrounding 4000m peaks. After taking it all in, we will ski down to the Vignettes Hut.
To wrap up an amazing week in the Alps, we will traverse three cols before the long ski down to Zermatt. These cols are the Col de l’Eveque, the Col Brule and the Col de Valpelline. Once we reach the last col, we will see the mighty Matterhorn reveal itself in the most majestic way and we will get to ski with this jaw-dropping view all the way down to Zermatt!
3 nights hotel lodging (2 prior to trip and one at the end) based on double occupancy;5 hut nights, demi-pension (includes breakfast and dinner)
I was born in a small ski village in the Swiss Alps and was immersed in the climbing culture through my parents at a young age. After three years competing in the ice climbing world cup and after graduating from law school, I decided to pursue climbing professionally, both as a guide and as a professional alpinist.
My passion for everything relating to the mountains - alpine climbing, ice climbing, skiing, skimo races, rock climbing, etc. - has taken me all over the world, doing first ascents and repeated beautiful climbs in places such as Canada, Ethiopia, Norway, Jordan, Iceland, Antarctica, Morocco, Thailand and more. But some of my greatest climbs have been here in the Alps, climbing the north faces of the Eiger, Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses and Drus, or Beyond Good and Evil in Chamonix. What I love most though is climbing big frozen waterfalls.
Through guiding, I get to share my love for the mountains, as well as my skills and knowledge with guests around the world, in the alpine, on ice, rock or on skis. What I love about my job in the Alps is that I get to speak so many different languages - English, French, Italian, German - as the mountains sit on or close to borders.
The mountains are my passion and have been my way of life for most of my life. It is a community I am proud to belong to. And on this journey, I have met my husband and fellow mountain guide, Adam. We love working together. We live in Finhaut - a small Swiss village right the French-Swiss border between Chamonix and Verbier - with our lovely daughter Olivia. We have access to beautiful climbing and ski touring right from our doorstep and are close to world class terrain in France, Switzerland and Italy in a matter of minutes!
When I am not guiding, I play for myself in the mountains, work on translations, blog and love to rediscover the wonders of the world through the eyes of my daughter.
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