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Chamonix Ski Lessons & Guiding

Anyone skiing & snowboarding Chamonix for the first time may struggle to comprehend the full diversity of the off-piste ski terrain potential. Obvious areas in the Combe de la Pendant of Grands Montets, on the Vallorcine side of Balme & the upper reaches of Brevent are one thing. Descents from the Aiguille du Midi & on the Argentiere glaciers are quite another. Getting to know how to access the best freeride terrain at Chamonix can be time consuming, so spending a day or two with a quality local instructor or guide will improve your ski experience exponentially as well as providing safety & perhaps improve your skills as well. Ski lessons for on and/or off-piste can be arranged upon arrival.

Mountain Guides are best arranged prior to your trip, but the best utilisation of their services is totally dependent on snow & weather conditions - tough choice. Regardless of the weather, there is enough terrain at Chamonix to ski something interesting if you have already hired a guide. Joining a mixed guided group is a whole lot cheaper than hiring a private guide, with the major caveat being one never knows the ski ability & skill level of the other group member until it may be too late.

An incredible array of ski instructors, ski schools & guides ply their craft in the Chamonix valley ski resorts. To narrow down the field, use our partners to search & book Chamonix ski lessons & guiding from a listing below.

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Vallèe Blanche with a Guide - Our Top Tips

The Valle Blanche is an experience of a lifetime for many snow enthusiasts but can (& does) turn into a nightmare for some. The impressive scale and grandeur of the area cannot be denied. The Aiguille du Midi is impressive enough, let alone the glaciers on the descent. However, anyone expecting fresh powder on the standard descent may be disappointed. Experienced skiers on a budget that opt to join a mixed ‘open’ or ‘public’ group with a guiding company may also be disappointed. These groups tend to cater to the lowest common denominator (i.e. the weakest skier – which in part is fair enough), often inhibiting the rest of the group. So, our top tips to enjoying the Valle Blanche experience with a guide are:

  • When in doubt, pay a bit extra for a private guide.
  • Ski in a group of people of a known & mutually acceptable ability.
  • Allow for flexibility in your itinerary to ski the route in good snow conditions.
  • If snow conditions are poor on the descent, change your perspective to enjoy the journey & amazing surroundings.
  • Avoid the area during French school holidays.
  • Start early on the day of the descent. Get on the first cable car.

In relation to joining a public/open guided group, the following applies:

  • Be honest about your ski/board ability so the guiding companies can attempt to place you in a group of similar standard.
  • If you are a legitimately advanced or expert off-piste skier/snowboarder, insist on being with skiers/boarders of similar ability & experience. If this cannot be guaranteed, then perhaps look elsewhere or pay for a private guide.
  • Be on time at the meeting point!