Ski Lessons & Guiding

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Chamonix valley & Mont Blanc viewed in the morning from Balme
Chamonix valley & Mont Blanc viewed in the morning from Balme
Brevent cable car heads to the summit
Brevent cable car heads to the summit
Aiguille du Midi viewed from across the valley on Brevent
Aiguille du Midi viewed from across the valley on Brevent
Walking to the start of the Vallee Blanche from Aiguille du Midi at Chamonix
Walking to the start of the Vallee Blanche from Aiguille du Midi at Chamonix
The upper Vallee Blanche viewed from the Italian side near Punta Helbronner
The upper Vallee Blanche viewed from the Italian side near Punta Helbronner
Powder skiing at Chamonix
Powder skiing at Chamonix
The steeps faces of Brevent
The steeps faces of Brevent
Grand Montets
Grand Montets 'Combe de la Pendant' viewed from Flegere at Chamonix
Summit of Grands Montets looking to the old cable car station
Summit of Grands Montets looking to the old cable car station
Grands Montets top cable car station surrounded by glaciers
Grands Montets top cable car station surrounded by glaciers
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The 'resort side' of the upper sector of Grands Montets, Chamonix
Backcountry powder turns up valley from Grands Montets
Backcountry powder turns up valley from Grands Montets
Warning sign at the top of the lifts at Punta Helbronner on Mont Blanc
Warning sign at the top of the lifts at Punta Helbronner on Mont Blanc
Heading off to ski the numerous freeride descents on the glaciers of Mont Blanc
Heading off to ski the numerous freeride descents on the glaciers of Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc Massif looking toward Aiguille du Midi
Mont Blanc Massif looking toward Aiguille du Midi
Brevent Flegere upper alpine terrain above Chamonix
Brevent Flegere upper alpine terrain above Chamonix
Off-piste terrain at Chamonix
Off-piste terrain at Chamonix's Balme ski area
Looking toward the end of the Vallee Blanche from Flegere at Chamonix
Looking toward the end of the Vallee Blanche from Flegere at Chamonix
Skiers meet their guide at the Aiguille du Midi base to discuss the day ahead
Skiers meet their guide at the Aiguille du Midi base to discuss the day ahead
Iconic Chamonix is best explored with an experienced local guide
Iconic Chamonix is best explored with an experienced local guide

Ski Lessons & Guiding

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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!
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