Skiing the Vallee Blanche is a must for advanced skiers. This off-piste route on the Mer de Glace Glacier starts from the top of the Aiguille du Midi, descending over 2000m for 17 kilometers to Montenvers at the ice caves.
This gallery of photos is a mere snapshot of the amazing sights you'll experience on the Valle Blanche. Click on each image to see the larger photo with a detailed description.
Start at the Aiguille du Midi - once you descend from the top at 3400m, there is no turning back.
This is an adventure like no other and while this is bucket list skiing,
the route is do-able for intermediate skiers too. There is an easier
route down and your guide will be able to gauge the skill level and
determine the safest route.
You'll see all sorts of snow and ice formations as the entire route is natural. While this may be awesome, it is also incredibly dangerous. Click on the button to access the report for the absolute minimum equipment you'll need to hire.
It is essential to take an experienced qualified guide with you. These guys are trained in rescues from avalanches, crevasses and will have on them rescue gear which hopefully you'll never require.
The terrain is not gentle and smooth - it is rough, windblown, craggy and littered with crevasses. At Vallee Blanche, off piste = danger. There are no roped off areas, no signs of unsafe snow bridges, in fact no signs other than the first one warning DANGER!
It is incredibly exciting. But, take a guide.
Having warned you of all the dangers, you can't possibly have a Chamonix holiday without "doing" the Vallee Blanche. This report highlights 7 things you need to know to prepare for this adventure.
If you're only in Cham for a few days, I'd recommend reading this planning list.
The Mer de Glace glacier used to stretch 22 km all the way down to the main railway station in town of, but no more - this is nature at work... glaciers move and shrink. These days, depending on snow fall, the skiable portion of the Mer de Glace ends at Montenvers.
Your family and friends can meet you here to check out the Mer de Glace and the crystal museum. The small coffee shop is good for snacks.
There's more steep deeps! For challenging pistes while on your Chamonix Vacation, click on the button for the essential low down.