La Vallée Blanche

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The Vallée Blanche is an unmissable skiing experience, one of the most famous ski runs in the world and the longest too with 2,780 vertical metres of descent and at 22km long. Read more about the route from Aiguille du Midi down the Mer de Glace in our ski area’s guide to the Vallée Blanche, or find out all you need to about hiring a guide below.

Hiring guides

Basically if you are reading this, then you should have one! Via the ‘Voie normale’, the run may not be technically difficult for everyone, but you will still be skiing on a glacier in a high mountain, off-piste environment, so without expert assistance and knowledge you are running distinct risks.

If you aren’t sure if your skiing is up to it, why not book a day’s guiding with one of our guides who will assess your ability while showing you some of Chamonix’s best skiing at the same time? We also offer a 3-day all mountain course after which you’ll be confident on all terrains and ready for the Vallée Blanche.

Typical prices

Join a group – 87€ (subject to demand)
Private guide – 380€ (total cost for a group no larger than 4 depending on conditions)
Prices do not include lift pass or equipment (see below).

Note that skiers and snowboarders will not be mixed if you join a group, so if your party has a mixture of the two then you should hire a private guide who will always take the route that is best for snowboarders.


Lift passes & equipment

The Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train are included on the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass.

Your guide will provide avalanche transceiver and harness and will tell you if you need to hire crampons or any other equipment. You will also need to ensure that you have a backpack to which you can attach your skis/snowboard, and we recommend being prepared for changeable conditions by taking warm layers, food and drink (including plenty of water), goggles/sunglasses and suncream. See our downloadable guide for more details.

Booking and payment for the Vallée Blanche

For an unforgettable experience, pre-book your lift pass and place in a group or private guide on our Chamonix Resort Shop and pay securely through our booking system.

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