La Vallée Blanche
The Vallée Blanche is an unmissable skiing experience, one of the most famous ski runs in the world. It’s also one of the longest too at 22km in length with 2,780 vertical metres of descent. Read more about the route from the Aiguille du Midi down to the Mer de Glace in our ski area’s guide to the Vallée Blanche, or read on to find out about hiring a qualified IFMGA mountain guide below.
Well, in short, if you’re reading this, then you should be hiring one! Via the ‘Voie normale’, the run may not be technically difficult for everyone, but you’ll still be skiing on a glacier in a high mountain and off-piste environment; so without expert assistance and knowledge you would be running a distinct risk to your safety.
If you aren’t sure if your skiing is up to it, why not book a day’s guiding with one of our mountain guides, who’ll also 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.
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 sun cream. See our downloadable guide for more details.