French Alps Ski Week

Ski the French Alps with American / IFMGA Mountain Guide Zeb Blais. This is the mecca of ski mountaineering and will change your perspective of what it means to be a ski mountaineer.
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week

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Ski the French Alps with American / IFMGA Mountain Guide Zeb Blais.  This is the mecca of ski mountaineering and will change your perspective of what it means to be a ski mountaineer.  

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French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
French Alps Ski Week
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Dates

Available Dates

Chamonix - France

Prices

See Sidebar for current pricing

Itinerary

Day 1 Meet in Chamonix

 

Day 2 Ski Valley Blanche or similar warm up objective (weather and conditions based)

 

Day 3 Chamonix Ski Mountaineering Objective

 

Day 4 Chamonix Ski Mountaineering Objective

 

Day 5 Chamonix Ski Mountaineering Objective

 

Day 6 Chamonix Ski Mountaineering Objective

 

Day 7 Conclusion of the program

 


 

Equipment

Alps Ski Mountaineering Gear Guide

Gear Guide / Packing List


 

Backcountry Touring Gear

Alpine Touring Skis or Splitboard - Light to Midweight Setup with “Tech Bindings”

Alpine Touring Boots or Splitboard Compatible Boots; Scarpa F1

Ski Poles - Lightweight, Adjustable Poles with Baskets; BD Expedition 3 Poles

Climbing Skins - Mohair Mix is Best; Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix,

Ski Crampons - Specific to your Skis/Board; 

Ski Strap - Voile Ski Strap or Similar
 

Avalanche Gear

Avalanche Beacon - Digital Avalanche Transceiver; Black Diamond Guide Recon BT

Avalanche Shovel - Collapsible, Aluminum Shovel; Backcountry Access BT2 Shovel

Avalanche Probe - Quickdraw Style Probe; Backcountry Access Stealth 300
 

Technical Gear

Climbing/Ski Helmet - Dual Rated Helmet; Petzl Sirocco or Black Diamond Vision

Headlamp - LED headlamp with fresh batteries; Petzl Actik Core

Climbing Harness -  Light Alpine Harness; Petzl Altitude, Mammut Zephyr Altitude

Two Locking Carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc

Triple Action Locking Carabiner - Edelrid HMS Strike Triple FG Locking Carabiner

Double Length Sling - Sewn Runner; Black Diamond 10mm Dynex Runner

Belay Device - Tube Style Belay Device; BD ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso

Crampons, Steel - Steel Crampons Compatible with Your Boots; Petzl Vasak

OR Crampons, Aluminum - Aluminum Crampons, Compatible with Your Boots

Please ask your guide which is appropriate for your objective

Lightweight Ice Axe - An ultralight Axe for Steep Terrain; Petzl Ride, BD Raven Ultra

☐ Ice Screw - One mid length ice screw (16cm) for crevasse falls, etc

Backpack - Lightweight, Simple 30-40 Liter Pack; Patagonia Alpinist 50, BD Speed 50 - MUST FIT ALL OF YOUR GEAR AND FOOD
 

Head and Neck Layers

Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat

Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses with Side Coverage; Julbo Shield

Goggles - Ski Goggles with a Storm Lens; Julbo Aerospace Reactive

Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet; 

Neck Gaiter - Light to Midweight Neck Gaiters; Buff or your favorite Face Masks 

***These Are Required as Covid-19 Face Coverings

 

Upper Body and Hand Layers

Long Sleeve Base Layer - Lightweight, Synthetic/Wool; Patagonia SunHoody

2 Insulating Top Layers - Light to Midweight Insulation Layers; Patagonia R1 & NanoAir

Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Patagonia Fitzroy or similar

Hardshell Jacket, Hooded - Waterproof, Light, Gore-Tex, NOT insulated; Arc’Teryx Alpha FL

Light Gloves - Light to Mid Weight for Warm Temps; Flylow John Henry Gloves, BD Tour

Midweight Gloves - Mid to Heavy Weight for Cold Conditions; BD Legend

Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic


Lower Body and Foot Layers

Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata

Underwear - Wool/Synthetic

Long Underwear - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”;  Patagonia Capilene Air

Softshell Ski Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant Pants; OR Trailbreaker II

Vented Hardshell Ski Pants - (Conditions dependent) Waterproof Pants for Extreme Weather

 

Food and Water

Dinner - Your Favorite Freeze Dried or “Just-Add-Hot-Water” Meal for Each Night in the Field.

Breakfast - Your Favorite Freeze Dried or “Just-Add-Hot-Water” Meal for Each Morning in the Field

Hot Drinks - For After Dinner and During Breakfast; Instant Coffee, Decaffeinated Tea, Hot Cocoa, Tang, Whatever You Prefer

Half Liter Nalgene Bottle - A Hard Sided Water Bottled that Can Act as your Mug For Hot Drinks and WAter Bottle Dutring the Climb; Nalgene 16oz Wide Mouth Bottle

Soft Water Bottle 1.5L - Flexible Water Bladder; Hydrapak Flux 1.5L

***Please bring at least one hard sided water bottle.

Water Treatment or Filtration - Katadyn BeFree Filter Connects to Hydrapak Flux Bottles 

Bowl - Reuse your Freeze Dried Dinner Bag as Your Bowl, or Bring Another;

Spoon - 9” Long Handled Spoon (For Eating Food in a Bag); GSI Essential Spoon Long

Snacks - Snacks and Lunch food  for each day of the trip
 

Other Essentials

☐ Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)

☐ Lip Balm (with SPF)

☐ Hand Sanitizer

☐ Toilet Paper


 

Optional

First Aid/blister Kit

Chemical Hand Warmers

Hydration System - Flexible Water Bladder with Hose; Hydrapak, Camelback, Platypus


 

Group Gear

Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply all of the group gear for the trip, including:

✔ Ropes

Ice Screws

✔ Snow Pickets (if required)

✔ Rock Protection (if required)

✔ Guide’s First Aid Kits

✔ Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)

Know Before You Go

Location

French Alps - Chamonix

Elevation

3,300'-15,773'

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Trip Length 

6 days

Hotel Based

 

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