The Haute Route Ski Tour

Ski the famous European Haute Route from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland with American / IFMGA Mountain Guide Zeb Blais. This epic ski tour traverses the heart of the alps and covers some of the planet's most mind-blowing terrain!
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An 8 day Ski Adventure traversing the Alps from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland.

  • Ski from hut to hut, covering incredible terrain in the birthplace of ski mountaineering.
  • We'll use lifts and transport when it makes sense, but most of the terrain is covered by ski touring!

Here's the schedule for our Haute Route Ski Tour:

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Chamonix - Upon arrival we'll meet up for a gear check, dinner and discuss the route.

  • Day 2 - Ski Tour from Aguille du Midi - Or similar warm up objective based on weather and conditions.

  • Day 3- Chamonix to Albert 1er details to follow

  • Day 4- Albert 1er to Mont Fort details to follow

  • Day 5- Mont Fort to Prafleuri Hut details to follow

  • Day 6- Prafleuri Hut to Dix Hut details to follow

  • Day 7- Dix Hut to Vignettes Hut details to follow

  • Day 8- Vignettes Hut to Zermatt details to follow

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Expert Resort Riding Skills - Including off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

  • Advanced Touring Experience - Including efficient gear management and skinning, transition technique, with 40+ days of backcountry experience.

  • Intermediate Ski Mountaineering Experience - Including ice ax, crampon, and basic rope skills on steep terrain 40+ degrees

  • Strong Fitness - Able to spend a long, active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-1.5 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 10 miles, climbing 3,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with strong fitness typically have a strenuous workout 3-4 days a week

Here's what's included with your trip:

  • Experienced IFMGA Trained Guide
  • All Mountain Huts, Hotels, Ground Transport during the route, and ski lift services.
  • Ropes & Gear
  • Group Safety Gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
Not Included
  • Flights and Transportation to Chamonix
  • Meals before & after the trip
  • Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Harness
  • Guide Gratuities

Ski/Split Touring Gear

  • Alpine Touring Ski or Splitboard Setup - No snowshoes
  • Alpine Touring or Splitboard Boots
  • Climbing Skins
  • Touring Backpack - with pockets for avalanche gear
  • Adjustable Touring Poles
Avalanche Safety Gear
  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Avalanche Probe
Ski/Split Mountaineering Gear
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Climbing Harness
Clothing & Accessories
  • Technical Outerwear (jacket, bibs/pants)
  • Multiple Midlayer Options
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beanie
  • Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (2L)
  • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks

  • Know Before you go

    SKILL LEVELAdvanced - Expert
    ELEVATION3,300'-15,773'
    LocationAlps - Chamonix to Zermatt

    Price $3,400.00
    Private Programs
    Duration: 8 Days
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    Private Programs

    Blackbird Mountain Guides offers both scheduled group programs and private programs.

    Private programs are simply above and beyond what Blackbird Mountain Guides currently has scheduled. Scheduled courses are not always less expensive. Before booking a trip with Blackbird Mountain Guides, clients are encouraged to review the differences between these types of programs, and to decide what works best for them.

    SCHEDULED PROGRAMS

    Scheduled Programs have fixed dates, itineraries, objectives, curriculum, and costs. They typically appeal to solo individuals or small groups or who are looking to share the cost of their program with a larger group. Correspondingly, scheduled programs are less expensive for smaller groups (1-2), and they provide the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. If you have a large group (3+), Scheduled programs will often be more expensive. They can fill up quickly, and scheduling flexibility is obviously limited.

    Scheduled programs will have advertised dates. All scheduled programs can be run as private programs with private dates/rates as well.

    PRIVATE PROGRAMS

    Private programs have scheduling freedom. They typically appeal to those who would like some flexibility in planning their own trip or course. In this regard, Itineraries and objectives can be tailored to suit current conditions as well as client goals. Private programs are normally less expensive for larger groups (3+). If you have a small group (1-2) private programs will be more expensive.

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    Full 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

     


     

    An 8 day Ski Adventure traversing the Alps from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland.

    • Ski from hut to hut, covering incredible terrain in the birthplace of ski mountaineering.
    • We'll use lifts and transport when it makes sense, but most of the terrain is covered by ski touring!

    Here's the schedule for our Haute Route Ski Tour:

    • Day 1 - Arrival in Chamonix - Upon arrival we'll meet up for a gear check, dinner and discuss the route.

    • Day 2 - Ski Tour from Aguille du Midi - Or similar warm up objective based on weather and conditions.

    • Day 3- Chamonix to Albert 1er details to follow

    • Day 4- Albert 1er to Mont Fort details to follow

    • Day 5- Mont Fort to Prafleuri Hut details to follow

    • Day 6- Prafleuri Hut to Dix Hut details to follow

    • Day 7- Dix Hut to Vignettes Hut details to follow

    • Day 8- Vignettes Hut to Zermatt details to follow

    Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

    • Expert Resort Riding Skills - Including off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions.

    • Advanced Touring Experience - Including efficient gear management and skinning, transition technique, with 40+ days of backcountry experience.

    • Intermediate Ski Mountaineering Experience - Including ice ax, crampon, and basic rope skills on steep terrain 40+ degrees

    • Strong Fitness - Able to spend a long, active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of 1-1.5 hours between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 10 miles, climbing 3,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day. People with strong fitness typically have a strenuous workout 3-4 days a week

    Here's what's included with your trip:

    • Experienced IFMGA Trained Guide
    • All Mountain Huts, Hotels, Ground Transport during the route, and ski lift services.
    • Ropes & Gear
    • Group Safety Gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
    Not Included
    • Flights and Transportation to Chamonix
    • Meals before & after the trip
    • Ice Axe, Crampons, Climbing Harness
    • Guide Gratuities

    Ski/Split Touring Gear

    • Alpine Touring Ski or Splitboard Setup - No snowshoes
    • Alpine Touring or Splitboard Boots
    • Climbing Skins
    • Touring Backpack - with pockets for avalanche gear
    • Adjustable Touring Poles
    Avalanche Safety Gear
    • Avalanche Beacon
    • Avalanche Shovel
    • Avalanche Probe
    Ski/Split Mountaineering Gear
    • Ice Axe
    • Crampons
    • Climbing Harness
    Clothing & Accessories
  • Technical Outerwear (jacket, bibs/pants)
  • Multiple Midlayer Options
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beanie
  • Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (2L)
  • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks
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