CHAMONIX, FRANCE ULTIMATE ALPS SKI TOUR

Ski 3 Countries in One Week-France, Italy, Switzerland. Experience the Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier & Courmayeur Amongst the High Peaks of the Alps!

OVERVIEW

Trip #12 Dates: Mar 31 – Apr 7, 2019
Location: Chamonix, France
Duration: 8 days | 7 nights | 6 Ski Days
Skill Level: Strong Intermediate-Expert
Price: $2995 per person

Over the course of one week, you will have the opportunity to ski the historic Valley Blanche (one of the longest ski runs in the world), ski endless powder fields in 3 countries and ride the famous Aiguille du Midi cable car next to Mont Blanc. We will plan on skiing off the Aiguille du Midi, a day in Courmayeur, Italy, a day in Verbier, Switzerland, and a day in the famous Valley Blanche. That’s 6 days of skiing the Alps in France, Italy, and Switzerland all around the Mont Blanc Massif. The skiing options are endless each day and you will be in awe as you ski next to some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. There will be opportunities for daily ski tours and other activities around the valley like exploring the Mer de Glace glacier caves. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Lift Tickets: All Lift Tickets to Ski Chamonix-France, Courmayeur, Italy, and Verbier, Switzerland
Ski Insurance: Carte Neige – Insuring accidents in winter sports activities
Guiding: 8 Hosted days – including 6 Guided ski days at the surrounding resorts and backcountry. We go to the goods every day!
Coaching: Ski Technique & Backcountry Skills Sessions with Professional Skiers and Guides
Transportation: To/from Geneva Airport and to all Ski areas
Lodging: 7 Nights in Chamonix *Based on 2 people per room (twin/double share). If you would like a room to yourself please contact us.
Meals: Breakfast Every Day, Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Secure Ski Storage & Boot Racks at Hotels
LGA Welcome Gift Bag

OPTIONAL:
*Alpine Touring & AT Touring skis from Scott during the trip are available for $150 for the week
*Scott E1 Airbags, Avalanche Beacon, Shovel, Probe are available for $150 for the week


 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • Lunches: Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages in the 3 countries during the week.
  • 5 Dinners: Open for the group to explore town together or experience the local cuisine with new friends
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for Guides
  • Travel & Trip Insurance: We require trip insurance for all trips abroad.
    We recommend World Nomads as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations.
  • Gear: Skis, Snowboards, Backpack, Avalanche beacon, Probe, Shovel, Skins, and Helmet. If you have your own equipment please bring it. Avalanche safety gear is required on all of our tours and is available to rent for $150 for the duration of the trip.

GEAR – SCOTT Sports Demos and Recommendations

We suggest you bring your own ski and backcountry gear if you have it. For the trip we do recommend a touring set up as this will allow the group to really ski a wide variety of areas. Having this as a daily set up allows us to find the best snow on the resort, quick laps in the sidecountry or going a little deeper into the backcountry. There are also options for ski touring days if the groups wants.

If rentals are needed, we can arrange snow equipment for the week through our partnership with Scott Sports. We will have a selection of powder skis with touring bindings to choose from. There will also be the brand new Scott E-1 Patrol Backpack and avalanche kits available for rent for guests during the trips. Both items can be rented for the duration of your trip to save you time and money. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental. Always bring layers, good gloves, 2 goggles if you have them or extra lenses, winter clothes for after skiing, and a down jacket.

THE RIDING EXPERIENCE

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is a small mountain town in the Haute-Savoie département in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. The Alps run deep with ski history and the Chamonix Valley is at the heart of skiing. From the 1st Winter Olympics in 1924 to the birthplace of modern extreme skiing, very few places can match the pure beauty of this valley. Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and most notably the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. Chamonix borders two countries and features seemingly never-ending vertical.

Ski deep into the heart of the Alps & across multiple countries in one week. Carve turns through the infamous Chamonix Valley, from Courmayeur, Italy to Verbier, Switzerland. Drop into Chamonix’s famous 20 kilometers long off – Vallee Blanche from the Aiguille du Midi or from the Italian side of Mont Blanc, as well as the nine-kilometer long Argentière glacier off the Grand Montets. Our guides provide ski techniques, mountain safety, avalanche awareness & other skills needed in the big mountains. Learn the skills and techniques of the pros with local guides & professional athletes.


THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE

Every morning a healthy breakfast with local ingredients will await you as we prep for the day. Lunches (not included) are enjoyed on the mountain or in local villages in each country along the way so you can sample a taste from all the areas we will visit. Experience the legendary Après Ski scene in the afternoon after skiing the best runs of your life.

There is nothing like celebrating this epic day with new friends, new memories and a cold beers at the bar while looking back up to the glaciers. Each day a new variety of flavors will leave you wanting more. We will experience the local fondue, raclette, and Savoie specialities that this region is well-known for. Enjoy a welcome and farewell dinner with the group and the rest of the dinners are open for you to explore the town and the several restaurants Chamonix has to offer.


THE LODGING EXPERIENCE

Our partner hotels and chalets offer the best services for winter sport enthusiast to immerse themselves into the culture of Chamonix. Based in the historic valley of Chamonix all hotels and chalets offer guests fresh breakfast made with local ingredients from the Haute Savoie. Rooms are Double Occupancy with the option for single rooms on request. All hotels and chalets are located a short distance from the center of Chamonix so you can explore the town, shops, restaurants and lively Apres scene. All accommodations provide ski/snowboard storage, free wifi, breakfast, sauna/wellness, and a wide range of other services.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival Day

Fly into Geneva Airport (GVA) by 2pm where someone will be there to transport you to Chamonix. In some cases, you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 2pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.

Le Grand Adventure Tours welcomes you to France! Upon landing at Geneva Airport (GVA) you will have a private transfer to your hotel. Settle into your comfortable room and get to know your new friends for the week. Tonight is your time to relax by an open fire, explore town. Steep yourself in French culture and immerse into European life.

If rentals are needed, we can arrange snow equipment for the week through our partnership with Scott Sports. We will have a selection of powder skis with touring bindings to choose from. There will also be the brand new Scott E-1 Patrol Backpack and avalanche kits available for rent for guests during the trips. Both items can be rented for the duration of your trip to save you time and money. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental.


Day 2 – 7

France:
Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel with daily departures between 8:30AM-9AM. We’ll acclimate to the surroundings and terrain with ski runs on Le Grand Montets into the Argentière village.

Early runs are used to assess skiing ability and go over key fundamentals for safe and effective travel in the high mountains. We will prepare everyone to be confident and comfortable with the week’s upcoming locations. Daily ski destinations are decided upon with consideration of safety, weather, and snow conditions.

Lunch on the mountain is followed by an afternoon skiing some of the best terrain in France. At the end of the day let us show you the beautiful town of Argentière. Relax in one of the best après scenes in the world.

Italy:
Once everyone is up to speed it will be time to explore Italy’s Courmayeur area. Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel and prepare to depart Chamonix between 8:30AM-9AM. This amazing ski area provides a wide range of trails and off-piste options. We will improve everyone’s skills and ski ability, but most of all, have a blast!

Lunch on the mountain and ski some of the finest Italian terrain all afternoon. We end the day touring you through the beautiful town of Courmayeur, immersing ourselves into Italy’s renowned après offerings.

Savor the local cuisine nightly with the group, featuring regional fresh vegetables, meats & cheeses. Upon our return to Chamonix, make time for an evening stroll through the Village at your own pace.

Switzerland:
Ski the land of chocolate and powder filled peaks. Enjoy Breakfast at the Hotel and prepare for our daily ski departure. We will guide you through the highlights of one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland, bordering four valleys, Italy, and France. Freeride trails and off-piste areas, logging vertical on one of the best ski areas in the world.

Lunch on-mountain to recharge for an afternoon skiing sweet Swiss snow. At the end of the day let us show you the beautiful town of Verbier. Après with Swiss flavor before our return.

France Redux:
Ski the famous Aiguille du Midi. You will never forget one of the longest ski runs anywhere: 22KM down the Vallee Blanche. There will be something for everyone, from long open fields of powder to off-piste steeps around the glacier.

At the end of the day we will explore other areas of Chamonix and celebrate our week of incredible skiing. We will reassemble for a farewell dinner out in town.


Day 8 – Departure Day

Relax on our final morning, take in one last walk around the town of Chamonix. Sample another cappuccino, the wide variety of local shops, or savor an authentic French croissant. We will say our goodbyes and laugh over the great memories we shared over the trip. A private transfer will take you back to Geneva where you can spend an extra night exploring the city or begin your journey home. If you would like to spend another night in Chamonix, please contact us and we can help you make arrangements.


NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Our guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.

FAQ

Check out our General FAQs section. Here you will find answers to your general questions.


What is the Best Way to Get There?

Fly into Geneva Airport (GVA) by 2pm where someone will be there to transport you to Chamonix. In some cases, you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 2pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.


When Should I Make My Travel Arrangements?

Please wait until you receive confirmation from Le Grand Adventure Tours before making any travel arrangements. Our team is happy to assist you with any travel needs.


Hotels Before & After Your Trip

There are a lot of great hotels in the Geneva and the surrounding areas close to the airport or in city center. If you plan to arrive early, a day before the trip start, or if you plan to stay for an extra night before you leave. We suggest using online resources like Booking.com to check availability. We are always happy to help and offer recommendations for all of our guests.


Can I Reserve My Trip With a Deposit?

Yes, you can reserve your trip with a Deposit for all Multi-Day Tours lasting twenty-four hours or longer. If you seek to reserve a spot on the Tour more than 90 days prior to the Date of Departure. The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. For Private Group Tours the Deposit amount is fifty percent (50%) of the Tour Price. Within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.


When is The Final Payment For This Tours Due?

Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.


What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

  • 90 days or more prior to Departure: LGA will retain the deposit as an “Adventure Deposit” for a future trip. A full refund will be given.
  • 89-60 days prior to Departure: LGA will retain 50% of the total Tour Price and the deposit will be held as an Adventure Deposit for a future trip.
  • 59 days or less prior to Departure: LGA will retain 100% of the total Tour Price.Le Grand Adventure Tours cannot be held responsible for snow and/or weather conditions. Trips cannot be canceled or amended on the basis of snow and weather conditions.

What Is Your Refund Policy?

No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason, Client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any Refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.


What is The Group Size?

Small group sizes that don’t exceed 10 guests.


Do We Need to Tip Our Guides?

Gratuities are not included. Tips are accepted at your discretion based on the overall trip experience provided by our team.


Do I Need Trip Insurance?

Trip Insurance is Not Included: We require trip insurance for all trips abroad. Protecting your trip & safety is our priority!
We recommend World Nomads as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations.


What Type of Skis To Bring?

A ski with roughly a 100mm to 110mm is the best option. If you want to bring a wider pair of skis please feel free or we can rent these if needed.


Do I Need Ski Touring Equipment?

It is highly recommended but not mandatory. If you have a new pair of touring bindings (Dynafit, Plum, Marker, Salomon, etc) and are comfortable skiing a wide variety of terrain on them, please feel free to bring them.


Do I Need Backcountry Safety Gear?

Avalanche safety gear is required on all of our tours. If you have your own equipment please bring it. Ski backpacks including a beacon, shovel, and probe are available to rent for $150 for the duration of the trip. (Option available to add-on at checkout. If you wish to add later please feel free to contact us.)


Ski & Gear Rentals

If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental. Please advise the LGA Team before the trip if you will need gear.


What Should I Bring With Me?

Ski/Snowboard Gear:
Skis/Snowboard, boots, poles
Goggles
Helmet – stay safe on the slopes!!

Misc/Recommended:
Backpack
Avalanche Transceiver
Shovel/Probe
Touring Gear and Skins
Packable Puffy
Climbing Harness (that fits over ski pants)
(We can assist with some gear, please feel free to contact us)

Après Clothing:
You will be in the French Alps for a week so please bring proper clothing for when you’re not on the slopes.

Travel Requirements:
Current Passport
Credit card, cash and/or traveler’s checks
ID or driver’s license
Medical insurance cards
Prescriptions or other medications
Important phone number
Proof of Travelers Insurance


What Is The Weather Going To Be Like?

For the most accurate weather please check the Chamonix Weather Online a few days before your trip. We will be in the mountains so bring clothes that will keep you warm in a wide variety of conditions. We will guarantee you get the most out of your ski holiday as we have a wide range of activities that we can add to the trip in case there are down days due to snow storms or weather.


How Long Does It Take to Fly to France?

Flight time from the West Coast of the United States to Geneva is approximately 11.5 hours if you book a non-stop flight. From the East Coast the flight time is approximately 8 hours.


Can I Use My Credit Card in France?

Credit cards are widely accepted, but Amex is not always accepted. Better stick with Visa. You will need some cash – but just for casual expenses. Most things can be paid for by credit card. The currency is EURO. It never makes sense to carry too much cash on you – anywhere. Withdrawing cash from your checking account using your US cash/debit card is usually much cheaper than converting dollar bills at an exchange desk and you will get the BEST Exchange rate. Many credit cards charge a foreign transaction fee around 3-5%. This may be the time to get yourself a fun new rewards travel credit card that comes with “No Foreign Transaction Fees.” We never leave home without it.


Which Languages are Spoken in France?

French is the main language spoken. In Verbier you will hear German and in Italy you will hear Italian. You will find English is widely spoke all over Switzerland. It is still great to learn a few of the day to day vocabulary to be polite.


Is It Safe to Travel to France?

Switzerland is very safe. Always take regular precautions whenever abroad to save yourself from any potential headaches that could interfere with your travels.

CHAMONIX GALLERY

Chamonix

Courmayeur, Italy

Verbier, Switzerland

Happy Customers.

Testimonials

Great time!

Absolutely loved every minute of this trip and the epic adventures that were setup by Le Grand. Jeff and Crystal do an amazing job coordinating everything from food, to procuring local guides for skiing, being our tour guides around the area, and making sure we are enjoying ourselves and getting us back home to our loved ones safely. I would definitely sign-up for another trip with LGA. –Jesse G.

Great Off-Piste Chamonix Ski Trip!!!!

Skiing in Europe is best done with a local guide, whether on or off groomed areas. You can’t ski everything in a week regardless, but without a guide you’ll spend half your time just trying to find where to begin each day. Jeff and Crystal have it all coordinated! Airport transfer (both ways), lodging, breakfasts and dinners, lift and local transit ticket purchase, and daily touring always with an eye to sun and snow conditions.–Steve G.

Overall, I really enjoyed this tour.

Based on the several discussions I had with the team, I had a pretty good understanding of what to expect on this tour, and they def delivered. Looking back, I realized that we actually skied powder EVERY day. Initially, I had safety concerns, and since going backcountry for this first time, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Both Dean and Morgan made me feel really comfortable and safe. I def plan to recommend your company to my friends in the future! –Anonymous Reviewer

Beyond all expectations! These guys rule.

The guides were incredibly knowledgable. The skiing was phenomenal. Decisions about where the best snow would be for the day’s conditions were always spot on. The terrain we skied matched the advanced level of the group, so that everyone was comfortably challenged. Accommodation was a lovely private chalet, super comfortable, and cleaned daily – a convenient short walk to town. The hot tub was a huge bonus. Private chefs provided exceptional feasts. Private daily ski transportation made travel easy. The professional photography came out amazing – such a nice treat to leave a trip like this with. No corners were cut. I always felt in good hands. I traveled solo and felt incredibly welcomed. I highly highly recommend joining a Le Grand Adventure Tour. –Judith K.

In one word – amazing.

Chamonix is a must for any serious skier or rider. Both Jeff and Crystal were really informative and genuinely wanted to provide their thoughts about the trip, and also point out the safety and the fact that each guide we would have will be IFMGA certified. The trip in short was everything I wanted and more. The guides were exceptional, transportation to / from chalet and the surrounding ski areas was great, food was amazing, and overall, people I had the chance to ride with were really unique and I felt safe skiing with them. Although no tour can promise you powder, I want to say that we did ride powder EVERY day, even though it didn’t snow in some places for several days! I definitely recommend Le Grand Adventure Tours to any serious skier and rider. –Uros O.

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