Ski Mont Blanc with a Mountain Guide

Mont Blanc on skis is the ultimate way to reach the highest peak in western Europe. This is an epic end of ski-season challenge!

The thrill doesn't stop at the summit; a breathtaking off-piste descent from 4810m down the north face will take you down the Bosses ridge, then down the Bossons glacier back down to Chamonix.

It is strongly recommended that you already have some ski touring / ski mountaineering experience, and that you can ski off piste competently in all snow conditions.

The best time to ski Mont Blanc is mid-April to mid-June.

Check out our video "Mont Blanc on skis" below.

Ski Mont Blanc Itinerary

Subject to change depending on weather and mountain conditions and participants' fitness.

Day 1: Grands Mulets hut

Take the cable car from Chamonix to the Plan de l'Aiguille (2310 m). With skins on skis, we traverse the Pèlerins and Jonction glaciers to arrive at the Grands Mulets hut (3057 m).
Altitude range: +700m.
Hours: between 3 and 5 (depending on snow conditions and fitness)

Ski Mont Blanc and cross the famous "junction" towards Grand Mulets refuge

 

Day 2: Ascent of Mont Blanc (4810m)

We ski across the glacier to the base of the Nord du Dôme ridge. From here we have to do some climbing while carrying our skis on our backpacks across short sections of 35 to 40 degrees.

We reach the summit of the Dôme du Goûter, then follow the Bosses ridge to the summit of Mont Blanc.

Depending on snow conditions, we sometimes need to climb the final section of the ridge.

With a rest and some time to take in the extrodinary view from the summit, we commence the ski descent-of-a-lifetime to the Mont Blanc tunnel if the snow cover allows, or to the Plan de l'Aiguille.

This is a long day at high altitude that demands fitness, endurance, and good ski and crampon technique.

Altitude range: +1700m and -3800m or -2600m
Hours: 8 to 10
The ascent can also be done by the three summits route (via the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Cosmique hut) if conditions allow.

ski on Dome du Gouter and sun rise on Mont Blanc

Skiing Mont Blanc Costs

  • €980 per person, based on 2 clients per guide
  • €1430 per person, based on 1 client per guide (Private Ascent)

The price includes

  • Organisation
  • High mountain guide (UIAGM qualified)
  • Full board in refuge
  • Plan de l'Aiguille cable car
  • Shared group equipment provided by guide (ropes, shovel, probe)

The price does not include

  • Transport to Chamonix meeting point
  • Extra drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment hire
  • Alpine insurance
  • Gratuities

 

Skiing Mont Blanc Detailed Information

Technical level

Gradients: 45 deg max. Ropes and crampons on the north ridge of Dôme du Gouter (200 m), with skis on backpack.

Efficiency in all type of snow conditions is required (your style is less relevant!), and you must already have experience in ski touring / ski mountaineering. The Mont Blanc should not be your first ski mountaineering experience.

Fitness level

Altitude ranging from 800 to 1700m. Days can be 6 to 10 hours skiing / climbing, we will be climbing about 350/450 vertical metres per hour.

This is most suited to people who practice endurance sports regularly, and who already have ski mountaineering experience.

It would be helpful if you gave us an idea of your fitness level and ski mountaineering experience so we can advise you on your suitablity for this course.

Your guide

  • High mountain guide, UIAGM qualified
  • english-speaking

Meeting point

Meet at 6.30pm the day before departure, at SNELL Sport shop, 104 rue Paccard (the main pedestrian street in Chamonix) to check your equipment and be briefed. This will be confirmed.

Access - by plane

Chamonix Mont-Blanc is 1 hour from Geneva-Cointrin International airport. Contact us for transfer information.

Accommodation - In catered mountain refuges

If you need accommodation the night before or after, we can propose different types of accommodation for all budgets. Just let us know when you book.

Meals

Breakfast and dinner are provided at the refuge.

We supply you with picnic lunches (sandwich, cheese, biscuits and chocolate)

Vegetarian option on request.

Advisable to bring additional snacks, e.g. sports bars and dried fruit. Don't bring anything heavy or squashable.

GEAR

We will provide you with the Mont Blanc Ski Touring list when you book. Anything you don't have you can rent from us.