Ski-touring, a backcountry skiing adventure, allows you to explore the mountains at your own pace, where good snow and amazing scenery, combined with an excellent fitness exercise, make up for great days.
It’s highly captivating and has become a lifelong passion for many.
Hiring a guide with local knowledge is the best way to discover ski-touring around Chamonix and the Mont Blanc massif, learn the techniques and get more knowledge about the mountains. While the guide makes the important decisions on group management, route choice and safety, you can focus on your skiing.
Everyone in the group must wear avalanche transceivers and bring a backpack with room for a shovel and a probe. You can borrow the kit from the guide if you don’t have it. You can also rent this equipment in shops.
The best way to start is by doing single-day tours. As you get better at the specific touring techniques, get more experience skiing with a backpack in different snow types and overall more knowledge of handling the gear, a normal progression is to do touring in new areas often involving hut nights, glacier traverses and a program that is outlined for several days.
On our website, we have different courses for ski touring. Some are based in Chamonix and other courses take us on hut-to-hut ski-touring adventures. Have a look around.