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The Classic Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route. Dates: 22nd-28th April 2019 (7 days guiding)

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Almost certainly the most famous multi day ski tour in the world; The Chamonix-Zermatt high-level route swathes a path through the high mountains of the central Alpine chain, using high-level glaciers and mountain passes, to link the two most famous mountain towns. This course is spread over 7 days, with 6 days spent staying in mountain huts during the traverse and the first day used for a training and warm up tour near Chamonix. The scenery is incredible with every day offering something completely new. The skiing is also fantastic, with most days offering some fun descent to enjoy. The plan will be to ski the most popular version through Verbier, allowing us some extra flexibility and the use of the lifts there. The final day crosses 3 high cols and provides 2500m of downhill skiing to enjoy, with the descent beneath the shadow of the Matterhorn being something you will never forget.

Pre-requisites:

This is a long traverse, with 7 touring days in a row. That said easier days do often follow harder ones, giving some chance for recovery. It is still important that you can climb about 800m / day (1200m max) for consecutive days. Your skiing level should be good intermediate and you should be able to handle any off-piste snow, safely and efficiently. This will include being able to at least side-slip safely on firm 40 degree terrain, as well as stem turning in breakable crust. Some ski-touring or mountaineering experience is helpful. It is not essential, however, because training will be provided, throughout the course.

Prices from: £1050.00 per person. NOW INCLUDES 5 NIGHTS HB IN MOUNTAIN HUTS!!!


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Off the Beaten Track

An Off-Piste Adventure week. Dates: 19th-23rd February 2019 (5 days guiding)

This will be a 5-day course based in and around the Chamonix valley, with the main focus being on finding the best snow and ski terrain, given the conditions. This will involve some touring, so it essential that you have equipment to be able to do this; it’s actually a good opportunity to rent a set up and try a little touring for the 1st time.

We’ll be hoping to ski classic runs like the incredible Vallee Blanche and find amazing skiing away from the crowds, whenever possible. At least one day spent in Italy is virtually guaranteed, skiing some of the fantastic off-piste in Courmayeur. As well as more great glacial skiing, like the Toule glacier, starting from the Mont Blanc Skyway at 3500m. Of course when you’re in Italy there’s always time to soak up the holiday vibes too, with great coffee and Gelato.

They’ll be plenty of opportunities for learning and self-improvement throughout the week and we’ll be covering topics such as: avalanche avoidance and rescue; ski touring / mountaineering equipment and it’s use; as well as off-piste skiing hints and tips.

Pre-requisites:

You should be at least an intermediate level skier, able to ski red runs all day and at least occasional black runs. You should also have some experience skiing off-piste and handling a wide range of snow conditions safely and efficiently. This week is a good opportunity to work on your off-piste skills further, as well as experiencing the techniques required to ski safely on glaciers and even perform some basic mountaineering. Turning up with strong thighs will allow you to enjoy your week to the full.

Prices from: £750.00 per person.


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Access the Mountain

An Introduction to Ski Touring. Dates: 2nd-5th March 2019 (4 days guiding)

This is a 4-day course based from the Chamonix valley. This enables us to make use of some great nearby ski areas like Les Contamine and Courmayeur. If you’re a regular skier, but have always wondered what’s around the next corner and are keen for more solitude and adventure, then this is the course for you. Ski touring allows us to access the places and snow that you’re unable to reach on a pair of alpine skis. It can also be an incredibly fun and satisfying form of exercise, allowing journeys to be made right through the heart of beautiful mountain areas.

We’ll be covering all the skills you need to convert from a downhill skier, to someone with a little more freedom. Topics covered will include: gear selection and how to use it properly; planning your day; moving through terrain safely and effectively; how to ski on glaciers; avalanche avoidance and rescue; off-piste hints and tips.

Pre-requisites:

You should be at least an intermediate level skier, able to ski red runs all day and at least occasional black runs. You should also have some experience skiing off-piste and handling a wide range of snow conditions safely and efficiently. Finally you should feel comfortable climbing at least 500m / day for several days in a row.

Prices from: £690 per person.


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Course Details

Dates listed are the number of guided days. It is recommended that you arrive the evening before the course starts at the latest.

Prices include:

  • Warm and professional guiding (number of days stated on each course)

  • Basic expenses for your guide (i.e, lunches, water)

  • Lifts for your guide in the Chamonix valley.

  • Trip organization, hut bookings and administration.

  • Advice on preparation, valley accommodation and equipment.

  • Recommendations for how to get to and from the valley easily.

  • Help hiring equipment (a lot can be hired at a discount rate from myself).

Not included:

  • Travel to and from the valley.

  • Valley Accommodation. (Argentiere twin room accommodation can be arranged Half Board from 46e pppn)

  • Half Board Accommodation in the mountain huts for you and your guide when used (discounted rate shared between participants).

  • Any extra lunches or drinks. NB. Water will usually need to be bought in mountain huts in winter

  • Kit hire.

  • Lift costs for you (and your guide outside the Chamonix valley N.B at a reduced cost)


Please get in touch for more information or to make a booking:

Telephone: 0044 7887 926 584

Email: jjcguiding@gmail.com

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