Weekend ski touring trips using high mountain huts – led by experienced IFMGA mountain guides
There are many different huts dotted around the Chamonix area and nearby that offer a great two day trip, with an overnight at the hut.
A typical weekend Itinerary would look like this:
- Day 0 – Arrive in Chamonix in the evening, overnight in hotel/B&B.
- Day 1 – We meet in the morning soon after breakfast to discuss the plan for the weekend. After sorting our equipment we travel to the road head or lift, depending on the tour. The rest of the day is specific to the tour, but generally we can ski to the hut, coffee and then do a short tour in the afternoon and/or some safety training.
- Day 2 – Up early for an uphill ski, col, ridge line or summit before skiing back to the hut for an early afternoon coffee. We then ski to the road head and transfer back to Chamonix for around 5.00pm. (The timings are flexible depending on your travel plans).
We run these weekend trips for private groups, with the maximum ration typically being 1:6.
The guiding price for up to six people, is £350/day with avalanche equipment included. Groups of four or less are transported from Chamonix free of charge also.
Please have a read through some of the ski tour options below. Our trips are priced on a guiding only basis, so you will need to cover our hut expenses on the trip. The guides hut expenses are split between the group.
Equipment; You will need ski touring boots and skis, which can be hired in Chamonix. Our price includes your avalanche safety equipment: Transceiver, Shovel and probe, plus a harness if it’s a glacial tour.
You will need a rucksack, normally greater than 30ltr. Normal ski touring equipment such as warm clothes, waterproofs apply.
This is a brilliant two day tour in Switzerland, approx 1.5hrs from Chamonix. It’s a good ski tour for novice and intermediate ski tourers alike. The track leads to the comfortable Brunet refuge, which is comfortable and welcoming, with great food. This track takes us through the woods, and is fairly sheltered making it an easy hut approach in inclement weather.
On the second day we have plenty of options, depending on weather, ability and ambition. Mont Rogneux itself is a great ski with two main decent options. Some lead back to the hut, meaning we can leave things at the hut, and some go direct to the valley.
The season is December – March
Here’s an old blog post about skiing from the Brunet refuge.
We have an open trip on the 14th & 15th January 2017 – the cost per person is £255 for the weekend, including travel from Chamonix, Guiding fees and avalanche safety equipment.
It does not include hut costs for you or the guide (split between the group), ski hire, rescue insurance and lift passes.
Contact us here to book your place.
Grand Saint Bernard Monastery
The Grand Saint Bernard Monastery is steeped in history, and has been giving refuge to travellers since the 9th Century. The wikipedia page is worth a read! The hospice is a great place to stay, and is in the middle of a great ski touring area!
The route straight to the monastery is along the summer road, so a trip there and back is an easy ski. There are opportunities for half days tours on the first day, and longer options on the second. It’s a really flexible venue, suited to a wide range of ski abilities.
The season is December – April
Here’s a blog post.
Grand Paradiso National Park
This is one of my favourite areas to visit, especially the excellent Benevalo refuge, with it’s amazing ski terrain and friendly hut. This is a good long weekend trip option as well, with two night in the hut instead of one.
This tour is suited to the intermediate ski tourer, you will make the most of the terrain and touring. It is mostly on glacial terrain, and the main ski tours are around 800m height gain.
The season is March – May
Here’s a blog post.
Argentiere Refuge – Chamonix
The Argentiere refuge is situated in one of Chamonix most spectacular mountain valleys, with the imposing north walls of the Doites, Courtes and Verte directly opposite the hut. There are a large range of ski tours on the south side, and it’s possible to ski two longer routes, using the Grand Montet lift on the first day.
A great two day ski for intermediate tourers, who want a taste of a high mountain hut.
Season – March – April. Blog post.