Mountain Guides

From off-piste adventures to ski touring, skiing the world-famous Vallée Blanche to climbing Mont Blanc, our expert guides make it all possible.

Don't forget, all of the options below are just a taster of what we have to offer. Private excursions, group trips, half-day, full-day, multi-day courses are all available for everyone from complete beginners to hardcore mountain experts - let us know what you want and we'll make it happen!

Mountain Guides

Whether you want to fine-tune your technique, explore off-piste terrain, or learn some completely new skills, a private mountain guide is the best way forward.

To ensure you receive the best possible experience, we work with Chamonix Experience, a partner with considerable expertise of the valley. All of our guides are IFMGA qualified and will use local knowledge and forecasts of both weather and snow conditions - as well as an assessment of your capabilities and requirements - to maximise your enjoyment.

We'll discuss the options with you beforehand and can even create a custom itinerary just for you - our favourite trips include:
  • Warming up at  Le Tour before dropping down into a seemingly endless off-piste run to the little Swiss village of Trient.
  • Take the first lift of the day up to the Aiguille du Midi and take on the world’s longest off-piste run, the Vallée Blanche. 
  • Head to the top of Les Grands Montets at 3300m and explore the glacier or venture into the legendary Pas de Chevre.
  • Cross the border into Italy for some deep turns in the trees and an unforgettable lunchtime pizza. 
  • Top it off with a three-country off-piste powder mission on the final day.
There are endless possibilities, especially since the Swiss and Italian borders are so close by.

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Handy Hints from Mountain Lifestyle:
  • You don’t have to be an expert to hire a private guide
  • Make sure you detail your requirements in full – it will help us craft an unforgettable experience

Vallée Blanche

If you haven’t already heard, Chamonix is home to the world’s most famous off-piste ski descent. 

Beginning at a dizzying 3,812 metres at the top of the Aiguille du Midi and finishing (conditions permitting) in the centre of Chamonix, the route spans an unrivalled 23km of descent.

Before you start you must navigate a steep arête with a large drop off on one side. It’s a bit daunting at first but your guide will make sure you won’t have a problem with it. After this little challenge, you can look forward to spectacular high-mountain scenery, powder turns, imposing jagged peaks, head-turning seracs, deep crevasses, and the often eerie sounds that this glacial terrain delivers. 

It may be a cliché, but the Vallée Blanche is genuinely an experience you will never forget. Given its high mountain setting, it is not without its dangers and should never be attempted without one of our qualified, highly experienced guides. They’ll make sure that you’re making your friends jealous for years to come!

You can choose to take a private guide who will adapt the route to the standard of you and your friends and go at a pace that you are comfortable with. If you wish to join an existing group then please be aware that not everyone may be of the same standard and that the guide will lead the group at the pace of the slowest person to ensure that no one is struggling to keep up.

Vallée Blanche Clinic: Prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime with a half day off-piste refresher course followed by a full day descent of the legendary Vallée Blanche. You'll spend 4 hours with a fully qualified instructor on the high altitude off-piste terrain at Les Grands Montets, practising skills that will stand you in good stead on the glacier. The following day you will meet your guide at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car, you will be given safety equipment for the day and roped up ready to step out on to the famous arete. Once on the Vallée Blanche you will be guided safely down, stopping for a picnic lunch amongst the magnificent peaks of the Massif du Mont Blanc.

Handy hints from Mountain Lifestyle
  • Don’t forget water, sunscreen and a packed lunch – it can take a good 4 to 5 hours.
  • Charge your camera the night before – you don’t want to miss this photo opportunity!
  • If you don't already have the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass then make sure you buy your Aiguille du Midi cable car ticket the day before. Queues are common first thing in the morning and you will have to meet your guide at a scheduled time.

Off-Piste & Freeride

Chamonix is a mecca for off-piste skiing and is world-famous for its fantastic backcountry terrain. If you’re happy on red and black runs and are up for an adventure, then you have the skills required to enjoy skiing off-piste.

Working with our partners, Chamonix Experience and Evolution2, you'll be in the care of an experience and qualified instructor. All of the guides we work with are English/French speaking and highly professional, with detailed knowledge of the incredible Chamonix ski area.

We offer a number of courses that will take you from piste-hugger to powder-lover, transforming your technique and equipping you with the skills needed to stay safe in glacial and avalanche terrain.

Off-Piste Clinic: If you are new to off-piste and need to brush up your skills then this is a great session for you.
Our instructors will take you safely off-piste and teach you how to master the conditions of the moment, improve your technique and make the most of your stay. Off-piste is not just about powder so expect some gullies, moguls and hard pack too. This is a four hour course run by Evolution2, group sizes are limited to a maximum of 6 people.

Chamex-Plore: Specially designed to take you on the best off piste runs in and around Chamonix, this course will introduce you to classic itineraries such as the Pas de Chevre at Les Grands Montets, Pré du Rocher from the Plan de l'Aiguille du Midi, Glacier de Toule in Courmayeur  and, of course, the legendary Vallée Blanche. This is a 3 day course run by Chamonix Experience, your guide will plan the course according to your level of skiing and of those in your group.

Off-Piste Skiing Performance: This course is designed to transform your off-piste skiing from good to excellent. You will have tuition from an internationally qualified UIAGM guide and European qualified ski instructor. The aim of the course is to improve your off-piste ski technique, ski as many of the best descents as possible and to improve your avalanche awareness skills. Every day your guide will choose the area offering the best off-piste skiing conditions possible. This is a 5 day course run by Chamonix Experience, you will need to have a good standard of skiing and fitness to take part.

Freestyle Snowboard Clinic: Want to learn tricks, ride switch and perform jumps? Learn all the freestyle basics like riding on a flat base, riding switch and a load of flat land tricks. This concentrates on snowboard control and giving you confidence. Once you have cracked this we'll introduce you to riding small features, learn more jumps and hit the board park. The session runs for 4 hours and is limited to groups of up to 6 people.

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Handy Hints from Mountain Lifestyle
  • You cannot come to Chamonix and not sample our amazing off piste! However, the Chamonix backcountry is steep, deep and sometimes dangerous. Learning how to read the terrain and handle the conditions is essential.
  • Most of these course are available to both skiers and snowboarders, contact us for advice if you are not sure which ones are most suitable for you.
  • Be honest about your skills! Your instructor will find out very quickly if you have "elaborated" on your level of experience, be truthful so that they can plan a route that is best suited to your standard. You'll enjoy it more and it won't be quite so embarrassing.

Ski Touring

Set off into the serenity of the Chamonix backcountry and experience the adventure of ski touring in one of the most beautiful terrains in the world.

If you want to feel the exhilaration of riding different types of snow - including powder - or experience the adventure of a ski tour then we have the perfect people to take you. Working with our partners, Chamonix Experience and Evolution2, we’ll find you a guide that will meet your exact requirements. All of the guides we work with are English/French speaking and highly professional, with detailed knowledge of the magic that Chamonix offers.

Chamonix is a mecca for ski touring as there’s so much incredible terrain that’s readily accessible with the right knowledge and equipment. Whether you’re an expert or complete novice, our ski touring packages will help you reach remote mountain passes where you’ll be in powder-field heaven.

We offer 3 different experiences, or feel free to contact us with specific questions as we can always tailor a trip to suit you.

Initiation Day: For energetic skiers who love the idea of setting off on an adventure, this initiation day will give you a real taste of ski touring! Evolution 2 will introduce you to the basics and take you on a short tour with an ascent that won't have you begging for a ski lift! This initiation will ensure you learn the ropes safely and have an amazing experience that will leave you wanting more.

2 Day Introduction: Develop your skills, knowledge and confidence with a 2 day course that will take you from the basics to completing a full day ski tour with an ascent of around 600. You'll need to already have competent off-piste skills and a reasonable level of fitness.

5 Day Introduction: A thorough grounding in the skills needed for ski touring in a high mountain environment, ideal preparation for multi-day ski tours such as the Haute Route. You will learn how to use skins and couteaux (crampons for skis) and how to traverse steep terrain, as well as learn avalanche awareness and crevasse rescue skills. You will spend one night in a mountain hut – no ski touring experience is complete without a pre-dawn start high in the mountains, watching the sunrise.

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Handy hints from Mountain Lifestyle
  • Pack a good lunch, you'll need the energy! Chocolate, nuts, dried fruit and energy bars are all easy to carry and will keep you on the move.
  • Remember to stay hydrated as well, a "Camelbak" is a great idea so that you can keep sipping without having to fiddle with water bottles.
  • Dress smart and layer up - you'll get hot on the ascent so make sure you have thin base layers and light gloves for when you're skinning up. Have proper ski gloves and warm outer layers in your bag for the descents and any rest stops.

All Mountain Course

So, you've mastered the pistes and now you want to venture off-piste into the legendary Chamonix back-country.

Learn how to handle all types of terrain from deep powder to icy moguls with our All Mountain Course. A qualified off-piste instructor will take you on a variety of slopes and into different snow conditions, giving you invaluable tips on how to improve your technique. Once you've done this you'll be ready for anything!

The All Mountain Course runs over 3 days of 3:45 hours each, either morning or afternoon. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 6 to ensure that you get the most out of your course.

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Handy Hints from Mountain Lifestyle
  • Your instructor will adapt the course each time to take weather and snow conditions into account so, even if you've done something similar before, you're guaranteed to pick up new skills!
  • Put your new-found skills to great use with a trip down the Vallée Blanche! 22kms of off piste over glacier with spectacular views, offering you a mind blowing day out.

Avalanche & Glacier Courses

As well as being thoroughly enjoyable these courses are an invaluable investment too! Learning the basics of avalanche awareness and glacier safety are essential to enjoying the fabulous Chamonix off-piste terrain.

Avalanche Awareness : Our guides will kit you out with transceivers and a pack with a shovel and probe. The first half of the session will be skiing or boarding off piste - learning all about snow pack, wind, going off-piste in groups - teaching you how to use your sense as opposed to the rescue equipment. Then we'll do some practical of transceiver use, probing and digging. Available to both skiers and snowboarders of good intermediate level.

Glacier Safety : This full day of adventure will take you out amongst the glaciers and crevasses of Les Grands Montets*, where you will learn essential skills such as ropework and crevasse rescue. You will also learn general mountain skills such as carrying out a search using transciever and probe - invaluable if you plan on exploring the backcountry. This course is open to intermediate skiers and snowboarders, must be confident off-piste.
*location may change depending on weather/snow conditions

AIARE Backcountry Safety : The American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education is one of the world's most respected authorities on mountain safety. Join us for a Level 1 course that will give you a thorough grounding in risk assessment, decision making and avalanche rescue over 3 days or a Level 2 course that will take your skills to the next level over 4 days of snowpack analysis and advanced avalanche rescue techniques. These courses are highly recommended for anyone who plans on embarking on expeditions and backcountry ski trips.

Handy Hints from Mountain Lifestyle:
  • Although transceivers and packs are provided it is highly recommended that you have your own in order to practise with it and become familiar with how it works. There are countless specialist mountain shops in Chamonix that can advise you on the different types.
  • Dress warmly, although you will be going off-piste you will also be spending some time standing still while you learn how to use the equipment.
  • Bring a friend - if you're going off-piste with a buddy then you want to be sure they know how their transceiver works as well!

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