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Best Ski Touring in Chamonix

Discover the top Chamonix backcountry skiing



Limitless blue skies, pierced by bright sunlight and the sharp Aiguille ranges of the Chamonix valley makes ski touring here something spectacular and magical. There's hundreds of miles of mountain for the backcountry explorer to enjoy around Chamonix, all of which is fairly accessible after a short hike from some of Chamonix's excellent lift system.

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Many of those who choose to take on Chamonix's ski tours are experienced mountain riders as this is a serious sport. Always respect the mountain, understand the conditions you are riding in, know your route, and always make sure you are appropriately equipped. Essentials to carry are all included within our Avalanche Awareness article, but in summary, they should include: Transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack, ropes, harness, crampons/snowshoes, poles and plenty of fluids (you'll dehydrate must faster at altitude too). Many people will access the backcountry with snowshoes, but using skins on the bottom of your skis is far easier and faster. Snowboarders may prefer to use 'mini skis' as an alternative. Whatever your mode of approach, you should be relatively fit and strong and be ready to hike.

Please note: if you ignore safety warnings and barriers/ropes and undertake off-piste skiing/boarding you do so at your own risk. We always recommend that you take a mountain guide when heading off-piste. Skiing or snowboarding off-piste may result in injury or death even with a professional mountain guide or instructor. The following is not a set of directions or instructions, we accept no responsibility for the use of this information.

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Ski Touring Routes in Brevent & Flegere

Some of the most popular ski touring routes in the Chamonix valley begin from the top of the Index chairlift at Flegere. They involve a fair bit of mountaineering knowledge as well as off-piste skiing and avalanche safety techniques. 

Read more in our guide to Ski Tours in Brevent & Flegere.

Le Brevent & La Flegere Ski Area in Chamonix

Ski Touring Routes in the Domaine de Balme

In one moment you can be skiing in France, the next in Switzerland, there are very few other ski resorts that can offer the same in their ski tours. Many of the routes incorporate glacial terrain so a good knowledge of crevasse rescue is essential as well as avalanche safety equipment and techniques.

Read more in our guide to Ski Tours in Domaine de Balme.

Le Tour & Vallorcine Ski Area in Chamonix

Ski Touring Routes in Grands Montets

From the very top of the Grands Montets cable car you have access to kilometres of high mountain powder and glacial terrain. Theses are some of the world's best and most famous ski tours.

Read more in our guide to Ski Tours in Les Grands Montets.

Les Grands Montets Ski Area in Chamonix

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