This world renowned ski tour begins with a warm up descent of the famous Vallée Blanche before heading out for 7 days and 6 nights of skiing on glaciers from one amazing mountain refuge to the next. Skiers need to be in good physical shape, able to ski 6-8 hours a day and be strong intermediate or better skiers practiced in skinning, skiing with a pack and negotiating variable conditions. There are many places to get off the beaten track and find some bonus turns, or variations to the standard route to try something a little different. We take a slightly more leisurely pace with an extra day built in for bad weather or just to allow for more turns along the way!
**A day of assessment ski touring in the Crested Butte area is highly recommended to ensure a fun, safe, and quality experience for everyone.
Day 0: Fly to Geneva, Switzerland. Typically an overnight flight from the U.S.
Day 1: Arrive in Geneva, transfer to Chamonix, group dinner in the evening
Day 2: Ski the Vallée Blanche off of the Aiguille du Midi, return to Chamonix
Day 3: Set off from the Grand Montets for the Argentier hut, possibility for some extra turns
Day 4: Over the Col du Chardonett or Col du Passon to the Trient hut in Switzerland
Day 5: Down into Champex, catch a taxi shuttle to Verbier, ski to Mont Fort hut
Day 6: Over Col du Momin for optional ascent of Rosablanche and down to Profleuri hut
Day 7: Traverse the Lac du Dix and climb to the Dix hut. Optional afternoon tour
Day 8: Long climb up to the Pigne d' Arolla for some turns, then down to Vignettes Hut
Day 9: Early morning and longest day over 4 cols and the final descent down into Zermatt
Day 10: Depart Zermatt
**Routes and itinerary subject to change based on weather, route conditions and guide judgment. Suitable alternatives will be selected and refunds can not be given due to changes.