Skis and split boards allow us good access into the mountains. Whether your on the hunt for the best snow or looking for a mountain experience, touring days are always memorable. We can use the lift system to give us a bump up the hill at the start of the day or we can get away from the crowds and go leg powered all the way.
For those new to touring we take it step by step. We’ll start with explaining how the equipment works and continue at a pace that suits the team. For you hard core mountain people we can tailor the day to suit you. Touring takes more commitment and team work than off piste skiing. I like to involve the team in the decisions, we’ve always got something to learn when we’re out in the hills together.
HERE’S SOME CLASSIC CHAMONIX DAYS OUT.
THE SPAGHETTI RUN
From the top of the Aiguille du Midi lift 3842m we walk down a ridge to the start of the Valley Blanche 3700m. Time to put the skis or boards on and ride down to 3150m. Now we tour up though some amazing glacier scenery to the col du Toule 3400m. Down a handy steel walkway into Italy, then we ride all the way down Le Pavillon at 2174m and the obligatory pasta. The Skyway lift takes us back up to 3642m. To round the day off we ride down the Valley Blanche and back to Chamonix for tea and cakes. This is one of the best value touring days out 250m of up versus 4400m of down.
COL DU FLORIA
From Flegere we take the Index lift to 2385m. It’s time to start skinning and then climbing in boot crampons and using our ice axe till we reach the Col du Floria 2752m. The descent from here starts with 200m down a narrow 45 degree gully. Once our hearts have calmed down we ride down a wonderful north facing bowl to 1937m. Another ascent brings us to the Col du Berard 2460m and another gentle north facing descent. We head back down into the tree line and follow a stream to the village of le Buet 1329m. Now it time for the tradional alpine finish of a drink in the sun.
Harness with 2 karabiners
Waterproof jacket & trousers
Light touring trousers
Long sleeve sun shirt
2 mid layers tops
Thin & thick gloves
Rucksack that can carry skis, 30 ltrs for day trips 40 ltrs for multi day trips
For hut nights
Sleeping bag liner
Cash and card
Alpine club membership, passport
Ear plugs or music
Miles Bright is an internationally qualified IFMGA mountain guide.