While on your ski week or ski weekend, If you have ever fancied skiing off piste, ski touring, ice climbing, snow shoeing or glacier hiking and don’t know how to access this terrain or need to learn some tips and techniques to navigate, descend and traverse safely, with right equipment, a day or two with specialist ski instruction is the ideal way to make your wish come true. Evolution 2 ski school have a team of very highly qualified and experienced mountain guides and instructors in Chamonix, the perfect choice to access those other winter sports you desire, while on your Chamonix ski holiday.
Chamonix Evolution 2 run a Chamonix tour every week from December – April, you’ll spend 3 days touring the best off-piste in the Chamonix Valley
far from the pistes and lifts, discover hidden slopes and forgotten valleys. Tours head high into the mountain glacial terrain in search of the best conditions. Itinerary; one day off-piste in Flegere and Brevent, one day off-piste on the Grands Montets and spend your final day on the world famous Vallee Blanche
off-piste run, starting at the Aiguille du Midi
base station. Perfect if you are return visitor to Chamonix looking for a new challenge in your ski week.
Chamonix Evolution 2 can offer you a ski guiding service to ski the infamous Vallee Blanche. This can be as part of a group day or by booking a private guide. You will be met, provided with the appropriate mountain kit to ski this run, and guided from the bottom of the Aiguille du Midi to the top station where time is made to take lots of photos on the viewing platform before being guided safely all day back to Chamonix down the Vallee Blanche. There are no worries about buying or hiring the right crampons or navigation worries, just enjoy the ski knowing expert help is at hand at all times, even on the climb out of the vallee. In addition, there is a fabulous overnight Vallee Blanche Moonlight tour option, where the night is spent in a refuge high on the mountain before the ski down. This has to be the ultimate highlight for any ski weekender.
Heliskiing at Val Veny, Italy
Chamonix Evolution 2 can provide a Heli ski experience in Italy (Heli skiing is not allowed in France). A short 20 minute car journey from Chamonix to the pick up point at Courmeyeur, Italy (just through the Mont Blanc Tunnel) will allow you to ski your off-piste dreams, flying to the top of a mountain and being safely guided down by the specialist ski guides.
Off piste lesson
If the above off-piste options have got you revved up to hit the Chamonix off-piste and you need some tips and techniques before booking the Vallee Blanche trip, the perfect way to start is with a dedicated off-piste lesson with Evolution 2. The experienced guides can have you ready and confident to hit your off piste tour with just a half day lesson. Perfect to ensure your Chamonix off-piste experience is safe, fun and will definitely be exhilarating. This will really open up that question of where do I go skiing today, ensuring maximum exposure to the fabulous alpine elements on your Chamonix ski holiday. Ski holidays in France don’t come much better than a Chamonix off-piste run experience.
Chamonix Ski Touring
For energetic skiers who love the idea of setting off on long-distance adventure, cutting themselves off from the world for a few days and skiing through endless landscapes and unusual places on fantastic and completely untracked off-piste runs, a ski tour is an excellent experience.
Routes range from 1 to 6 days depending on the tour chosen. The Val di Rhêmes, Wildstrubel and the Queyras are suitable touring locations for beginners, but do require good physical fitness and competent skiing ability. To complete the famous Chamonix-Zermatt route in six days you need to be an experienced off-piste skier and in excellent physical condition. Evolution 2 can prepare and guide you on these tours. The one day tours are an excellent way to gain a new high mountain experience while on your ski holiday in France.
Chamonix Ice climbing
Ice climbing is the amazing way to climb a frozen waterfall or glacier. This is a sport, not just for experienced mountaineers and Evolutions 2 has a range of courses from beginners upwards to experience this incredible winter sport. Some knowledge of ropes and basic climbing skills will give you a head start, but if you are a complete novice then your Evolution 2 guide will be able to teach you from scratch. Chamonix has a multitude of ice-falls and gulleys where you can experience ice climbing with a guide. Beginners can start off at La Crémerie in Argentière, while the more experienced can sample some of the many other sites around Chamonix such as the Sainte Marie viaduct and the Argentiere glacier.
Chamonix Snow Shoeing
For a truly unique experience, clamp on your snowshoes and or crampons and go hiking up the stunning Mer de Glace, Argentiere or Le Tour glaciers. There are many low level and high level trails in the Chamonix valley that mountain guides can safely guide you on, to give an away from it all mountain experience. You can tailor make your snow shoe trail or join a group.
The Mer de Glace is one of the longest and deepest glaciers in the Alps, moving at a 120 metres a year. To enter the glacier you clamber down long steel ladders but you forget the height once you start admiring the breathtaking views and crevasses below. If you're quiet you can even hear the ice moving.
Booking a bargain ski holiday will give you some money in your pocket to spend on a new mountain experiences. Many high mountain activities don’t require a lift pass so further savings can be made to spend on a new exciting mountain sport activity. Your next ski weekend could have a whole new look with the help of mountain guides such as Evolution 2.