Chamonix off piste
We simply couldn’t have a Chamonix ski school without having a Chamonix off piste page. After all it’s the off-piste skiing mecca for many. Arguably the birth place of extreme and steep skiing. It is the best place in my opinion to explore, We’ve been doing so for many years and still find new lines enjoy every year.
Off-piste skiing exists on many different levels. From skiing just outside the piste markers, to rappelling into a gnarly coluoir or ski touring for days to reach an untouched paradise. The thrill in many ways is the same. The excitement and exhilaration of flying through pristine powder snow is what keeps us smiling, bringing us back each year for more.
Chamonix off-piste skiing is unique in many ways, there is no back drop like it anywhere in the world. No matter which ski station in the valley you choose to ski, the view unfolds before you with dramatic peaks and glaciers stretching on into the distance.
Chamonix’s lift accessed off-piste skiing is what you tend to find first, and if caught on the right day can be some of the best skiing you will ever do.
The Grands Montets is a special place when its on, but its wise to pick a quiet time of the winter season if you want to avoid the crowds and have a few more turns to yourself. January, March and April can be epic! Lift access might sound a little soft to some but don’t be fooled, Line’s from the top of Grands Montets, Le Brevent and of course the legend that is The Aiguillie Du Midi is all lift accessed and literally epic with endless options is all directions.
The Grands Montets is the premier ski station in the valley and where most visitors head for and with good reason as it’s fantastic in all conditions and holds great snow conditions well into the spring. It really is a unique area where you find the lines between off-piste and piste blur into one huge playground.
The Aiguillie Du Midi lift is a master piece of engineering, opening up some of the most spectacular skiing in the world. Well known as the home of the famous Valley Blanche, the Midi provide access to a multitude of off-piste skiing adventures. This glaciated high mountain environment and it does demand a great deal of respect. A mountain guide is a must!
La Tour is a real gem. A little less travelled than some of the areas, be it ego or pride some skiers just wouldn’t go to La Tour and I that’s fine by me, it means less people and more freshies for me. La Tour has some of the best views in the valley, awesome piste skiing and masses of off-piste skiing.
Brevent and Flegere are joined by the liaison cable car, it’s easy to ski both resorts in a day. The off-piste options are many and varied, from awesome lift access lines and stashes to easy access to some of Chamonix’s most stunning ski touring. The view from this South facing side of the Chamonix valley is simply breath taking, so get over here and check it out for your self!
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