VALLÉE BLANCHE and other activities

Vallée Blanche

Vallée Blanche is the longest and probably one of the most famous ski runs in Europe, 22 kms long and 2780 vertical metres of skiing or boarding.  Starting at the top of the Aiguille du Midi, and finishes either at the Montenvers train and Ice Grotto or, weather permitting, all the way down to the Chamonix Valley!

 ** Although the run is not technically difficult, it is on a glacier and is in a high mountain, off piste environment, so we strongly recommend doing this with the help of a mountain guide.**

The best time to do the Vallee Blanche is in good weather and preferably at the beginning of the week to try and avoid the crowds!

The Vallee Blanche can be done on either skis or a board, however there is a longish flat section near the bottom so a well waxed board is highly recommended.

Other Activities

There is much more to do in Chamonix than just skiing and boarding.  The list below gives you an idea of how many other activities are available.  Perfect for those who want a day out of your boots and to try something different, or for families who want to share a wonderful mountain experience.

Avalanche Awareness Courses

Ask us for details on courses to increase your awareness of safety in the mountains especially if you plan to ski off piste.

Ski de Fond

Cross-country skiing or Nordic Skiing, is very popular in Chamonix.
There are courses in Les Houches, Chamonix Central, Argentiere and Vallorcine.

Tandem Parapent Flights

See chamonix from up high and get your daily dose of adrenaline. Tandem paragliding is for two people — the instructor and the passenger. The passenger is strapped into a harness right in front of an experienced paragliding pilot. 

Paret (Yooners) or Airboards

For pure childlike joy, hurtling down the ski slope on a paret (yooner) or airboard is an ideal activity to let go and just have fun. A great alternative to tobogganing.

Biathlon Laser

A fun and friendly activity for budding or experienced cross-country skiers. The biathlon combines cross-country skiing and laser rifle shooting. It’s a race, with contestants skiing through a cross-country trail divided into shooting rounds.

Ice Climbing

Climbing isn’t just a summer sport in Chamonix. There are plenty of options for ice climbing in the Mont Banc massif.

Glacier Security Courses

Learn how to navigate the glacier, identify crevasses and crevasse rescue methods with some of Chamonix’s top experts.  

Mountain Biking on Snow

Mountain biking on snow with the Fat Bike.This all-terrain electric bike, with wide and notched tyres which holds traction in deep snow. This is a great winter alternative to mountain biking. 

Helicopter Flights

For a once in a lifetime experience take a helicopter flight over the Mont Blanc massif. Hover beside beautiful glaciers and snow-capped mountains, experiencing breath-taking views only visible to you. Flights last from 10 mins to 30 mins depending on availability and route choice.

Husky Sledging

Huskies have been sled dogs for over 2,000 years and are excellent modes of transportation across snowy plains. Their endless energy means they are happiest when running all day.  Spend an hour with huskies and their musher as you enjoy a truly magical winter sled ride. 

Ski Touring

The best way to discover untouched snow is ski touring. It is a perfect way to explore the mountains without needing to access the lifts. If you are a snowboarder, you can also try split boarding. Book a lesson to learn climbing techniques and descending off piste, as well as skills on chossing suitable routes for your ability.  

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a form of hiking: a snowshoe is footwear for walking over snow. Whether you are looking for a less strenuous way to explore the flora and fauna further afield in the mountains or are looking for something more energetic, there are many options for hiring snowshoes or guided tours for all levels of fitness and interest. 

Indoor Tennis & Squash

The Centre Sportif Richard Bozon houses a number of indoor tennis and squash courts open throughout the winter.

Winter Walking

There are many well marked trails available near the valley floor for some beautiful winter walking. Depending on the weather and depth of snow will dictate how far you can explore. 

Ice Skating

Chamonix has an outdoor and indoor ice rink. There is also an outdoor rink in Les Houches. 

Glaciorium

When the Montenvers Train is running, you can take a ride with breathtaking views to visit the Mer de Glace and walk inside the glacier. 

Winter Luge

At the bottom of Planards is Chamonix’s amusement park with a winter luge. Great fun for all the family and right next to the blue and red run of Planards. 

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