Haute Route European Ski Tour

Join us this Spring to take in the fantastic skiing, unrivaled European culture, and breathtaking mountain scenery, in a hut-to-hut ski trip across the ‘Roof of The Alps’, along the famous Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route !!

This sought after European backcountry ski trip, traverses across the French and Swiss Alps for 8-days, skiing amidst the glaciers and high mountains of the European Alps, while staying in the comfort and convenience of high mountain guardianed huts along the way.

Spend your days ski touring through some of The Alps most scenic glaciated mountainous terrain! As we move from cozy mountain refuge to cozy mountain refuge, we will travel through across glaciers, amidst towering peaks, and enjoy ski descents through sweeping alpine vistas and steep mountain valleys, on one of the world’s most famous ski experiences….’The Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route’. Experience a change in culture and scenery as we work away from the bustling alpine village streets and cafes of Chamonix France, to the large scale resort of Verbier, Switzerland, and finally down into the carless streets and small countryside homes below the mighty Matterhorn of Zermatt, Switzerland.

Course Details

Overview:

Begin in the alpine village of Chamonix, France, at the base of Europe’s highest peak Mont Blanc, and ski tour along this ‘high-mountain route’, eventually finishing by skiing down the slopes of Zermatt resort, below the mighty walls of the famous Matterhorn.

Along the way, enjoy true European mountain hospitality by staying in guardianed huts and mountain refuges, enjoying large home cooked meals, sipping cold beers or glasses of wine on the stone terraces, and socializing with other excited, enthusiastic, and enjoyable ski tourers from all over the globe !

 

Prerequisites:

Participants on the Haute Route Ski Tour should be advanced intermediate or stronger skiers, have a high level of cardio vascular fitness, and have experience skiing in the backcountry. The days are not super long, typically 6-9 hours, but the high mountain environment can be taxing and the weather can be challenging, making for potentially more difficult and longer days then planned.

An Introduction to Ski-Mountaineering (or Introduction to Mountaineering) with CMS (or other climbing school) will ease the learning curve of ski-mountaineering. Completing an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is also strongly encouraged.

*** Due to the traversing nature of many of the days on this tour splitboards are highly discouraged.***

Preparation:

Trip Participants should have a solid background of being an advanced blue or above resort skier, with at least a minimum of 10-days of backcountry ski touring experience. The Haute Route has some days that are more committing then others, and the unforgiving high mountain glaciated terrain, does not make retreat or 'bail out options' easy on all the days, so therefore participants need to come properly prepared in regards to physical fitness, mental stamina, and technical skiing and touring ability.

*** For those that are interested and enthusiastic, and or are wondering if they meet the requirements to join, CMS can offer guided backcountry ski days here in Colorado (or elsewhere) to help assess current skill levels and to also help people develop the skills they need to enjoy a successful experience on this tour. ***  

Time:

8 Days

Maximum Ratio:

4:1 max / 8 people total

Minimum Age:

21

Price includes & Excludes:

Price Includes:

  • All IFMGA/UIAGM Licensed Mountain Guides from CMS
  • Lodging in Mountain Huts for 7 nights w/ meals
  • 2 nights lodging in Chamonix at the start
  • 1 nights lodging in Zermatt at the finish
  • Luggage transfer from Chamonix to Zermatt
  • All transfers and lift tickets associated with the ski tour

Price Excludes:

  • All airfare to and from Geneva (or elsewhere)
  • Meals while in Chamonix
  • Global Rescue Insurance
  • Equipment rentals (if needed)

Meeting location:

Chamonix, France late afternoon of April 6th for a Welcome Meeting, Equipment Check, and Group Dinner.

 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Ski the Vallee Blanche in Chamonix (stay in a hotel in Chamonix)

Day 2: Begin the Haute Route ski tour in Argentierre by skiing off the Grand Montet cablecar down to the Argentierre Glacier and to the Argentierre Hut for the evening.

Day 3: Ski over the border into Switzerland via either the Col du Chardonnet or Col du Passon and on across the Trient Plateau into the Trient Hut for the evening.

Day 4: Ski down the Val d'Arpette and into the small village of Champex where we will take a van transfer over the ski resort village of Verbier. In Verbier we will ski off the Mont Fort and stay at the Mont Fort Hut high on the Verbier Resort.

Day 5: Leave the ski resort boundary early in the morning for a ski descent of the Rosablanche and our first major summit of the tour, before descending to the small and intimate Prafleuri Hut for the night.

Day 6: We will traverse around the lake and ascend to the iconic Dix Hut below the impressive North face of the Mont Blanc du Chelion.

Day 7: The highest point of the Haute Route, we will summit and ski off the Pigne du Arolla, on down to the impossibly perched stone shelter of the large Vignette Hut.

Day 8: The final day, and quite possibly the biggest, as we ski traverse across 7 different glaciers as we enjoy a huge descent into the quaint village of Zermatt, while skiing directly below one of the most iconic peaks in the world, the mighty Matterhorn. We will wrap up in Zermatt with a final group celebratory dinner !

Notes:

Payment Schedule:
· 25% deposit due with an accepted application
· Balance due 90 days before Day 1 of trip

Expedition Cancellation Policy:
· A non-refundable $100 application fee will not be refunded from your initial deposit.
· 100% (minus application fee) will be refunded 120 days prior to trip start.
· 50% (minus application fee) will be refunded 91 to 119 days before trip start.
· 25% (minus application fee) will be refunded 46 to 90 days before trip start.
· 0% will be refunded 0 to 45 days before trip start.