Off-slope - descent on the Vallée Blanche glacier
The fabulous crossing of Vallée Blanche: 24 Km descent, 18 Km of which on a glacier, surrounded by the beauty of incomparable scenery.
Depart from Punta Helbronner (3.466 m) to reach Chamonix (1.000 m) with skis on foot. The descent, which is not sign-posted, extends along challenging glaciers, including granite pinnacles. It normally takes 4-5 hours, including breaks, to reach Chamonix: the Requin refuge is located about halfway along the route which, among fantastic scenery, allows you to take refreshments with food and hot drinks.
At the end of the season the weather is less stable and the lack of snow may mean you’ll need to get a train from the last section to reach Chamonix, which helps you avoid a long walk.
You return by crossing the Mount Blanc tunnel.
In January and February the snow conditions and the weather are generally excellent along the entire route with predominantly winter snowy conditions. From early March and during the entire month of April the snowy carpet is generally transformed. It is likely during these months to travel a section on foot or take the Montenvers train to reach Chamonix.
Level: average skiers used to red level slopes. The level can vary based on glacier conditions.
For more expert skiers it is possible to take alternative routes to classic routes.
Equipement: ARVA, shovel, probe.
N.B.: The high mountain routes are neither sign-posted nor controlled, therefore they are to be treated as mountaineering or Alpine skiing routes and should be faced with the necessary preparation and equipment. If you take these routes without mountain guides, you will do so at your own risk and danger.
Skyway cable car to reach Punta Helbronner: https://www.montebianco.com/en/the-vallee-blanche