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Chamonix Mountain Guides: Guided Ski Tours in the Alps

ski mountaineering Ski Fantastique offers instruction in off-piste skiing beginning with classic descents from the Aiguille du Midi and Grands Montets tram and progressing to 45-50 degree slopes for those who long to extreme ski. Once your skills are strong enough, apply your ability to randonee-skiing on the famous Haute Route tour and take in some exciting descents from a number of summits, including the Aiguille Verte, Grand Combin, Mont Blanc, and Monte Rosa. Ski Fantastique becomes a multi-faceted mountain experience, when climbing a peak with Antoine because it requires a multi-skill approach and thus a much more complete experience.

What is included: all courses include rentals (when needed), local transportation (lifts, ground transportation), meals in huts and hut sleep overs as needed as well as community equipment. Otherwise, you are responsible for your own lodging as well as meals outside course events in the various alpine resorts, or if day trips do not require hut sleep overs, lifts, and hut meals. A comprehensive equipment list tailored to your course will be provided as soon as you make your reservation.

The Couloir Couturier is a 45 to 55 degree couloir ranking as the Alps' top extreme ski descent for those capable of first climbing it to assess the conditions and skiing a thousand meters of unbroken corn or hard corn snow. Extreme-couloir skiing for Antoine's die hard students willing to rise risk level to another dimension!

Route: Aiguille Verte, Couturier Couloir
Level: elite
Dates: June 20-24

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A classic ski descent from the roof of Europe with the greatest vertical descent of 3800 meters (over 12,000 feet!). Every possible snow condition will be encountered on this descent including glacier travel and great exposure to objective danger. The final ridge is exposed and can test one's endurance. A must for ski-mountaineers interested in meeting the challenges of high altitude, technical skiing. Not to be underestimated. Antoine requires his students to have a great level of fitness and versatile techniques to tackle all snow conditions. Exposed at top!

Route: Mont-Blanc, North Face
Level: expert
Dates: May-23-25

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Classic Ski TourHAUTE ROUTE
This ultra classic ski tour also offers exciting possibilities to summit and ski some of Europe's greatest peaks, including the Monte Rosa and the Grand Combin. It also traverses some of the finest of Europe's mountain scenery and visits the renowned hut system that links Chamonix and Zermatt or Saas Fee: a wonderful multicultural ski tour with the added enticement of alpinism. Antoine says it is more like a voyage exploring a different valley, new horizons, and full alpine conditions! A must for explorers. Antoine insists the original Haute-Route wile climbing/skiing side attractions is the only way to 'appreciate' this extremely scenic traverse.

Route: Haute-Route Chamonix-Zermatt the Hard Way only
Level: advanced
Dates: February 21-26; March 21-26; April 11-16

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Deposit: a 50% deposit is required 60 days prior to course initiation to insure that your space is secured. Balance: is due 30 days prior to course initiation. Last minute reservations: are paid in full with a 10% augmentation fee on top of guide fees when space is available. No exceptions allowed.

Cancellation policy: refunds are possible up to 30 days prior to course initiation. Otherwise no refunds are possible. Travel insurance is highly recommended for that purpose. If Chamonix Alpine Adventures cancels a course due to bad conditions, or participant unfit to continue, no refunds are possible. Credit to a future course may be considered under exceptional circumstances.