Mountain Safety and Rescue

Ski touring

The Chamonix Valley offers a variety of terrain for ski touring. The numerous ski lifts make it easier to approach and optimise outings with long descents.

Ski touring and off-piste skiing

  • Mid mountain
  • Glacier


Ski tours (unsafe, unmarked, ungroomed, unsupervised) are often technical and require experience in route management, avalanche risk, etc.

Several guide books are available for reference at the OHM.

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The Aiguilles Rouge range offers great ski touring terrain with an incredible backdrop on the Mont Blanc range. Classic tours are Traversée Crochues- Bérard, Col des Dards, Mont Buet…


    The choice of glaciers to discover the Mont Blanc range on skis is endless. Undoubtedly, such terrain characteristics require good mountaineering skills (skiing on a glacier, abseiling down, crevasse rescue etc.)

    Marked routes


    Due to the growing attraction towards this sports among the public, the Chamonix valley has decided to create ski touring practice loops adapted to all levels.

    Naturally, ski touring remains forbidden on all marked ski runs (municipal by-law).


    There are 3 allocated ski-touring sites in the valley. Users can tour up these unpatrolled nor maintained courses during the day, and ski back down on the piste.

    Les Houches/Prarion : vertical gain : 841 m (2’775)

    Argentière/Lognan par la Trapette (advanced) gain 730 m (2'410)

    Le Tour/Les Autannes : gain 701 m (2’310)


    For those who wish to train after working hours, the valley lift operator “Compagnie du Mont blanc” allows ski touring early in the evening on the following ski runs ( from ski area closing time to 8 pm).


    • Les Houches (pistes des Aillouds puis Table d'Orientation ou Stade) : dénivelé 800 mètres (to 9 pm)
    • Chamonix/ Plan Praz (piste des Nants) : vertical gain 724 m (2'310)
    • Les Praz / Flégère (piste des Lanchers) : vertical gain 637 m (2’514)
    • Argentière / Lognan (piste de la Pierre à Ric) : vertical gain 730 m (2'410)
    • Le Tour / Charamillon (piste des Caisets) : vertical gain 358 m (1’180)

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