When at the top of the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m), you will discover a breathtaking view surrounded by a magnificent landscape. If you are not familiar with the Vallée Blanche, it is an unforgettable and unique 20km glacial off-piste ski route. But it’s worth mentioning, that the descent is not for the fainthearted. There are some tough factors that will confront you:
- There is a steep arête to cross at the beginning of the route.
- To be in good physical shape and a technically good skier.
- The descent can take between 4-6 hours.
- There are no ski patrol, no groomed or marked ski runs.
- Your body will undergo great physical strain due to the high-altitude and cold temperatures.
Despite these obstacles, the descent of the Vallée Blanche is an amazing adventure. As long as you take the necessary precautions and preparatory measures! If you are considering doing the Vallée Blanche? Here are some good sources worth looking into: www.chamoniarde.com, www.montblancnaturalresort.com, www.chamonix-guides.com, www.guides-mont-blanc.com.
At Insted, we are always happy to see our students enjoy the mountains together outside the classroom. This past month, we have had wonderful sunny weather in Chamonix. And we were delighted to hear, that Karine (Insted French teacher) and several students currently enrolled in the Winter Intensive course went for a day out on the Vallée Blanche with professional guides Julien and Bastiou.
Check out the photos below that they kindly shared with us:
(Thanks to Karine, Matilda and Melina for the photos!)