A day with a Chamonix mountain guide is an unforgettable experience. A guide will enable you to get to places that you never could by yourself, to experience the wild beauty of the more remote parts of the valley or to ski the classic off-piste routes with their mindblowing scenery.
The day rate for a guide is around 300-350 euros, and they will usually take four to six people, depending of course on what you want to do. They will be able to recommend places according to your level and the current weather and snow conditions. You can either contact them directly or through one of the several guide bureaux in Chamonix – some are listed below. I recommend dropping in for a chat early on in the week to get a feel for what will be a good option for you, as conditions are constantly shifting in the valley. Have a look at our overview of Chamonix off-piste for some ideas.
If there are just one or two people, you can join a guided group. These are available from the Bureau des Guides under the slightly nauseating name of Ski Fun. They take both skiers and snowboarders, and have a very good reputation – they‘ll sort people into groups by ability and choose their routes accordingly. Evolution 2 also offer day or half day groups – I haven’t been out on these but have always found their activities to be well run.
The French guiding qualification is generally thought to be the most demanding in the world, so the profession attracts a very high calibre of people, and the guides themselves are invariably very nice – enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable about the mountains.
Neil has been our guide for some wonderful adventures over the past years including the summit of Mont Blanc, the Haute Route and many others on skis, snowboard and foot – we wholeheartedly recommend him. He’s lived in Chamonix for 25 years, and as well as off-piste skiing and ski touring he also loves ice climbing and winter mountaineering.
Tel / Fax : 00 33 (0)4 50 53 47 60 Mobile : 00 33 (0)6 80 21 47 69
La Compagnie des Guides – the first guide company in the world (founded in 1821) and to many, the best. There are many fantastic guides working here but I find their system to be a little inflexible sometimes. Still, they are the original, and to many the quintessential Chamonix experience.
www.chamonix-guides.com + 33 (0)4 50 53 00 88 email@example.com
Association International des Guides du Mont-Blanc, on the Rue des Moulins – formed in 1975 (by the original owner of this chalet!) because the CdG did not, originally, accept people born outside the Chamonix valley. Friendly and knowledgeable, offering a good range of services.
www.guides-du-montblanc.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel : + 33 (0)4 50 53 27 05
Evolution 2 – Friendly and well run organisation offering a wide variety of trips including half days. Usually run informal evenings on a Monday where you can meet the guides for a chat – call them to find out what the current setup is
Evolution 2 +33 (0)4 50 55 53 57