5 days of guided skiing in or around Mont Blanc, including Chamonix, Verbier and Courmayer
Breakfast and dinner daily at Le Petite Cuisine, 1 group dinner + 1 welcome reception
About La Folie Douce
Formerly the Grand Savoy Palace, the La Folie Douce's new Chamonix location provides all of it's renowned world-class amenities and services, including a ski in ski out location, several restaurants and live entertainment.
Situated beneath the shadow of 15,767-foot Mont Blanc—Europe's highest peak—are three legendary ski destinations: Chamonix, France, Courmayeur, Italy and Verbier, Switzerland. Some of the world's best expert skiing can be found among these jagged peaks and glaciers that rise 12,500 feet above the valley. All three resorts are perfect for advanced to expert challenge-seekers and all three are available on the Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass, which is included in this guided experience.
What to Expect
Basing this tour out of Chamonix ensures the quickest travel time from airport to hotel room. The ski resort is just 88 km (under 55 miles) from Geneva International Airport, which is serviced by 50+ airlines. Travelers can get to Chamonix in about an hour and half after landing.
From Chamonix's famed Vallée Blanche, a 12-mile long glacier route, to Verbier's big-mountain lines to Courmayeur's expansive off piste options, the terrain experiences can be summarized as adventurous. Expect plenty of steep pitches, varied terrain conditions, technical features, traverses and options to ski couloirs and chutes.
A proving ground for Alpinists, mountaineers and skiers from all over the world, Chamonix, or “Cham” as the locals and core skiers call it, has more of an authentic alpine flair than resort glitz and glamour. Expect more international cuisine and culture in Chamonix than you might experience in other Alpine villages.
With decades of experience under their belt, our Chamonix-based ski guides provide the highest level of safety, knowledge and fun to our clients. Certified, seasoned professional guides understand local storm cycles and constantly monitor weather to determine the best resort to ski at each day.
With varied off-piste terrain and snow conditions, all-mountain skis on the stiffer end are highly recommended. If the snow is flying, powder rentals are available and we can help reserve those or any other rentals or demos you might need. For this tour, backcountry packs, with beacon, probe and shovel are required and included in your package price. Most of the guided skiing takes places in uncontrolled, off-piste zones.
What To Pack
Winter in the French Alps is comparable to winter in the Western U.S. Temperatures range from 40°F to 31°F, so it's imperative to pack and dress appropriately. Layers are key so you don't overheat or get cold. If you tend to get cold easily, boot heaters, hand warmers and face protectors, like Buffs, are highly recommended. See our full packing list.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is not included in this trip?
Flights, 5 days of lift tickets and lunches
Can I book a private room?
Yes. For an additional cost. Please let us know.
What if I'm not an expert skier or rider? Is this trip right for me?
This particular trip is curated with advanced to expert skiers in mind. Advanced intermediates considering going should have experience on pitches of up to 50 degrees and ample powder-skiing or -riding experience.
How/where/when do I meet up with this group?
Airport ground transportation is included in this trip. Your Mountain Travel Expert, who will book your entire trip for you (a complimentary service offered to all Ski.com customers), will take care of the details and provide you with proper documentation so you know where you're going.
Will there be laundry facilities to wash clothes?
Yes. The La Folie Douce offers dry cleaning and laundry services, which means you can pack lighter.
How will the guided skiing aspect work?
The guides are English speakers and they will take four to six people per group, which will be determined on the first day based on ability. If you have your own group of four or six, we can organize the experience so you have your own guide.
What if I have to cancel?
Cancellations must be received in writing. The deposit of $1,399 due at the time of booking to confirm the trip is nonrefundable. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days the entire payment is nonrefundable. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.