Limitless blue skies, pierced by bright sunlight and the sharp Aiguille ranges of the Chamonix valley makes ski touring here something spectacular and magical. There's hundreds of miles of mountain for the backcountry explorer to enjoy around Chamonix, all of which is fairly accessible after a short hike from some of Chamonix's excellent lift system.
Many of those who choose to take on Chamonix's ski tours are experienced mountain riders as this is a serious sport. Always respect the mountain, understand the conditions you are riding in, know your route, and always make sure you are appropriately equipped. Essentials to carry are all included within our Avalanche Awareness article, but in summary, they should include: Transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack, ropes, harness, crampons/snowshoes, poles and plenty of fluids (you'll dehydrate must faster at altitude too). Many people will access the backcountry with snowshoes, but using skins on the bottom of your skis is far easier and faster. Snowboarders may prefer to use 'mini skis' as an alternative. Whatever your mode of approach, you should be relatively fit and strong and be ready to hike.
Please note: if you ignore safety warnings and barriers/ropes and undertake off-piste skiing/boarding you do so at your own risk. We always recommend that you take a mountain guide when heading off-piste. Skiing or snowboarding off-piste may result in injury or death even with a professional mountain guide or instructor. The following is not a set of directions or instructions, we accept no responsibility for the use of this information.