Advance your safety and rope work skills to become independent when climbing over mixed terrain of rock, snow and ice. This is a course for those who wish to become fully independent alpine climbers.
These courses are run in 1:2 guiding ratio to allow fast learning progress, flexibility and more technical climbs.
Groups of maximum 4 participants per course allow flexibility, personal approach and faster learning.
You will learn advanced safety skills such as hazard recognition and evaluation, trip planning and group management.
Our Chamonix advanced winter alpine climbing course is the third level of our progressive winter mountaineering program.
Following on from the success of our two previous levels of winter mountaineering courses and listening to our clients' recommendations, we decided to create a more challenging and advanced course for more experienced climbers.
You will learn and practice how to plan and lead your own climbs. We will cover skills such as understanding the guidebook, choosing the appropriate route, consulting the weather forecast and conditions, selecting the right equipment, route finding and advanced safety and rope skills for lead climbing. Climbing rescue and emergency retreat techniques will be also practiced. At all times you will be guided and secured by your guide.
Our advanced winter mountaineering course is based on small guiding ratios: one guide for four climbers on day 1 (the refresher day), then one guide for two clients for the rest of the course (four days), so you are not limited in difficulty and choice of routes. The small ratio allows more personalised and dynamic instruction and guiding.
If all members of the group are off-piste skiers it is possible that we can offer access to some of the areas on skis, in order to save time and energy!
Do not hesitate to contact us if our existing course dates are not convenient for you. We will be happy to customise a set of dates according to your holiday plans.
Price per person for groups of minimum 2 and maximum 4 participants. If you are interested in a private 1:1 course, please contact us for the price. We will be delighted to create a custom made itinerary for you.View Dates
You have solid experience in the mountains or ice climbing. You’ve already completed multiple ascents graded French AD / M3 or harder and long, multi-pitch ice climbs. You are self sufficient with the basic equipment and safety techniques of multi pitch alpine and rock climbing (crampons, ice-axe, rock shoes, harness, belaying and rappelling). You are comfortable on various types of terrain - ice, snow, rock, and mixed. You can lead climb up to French 5 on rock/ gym, grade III ice, and alpine routes up to French PD (M3). You can follow up to French 6a-6b on rock, grade V ice, and alpine routes graded French D.