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Trip Itinerary

April 6-14, 2019

CMC Members: $2200
Non-Members: $2420

Deposit: $500


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Gary Hellenga















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Trip Overview

The Haute Route from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland is perhaps the world’s most famous ski tour.  Starting from the shadow of Mont Blanc, the route traverses from mountain hut to mountain hut through the high Alps to the picturesque village of Zermatt, beneath the imposing Matterhorn.  This "High Level Road", pioneered in the mid-1800's by the British Alpine Club as a walking tour, was first skied in the early 1900's - and while many ski touring routes have since had the French moniker "Haute Route" (High Road) applied to them, our intended route remains the original classic.  The tour offers 5 days of everything you'd expect in a world-renown high-mountain ski tour:  steep ascents, imposing glaciers, jaw-dropping scenery, and big ski descents!  With tough climbs, steep, technical descents, and crossings of crevassed glacier terrain, this tour requires participants to be skilled skiers/mountaineers and be in great physical condition; experience with ski touring gear, ropes and harnesses, crampons, and ice axes is needed.    The trip itinerary includes a warm-up day of skiing in the Chamonix area before starting the route, and an additional day for sightseeing or additional skiing in Zermatt at the end. 


Trip Details

Participants will depart on or before 5 April 2019, to arrive at Geneva airport by the morning of 6 April, and then take a shuttle or train to Chamonix.  That evening, the trip will officially commence as we meet at our Chamonix hotel and review our trip plans, check our gear, and get an update on current conditions.  We will then spend a day touring around the Chamonix region to check out our equipment and practice use of avalanche transceivers.  Our tour starts from the Grand Montets ski lift on the third day, and we will ski down to the Argentiere Glacier before ascending to the Col du Chardonnet or Col du Passon, crossing into Switzerland, and traversing to the Trient Hut.  We will continue climbing, descending, and traversing across the high Alps of southern Switzerland for days 4-7, arriving on the 7th day in Zermatt, after an ultimate day of epic ski descents.  The itinerary includes an extra day, in case we are beset by bad weather and need to spend an extra day enroute; if this extra day is not needed, we will have a “free” day in Zermatt to either ski an extra day, or spend it sightseeing (or resting!).  A shuttle back to Chamonix puts us back in a hotel for our final night.  The next morning, the trip officially ends; participants may then take a shuttle back to Geneva to depart for home … or continue to onward destinations in the Alps or other points in Europe! 


Type of Activity: Alpine ski touring, roped glacier travel

Accommodations: Hotel or vacation rental in Chamonix and Zermatt, mountain huts during the tour 

Pre-trip Activities: 

  • A pre-trip meet-and-greet for team members, and a day ski touring outing in Colorado on a date to be determined, likely in December 2018. 
  • There may be options to overnight at a 10th Mountain Division hut or similar. 
  • Other optional trips may include a multi-day tour of San Juan Hut system.  

What’s Included: 

  • Hotel and hut accommodations
  • Most breakfasts and dinners
  • Transport and lifts during the trip (except for the “free day” in Zermatt)
  • Return shuttle from Zermatt to Chamonix

What’s NOT Included: 

  • Airfare and shuttle transportation to/from Chamonix
  • Lunches and some dinners/breakfasts
  • Lift tickets for optional ski day in Zermatt
  • Personal equipment rentals or purchases
  • Personal travel and/or rescue insurance
  • Pre-trip activities

Possible cost variations: Costs may fluctuate due to exchange rates or inflation or if weather delays, necessitate deviations from the planned itinerary.  Hotel costs are based on double occupancy. 

Minimum Participant Requirements: 

  • Passport valid for 6 months past return date
  • Strong and experienced off-piste skiers
  • Must be able to ski steep slopes in varying snow conditions, with a pack
  • Basic knowledge of roped climbing and glacier travel
  • Ability to make multiple climbs and descents of 1000 meters daily over multiple days
  • Participation in Pre-trip Activities

Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

  1. Non-refundable Deposit: $500
  2. All requests for cancelation must be submitted in writing to the trip leader.
  3. Cancelations 90 or more prior to departure: All money paid in will be refunded less the non-refundable deposit.
  4. Cancelation on Day 30 or more prior to departure:
    1. If a qualified, wait listed, person is available to take a vacated slot and pays all money due, all payments made by the canceling party will be refunded less the nonrefundable deposit.
    2. If no one is available to take a vacated slot, 50% of paid money will be refunded, less the nonrefundable deposit. 
  5. Cancelation on Day 29 or fewer days prior to departure: No refund will be made.

The Colorado Mountain Club will make every effort to carry out this trip. However, if the trip is canceled by the CMC, all money collected from participants, including any “non-refundable deposit” shall be returned. Theparticipant will not be eimbursed for any purchase made for the trip or other expenses that the participant may have paid in association with this trip, which includes equipment purchase, airline cancelation penalties or medical inoculations

Final Payment: The balance due after deposit is made is payable by check, or credit card and must be made by January 1st, 2019.