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Vallee Blanche 
Punta Helbronner to Chamonix

All photographs Copyright Claus Guglberger

In March 1999 Marla and I took trip to Courmayeur, Italy. We spent one of those days skiing the Vallee Blanche (White Valley/Valley of Ice) which is a glacier that slowly makes its way from Italy to Chamonix, France.

Though not difficult ski, a guide is required, as there are many crevasses along the route.  No special equipment is needed and it can be skied with a normal alpine setup. The tour seems to be designed for the "weekend warrior" who wants a taste of the backcountry.

The trip begins with a cable car ride to the top of  Punta Helbronner in Italy. From there, we followed our guide, single file, into the Vallee Blanche.

 

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After putting on our skis, we quickly descended into the Vallee Blanche, leaving Punta Helbronner behind.

Skiing by a crevasse. Due to the amount of snow the area received there weren't many to deal with.

 

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Our guide, Eddie, directs us around a crevasse and further into the Vallee Blanche.

Skiing through a crevasse.

 

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Half-way down, we break for lunch.  Some skiers took this opportunity to get a closer look at the glacier.

 

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Two ladies in our party get nervous upon coming face-to-face with the Vallee Blanche. Eddie, our guide, turns on the Italian charm and coaxes them down, allowing the significant others to enjoy the fresh snow without interruption.

Bottle-neck in the Vallee Blanche. . .   I bet some of the guides (and locals) wished there were more crevasses.

 

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Remember, you are nothing !

Even schlepping our skies out the Vallee Blanche was fun.

 

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The end of the Vallee Blanche.
We take a break and buy a beer before skiing to down to Chamonix.

 

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All photographs Copyright Claus Guglberger. All rights reserved.     Contact: claus@cgpix.com  Phone: 201-420-8285