The classic Haute Route, the ski mountaineering traverse through the Alps between Chamonix and Zermatt, is described in this guidebook, which also brings together a selection of the finest high-level ski tours in the Western Alps in areas as diverse as the Ecrins, Vanoise, Haute Maurienne, Gran Paradiso, Mont Blanc, Valais and Urner Alps.
Generally, February/March until May. Best times vary from route to route, and are indicated in the guide.
Chamonix, Champex, Zermatt, La Berade, Bonneval-sur-Arc, Aussois, Cogne (Val d'Aosta), Verbier.
Ski mountaineering is a potentially dangerous activity, and should only be undertaken by those with a full understanding of the risks and with the training and experience to evaluate them.
Idyllic conditions of perfect snow, few crevasses, a track in place, and perfect clear weather!