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Vallee Blanche guided groups

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I’d like to join a Vallee Blanche group (as a solo skier) - anyone know if there’s any groups that don’t include equipment hire? Everything I’ve looked at online, price includes transceiver, shovel and probe
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to be honest I don't think the equipment hire affects the price very much. I think all groups include the equipment just because the guide wants to ensure you have the right equipment. A kit of transceiver, shovel and probe costs £300 give or take, if they only get a season out of it then it boils down to a few quid a time, which is a far better economy than finding out at an inopportune moment that somebody transceiver doesn't work anymore or their shovel is a flimsy plastic thing.

You could call and ask but I highly expect the safety equipment to be 'complimentary' as opposed to 'included'.
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Thanks @dp

The ESF appears to be slightly cheaper but their price includes “coaching” and I can’t see an option for just joining a normal guided group, sans instruction. You don’t know anything about ESF tours do you? Thx
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To mark the 10 year anniversary of our last trip to the Vallée Blanche, we are going back this March.
Instead of skiing I really want to board it his time.
Last time I recall the last couple of KM were pretty flat, and I had to skate a bit.
It's 10 years ago, so I do not really remember just how flat it is - anyone boarded it recently?
Also the person organising the trip and who has booked the guide (EUR 325) says we can do 2 runs in the day.
Anyone who has done 2 guided runs in one day - do they do the classic plus another route, or do you just do the classic twice ?
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@WindOfChange, I don't board. I've done the VB twice - one classic and one alternative (separate trips/days) but neither recently. From what I recall I wouldn't fancy boarding it because of the flat bits - which afaik are unavoidable. But if you are keen ping the guide and ask for advice. I definitely wouldn't do the classic twice. I really enjoyed doing the alternative and would be OK with doing the classic and an alternative. Otherwise I would want to go elsewhere in the afternoon. Which is what we did on trip B (when we did the alternative anyway).
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@Layne, Thanks for the advice.
I checked the guides website, and they say you should take telescopic poles if you are on a board but they'd rather not have mixed groups.
If the group is advanced level, there is an alternative route with fewer flats for boarders, but its steeper so everyone needs to be okay with that.
Guess I'll take skis up in the morning for the classic, and chat to the guide about the 2nd run ( with board and boots in the car in case she says its possible). Thanks again for the reply.
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Doing it twice in a day is doable with a private guide but really why would you want to do it? There's not that much actual skiing on the valley blanche but lots of flattish bits, icy helter-skelter bits plus the 15-30 minute walk up carrying skis towards the end and the walk down the ridge in crampons at the start. Plus you want time to stop and take photos and soak up the scenery. Better if you get down quickly to find somewhere else to ski for the rest of the day IMHO
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@moseyp Ref ESF being cheaper - Whether you book with ESF or compagnie des guides, it will be a compagnie des guides guide so you might as well book with ESF. And if you want coaching tell your guide.

@windofchange - all depends on your group's level really what you end up doing. It sounds like a private booking with the guide, so you should be able to make contact to discuss tactics/options.
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