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05-08-2010, 04:45 PM #1
Best Chamonix Guidebook?
That is all.
05-08-2010, 04:58 PM #2
not that I have ever used it or skied in cham but I have a good feeling this would do well. good luck finding it...or not I did a quick google and found a few copies
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05-08-2010, 10:17 PM #3Registered User
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Agree. Check Amazon. That's where I got my copy. Another book is Les Alpes du Nord (sp?), but its French only and harder to find. Just got back from Chamonix. Business trip and not to ski. Was like being a vegetarian at a steakhouse... Ready to go back with gear.
05-09-2010, 02:41 AM #4
this is nothing like as comprehensive as the anselme baud book (which I own and it is great) but a bit more manageable:
and this has got to be worth checking out given the author:
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05-09-2010, 02:46 AM #5
I have skied lots of fun stuff using Mont-Blanc Off-Piste: Chamonix-Courmayeur-Les Contamines. You can buy it in Cham for like 40 USD...
05-10-2010, 04:05 AM #6
05-10-2010, 06:03 AM #7
Depends what you want out the book...
If you want to get super extremo during a longer stay then the Anseleme Baud book is probably the most comprehensive guide to the Chamonix valley. Great book and fascinating read. There is a life times worth of skiing in that book (but the descriptions are short and to the point!).
However mere mortals just looking for a simple overview of the classic Chamonix off piste might be best starting out with the Vamos books ? Only contains the classic routes that are commonly skied - but in a little more detail. There are 2 books - one for off piste skiing and the other for touring. (the old 'Chamonix Hors Piste' book seems to have been recently updated as 'Mont Blanc hors piste'?). If your only there for a week, and dont know the valley, then its probably much easier to find some fun routes or tours in the Vamos books.
EDIT : I havent read the other (tardivel) book
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05-10-2010, 03:45 PM #8
I absolutely second this. The Volopress Guides in this moment, generally, are by far the best guides at all. Excellent photo documentation, photos with any tour and route and precise reference to the maps. The only, very little, drawback: they're referring only to the french maps not to the swiss ones which cover as well most part of the Mt-Blanc area and which are better.
http://www.volopress.net - for the books
http://www.swisstopo.admin.ch/intern...o/en/home.html - for the swiss maps.
By the way, may be you should also consider this one, titled Chablais, which covers very nicely the Aiguilles Rouges (the mountain range in front of the Mt-Blanc area) where you will find a lot of even nicer but definitely less crowded skitours and, if you're looking for, extreme steeps as well:
05-12-2010, 04:11 AM #9sucks on the internet
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Another good one with a lot of Cham content is Anselme Baud's 'Les Alpes du nord a ski'.
A really balanced mixture of routes from easy to super gnar (Peuterey ridge) where he scored first decents. Translations were available back then, not sure where to get hold of it these days.
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