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ESF Chamonix


The 600 professionals from the ESF and the Compagnie des Guides, provide a service that is second to none to ensure you have the best time possible on the slopes, in all security, so that learning to improve in your chosen sport, is first and foremost a pleasure. They offer a wide range of activities adapted to customers of all ages and abilities from 3 to 83, beginner to accomplished skier, private lessons or in groups, on or off-piste to meet everyone's holiday expectations.
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  ESF Chamonix

ESF Argentière


The Ecole de ski Argentière was founded in  1937  by  Robert Ducroz and his friend Marcel Charlet. In those days, skiing was principally a means of transport. It wasn’t considered as an enjoyable past time. These two pioneering skiers wanted simply to share their passion and knowledge with others.  Today, with seventy years of experience, our instructors here at the école de ski Argentière continue to share our founders’ visions, even if times have changed.. Professionalism, pleasure and passion are still key to our teaching, as they were when the école de ski Argentière was founded.
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  ESF Argentière

History of the Guides


In high season up to 800 high mountain guides work in the valley, some as independents, others as part of the many ski schools and guiding companies. Whatever their age, or nationality, all are professionally qualified. This may seem obvious, but it was not always the case.

The first guide mountain guide was Jacques Balmat, who climbed Mont Blanc in 1786 together with Dr. Paccard. However up until 1820, no qualification was necessary. It was not until a terrible accident that a system of qualifications was put in place. A doctor Hamel was attempting to climb Mont Blanc, along with 2 other tourists, and 12 guides, when they fell victim to an avalanche, in which the tourists and 3 of the guides were killed. The Sardinian authorities, who governed Chamonix at the time, decided to react. 34 guides, and 12 support staff, all natives of the Chamonix valley, were chosen to create a professional organisation of guides. In 1930 Roger Frison Roche became the first non Chamionard to be a member of the prestigious Company.

Nowadays, the Compagnie des Guides has over 150 members, of which half are from outside the valley and beyond.

The first 'Independent Company' , the Association Internationale des Guides du Mont Blanc (AIGMB) was formed in the 70's.


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