Wingsuit flying (WiSBASE) authorized again in Chamonix

 

Banned since October 2016 by a municipal decree, the practice of wingsuit flying is again possible on the Chamonix Mont-Blanc territory.

*WiSBASE: Wingsuit Base Jumping is the sport of wingsuit flying. WiSBASE technique is proximity flying, which is flying close to the faces and ridges of mountains.

On 3 October 2016, a Russian wingsuiter launched from the Aiguille du Midi (3842 meters), and crashed into a building in Chamonix. You can read more about this subject in our article here.

Investigation revealed that he had failed to open his parachute. With this tragedy, Chamonix counted five deaths in 2016: after three jumps from Brévent and two from the Aiguille du Midi. A black series, that Chamonix municipality wanted to stop with an order banning for the practice of Wingsuit Base Jumping on its territory, "pending until new regulations".

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Wingsuit flying (WiSBASE) authorized again in Chamonix
Restricted areas in the Mont-Blanc massif. @Photo source: municipal decree.
Landing at les Planards - A ; Landing at Taconnaz - B. @Photo source: municipal decree.
Rules BASE Jump. @Photo source: municipal decree.
Rules BASE Jump. @Photo source: municipal decree.

5 years after the ban ... Chamonix has finally obtained authorization again

A new municipal decree regulates the practices of paralpinism and BASE jumping

Download the PDF of the municipal decree

According to the municipal decree, signed on 16 September 2021, by Éric Fournier the mayor of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, it is authorized the practice of paralpinism and BASE Jump in the Mont-Blanc massif as defined:

  • a - Take off (exit) North face of the Aiguille de Chamonix from the area between the Col du Plan (South-West) and the Aiguille de la République (North-East)
  • b - Take-off (exit) between Mont-Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit

The landing in the Chamonix Valley must be done exclusively in the areas defined below:

  • exit a: downstream area of ​​the Grépon paravalanche (Planards sector)
  • exit b: Taconnaz paravalanche

It's forbidden :

  • to jump directly from and near the ski lifts (Aiguille du Midi and Brévent cable cars).
  • to land at the bottom of the valley, except the dedicated areas (Grepon and Taconnaz avalanches).
  • to jump in July and August in the exclusion zone of the massif (Ministerial Decree LF-R30 B).
  • to jump in fly-by (person / buildings / structures).

Avoid incidents with helicopters flying in the valley! Please call just before jumping

The Gendarmes of the PGHM of Chamonix Phone: +33 4 50 53 16 89

Chamonix Mont Blanc Helicopter company (CMBH)  Phone: +33 4 50 54 13 82

Check visually for other aircrafts and paragliders

No fly-by (people/buildings/structures)

Safety Landing Sites : 

Respect the opening limit zone : ban on entering less than 600m from the urban area without opened the parachute.

  • For the exits from the Col du Plan to the Aiguille de la République use only the landing site A.
  • For the exits from the Col du Midi to the Aiguille du Gouter use only the landing site B

Please check the maps in our photo gallery.

Source : @La Chamoniarde and @Le Dauphine

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