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Gazing towards the vast Argentière glacier and mountain hut, the ski-tourer is dazzled the vertiginous and ice- covered north faces.
The view of this rugged landscape extends from Aiguille Verte to Triolet peaks, then looking towards the Italy with Mont Dolent and Tour Noir, and ends with Aiguille d’Argentière and Chardonnet peak.
Here, the splitboarder finds the playground he expected. He can choose, for example, the Amethysts Glacier, wide and not too steep, towards the Col du Tour Noir or better yet, the engaged and steady slope of the “Y” corridor on Aiguille d’Argentière.
In winter, both skiers and climbers meet in the Argentière hut; numerous roped parties take advantage of the favourable winter period to ascend the famous North faces of these intensely desired summits.
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Info: Following the fire that hit the cable car of les Grands Montets, the itinerary will be modify; with an extra vertical ascent of 300 m. Starting from Bochard lift (2766m), we join Lognan glacier (2700m). Skin up to Les Grands Montets glacier (3050m) through the Rachasses pass. Here, we join the normal route.
Day 1: We take the tram to reach the summit of Les Grands Montets (3 300/ 10 800ft).
We ski down by the Rognon to Argentière glacier. While we put our skins under our skis, we are inspired by other skiers’ choice, heading up some of the various routes around us. The Argentière glacier is mostly flat at this stage, making the ski tour to the refuge short and easy, allowing to stop and practice our avalanche search and rescue operations. We spend the rest of the day practicing ski touring techniques such as uphill ski turns. We stay overnight at the Argentière hut (2 771 m/ 9144ft). The view over the impressive north faces rising high above Argentière glacier is stunning!
Vertical gain: 673m to 935m/ 2208ft to 3068 ft Vertical drop: 673m to 935m / 2208ft to 3068 ft
Day 2: Col du Passon (3028m). Our day starts with a short descent to the Passon moraine (2380m). We cross the moraine on foot and we may require crampons. The climb continues on skis. The slopes here are wide up until the col, which we reach using crampons and roped together via a couloir about a hundred metres high. The views from the col, over not only the Argentière basin but also the Le Tour basin, are simply breath-taking. The ski down to the village of Le Tour via the Le Tour glacier is a Chamonix valley must! 1600m of great skiing!
Vertical ascent: 650m 2132ft / Vertical descent: 1850m 6070ft
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route
Group session associates several people who don’t know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
DATES 2020 : February 22 & 23- March 07 & 08- March 21 & 22.
PRICE 2020 : 360€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
- Mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Lift access and shuttles during the tour,
- Avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel, probe and harness rental.
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Personal drinks,
- Personal technical equipment,
9.00AM. at the cash desk of Lognan lift (Argentiere).
(Participants may leave personal belongings at our office during the tour). Trip ends in Chamonix.
Fitness level :
For people doing regular exercise. Vertical ascent of up to 900m per day. Five to six hours of exercise per day. Backpack potentially includes mountaineering equipment (crampons and ice axe). Altitudes of under 3500m
Technical level :
Able to traverse without losing too much height, backside and frontside. Able to anticipate changes in terrain without having to make too many stops. Good control of speed and your line in all kinds of snow conditions required (especially on glaciers).
The group is composed of 4 to 6 skiers maximum per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
During the trip: in catered mountain huts, night in dormitory.
Before & after the trip: We have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers. If you want to receive information just ask email@example.com.
Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
PREPARING FOR THE TRIP
One week before the trip, the mountain guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
- Splitboard & Adhesive climbing skins
- Telescopic poles
- Rucksack (for your comfort internal frame or frameless, approx 35-40 l. with proper waiststrap, sternum straps, ski straps)
- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated parka with hood (Gore-tex or equivalent)
- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated pants
- Thick polar-pile fleece jacket or equivalent
- Warm ski gloves & mittens
- Warm ski hat
- Gaiters if your pant is not equiped
- A cotton or silk sleeping sheet: compulsory in every hut. – Hut provide blankets, slippers or clogs.
- High-altitude sunglasses
- Head lamp
- Pocket knife
- 1.0 or 1.5 quart water bottle (insulate if possible)
- Toilet Kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, pre-moistened towlettes, T.P., tissues, aspirin, elastoplast, 2nd skin kit, ear plugs and sleeping pills are optional)
- Personal prescription medicines
- Sun block for face and lips
- Toilet paper, handkerchief
- Passport / identity papers
- Rescue insurance (Carte Neige, C.A.F. or equivalent)
ARVA avalanche victim detectors will be lent to you for the duration of the tour.
You will be held responsible in case of loss, theft or damage to your Arva
Be careful about the weight of your bag and don’t forget to keep place for the picnic lunch & snacks.
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