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 skier 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 refuge; numerous roped parties take advantage of the favourable winter period to ascend the famous North faces of these intensely desired summits.
Day 1 : We take the tram to reach the summit of Les Grands Montets (3 295 m).
The beautiful descent of the Rognon takes us to Argentière glacier. While fixing our skins under our skis, our inspiration is trigged by other skiers starting their ascent on one of the various routes around us.
The Argentière glacier is almost flat at this stage and it is a short easy trip to the refuge. Then we ski up the Amethysts glacier to reach the Tour Noir mountain pass (3 535 m). Depending on the group motivation and physical shape, we can also skin up to Argentière pass (3 552 m) following the Tour Noir glacier.
We ski down the same route and overnight stay in the Argentière refuge (2 771 m).
Vertical drop + : 1035 m / Vertical drop - : 1560 m
Day 2: The day begins with a ski tour up Tour Noir glacier all the way to the pass (3 535 m/11 665ft). Depending on the group’s motivation and energy, we can also reach the nearby Argentière pass 3552m/ 11720ft. We ski back down the same way still enjoying the incredible view!
Organization :The previous day, the head-guide will contact by to answer your questions, and provide complementary information (i.e. touring gear, clothing, specific equipment etc.)
Guiding policy :
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.
Lodging : In catered mountain huts, nights in dormitories.
Meeting : 8h30 a.m. at the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix
(Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until group returns).
The tour ends in Chamonix.
Winter 2017 tour price : 340€ per person (4 skiers minimum).
- mountain guiding services,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, night and breakfast),
- take out lunches and daily snacks,
- lift access and shuttles during the tour,
- Avalanche transceiver rental (DVA), shovel, probe and harness.
- personal drinks,
- personal technical equipment,
Documentation :ID or valid passport.
Having a repatriation insurance is mandatory. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
Extras : Bring some extra cash for personal expenses (Euros)
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further and more detailed information!
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
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Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88