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 (3 300/ 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 refuge (2 771 m/ 9144ft). The view over the impressive north faces rising high above Argentière glacier is stunning!
Vertical gain: 300 to 500m/ 1000ft to 1650 ft Vertical drop: 700m/2200ft
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!
Day 3: We leave the hut and ski tour towards Col du Passon ( 3028 m/ 10 000ft). The ascent is gradual and pleasant, with a final steep section up a short narrow couloir. At the top of the pass, we admire a panoramic breath-taking view of the surrounding peaks and glaciers, including Le Tour plateau and Aiguilles Rouges. We ski down along the left side of Le Tour glacier.
Vertical gain: 800m/2640ft Vertical drop : 2300m/ 7590ft.
This program is a general guideline for the trip. The guide alone can decide and apply changes in the program during the trip, according to weather and terrain conditions, skiers physical condition and skills.
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 : 495€ 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)
Equipment : Download "equipment list"
Download "Argentiere Cirque"
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.
You are your own group (friends, family…)? We propose you a personalized trip; you chose your date of departure
(depending on hut availability).
Number of participant
Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88