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.
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 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.
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 : (coming soon)
Preparing for the trip: One week before the trip, the head-guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
Group: 4 to 6 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Accommodation : Half-board in huts. No drinking water.
Equipment : Download the file under the ‘details’ tab.
Documentation: 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.
Dates 2018: March 17th & 18th – 31st & April 1st – April 21st & 22nd
Meeting : Meet at 09:00 in front of the Grands Montets (Argentière) ticket office. Contact us if you are having difficulty getting to Argentière from Chamonix. Public bus transfer back to Argentière.
Prices 2018: 365€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in Bed and Breakfast (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses,
- Cost of getting to meeting point (Chamonix),
- Personal technical equipment.
Do you already have a group ? We can offer this tour on a bespoke basis depending on hut bookings.
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Phone: 0033 6 64 61 95 53