Climb Mont Blanc Video
Climbing Mont Blanc typically takes two days, but we add in a spare day in case of bad weather to maximise your chance of success.
We start by driving to Les Houches (10min) and then taking uplifts before walking to the Tete Rousse hut (3167m) for an overnight stay, followed by an ascent via the Gouter/Bosses ridge.
On the return you will spend the night in the Gouter hut (3813m) and head back to Chamonix on the Saturday. This will depend though on a number of factors, including weather and hut availability.
Skiers Haute Route. Great weather and snow conditions on the first stage of the skiers Haute Route. We managed to reach the Cabane des Dix just as the weather came in, and it was decided to abort the trip and exit to the Swiss village of Arolla and head back to Chamonix. The weather had taken a turn for the worse with 70km winds and a snow blizzard posing the group serious danger if they were to carry on to Zermatt.
We’ll post some photos of what the group got up to instead over the next few days. The great thing about skiing in the Chamonix area is there is always a plan B, C, D…. etc. Sometimes the weather simply doesn’t play ball, but that’s just part and parcel of life in the mountains.
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We set out into the Mont Blanc massif after some good recent snowfall, in search of some fresh tracks a little further from the crowds. The Col du Tacul is a 900m high ski tour reached from the Salle a Manger basin of the Vallee Blanche. On reaching the col there are two options, ski back down the col towards the Vallee Blanche, or traverse the col and ski the Capucin couloir and complete the traverse. We opted to ski the Capucin couloir, graded 5.1, which required a few rappels to navigate the rocky entrance.
Another great day in the mountains!
Well well well. Do we have some good news for you. Winter has taken her time this year, but over the past few days Chamonix’s ski areas have received up to 60cms. Flegere in particular was favoured by the snow gods and received 60cms, whilst other areas like Les Grands Montets and Brevent received a respectable 25cms.
As you can see, a whopping total of over 150 cms is due to fall in the Chamonix valley starting on Tuesday 10th. We’ve got our powder skis at the ready – this is going to be epic!
Fancy a powder getaway this month? We still have spaces on our Chamonix Backcountry Ski Week on 29th January for 7 nights. Get in touch for more info – email us at [email protected] or phone +44 (0) 845 527 5812.
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