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Grand Montet, Chamonix – Off-Piste Skiing

Route:

Off Piste Skiing – Grand Montet, Chamonix - France

Category:

Skiing – Off-Piste Skiing

Route description:

Grand Montet is Chamonix's premier ski area. It's north facing slopes offer reliable snow, and the resort is pretty high with the majority of runs above 2000m.

The Grand Montet is shaped like a bowl, with many runs leading back into the main ski lifts at Lognon.

There are various pistes threading their way through the complicated terrain, enough to keep piste skiers amused for a few days but to get the full value from the area you need to head off-piste.

The lifts open up a huge amount of off-piste terrain, from “side country” next to the pistes through to long itinerary runs well away from the runs, including some great glacier runs from the top lift.

The Grand Montet ski area has some extensive avalanche control as well as a large number of skiers, so the snowpack can settle quite quickly here. Depending on the route taken, the glacier can be quite crevassed, especially early season.

 

Must do runs;

Lavancher bowl – 1000m of superb adventurous skiing.

Les Rognons glacier – 1200m of glacier descent amongst the stunning backdrop of the Argentiere glacier.

Pas du Chevre – a very sought after route leading down onto the Mer du Glace, skiing underneath the Dru. Absolutely superb.

Required experience/skill level:

Beginner-Advanced

Length (in metres):

Highest Ski Lift: 3296m

Resort base: 1229m

Time/duration:

1 day

Starting point/base:

Argentiere, fifteen minutes drive from Chamonix centre.

Maximum guide ratio:

1:6

Normal season:

December - April

Links/ featured courses:

Lifts/huts etc:

Comments/notes:

Many classic ski tours start from the top lift at Grand Montet including day tours in the Argentiere basin and longer tours such as the two cols and Haute route.

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Fred striking the classic Entreves pose.

Alpine climbing before the rain arrives this afternoon.

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2 days ago

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Summit of the #Eiger this morning with Sarah.

Good conditions on the south ridge from the Monchjoch Hut, and we had the top to ourselves. Being patient with the weather paid off in the end. ☀️

Lots of teams on the other nearby classics: Monch, Jungfrau, Fisherhorn etc

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3 days ago

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Eiger plans on hold for 24 hours. Waiting for the snow to burn off a bit. Instead we traversed the Monch, via a verglas encrusted SW ridge.

Now resting before tomorrow’s early start for the Eiger south ridge.

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Our #MontBlanc team were successful on the Grand Paradiso yesterday. Currently on route back to Chamonix.

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Climbing the Index with Sarah this morning. A nice mellow day after an especially long day on Monte Viso’s east ridge a couple of days ago.

Pretty busy on the route today, we did about a million short pitches for practice and to give the other teams some room.

A rest day tomorrow, and then the Eiger 👍🏔

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