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Mont Buet – Speed Ski Touring


 Mont Buet – France


Skiing – Speed Ski Touring

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Route description:

Mont Buet stands towards the end of the Chamonix Aiguille Rouge chain, and looks out across the peaks of the range towards Mont Blanc.

Is a favourite peak for summer trekkers, many of whom will stay in the summer mountain refuge half way up the peak.

In winter there are a few options for ski-touring, you can access the peak from the lift systems at Flegere, normally via the Crouches-Berard tour. Or you can start right from the valley and avoid the lifts altogether, giving a great training route and challenge.

This is a perfect introduction to longer “speed tours” as it's at low altitude and non glacial and therefore not as committing as other tours. You'd still need to keep an eye on avalanche conditions of course, and start early both to avoid soft snow in the afternoon and the other skiers descending the valley from other tours in the area.

From the valley, it's around 20km round trip with  over 1800m of height gain. For this type of tour, you should be aiming for 500m'hr.

Required experience/skill level:

Intermediate - Advanced; As with any longer day tour, you need be able to safely ski potentially difficult snow on tired legs! You will need to have completed several tours of over 1000m before.

Length (in metres):

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1 day

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Normal season:

March - May

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Lifts/huts etc:

Blog Post of a slightly different route up Mont Buet - the mega traverse!


This is also good training for longer speed tours, such as our Express Haute route trip.

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Last lift accessed ski tour of (my) season from Contamines yesterday.

Plenty of folk out enjoying the good conditions on the classics.

A weeks holiday away from the mountains now. Rest time before the @trofeomezzalama race at the end of the month.

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A big couple of days on the wild Miage glacier taking advantage of the great spring ski touring conditions.

Up Mont Tondu and then today over the Miage after a night in the Conscrits refuge. Which served a vegetarian meal to the whole hut last night, meaning it’s now my favourite refuge. 🌱

Over 3500m of ascent and some very good snow on the way down.

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Off the beaten track in the Aiguille Rouge today.

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Updated the Iran Ski Touring Photo Gallery today. Video on it's way.... #ski
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Well the express Haute Route didn’t exactly go to Plan. A meter of fresh snow at altitude put paid to that.

We headed south and spent a great couple of days around the Mont Thabor area. Nice hut, quiet and loads of good skiing. Despite the cloud.

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