DIY S02E10: Angelique Couloir

Arve Valley

Chamonix

A long south-southwest facing couloir, which is a great day mission from the Grand Montets.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
4.6 km
Ascent
226 m
Descent
1.2 km
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
57˚
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DIY S02E10: Angelique Couloir Map

Description

This is a big day mission from the Grand Montets. The Angelique couloir involves a lot of climbing followed by a narrow, technical descent.

Start by heading up the Grand Montet and then ski down to the Argentiere Glacier before climbing the North face of Les Courtes. Crampons, ice axes, and rope are crucial.

When snow conditions are low, you will need to rappel into the couloir to start the line.

Even starting early, this tour could finish in the dark, so don't forget your head torch, safety equipment, and supplies.

Watch the full video of this line, featured in Xavier de le Rue's web series, DIY: Mission Angelique: https://youtu.be/ZF1WPnzen2A

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

February, March, April

Features

  • Couloir
  • Glacier
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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