Gros Rognon

Aiguille du Midi

Chamonix

Skyway Monte Bianco

A great variation on the classic Vallée Blanche offering wide open steeper skiing options.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
1.9 km
Ascent
12 m
Descent
670 m
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.4 km
Gradient
35˚
Gros Rognon Map

Excellent off-piste skiing in an absolutely breathtaking setting. The environment is very serious and should not be underestimated; it is not maintained, secured or controlled, and the route follows extremely crevassed terrain. People die here every year and you should only set off if you have the necessary skills, experience and equipment for skiing on a glacier. The route is long and excellent weather is required to complete the route safely; this is no place for bad weather or poor visibility. If you have any doubt, hire a mountain guide. Make your way down the north ridge of the Aiguille du Midi, which is equipped with a handrail during the winter season but is still exposed! Crampons are not essential but make it more pleasant. Get your skis on at the broad col at the foot of the ridge. Follow the Vallée Blanche to the Col du Gros Rognon. Traverse high left maintaining your height round onto the E face. From here several options exist going either straight down next to the rocks (steeper with more crevasses), slightly further R or diagonally down and R. They all hold great cold snow and bring you back to the classic Vallee Blanche above the seracs.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Glacier

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Crampons

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