Pisteurs

Chamonix

Les Grands Montets

A short steep hanging snowfield, approached by a scramble over the Grands Montets summit

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
268 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
181 m
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
45˚
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Description

Start by walking up the iron steps to the top of the Grands Montets viewing platform. You then need to climb over the metal barrier on the N side of the platform and scramble round the rocks on a flattish and then downward traverse round to the left then back right, often with a fixed rope at the end to get down to the snow. Early season and after a big storm it can be easy bootpacking in the snow but it is often icy needing crampons. The traverse is fairly easy but very exposed! You are on a glacier so make sure you are equipped, prepared and have practised crevasse rescue, however unlikely you think falling in a crevasse is- it is possible! A minimum would be each person to have harness, axe, crampons, an ice screw, 3 prussiks, several screwgates, a pulley/DMM Revolver karabiner, a couple of slings and 2 30m ropes in the group. A more modern simple solution substituting for many of the above might be 2 Petzl RAD systems in the group. If you have any doubts about this ski with an IFMGA Mountain Guide.The line itself usually lovely cold snow, steep initially with a small convexity but soon eases off and is over almost too quickly putting you onto the Pointe de Vue piste.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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, December

Features

  • Glacier
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Crampons

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