Vrai Vallée Blanche

Aiguille du Midi

Chamonix

Skyway Monte Bianco

A highly crevassed variation of the Vallée Blanche which is not often possible due to the state of the glacier.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
13 km
Ascent
181 m
Descent
2.2 km
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
43˚
Vrai Vallée Blanche Map

Follow the Vallee Blanche to just before the Col du Gros Rognon then ski down left under the north face of the Gros Rognon, following weaknesses between the more crevassed sections. Rejoin the classic Vallee Blanche under the Gros Rognon. Warning: this is a very serious route in extremely crevassed terrain 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.

Difficulty

Difficult

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

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Glacier

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Crampons

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