Aiguille Carree, Northeast Couloir

Chamonix

An obscure but worthwhile steep line

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
1 km
Ascent
562 m
Descent
562 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
57˚
Aiguille Carree, Northeast Couloir  Map

After the more popular Gigord and Chevalier Couloirs, the couloir coming down from just below the Aiguille Carree is the third skiable line on the north side of the Grands Montets ridge. It is longer and more technical than either the Chevalier or the Gigord couloirs.

Description

From the top of the Grand Montets cable car, ski down the very start of the Point du Vue piste before quickly ducking the rope and heading skier's right. Keep as much height as possible and traverse past the Chevalier and Gigord couloirs to the bottom of the Aiguille Carree Northeast Couloir. When conditions are good it is possible to start skiing from the top of the ridge. Skins are normally not needed to reach the start of the couloir. Ski back down the same way and down the Glacier du Rognons or traverse left to re-join the Point du Vue piste.

Difficulty

Extreme

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

Extreme Exposure (E4)

4 out of 4

In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

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

March, April, May

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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