Col D'Entreves

Chamonix

Skyway Monte Bianco

A wild setting sets the tone for an incredible descent, steep and committing.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
2.7 km
Ascent
9 m
Descent
1.1 km
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
47˚
Col D'Entreves Map

Follow the Aiguille D'Entreves line to the Col d'Entreves. From the col find a way through the often corniced entrance. Trend right across the rock bands to enter the couloir. Ski this down onto the wide and steep Glacier d'Entrèves. This narrows and steepens again before one can traverse hard left under the lowest rocks, under the Glacier de Toule and across the slopes to rejoin the Glacier de Toule line back to Pavilion.

Description

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.

Difficulty

Severe

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

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

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

February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Glacier

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons

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