Aiguille Qui-Remue North Face

Arve Valley

An inspiring couloir past a bulging tongue of ice.

Also in Haute-Savoie, France

Ski Touring Extreme

Distance
5.3 km
Ascent
877 m
Descent
877 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.6 km
Gradient
57˚
Aiguille Qui-Remue North Face Map

The Aiguille Qui-Remue North Face is a sought after descent that is less often in condition than some of the other north facing lines nearby.

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 and down the Glacier du Rognons. Take care to watch out for some large crevasses on the upper section. Keep to skier's right of the Rognon itself (a large rock island). This soon brings you down onto the Glacier d'Argentière.

Skin up the glacier to the bottom of the Qui-Remue North Face. The first half is the steepest section (50 degrees) and finding a way past the ice bulge may be delicate. The upper slopes are less steep (around 45 degrees).

It is possible to top out the face via three different exits. The far looker's left side is the least steep and most often in condition. Ski back down the same way and out onto the Glacier d'Argentière.

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
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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