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Col du Belvedre, Aiguilles Rouges (Chamonix) – Jan 15th 2011

January 18, 2011

Second trip to Chamonix this season and conditions weren’t exactly wonderful. We arrived after 80cms of snow and a massive warming cycle the week before which left everything up to 2500m very heavy. So we set out to explore a couple new spots with Chamonix friend (and guide) Pete Mason. First on the list was the Aguilles Rouges with the Col du Belvedre (2780m) being our target.

We grabbed a one ride up the Flegere ski lift system and hit the traverse of death over a few different piles of avi debris before putting skins on just around the ridge from the Refuge du Lac Blanc.

Chalet du Lac Blanc and the Aguilles Rouges

Snow rolls…..

From the refuge it’s just under 500m vertical of climbing up to the Col du Belvedre where we dropped off the north side. From there it’s about 150m of nice steep couloir skiing before wide open cruising down the Berard Glacier.

Will hops down from the Col Du Belvedre


Trev heading down to the Berard Glacier

Once we hit the bottom of the valley it was just a matter of negotiating a few creek crossings and the bobsled style ski out to Le Buet. We sat in the sun and drank a few beers in Le Buet before hopping the train back to Cham. Perfect.


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