/ NEW ARTICLE: BMG Route Card: Ski Ascent - Mont Blanc
"Mont Blanc has claims to being the highest, one of the most beautiful and most committing of ski peaks in Europe. To ski it safely and enjoyably one needs all the skills and tools of the experienced ski mountaineer. Clipping into bindings on the summit and then admiring your tracks from the café terrace in Chamonix is wonderful. Everything in between is too!"
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=3795
good stuff - out of curiosity how busy does the route get with skiers?
Anyone any experience of trying it as a 3 day route by skiing Grands Mulet to Gouter Hut (unmanned in Winter) and then a shorter summit day?
errr, the article is the route card?
Interesting. I read another article on this recently that advised leaving skis at Vallot, although it would be more satisfying to have skied down from the top.
Anyone know if this route would be worthwhile in mid July? Or would it be a bit cack by then?
Many non locals wouldn't go up by the Grand Mulets either, however the route described is pretty popular whether you live in the valley or not.
Wouldn't think it would be too much fun in July, mainly because the Jonction and below will probably not be skiable, much of the joy of the route is going from summit to beer in the valley in a few hours! 3 Monts there and back would probably be a better bet, though I doubt the final climb up to the midi would be much fun...
OK, Why is that then?
Is there a better way up on ski's? From memory, the Grand Mulet approach is the only marked ski route up Mont Blanc on the map.
I don't think Francoise noticed that the route Jim has described misses out the dangerous part of the Grands Mulets by taking the North Ridge of the Dome du Gouter. The only time I've done MB on skis, I went the true Grands Mulets way and was very conscious of the serac danger on the Petit Plateau. Sometime afterwards several people were wiped out by a huge serac fall, I believe - though I'm not sure - that they were descending, maybe on skis. How unlucky can you be? Francoise is right however to point out that the true GMs route is very dangerous.
So do you think it just goes more or less straight across from the hut to get on the North Ridge?
Just looking at a photo's I took of MB from Aiguilles Rouges last summer and the route to get from Aiguilles Plan to the Grands Mulets hut looks fairly complicated and dangerous.
> So do you think it just goes more or less straight across from the hut to get on the North Ridge?
Yes, across and up. It obviously depends on conditions, glacier etc. Also of the state of the ridge which can be icy.
It is. It's called la Jonction. However, whenever I've been through it (once on skis and a couple of times in descent on foot), it's passed remarkably easily - though dangerously. In the summer the slope between the hut and the junction can be very crevassed. I've seen long ladders in place, in the past.
Thanks Jon - food for thought.
I think the idea of ski mountaineering up MB is starting to become a bit less appealing to me.
An ascent and ski descent of MB featured in an episode of "High Altitude" with Graham Bell and Noel Baxter (2009 I think) - they sacked it.
Oh yes, I saw it now you mention it. One of them tried to go straight up there from sea level as I remember which made him quite ill (obviously).
I have a vague recollection they might have tried to go up from Italy somewhere. Would that be possible?
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