/ How to get around Chamonix in Easter?
Myself and a friend are planing on heading to Chamonix this Easter. We both are decent ice climbers and summer alpinists. I was wondering what is the best way to get to the base of the climbs. Do we need snow shoes or skies to get around. If we need skies what type?
If there is more snow, or you have a long uphill distance to travel, snow shoes or skis will be preferable to breaking trail on foot.
If you are not a good skier, the best option is probably snow shoes.
If you go for skis, a light touring ski with skins is what you want. You can then climb in ski boots absolutely fine. Ignore short 'approach skis' which take B3 boots. Unless you are a really good skier you will find them impossible to control, and they won't make good skis to learn on. Leave skis at the base of the route and rap back down to collect and ski out, or carry up the climb and ski down (obviously route dependent). You can hire ski gear or snow shoes in the valley.
Skis not skies
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