From December to March, cold temperatures after rain or snow falls will be at the origin of beautiful icefalls. There is a huge range available in the Chamonix area from single-pitch to long routes of several pitches, some accessible to beginners and some steeper ones. We often climb in the shade, and occasionally in the sun when it’s very cold.

To approach the icefalls, a walk, sometimes using snowshoes is common. We climb with crampons and two ice axes. Some personal gear, including avalanche safety equipment if necessary, can be provided by Chamonix Mountain Guide, and all common equipment (e.g. ropes, ice-screws) will be provided. The climbing ratio is up to two participants per guide.

Later in the spring, conditions at high altitude help the shaping of gullies, equivalent in the technique of climbing to the winter icefalls, but more remote. Using the Chamonix lift system allows many of these to also be climbed in one day.

Winter Mountaineering

You enjoyed summer climbing, you have discovered icefall ascents, or you simply dream about mountains in winter? Helping you to realise winter projects is our speciality at Chamonix Mountain Guide. From climbing a rock route on the south side to a mixed north face, there are often possibilities of finding appropriate and safe conditions for the team. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.