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Vallée Blanche
Photo by archivio Domenico Giusti, Giorgio Passino
Glacier Rond: one of the classic Chamonix descents
Photo by archivio Domenico Giusti, Giorgio Passino
Vallée Blanche
Photo by archivio Domenico Giusti, Giorgio Passino
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Mont Blanc freeride: Vallée Blanche and Glacier Rond

16.12.2013 by Planetmountain

Two great freeride itineraries on Mont Blanc introduced by Domenico Giusti and Giorgio Passino: Vallée Blanche from Courmayeur and Glacier Rond.

Vallée Blanche da Courmayeur
SKI: 2.3, Exp: E1

Vallée Blanche is like Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct: really beautiful, but it’s best not to get too distracted.

Although it might seem a no more than a "scenic walk", never underestimate the Vallée Blanche as it is an itinerary that develops entirely on a glacier with some very delicate sections between the crevasses. It is always recommended to be accompanied by a Mountain Guide or someone that knows the itinerary very well and is able to read the conditions accurately.

Glacier Rond
SKI: 5.1, Exp: E3
Even though it is one of the classic Chamonix descents, the Glacier Rond is a technical itinerary that requires good ropework and experience with glacier skiing techniques.

Be careful on the traverse to enter the initial couloir, as it’s often icy. Both variants are exposed to the risks of avalanches.

48 freeride itineraries in Courmayeur and Chamonix
Idea Montagna Editoria e Alpinismo
Note: Italian, French, English
ISBN: 9788897299370
by Domenico Giusti, Giorgio Passino

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