Mont VĂ©lan is a nice mountain located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Easily accessible from the Great St Bernard Pass, it is a good ski objective.
Mont VĂ©lan and Valsorey Glacier seen from Grand Combin (Â© P. Gatta)
The route described here is a round trip starting at Bourg-St-Bernard and climbing the Annibal Couloir: 4.3/E2 D/S5. From Bourg-St-Bernard it is 6.1 km and +1,787m.
Another good option is to climb the Annibal Couloir and ski down the Valsorey Glacier down to Bourg-St-Pierre: see the photo above.
Mont VĂ©lan East Face (Â© P. Gatta)
Start at 1,915m in Bourg-St-Bernard (Switzerland) which is located just below the Great St Bernard Pass. Go straight toward the East up to the Glacier de Proz. The East face of Mont VĂ©lan has multiple couloirs : the Y, the central, the Annibal and the Virgule.
Climbing the Annibal Couloir: Mont VĂ©lan (Â© P. Gatta)
Reach the bottom of the Annibal Couloir at around 3,100 meters where you can see the whole couloir for the first time (part of the couloir is hidden by a rocky spur). Climb the couloir; 500m at 40-45Â°.
The Grand Combin seen from the top of Mont VĂ©lan (Â© P. Gatta)
Then reach a small plateau and from there the top of Mont VĂ©lan.
Mont Blanc Massif seen from the top of Mont VĂ©lan (Â© P. Gatta)