Ski: Mont VĂ©lan – Annibal Couloir (Pennine Alps)

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 Vélan and Valsorey Glacier seen from Grand Combin (© P. Gatta)
Mont Vélan and Valsorey Glacier seen from Grand Combin (© 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 Vélan East Face (© P. Gatta)
Mont Vélan East Face (© 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 Vélan (© P. Gatta)
Climbing the Annibal Couloir: Mont Vélan (© 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 40-45°.

The Grand Combin seen from the top of Mont Vélan (© P. Gatta)
The Grand Combin seen from the top of Mont Vélan (© 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 Vélan (© P. Gatta)
Mont Blanc Massif seen from the top of Mont Vélan (© P. Gatta)

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