Ski-Alpinism: Col des Cristaux (Mont Blanc Massif)

Short and nice day out despite not so good snow condition in the Northeast face of Col des Cristaux in Mont Blanc Massif.

View from Col des Cristaux (© P. Gatta)
View from Col des Cristaux (© P. Gatta)

The Northeast face of Col des Cristaux is a 500 meters slope, just East of Les Courtes. I planned to ski it down but the snow conditions were not ideal, so I just climbed it up and down.

Argentiere glacier (© P. Gatta)
Argentiere glacier (© P. Gatta)

The approach is the same as the Les Courtes NE face, continue further, pass below the NE face of Aiguille qui Remue to the rimaye of the NE face of Col des Cristaux.

Aiguilles Ravanel and Mummery (© P. Gatta)
Aiguilles Ravanel and Mummery (© P. Gatta)

Climb the 500 meters of the Couloir at 47°.

Mont Blanc Massif (© P. Gatta)
Mont Blanc Massif (© P. Gatta)

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