Ski Mountaineering: the discipline of climbing and descending mountains with the use of skis. Often, using the methods and tools of more traditional mountain climbing. Some of these tools include: Crampons, Ice Axe, Harness and rope. Some of the methods include repelling and belaying as well as technical alpine climbing techniques. But ski mountaineering also includes technical descents. Technical descents include: Belayed skiing, rappels (with and without skis), and definitely Steep and often exposed skiing.
From your hotel room in Chamonix, we can take a short walk to a telephrique, making access to the Alpine much quicker. Within an hours drive, there are almost innumerable multi-pitch sport climbs. The mountain hut system in the Alps is another unique aspect that defines climbing in the Alps. Heavy packs and all-day approaches are mostly unnecessary.
Barbarine, Machaby, Aiguille Rouge and Aiguille Chamonix. Mirror d’Argentine, Col de Counbiere, and the magical Envers just a few of the areas we really enjoy. However, when weather or other needs dictate we love to travel farther afield. Finding ourselves in places such an Finale Lugere, the Dolomites and the Ecrin range. There are soo many places with a bit of local knowledge and a private car are logistically very easy from our base in Chamonix.
Book a day or two weeks! Imagination is the only limitation.
"I remember one time when Todd and I were climbing Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. I tested a rock by pulling down on it. When I stepped on the rock from a different angle, however, the entire formation came out and I was airborne. My fall wasn't long because the rope had been taut. All I remember saying was 'Well, that's interesting.' Todd said nothing, except later he said, 'That's what a guide and a rope are for.' It was all in a day's work for him. When I think about it, I guess I owe my life to him."