People per Guide
Type of Trip
Mont Valier, 2838 meters high, is the eastern and most isolated glacier of the Pyrenees. It is also a symbol of L´Ariege for its slender pace and the absence of any easy normal route. It shares the slope, the orientation –facing north– and the elevation of the Great Casse in Vanoise´s west face.
We will ski its face of transformed snow between noon and 2 PM. We will leave the parking (skis on the bag) the day before. The altitude change is almost 2000 meters and timing is important! So, we will spend the night in the unguarded Estagnous refuge (2246 meters). We will melt snow to make our own meal and wake up the next day at 7 AM.
A descent of the classic Pic du Midi early in the season is essential so that I can arrange all the details of the adventure. We will climb almost all of the hard snow with crampons. After a visit to the summit of this iconic belvedere, we will attack the descent, with a 350 meters vertical drop. We are in “steep slope” mode.
It is a beautiful race that links mountaineering and skiing. You do not have to be a climber, but you must be an excellent skier (16 years old at least).
If you are up to this challenge, do not hesitate to book this trip to Mont Valier!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Group equipment
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
A descent of the Pic du Midi earlier in the season is essential (€42 per person for a group of 4/5).
About the Guide
I became an aspirant guide in 2006 and then got fully certified in 2011. However, my passion for rock climbing and mountaineering was born well before that.
I've climbed some of the most difficult faces in the Alps (Grandes Jorasses North Face in winter, Mont Blanc South Face, etc) have travelled all over the world to climb, including the Andes, Nepal, Morocco, Canada, United States and Pakistan.
I started guiding in 2007, in Chamonix, as an aspirant guide and, after getting certified, in La Grave and the Dauphiné Alps. Please don't ask me to take you to Mont Blanc: I've climbed it more than 50 times!
In 2012, I participated in a Pyrenees Ski Traverse with Jean René Minelli and, as a guide, I've led many different expeditions including: Punta Hiunchulli (7152m in 2011), Greenland (exploratory ski expeditions in 2013 and 2014), Norway (2015) and Sweden (2017).
Based in the Lesponne with my partner Julie since 2016, I'm excited to take to discover the Pyrenees, the mountains of my first adventures.