trip duration TRIP DURATION
2 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
5 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
Mar, Apr
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


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!

Or, if you are willing to experience a less demanding tour, check my Ski touring initiation in the Pyrenees or my Mount Aneto ski touring, Pyrenees.

Price per person

1 Person590EUR
Group of 2295EUR
Group of 3197EUR
Group of 4147EUR
Group of 5118EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Group equipment
Provided equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, AVD, shovel, probe.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Pla de Lau, Riberot valley.


Unguarded hut.

More info

A descent of the Pic du Midi earlier in the season is essential (€42 per person for a group of 4/5).