Glacier Milieu, Aiguille d’Argentiere – Chamonix Diaries 2017 – Part 2
With too many deep powder shredding memories from BC this winter, we were on a mission to ski as much hard pack in Chamonix as possible. So when we woke up to a banger pow day at Les Grand Montets resort, we knew just what to do. After dropping off the top tram into a thousand meters of tasty blower pow, we knew the obvious choice was to climb 1200 m up to the top of Aiguille d’Argentiere (3901 m) for a cloudy all-you-can-eat dust-on-hard-crust buffet. Boy did we nail it.
The climb up the Milieu Glacier is gorgeous. Big beefy rock walls loom on both sides and the skinning route weaves up at a good pitch without too much exposure. The the pitch cranks up to a choke where you bootpack to the summit. When it became obvious the top section was going to ski like ass, I quickly got lazy and hosted an impromptu one-man dance party part way up the bootpack while Marcus Waring and Matt Cote cruised to the top. Sure, they got a summit and some ultra-hardpack semi-steep skiing, but they missed the iPhone dance party.
In the end we decided pow might not be so bad after all, so we went hunting for it in part 3 and 4. To be continued.