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Glacier Milieu, Aiguille d’Argentiere – Chamonix Diaries 2017 – Part 2

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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.

Aiguille d'Argentiere, right of centre. Jamie Bond photo.

Aiguille d’Argentiere, right of centre. Jamie Bond photo.

Matt Cote's ass. And some pow in the background. Jamie Bond photo.

Matt Cote’s ass. And some pow in the background. Jamie Bond photo.

We go a walkie' in the Argentiere Basin. Plan A was actually to go checkout Col de Cristeaux, but that area didn't see the sun all day. Jamie Bond photo.

We go a walkie’ in the Argentiere Basin. Plan A was actually to go checkout Col de Cristeaux, but that area didn’t see the sun all day. Jamie Bond photo.

Pretty hard to go the wrong way up here. The walls kinda keep you in check. Jamie Bond photo.

Pretty hard to go the wrong way up here. The walls kinda keep you in check. Jamie Bond photo.

Matt Cote stoked to find a bit more dust on the crust for a few turns. Jamie Bond photo.

Matt Cote stoked to find a bit more dust on the crust for a few turns. Jamie Bond photo.

Shutting'er down before that little hard-packed bergschrund wherever it is. Jamie Bond photo.

Shutting’er down before that little hard-packed bergschrund wherever it is. Jamie Bond photo.

 

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