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Col Du Passon (3028m)

The Approach to the Col du Passon Normally Involves Skiing the Glacier Grands Montets

This long, sustained glacial descent can be a tough warm up to the day, especially if snow conditions are 'sub-optimal' after windy conditions but it is a stunning descent into the Argentiere Basin with great views to the Col du Chardonnet & big north faces of Les Droites, Courtes and, closest, Verte.

A Scenic Skinning Tour with the Magnificent Argentiere Basin as a Backdrop

Les Courtes, Droites, Verte Beyond

The Argentiere Glacier Moraine Wall is an Early Steep Passage on the Climb

Good conditions here but skins have still been exchanged for crampons with skis on the pack

Higher up on the Skinning Ascent and the View of the Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges Opens Out

With the Grands Montets Ski Area across the Argentiere Glacier

Decent Snowy Conditions in the Final Couloir of the Col De Passon Ascent

Again, skins were exchanged for crampons on boots & skins on the pack. With good snow & a track like today the climb up the gully felt quick and easy. This can be more mixed, rockier a bit steeper & trickier.

Arrival at the Col du Passon!

With Mont Blanc now visible to the West...

Scenic Glacial Terrain on the Long & Sustained North Facing Descent From the col du Passon

This can be great in powder snow, today it was a bit wind & skier affected although some of the sunnier westerly aspects on the right provided nice spring snow.