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Col de Beugeant (2807m), Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix

Magnificent Panorama of the Mont Blanc Range from the Initial Skinning Traverse

This rising traverse from the Floria basin can be accessed from a high traversing ski line (exposed) or by descending further on the Floria pistes to a lower but less exposed skinning ascent. Either route reaches the Refuge & Lac Blanc.

The Upper Slopes Leading to the Col de Beugeant

With the magnificent panorma of the Mt Blanc range across on the South side of the Chamonix Valley beyond. This slope is characterised by sustained climbing on skins with kick turns before a transition to ski mountaineering mode (crampons on boots, skis on pack) for the more technical rising traverse to the Col itself.

Great Sustained North Facing Powder Skiing on the Descent to the Berard Valley

From the Col itself there are the 3 options of a short descent followed by skiers traverse right & small climb to re-ascend the Col d'Encrenaz, a steep & direct central option or the classic & less steep skiers left traverse across to join the Berad Valley higher up. This photo is in the steeper central option.

Ski Touring Teams Climbing to the Col de Beugeant from Above Lac Blanc

The snowy col itself is in the upper centre of the picture. A rising leftward mountaineering traverse taking the snow ramp through the rock barrier is made to access this point. Several bolts and the odd peg are in-situ.

The Traverse is not too Difficult But Puts the Mountaineering in to Ski Mountaineering!

Worth taking a few quick draws to clip the bolts & pegs

The Steep Entrance from the Col de Beugeant

This can be awkward & narrow but is short & very well protected by bolts on the Col

Skiing Down the Direct & Sutained Central Descent Towards the Berad Valley

With the fine SE Face of Mont Buet (3096m) across the Berard Valley. Once the valley is reached their is nearly always a track down to the tiny ski station, cafe & train station at Le Buet for the return journey to Chamonix. A fine ski mountaineering journey!