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Domes de Miage (3670m) Glacier d'Armancette

Beautiful Back Drop To Ski Touring High Above The Glacier Tre la Tete

En Route to the Domes de Miage and Glacier d'Armancette

Fantastic Ski Mountaineering Position Traversing The Dome De Miage

Heading SW along the main Domes Ridge towards the western summit at 3670m which marks the start of the descent of the Glacier d'Armancette

Steep Skiing On Hard West Facing Snow High On The Armancette

Firm conditions today and steady skiing and steady nerves required on this steep section.

The Beautiful Hanging Armancette Glacier Taken From The Arve Valley

The route takes the hanging glacier seen as a slim ramp leading down and left from the summit in the centre of the picture. At first west facing then turning NW and skiing towards the camera. Careful route finding and thus good visibility required!

After A Hospitable Brew At The Tre La Tete Hut A Short Ascent Up To The Mauvais Pas

Good stiff snow with lean cover between the Tre la Tete Hut and glacier meant the whole exposed section through the Mauvais Pas was done in crampons.

Exposed South Facing Slopes At The Mauvais Pas En Route To The Conscrits Hut

Good stiff snow today at 1100 in early April. The Consrits Hut Guardian recommended passage through the Mauvais Pas before mid day in current conditions.

The Alaskan Like Backdrop Entering The Magnificent Tre La Tete Glacial Valley

The ascent to the Conscrits hut strikes off up to the north (left) and steep south facing slopes above. The peaks on the right are the many satellites along the Tre La Tete Ridge and major outlier of the Aiguille des Glaciers.

Despite Infact Being Nearly 20 Years Old, The 'New' Conscrits Hut Is Still In Great Shape!

A great base camp for spring ski mountaineering trips on the Domes de Miage, Mont Tondu, Aiguille de Berange etc

Approaching The Col des Domes

With the Impressive Snowy NE faces of the Tete Carree and Tete Blanche (3892m) beyond.

On The Western Dome de Miage Summit

With the West (Miage) Face of Mont Blanc beyond right and the Aiguille de Bionassay left.

Some Good North Facing Powder On The Descent

High altitude north facing snow below the Col de la Berangere 3348m

Short Skinning Section On The Descent

As described in the excellent Vamos Mont Blanc Ski Tours guide. The description in that guide is the one we used and it's interesting to note the differences between this and the ski touring line marked on the French IGM 1:25K Map. Here a short skin is taken to avoid steep traversing terrain on the marked ski line on the map. It also allows a little extra time to take in the magnificent of the surroundings during this adventurous ski descent / journey!

Firm Spring Snow On The Descent

Just starting to transform here

Lovely Spring Snow In The Lower Couloirs

With another steep section where a short narrow 40 degree couloir is negotiated before the fine lower slopes lead down to join the wooded ramp on the right leading down (via a snowless footpath today) to the Lac.

Final Reflections On A Brilliant Descent - From The Half Iced Over Lac d'Armancette (1673m)

From here a pleasant albeit still quite long descent leads down through the paths back to Cugnon to complete a magnificent high mountain ski journey.