Glacier Rond

A normal ski day in Chamonix

Probably the biggest classic down the Aiguille du Midi

It’s the first time I skied it and yes it’s a good one. Not too steep, in fairly good conditions and in front of (most) people.

Glacier Rond: AD, 4.2, E3 – 45° / 250m – 40° / 500m (exit couloir)

The following photos are mainly from today, showing the upper face in similar conditions like I found them last Tuesday when I skied it. Upper section was sluffed off and rather firm and grippy but with powder stashed at the sides. The exit couloir that day had already seen 5 people and maybe the same count the day before. It was still deep and skied really well.

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At the Téléphérique

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The Midi-Plan-Traverse

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Skiers waiting for a weather window

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Stormy tunnel exit

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Caution on the ridge today

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To enter the Rond one has to traverse below the Cosmiques ridge, then traverse right

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Pete and a friend entering the Rond

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Skiers at the top of the Rond

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The upper section of the Rond and the view into the exit couloir

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The exit couloir was deep

And this is how skiing in the exit couloir (can) look like:

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Chocards flying by

The Line

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Aiguille du Midi west face with the ski line marked. Photo by Cedric Bernardini

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