The Black Glacier is the Mecca of mountaineering and steep skiing in the Ecrins. But when the conditions are right, it is the couloirs that are the most coveted. Everyone dreams of climbing them and putting down their skis in these north faces that are as majestic as they are impressive. It is the paradise of the steep slope within reach of skiing.

Starting from the Pré de Madame Carle at 1800 m. We will go up the glacier or the moraine for a duration between 2 and 3 hours of skiing. Then we will tackle the real subject. Crampons in feet, we will swallow the unevenness which separate us from the summit. Once at the top, we will take advantage of a well deserved break, then we will put the skis on to start the descent. Each turn will be done with precision and concentration, to find ourselves on the flat of the Black Glacier to contemplate our descended objective. Then we will let ourselves slide until the parking of the Pré.

Region

France - Ecrins

Duration

1 Day

Months

April, May, June

500 /groupe for 2 people

Difficulties

Off piste Level 3 - Specialist
  • Competent to ski skiing in all types of snow conditions and in all terrain up to slopes of 45º

  • Have the competence to use the relevant equipment (ski and safety) and alpine techniques (abseiling, belaying, waling in crampons)

  • Ski with a 3 to 6 kg backpack

  • Be capable of physical effort for 4h to 7 hours

  • Be capable of descending 250 to 400m of elevation without stopping

Itinerary

Itinary

Departure from the Pré de Madame Carle at 1800 m. We will go up the glacier or the moraine for a duration between 2 and 3 hours of skiing. Then we will tackle the subject at hand. Crampons in feet, we will swallow the unevenness which separate us from the summit. Once at the top, we will take advantage of a well deserved break, then we will put the skis on to start the descent. Each turn will be done with precision and concentration, to find ourselves on the flat of the Black Glacier to contemplate our descended objective. Then we will let ourselves slide until the parking of the Pré.
 

Barre Blanche - Barre Noir - Barre des Ecrins sector

- Col de la Grande Sagne 40° max: 1000m Price 500€ for 2 persons max
- Brêche des Barres, Barre Noir 50° max: 1000m Price 750€ for 1 person max
- Couloir des Avalanches 50° max: 700m Price 750€ for 2 persons max

Coolidge sector

- Couloir Dérobé 50° max: 500m Price 650€ for 2 persons max


- Couloir Dewèze 50° max: 800m Price 750€ for 2 persons max

Pelvoux - Pic sans Nom - Coup de Sabre - Ailefroide sector

- Pente Centrale 55° max: 800m Price 1000€ for 1 person max
- Col Est du Pelvoux 55° max: 700m Price 800€ for 1 person max
- Couloir NW du Pic sans Nom 50° max: 900m Price 750€ for 1 person max
- Couloir N du coup de Sabre 55° max: 500m Price 750€ for 1 person max
- Col du glacier Noir 50° max: 400m Price 650€ for 2 persons max

Included

  • A fully qualified and experienced IFMGA guide for the duration of your trip
  • Mandatory off-piste safety equipment (shovel, tranceiver, probe)
  • Mountain rescue radio
  • Collective equipment necessary for progression and safety

Not included

  • Ski equipment rental (shoes, poles, skis, ...)
  • The meal at lunchtime for both you and your guide
  • Personal insurance covering the activity
  • All that is not included in "the price includes".
  • Personal expenses: additional drinks, energy bars, souvenirs, tips, etc.

All Ecrins Prestige guides have gained the highest guiding qualification from the IFMGA and are certified to guide anywhere in the world

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