CHAM'LINES #1 - The Southern Corridor of the Aiguille du Chardonnet
It's back! Every 15 days starting today, on CHAM'LINES, Aurélien will take you down the new legendary trails of Chamonix with a camera attached.
In this first episode, Seb Michaud (a true legend of freeriding) and Stéphane Dan (mountain guide and Chamonix freeriding pioneer) will join us as we set off to blaze a new trail, and most importantly, find the best snow around! "White gold" has been rare in Europe this early winter, so the challenge is real...
We opted for the Argentière basin, where we knew we'd find something to speed our descent. After more than an hour of observation from the peaks of the Grands Montets, one lovely trail drew our attention. The decision was made: we'd hit the southern corridor of the Aiguille du Chardonnet, a first for all three of us!
To reach it from the peaks, we travelled down to the Argentière glacier and crossed it. It took us more than an hour to leave the moraine and 45 minutes to hike to reach the base of the corridor. No time to relax! We still had to climb the corridor before we could ski it. We took advantage of a gully that was naturally cut into the center of the corridor to go three-quarters of the way up the Aiguille, our starting point.
After three hours of trying, we made it: A lovely, firm corridor 400m long all to ourselves (and also Douds Charlet - 2011 Freeride World Tour winner for snowboarding and mountain guide - whom we happened to meet on the trail). It was a thrill to ski down the first hundred meters of pure powder, before continuing uphill (there was snow on either side of the gully) and finishing in soft, supple snow that allowed us to pick up speed and took us through a series of turns. Our challenge was successfully met, because in addition to spending a great day with friends, we also found a wondrous corridor and good snow!
To sum it all up: A lovely, firm corridor clearly visible from the peak of the Grands Montets, relatively accessible but not necessarily easy to ski because of the central gully forcing us to ski uphill.
THE SOUTHERN CORRIDOR OF THE AIGUILLE DU CHARDONNET
Start altitude: 3570 meters
Finish altitude: 2550 meters
Descent of corridor: 400 meters
Total descent: 1020 meters
Next episode of Cham’Lines: Tuesday, January 27
In the meantime, on Saturday, January 24, Aurélien will be at the opening of the Freeride World Tour in Chamonix and on Montagne TV with the next few airings of the two episodes of CHAMONIX EXPERIENCE:
Wednesday 01/14 at 12pm
Friday 01/16 at 3:40pm
Sunday 01/18 at 9:45pm
Tuesday 01/20 at 3:40pm
Thursday 01/22 at 10:15am
Saturday 01/24 at 7:20pm