The ice climbing around Chamonix is simply extraordinary. Within a ten mile radius there exists beautiful ice for all levels. The glacial “waves” on the Mer de Glace offer the perfect terrain for first time crampon users, with plenty of moderate slopes to train basic techniques all year round. In winter the low angle waterfalls in Argentiere freeze to form some of the best introductory ice in the valley. At the Grands Montets, steeper falls form ice flows of all difficulties and lengths for beginners and experts alike. Did I mention the ambiance of being next to (but safely out of reach of) the massive serac wall formed by the Argentiere glacier as it pours over a 100 meter rock buttress? Excitement guaranteed!

Instruction is possible for all levels, including basic crampon technique, anchors, ice screw placement, and eventual lead climbing instruction for those interested. New technology in ice axes and crampons have recently revolutionized the sport, making progression easier and more fun than ever.

Some of the area classics include-

La Crémerie- Moby Dick- 4, Plancton- 4, Chantilly- 4+

Montenvers- Cascade du Pas de Chèvre- 4+, Mer de Glace- (flat to overhanging ice year round!)

Argentière- Cascade de l'EMHM- 4, Déferlante- 4, Nuit Blanche- 6

Gorges de L'Arveyon- Gorge sèche- 5+, Résonance- 5