Dome de Miage

Posted: November 14, 2013 in Ski
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Driving back up from Sallanches to Chamonix a few times recently I had noticed that the Dome de Miage North face was looking pretty white so I managed to persuade Brendan O’Sullivan and Tom Grant to join me for an early season ski mission. The plan was to ski the North face direct, but although it looked white from a distance strong North winds had stripped any skiable snow. The couloirs and slopes on the sides of the Mettrier ridge were a little more protected so we instead set our sights on this, however once joining the top of the spur we found only neve and rocks above us so were forced to start skiing still quite some way from the summit.

Although we didn’t succeed on our objective it was great to get on such a big line this early in the season and we had some great skiing from where we turned around, it was also great to spend some time in a beautiful basin we hadn’t visited before.

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Our Route, starting on the skiers left of the ridge then crossing it to join the couloirs on the skiers right. © Ben Briggs

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Tom at the Chalets de Miage. © Ben Briggs

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Brendan at the Chalets de Miage. © Ben Briggs

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Evening light whilst skinning up to the Plan Glacier hut. © Ben Briggs

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Sunset. © Ben Briggs

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Brendan and Ben in the hut. © Tom Grant

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Brendan skinning to the start of the line. © Ben Briggs

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Tom and Brendan climbing the initial couloir. © Ben Briggs

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Ben skiing high on the ridge. © Brendan O’Sullivan

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Tom high on the spur. © Brendan O’Sullivan

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Ben in the couloir. © Brendan O’Sullivan

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Tom in the couloir. © Brendan O’Sullivan

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River crossing on the way out. © Ben Briggs

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