Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route #2 • April 2003

Our second Chamonix to Zermatt was a custom trip with a group of friends from the Seattle area. Darryl Olsen, Richard Davis and Jim Schelle joined us for another trip with remarkably good weather. On this one we again enjoyed clear skies for the whole trips, skiing it from start to finish with essentially no weather!

Other Recent Trips

Kathy, Rich, Jim and Darryl on the top of the Aiguille du Midi. Mont blanc behind.


On this day we skied down into the Vallée Blanche, then up to the Col d'Entrèves, before the long descent into Chamonix.


Refreshing ourselves with Coke and coffee at the Requin hut.


Jim powers up the steep slope to the Fenêtre de Saleina on our second day.


On day three a mix of funky snow over big bumps greats us as we ski down the Val d'Arpette. Here, Rich is about to eat a mouthful of white stuff.


Speaking of eating... Jim enjoys his tart and coffee in Champex.


The fine weather continues. The view from the Valsorey hut in the afternoon. The Mont Blanc massif behind.


The upward view from the Valsorey. The Grand Combin catches evening sunlight. The long snow slope up to the Plateau du Couloir can be seen on the right.


the sun rises as the moon sets over Mont Blanc. No fake moons in this photo. It actually looked like this, only better!


Just below the Plateau du Couloir, heading up.


Another party, heading down the long Glacier du Mont Durand.


And finally, the Chanrion hut.


And the next day, skiing up over the Col des Portons. This is a long day, climbing first the Portons, then down to the Brenay, up and over the Pigne d'Arolla and finally down to the Vignettes hut.


Early in the morning on our last day into Zermatt. Actually it was not as dark as it appears here. Rich and Jim have already taken off their headlamps.


Skinning up to the Col de l'Evêque.


The Matterhorn roiling in cloud as we descend the Stockji Glacier.


Gentle coasting leads down below the North Face of the Matterhorn and into Zermatt.


After a day of rest in Zermatt (where it actually snowed!) we decided to carry on to Saas Fee. Here we are approaching the Stockhorn. The peaks in back, from the left, are the Matterhorn (of course) the Dent Blanche, the Ober, Gabelhorn and the Wellenkuppe.


We actually found a pocket of fresh untracked snow, coming down into the Findel Glacier.


All good things must end. The snow ran out in Saas Fee.

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