From Arolla via Cabane de Dix | Ski tour | Cabane de Chanrion CAS | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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From Arolla via Cabane de Dix (Normal route) Cabane de Chanrion CAS 2462 m

  • Difficulty
    PD
  • Ascent
    3–8 h, 1200 m
  • Descent
    1170 m
  • Exposure
    N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW

Route description

Arolla – Cabane des Dix

Ascend the ski slopes, or take the lift to the Fontanesses top station. From here ascend westward, later northwest, then westward once more on steeper ground which leads up to the Pas de Chevres. From the pass, remove skis and descend the iron stairs. Slide down, then skin up along the remnant glacier's edge until a deep trough merges more or less into the main surface. Cross out onto the dying Glacier de Cheilon's broad expanse, and head for the snow slope south of the rocks on which the Cabane des Dix is perched. The slope is steeper nearer to the hut, so give it a wide berth, and keep further south, before arcing round at the top onto the plateaux and making your way back northward to the hut.

Cabane de Dix - Cabane de Chanrion

A direct ascent from the Cabane des Dix (2928 m) leads SW across the Glacier de Cheilon to the Col de Cheilon (3236 m) - 1hr. Continuing in the same direction, cross the high plateau of the Glacier du Giétro (due to avalanche danger do not get too close to the slopes of the Ruinette) and cross the Col du Mont-Rouge (3324 m). Attention! There is sometimes a cornice on certain sections of the pass. From here descend the south (steep at the beginning), cross the remains of the glacier of Lire-Rose and in the same direction the pass of the same name (3114 m). Ski south, crossing the tongue of the Brenay glacier, then SW down the centre of the valley before crossing S over an old lateral moraine at ca. 2550m, and skiing diagonally down to the the plateau of the hut.

Additional information

Departure point

Arolla, poste (2008 m)

Remarks

Very long day when appraoching from Arolla (7-8 hours). The tour is usually split with an overnight stay in the Cabane de Dix.

 

Arolla - Cabane de Dix: 4 hours (approx. 1000 m ascent); or from the mountain station of the Fontanesses ski lift: 2.5 hours (approx. 500 m ascent). Cabane de Dix - Cabane Chanrion: 3-4 hours.

Waypoints
Route number

70a / 60d

Author

Georges Sanga

Georges Sanga, active alpinist in both summer and winter, is the author of several ski tour and alpine hiking guides and an editor of the swisstopo ski tour maps. His passion for the mountains, and mountain photography, takes him to every corner of Switzerland.

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