Ice Climbing

This area is one of the best known ice climbing areas in France .

There is an ice climbing guide to the ice falls of Briançon ; L’Argentiere and Embrun covering more than 350 routes. The guide includes routes in the well known valleys of the Fournel and Fressinière as well as in the valleys of Cervières, Val d’Escreeins, Valleé de Couleau, Valleé de Rabioux, Valleé de Crevoux and la Valleé de Les Orres. This guide is available in most bookshops in the area but also from Philippe Turin Email:


Good apartments close to the ice climbing sites are Argentiere and Vallouise

The Icefall site contains details of the ice climbing conditions and the weather

L’Argentiere hosts an international ice climbing event each year, normally in the first week of January. It attracts hundreds of ice climbers from all over Europe . Minibuses are laid on to provide access to the main ice climbing sites and taster sessions are also organised for adults and the older children. In the evenings, there are films, talks and displays. L’Argentiere is really busy during this week.

If you are looking for English speaking guiding, contact Murray Hamilton (a local Scottish guide!): Phone: +33(0)492230856