12-15janvier 2017


L’Argentière la Bessée - Hautes Alpes
Already the 27th EDITION!

ICE 2017, what else this year ?
First, few surprises… We will see "Ligne" from Julie Grignier, Thursday, January 12 at the cinema of l’Argentière La Bessée.
When we will debated with the famous round table, the Wednesday, January 13, around the theme “Changes in the practice of mountain”, with famous guests like Ueli Steck, Lionel Daudet, Nina Caprez, Mathieu Maynadier, Marion Poitevin, Girls to the Top, Excellent and Young Climbers from the FFCAM.
We will swing on the sound of rock, pop, and funk the Saturday evening with the Swing Girls and Inglorious Funkers groups…

But always, the heart of the festival: ephemere climbing, Ice fall for everybody (initiation and improvement), workshops for learning mountain, discovering and respecting these amazing valleys.

What’s more ?
In 2016, ICE has united more than ever, because we has counted more than 500 participants, youngs and older, with CAF Group “100 Excellent Youngs”, 40 mountains guides, and partners always motived, projections and happy spectators.

So, what will happened this year ?
For everybody - 3 days of ICE climbing workshop:
- Exploring and learning about safety in mountains,
- Snowshoes trekking and free ride,
- Brand-new materials and free tests,
- Showroom with partners,
- Open International of Dry-tooling,
- Free shuttle bus

Bus also:
- Free massage (kiné group)
- A premiere film (like Canne’s festival),
- Literary café (and mountains),
- Soling mountain shoes (and climbing shoes),
- Round table (speakers of acrobatic),
- A banquet (under a real marquee),
- Concerts (funk, rock, pop),
- Guests and activities (surprises),
- Fireworks …

For the 27th edition, we give you meeting from 2017 January 12 to 15 th at Place du Quartz, l’Argentière la Bessée.
Sharpen your skis and ice axes!

Contact :
+33 6 82 84 76 18


How does it work? Registration ONLINE starts the 1st of December! 3 DAYS for 45 euros ...

Workshops for everyone, including equipment tests (subject to availability), direction by high mountain guides, shuttle transport.

Registration at workshops (Aiguilles, Puy Saint Vincent, Crevoux, Freissinières, ...) is made the day before with mountain guides, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the ICE Village, during the HAPPY HOUR ! The number of places is limited.
In all workshops, the focus is on training of prevention mountain’s risks, by mountain guides, CRS, PGHM, FFCAM and ANENA.

Workshop 1: Progression by crampons with LA SPORTIVA !

What is cramponning? What do you crampon to? To your feet, of course! Yes, your arms are indispensable when one is on the ice-fall but foot-technique does the rest!

Not so easy, but when you know how to use your feet well and thus your crampons: stick them properly in the ice, rythmically advance, you will then understand your economy of energy, and the pleasure increases!

TRANGO CUBE, NEPAL CUBE, BATURA, OLYMPOS, brand and boots of your dreams, come and test them during the three days of the ICE 2016.

You’ll be guided and advised by Laurent Girousse, high-mountain guide.

Workshop 2: Ice climbing with FFCAM mountain guides

Incredible valleys of Freissinières and Fournel? Only 8 participants per guide, a good principle to progress ... Each evening from 6:30pm to 8:00pm the HAPPY HOUR = the single way to register at workshops...

Yes you can! Mountain guides will teach you the techniques to progress on ice, but also they will help you to understand its formation, color and texture....

A magic world...

Workshop 3: CAMP for individual ice-climbing training …

Discover the ice-falls at the bottom of a valley where you can only hear the running stream and the snow falling from the branches... the stuff of dreams!

During a trip, guided by Didier Angelloz, in the team CAMP/CASSIN since 1991 and high-mountain guide, you’ll be able to test the helmets, ice-axes, harnesses, and clips from CAMP/CASSIN...

Do not hesitate and try CAMP gear and workshop!

Workshop 4: Cross-country ski trekking with the ESF of Puy Saint Vincent

The domain of Puy Saint Vincent as you’ve never seen it before: wild, silent and poetic...

All that you need to know about cross-country skiing, you can test it with a monitor/guide!

From 8h to 15h, every day, slip on your skins!

Stephane, the mountain guide will teach you security equipment: ARVA/spade/probe, behavior of snow, and Mountain Risk Management.

Related with the gear, you need your own shoes and skis, or you can test those of our partner Expé Marseille!

Workshop 5: Snowshoe cross-country trekking in wonderful landscape

Because we wanted to open the ICE to other mountain activities, we offer you a snowshoe cross-country trekking workshop!

Christophe Lebreton, mountain guide, will share with you his passion for nature and the fauna. He will also initiate you into the secrets of snow and how it reacts: to discern a real danger and how?

How does it work?
Christophe lend you snowshoes and take you into his secret spots! It teaches you the nature, snow studies, the risk but also the right way in the mountains.

Attention, there are only 8 seats per day!

Workshop 6: Free-ride workshop

Let’s try free-riding, framed by a mountain guide.

Where? It depends of snow conditions and ski levels of participants (la Grave, Puy St Vincent, Vars, Pelvoux, Serre-Chevalier)!

How does it works?

You need your own shoes and skis, or you can also test those of our partner Expé Marseille!

Attention the ski pass is not included and the group is limited to 8 participants.

Your guide will show you new white routes, in total security.

Taste sensations of skiing in fresh powder, unforgettable!

Contact :
+33 6 82 84 76 18


The most frozen event on the planet!!! 3 days of workshop, entertainment, training by mountain guides, free equipment loan, shuttle bus for 45 Euros…

Concept 1 : Workshops of ice climbing, ski trek, free ride, dry-tooling, snowshoes cross country

With always the training and sharing in the heart of this event.
The expertise of FFCAM and mountain guides (40 in Ice 2016) enables us to offer initiation and improvement workshops, in dozen spots with a priority on :
- Search of avalanche victims and study of the snow-cover.
- Preparation of race (the study of ice conditions, analysis of the weather forecast, read guidebooks, map, directions).
- Using of safety materials (DVA, shovel, probe).

Concept 2 : A professional exhibition and materials tests.
The idea : test, try and approve !

Through partners of Ice Climbing, Petzl, Beal, Millet, La Sportiva, OrthoVox, Barts, Andaska, Expé Marseille, Aproach, Salomon, Yogi Tea, l’ESF de Puy Saint Vincent, etc...
You can test cramps, helmet, ice pick, shoes … within the limit of available stocks. Be careful : DVA, shovel and probe obligatory !

Concept 3 : International open of Dry-tooling. A new spot …. !

Best climbers have a good time in a beautiful slope : arms vibrate, cramps screech, and ice picks are sparks for timeless show !
Premiums : 1000 Euros for the winner and a lot of materials …

Whose turn is it ?

Concept 4 : A lot of entertainments !!!

Literary café, with CHARABIA : Last news reading …
Free massages in the yurt by kiné professional.
The premiere “Le Doigt de Dieu”, a round table, around the theme “Changes in the practice of mountain”, with famous guests, concerts, shows, and work fire!!!

Contact :
+33 6 82 84 76 18



Contact :
+33 6 6 82 84 76 18

Practical infos

Online registrations start the 1st of December 2016 and stop the 10st of January 2017

On-site workshops registration:

1. Introduce yourself at the welcome desk, in the gymnasium, we will give you your badge
2. HAPPY HOUR, each evening from 6:30pm to 8pm, you can register directly with your guide and choose your specific workshop (Aiguilles, Freissinières, Fournel, Puy Saint Vincent, ...)

Hiring equipment and ARVA:

- Remember to bring an identity card or passport, it will be necessary in order to lend you equipment
- Equipment hire will be in the exhibition (gymnasium) evenings from 16h, and mornings from 7h
- Security equipment: ARVA/spade/probe are obligatory for the valleys, these kits can be hired in the exhibition


- Don’t forget your headlamp, it could save your life....
- Security briefings are indispensable before setting off to climb. If you weren’t able to attend: ask the guides to inform you about conditions.
- The valleys close at 16h, departure time for the last shuttle. Be aware of the High Mountain gendarmes, mountain security police and guides who looked after your security during the day in the valleys: don’t keep them waiting!

Think about car-sharing OR OR

By Car

Coming from the North :
A48 motorway to Grenoble, then take the Lautaret Pass road (RN91)
Cross Briançon in the Gap direction
Follow signs for L’Argentière-La Bessée

By Italy :
A43 Maurienne motorway by the Fréjus tunnel
Take the Montgenèvre Pass
Cross Briançon in the Gap direction
Follow signs for L’Argentière-La Bessée

Coming from the South :
A51 motorway to the end (La Saulce)
Take the Briançon direction (RN 94)
Once at La Roche-de-Rame, follow signs for L’Argentière-La Bessée

By train:
To get to Pays des Ecrins by train, you will find all times and regional information on the SNCF website :

or this free number : 0(+33) (0)800 11 40 23 from Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 19h00

List of hosts

Le Relais de PELVOUX
Philippe Macou
Pelvoux St Antoine
Portable :

Camping-Caravaneige et Spa l’Iscle de Prelles***
05120 Saint Martin de Queyrières
Portable : ou
Site :

Le Moulin Papillon
Bénédicte Voruz
Rue du Fournel
05120 l’Argentière la Bessée
Téléphone :
Portable :
Mail :

Hôtel chez Glaizette
Hôtel Restaurant
32 Rue de la République
Téléphone: 04 92 23 10 05

Chalet Couleurs d’en Haut
Brigitte Dehoux
Les Hodourenqs
05310 Freissinières

Brin de Paille
David et Lydie Monnet
Table et chambres d’hôte, location gîte
Les Casses Prelles
05120 St Martin de Queyrieres
Téléphone :
Portable :
Mail :
Sites: &

La Pierre d’Oran
Isabelle Martin
Route des Espagnols - Les Cheneviers
05120 L’Argentière La Bessée
Téléphone :
Portable :
Mail :

Les 5 Saisons
Hôtel, Gîte d’étape, Meublés Location
Mark & Caroline Ford
05310 Freissinières
Téléphone: 04 92 20 94 40
Portable: 07 88 77 80 76

Chalets Accueil de la Biaysse
Gîte de groupe
Les Ribes - 05310 Freissinières
Téléphone: 04 92 20 93 74
Portable: 06 69 18 01 10

Gîte d’Etape "Au Fil de l’Onde"
Marion GENTA
Les Ribes
05290 Vallouise
Téléphone: 00/33(0) 492 233 728
Portable: 00/33(0) 615 033 554

Hôtel L´Edelweiss ‎
Rière Pont
05290 Vallouise
Téléphone: +33 4 92 23 38 58
Portable: 06 60 90 01 54

Hôtel Les Vallois
Rière Pont
05290 Vallouise
Téléphone: 04 92 23 33 10

Hôtel de la Gare
48 Avenue Charles de Gaulle
05120 L’Argentière la Bessée
Téléphone: 04 92 23 10 98

Chambres d’Hôtes
Mr et Mme PIERARD Françoise & Patrick
D 212, La Casse
Téléphone : 04 92 23 41 81
Portable : 06 20 33 31 58

Maison Estienne
Route des Écrins
05120 Les Vigneaux
Téléphone: 04 92 20 26 71
Mail :

Le Rucher du Martagon
Mr et Mme LUCAS Sébastien et Christine
Apiculteurs - Chambres et table d’hôtes
Les Seyes
Téléphone: 04 92 20 97 56

La Batie des Vigneaux
Appartements 4 personnes ou chambres d’hotes

Gîte les Carlines
Sandrine Lacroix
05120 Les Vigneaux
Téléphone: 04 92 23 02 74

Centre Alpin de l’Eychauda
Damien Haxaire
Le Sarret F- 05340 PELVOUX
Téléphones: 04 92 23 49 51 et 06 07 79 89 96

Entre Terre et Ciel
Geert Vennix et Anne van Galen
La Balme
05120 Les Vigneaux
Téléphone: 0492 436 998

Ice Rock Backpacker
18 Avenue de Vallouise
05120 L’argentière-la-Bessée
Tél : 04-92-49-39-53
ou 06-32-23-52-30
Email : & Site:


- Un appartement disponible à l’Argentière-la-Bessée pendant la semaine de l’ICE, contacter Helen Laundon sur le site

- Un meublé sympa (classé ***) pour deux personnes, disponible à l’Argentière-la-Bessée pendant l’ICE! Plus d’infos sur: ou contactez directement Rodolphe GODIN au 06 74 21 68 19 et

- Un appartement (4 personnes) qui est disponible à Valouise La Casse. Pour le renseignement l’adresse émail est: ou

For more informations :

Contact :
+33 6 82 84 76 18


THURSDAY 12th January

  • 17h Exhibition opens
  • 18h Apéritif & SECURITY Briefing
  • 18h30/20h HAPPY HOUR and workshop’s registration with mountains guides
  • 20h Exhibition closure followed by evening meal
  • 21h Ligne, from Julie Grignier – First Ascent in alpine style of Nangpaï Gossum II par M. Maynadier, P. Labbre, M. Détrie et J. Desserre – Cinema « L’eau vive », L’Argentière La Bessée
  • 22h Closure and shuttle buses to Pelvoux and Freissinières

FRIDAY 13th January

  • 7-9h Depart shuttles for the Ice, Dry, Free-ride, Snowshoe and Ski Trek workshops
  • 16h Return shuttles to ICE Village (infos ice conditions, equipment returns, hot drinks)
  • 17-20h Workshops registration
  • 18h Apéritif & SECURITY Briefing
  • 18h30/20h HAPPY HOUR and workshop’s registration with mountains guides
  • 19h A hudge JUMPLINE show, by Urban Elements team!
  • 20h Exhibition closure followed by evening meal
  • 21h Round table around the theme “Changes in the practice of mountain”, broadcast live TV, famous guests: Ueli Steck, Nina Caprez, Lionel Daudet, Mathieu Maynadier, Max Bonniot, Girls to the Top, Marion Poitevin, Christophe Moulin, and 100 CAF’s young alpinists
  • 23h Closure and shuttle buses to Pelvoux and Freissinières

SATURDAY 14th January

  • 7-9h Depart shuttles for the Ice, Dry, Snowshoe and Ski Trek workshops
  • 10-15h Out-door dry-tooling OPEN qualifications
  • 16h Return shuttles to ICE Village (infos ice conditions, equipment returns, hot drinks)
  • 17h Super FINAL indoor of the dry-tooling OPEN and awards
  • 18h Apéritif & SECURITY Briefing
  • 18h/19h HAPPY HOUR and workshop’s registration with mountains guides
  • 19h Hot wine, SPECIAL SHOW & FIREWORK DISPLAY at the Fournel Valley, just follow the flags
  • 21h30 Concerts SWINGIRLS followed by INGLORIOUS FUNKERS, a big show at the ICE Village!
  • 23h DJs contest with SAGAGNASS Sound System & DJ Kristen at the ICE Village
  • 23h-2h Shuttle buses to Pelvoux and Freissinières

SUNDAY 15th January

  • 7-9h Depart shuttles for the Ice, Dry, Snowshoe and Ski Trek workshops
  • 16h Return shuttles to ICE Village
  • 17h Exhibition closure, end of ICE 2017


Registrations on line start the 1st of December 2016
Registrations on line stop the 10th of January 2017
Registrations are also possible during the event.

Equipment for searching for avalanche victims, spale, and probe for workshops are required (rental available during the ICE event). Shuttle and valley access control.


  • FFME licence, FFCAM licence or medical certificate required.
  • Identity card or passport required.

If you are willing to participate into the workshops proposed by our partners (Camp, La Sportiva, Black Diamond, Beal, ESF), please specify in your registration or email.

- to go in the Valleys of Fournel and Freissinières or to benefit from shuttles, you must be registered to ICE festival, be assured at least with a daily license (sold on site), and observe safety precautions that will be distributed at the entrance,
-  reminders of safety rules:
# getting out of the Valleys before 4pm
# have a first aid kit, a headlamp
# test the radio with the controller guide at the entrance of the Valley (radio lend by the organization)
# attend the security briefing at 7pm each evening at the ICE Village

Please go below for registration, registration is individual.

Online registration form