9-12January 2020


ICE Ecrins Festival Already the 29th edition. The time flies…

Flyer Ice 2019

What’s new?
* an Open Competition for everyone (only for guys who knows the difference between an ice axe and a fork) and a French Cup, qualification outside, final inside! Beautiful gifts and bonuses brought into play ...
* specific Partners Worshops with brand-new materials and free tests, a famous athlete or mountain guide,
* three evenings and three themes: mysteries of travelling (Wednesday 16th), excellence in mountaineering (Thursday 17th), the spirit of rope vs. soloing (Friday 18th)!

And at the heart of the festival:
- ephemeral climbing, its ice icefallf for all (initiation and improvement) with Petzl, Camp, Millet, Blue Ice, Triple Zéro, Béal, Scarpa;
- safety workshops in EACH WORKSHOP, with FFCAM, Anena, CRS, PGHM and Ortovox to behave safely in the mountain;
- but also ski touring with the ESF of Puy Saint Vincent;
- free skiing with Salomon, La Sportiva;
- and a snowshoe workshop to discover our landscapes.

The exhibition located at the ICE Village offers, with our partners, novelties and free tests of equipment (no loans or locations, only test in the frame of partners’ workshops).

For equipment loan, please book with our local and partners shops, Espace Montagne, King’s, Chaud Sport and Approach who offer -30% discount on presentation of the ICE badge!

And also...
- free massages (with the kine group),
- the banquet (with a bard),
- the literary coffee,
- tombolas, with many gifts,
- lively debates, surprise guests,
- and the final fireworks and amazing party!

So ready?

Contact :


How does it work? Registration ONLINE starts the 1st of December & stops the 12 of January!
35 euros 1st day, 60 euros for 2 days & 80 for 3 days

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


In all workshops, the focus is on training of prevention mountain’s risks.

For the ice and ski workshops improvement, a very good level is required - black slope for the ski & a regular practice of ice climbing these last two years. Warning you must come with your gear, most of our partners propose tests (no rental).

Departures (7:30 am) and returns (between 2 & 4 pm) are from/to the ICE village, Place du Quartz at L’Argentière la Bessée.


ICE PETZL workshop 1 - beginner - on discovery and anchorage
ICE PETZL workshop 2 – improvement – become autonomous (for mixed group)
ICE PETZL workshop 3 – improvement – become autonomous only for girls (sorry guys!)

The after-sales service team will be there to show you and teach you how to maintain your ice equipment. The opportunity also to learn how to sharpen your spits, crampons and ice axes.

More informations :

WORKSHOP 4 : FREE-SKI improvement with SALOMON

The topics covered: implication in mountain, objectivity of the observations and balance of the experiments with 2 champions Antony Lamiche and Timy Theaux. Level black track on one leg required for skiing!

Come & test the Salomon 2018 Series skis - the QST skis mounted with the latest Shift fixtures- the MTN range; or the XAlps. You will have the opportunity to discuss the subject of mountain safety. Do you go out of the tracks? Do you know how to make the right decisions? Ask yourself the right questions to get your level of involvement up.

More information:


For beginners in ski touring (not beginners in ski, a good level is required/ red track), themes proposed: analysis of landscape, how to make its tracks and its turns, also where should I go down, which side to choose, and once at the top - what attitude should be adopted?

TRANGO CUBE, NEPAL CUBE, BATURA, OLYMPOS, brand and boots of your dreams, come and test them during the three days of the ICE 2019. LA SPORTIVA will also come with its ski park :-)

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A workshop for girls & for a mixed group, only Friday and Saturday.
During these two days, guided by Julia Virat, and Stéphanie Maureau, ice climbing world champion in 2010, both ladies are mountain guides, you will be initiated safely.
CAMP proposes a workshop to get autonomy with Didier Angelloz.

In test there will be ice crampons Blade Runner and ice axe X Dream. Learn ice climbing technics to become a leader.

Links toward gear:
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WORKSHOP 8: ICE autonomy with BEAL

With BEAL, revisit the anchoring techniques, relay, recalls, falling factors and shock force with Guillaume Christian.
Every day, from Friday to Sunday from 7:30 to 14h, appointment at ICE Village!

To find out more:


WORKSHOP 9 - ski touring improvement
WORKSHOP 10 - ice climbing improvement
How lucky you are! You will have fun with SCARPA’S athletes and guides - Paul Bonhomme, Mathis Dumas & Didier Angelloz ... What else? Warning, for skiing and ice climbing, a very good level is required.

For skiing, you’ll test: Maestrale RS, skis F1, Alien RS.
For ice climbing, you’ll test: Phantom Tech, & Mont Blanc.

Learn more there :


How to prepare for ice climbing? Go on a frozen trip with 2 athletes of the French ice climbing Team: Aurélien Vessière and Pierrick Fine.

On the program: precision, perfection, ice axe and pinning. It will also be an opportunity to test the backpacks (Trilogy 25, Neo 30, STEP PRO 27, LD STEEP PRO 20, and NEO 30 ARS air bag), jackets (K Pro GTX Jacket, K Belay, K Synth ’X) and MILLET (Grepon 4s GTX) shoes and make some critical and constructive feedback.

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Do you want to know more about nivology and group behavior in an urgent decision situation?
ANENA (National Association, for the Study of Snow and Avalanches) will be on the ground in ski touring with Tom Minaudo, to give you the latest information concerning the snow, avalanches, with a snow cup, discussions around the safety gear, the notions of decision-making to evolve safely on ascent and descent.

ANENA will have its stand open at the end of the day to present its latest publications on snow and avalanches, and exchange.

For more information:

WORKSHOP 13: SKI TOURING with ESF at Puy Saint Vincent

The domain of Puy Saint Vincent as you’ve never seen it before... All that you need to know about cross-country skiing, you can test it with your guide!
From 8h to 15h, every day, slip on your skins!

Stephane Troussier, the mountain guide will teach you security equipment: DVA/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, LA SPORTIVA & SALOMON!

For more information:


This year, Black Diamond is coming with its athletes, and is aimed at those who want to improve themselves, beginners abstain(...) Workshops Friday and Saturday.

Workshop 14 – Ice climbing improvement (for good climbers)
Ice climbing Workshop with Black Diamond Mountain Guide Jon Bracey and BD Athlete Klemen Premerl. You will test the new Ultralight ice screws and the new Reactor ice tool from Black Diamond.
Workshop 15 - Ski touring versus free-riding (improvement)
Black Diamond lends only the skis, bring ALL the rest (shoes, poles, DVA / Excavator / Probe). Your guide, the ski champion Giulia Monego! Depending on the conditions we go freeriding or backcountry skiing : but we will have mainly FUN!
Workshop 16 - Free-ski & safety (improvement)
Skiing and Snow safety workshop with Mountain Guide Romain Luxemburg and Snow Safety Expert Raphael Lagrange. You will learn about safety tactics & methods in mountains, and test new products in the field! Material to Bring: skis

You will test:
- for the ice climbing Workshops - Crampons, Ice Axes, Harness Helmets
- for the backcountry skiing : Skies, Skins, Poles, Apparel, Beacon, probes, Shovels, Jet Force Airbags
- for the snow safety part : beacon, probes, Shovels, Jet Force Airbags

Learn more:

WORKSHOP 17: Snowshoe cross-country trekking in wonderful landscape

The idea? Enjoy a beautiful route by going to the head of Oréac near the ski resort Puy St Vincent. From there a 360 ° panoramic view and on the National Ecrins Park.
Do you want to learn autonomy in the mountains and where to do the tracks? This day is for you, we will discuss along this route the basics of nivology, use the safety equipment and discuss how to realize the best tracks !

How it works ? Register, good mood, walking clothes and shoes, DVA / shovel / probe, and picnic! If you do not have rackets and sticks we will lend you some.

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WORKSHOP 18: ICE CLIMBING with the Guides of Ecrins

Do you want more ice in your glass? Ok, then follow the guide - move your body into space, lower your heels to anchor your crampons. And explore the pannel of possibilities with the Ecrins guides! Easy ? We talk about it during the aperitif during the ICE evening…

Learn more:


And last but no least… ski touring, free-skiing and ice climbing workshops with the ICE and FFCAM guides. A good way to discover and progress .....

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

Indeed, safety is at the heart of this festival with PGHM and CRS, men & women who practice every day this area.

A magic & unique world...

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The most frozen event on the planet!!!
3 days of workshop, entertainment, training by mountain guides, equipment test, shuttle bus for 80 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 (50 in Ice 2018) 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, Ortovox, Blue Ice, Expé Marseille, Aproach, Salomon, l’ESF de Puy Saint Vincent, etc...
You can test cramps, helmet, ice pick, shoes … within the limit of available stocks. Be shure that you are autonomous with the gear, you can only test it there, no loan. Call also our partners’ shops (have a look at the Practical info part). Also, be careful : DVA, shovel and probe are obligatory !

Concept 3 : The first EU Cup of speed on an icefall !

Best climbers of the world will have to be the faster! Arms vibrate, cramps screech, and ice picks are sparks for timeless show ! This new form of competition will be tested at the Champagny (dificulty) and ICE (speed) for the 2022 Olympic Games!

Cracked voice, break away!

Concept 4 : A lot of entertainments !!!

The first movies Festival followed of round tables, with famous guests, Flamenco show with 6 musicians & dancers, an highline of 140 meters, jumpline athletes, concerts, DJs and work fire!!!
But also a literary café, with Ecrins library : Last news reading… Free massages in the yurt by kiné professional.

So, ready?

Contact :

Practical infos

Online registrations start the 1st of December 2018 and stop the 12 of January 2019

Only online registrations
1. Introduce yourself at the welcome desk, in the gymnasium, we will give you your pass & a surprise
2. Each evening at 6:30pm, display of the workshops and the groups in the ICE Salon for the next day, presence of the guides

Hiring equipment and DVA:

- the best way for ice climbing or skiing is to be autonomous, you can also book equipment with local partners shops (see below)
- Equipment hire will be in the exhibition (gymnasium) only in the frame of partners workshops
- Security equipment: DVA/spade/probe are obligatory for the valleys, these kits can be hired with local partners shops (see below)


- 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 15h, 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 shops

King’s Sport
La Casse, 05290 Vallouise
Tél : 04 92 23 31 20

Approach by Alpimat
Rue des Couteliers, 05100 Briançon
Tél : 04 92 20 59 55

Chaud Sport Puy-Saint-Vincent
Station 1600, 05290 Puy-Saint-Vincent
Tél : 04 92 23 51 55

Le Kiosque, Place Auguste Giraud
05120 L’Argentière-la-Bessée
Tél : 04 92 23 03 47

List of hosts

Gite Alpin du Fournel
Flat for 4 people at l’Argentière la Bessée
Portable: 06 37 21 79 33

Clot Saint Joseph
Maison d’hôtes à Pelvoux
2 gîtes pour 6 et 10 personnes
5 chambres d’hôtes
Portable : +33 (0)6 61 63 39 37
Site :

Gîte Refuge Le Pas du Loup
05120 St Martin de Queyrières
Portable : +33 (0)611 41 52 73 / +33 (0)6 08 40 03 62
E-mail :
Site :

La Bâtie des Vigneaux
Meublé 4/6 places
Damien Genevois
Portable : +33 (0)6 38 35 58 64
Site :

Vallée de Vallouise
Locations chez Jerry Gore
Portable : +33 (0)6 89 19 75 63
E-mail :
Site :

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 :

Centrale de réservation SAEM Les Ecrins
at Puy Saint Vincent
Véronique FERRERO
Tél :
E-mail :
Site :

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

Gite d’étape l’Aiglière
Jérôme & Amélie
Route de l’Auchette 05290 Vallouise-Pelvoux
Téléphone : 04-92-23-72-64
Port : 06-83-14-12-35
Mail :

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

Chalet Couleurs d’en Haut
Pierre-Emmanuel ROBIN
Les Hodourenqs
05310 Freissinières
Portable: +33 7 82 98 54 59

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

Les Chalets de Vallouise
Chemin des Chambonnettes
05290 Vallouise
Téléphone : 04 92 23 30 26

Chalet "Au Fil de l’Onde"
Catherine TURPIN
Les Ribes
05290 Vallouise
Téléphone: 00/33(0) 492 200 365
Portable: 00/33(0) 609 492 420

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
Nicolas CHAUD
Le Sarret F- 05340 PELVOUX
Téléphones: 04 92 23 49 51

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 :


Registrations on line start the 1st of December 2018
Registrations on line stop the 13th of January 2019

Equipment for searching for avalanche victims, spale, and probe for workshops are required. Shuttle and valley access control.

For the ice and ski workshops IMPROVEMENT, a very good level is required - black slope for the ski & a regular practice of ice climbing these last two years.


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

At 6:30pm, display of the groups & workshops in the ICE Salon for the next day, presence of the guides partners’ workshops - FFCAM, Petzl, Camp, Béal, La Sportiva, Salomon, Black Diamond, Scarpa, Blue Ice, ESF

- to go in the Valleys of Fournel and Freissinières & to benefit from shuttles & radios, you must be registered to ICE festival at the Independant ice climbers + be assured at least with a daily license (sold on site) + 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 6:30pm each evening at the ICE Village

Please go below for registration, registration is individual.

Online registration form



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WEDNESDAY 16 January

  • 20h OFF Festival of mountain movies , at the Cinema L’Eau Vive of l’Argentière la Bessée with Letters to Olga, from KAMTCHATKA , directed by Michel Zalio. Debate Myths and legends of the trip with Michel Zalio, Yvan Estienne, and Alberto Re.

THURSDAY 17th January

  • 17h Welcoming participants, Exhibition & ICE Village open, Place du Quartz at Argentière la Bessée
  • 18h SECURITY Briefing (obligatory for participants)
  • 18:30 Workshops & groups board display of workshops, with the mountain guides at the ICE Village
  • 19h30 Animations, Books dedications, Concerts at the ICE Village
  • 20h Exhibition closure followed by evening meal
  • 21h Opening evening with ICE movies NUPTSE, directed by Bertrand Delapierre, PANDRA, directed by Yannick Boissenot, PIRRIT HILLS, directed by Jean-Pierre Tauvron, and followed by a debate on What is mountaineering excellence? with the presence of 2018 representatives at the "golden ice axes"
  • 22h Closure and shuttle buses to Pelvoux and Freissinières

FRIDAY 18th January

  • 7/8h Welcoming participant, check DVA at the entrance of the shuttles & departure for the Ice, Dry, Free-ride, Snowshoe and Ski Trek workshops
  • 16h Return shuttles to ICE Village
  • 18h SECURITY briefing (mandatory for participants), ice conditions, equipment returns, hot drinks
  • 18:30 Workshops & groups board display of workshops, with the mountain guides at the ICE Village
  • 19h30 TOMBOLA, prize draw of our partners Petzl, La Sportiva, Salomon, Millet, Camp, Black Diamond, Approach, Scarpa, Béal, Approach, Vieux Campeur, the local shops King’s & Espace Montagne (crampons, ropes, ice axes, DVA, bags ...)
  • 20h Exhibition closure followed by evening meal
  • 21h HOT DEBATE EVENING with movies LOVE BY ALL, the story of Apa Sherpa, directed by Malcom Sangster & Eric Crosland, MOUNTAIN of STORM directed by Lito Tejada Flores, followed by a debate on the theme The spirit of being together vs. soloing climbing
  • 22h Swing atmosphere with DJ Lafouche at the ICE Village
  • 23h Closure and shuttle buses to Pelvoux and Freissinières

SATURDAY 19th January

  • 7/8h Welcoming participant, check DVA at the entrance of the shuttles & departure for the workshops
  • 9/15h Ice climbing International Open out-door qualifications (still secret place ...)
  • 16h Return shuttles to ICE Village (infos ice conditions, equipment returns, hot drinks)
  • 17h30 TOMBOLA, draw of NIGHTS in French SHELTER, offered by the French Federation of Mountaineering (FFCAM)
  • 18h SECURITY briefing (mandatory for participants), infos ice conditions, equipment returns, hot drinks
  • 18h30 Ice climbing International Open final inside, at the ICE Village
  • 19h30 Workshops & groups board display of workshops, with the mountain guides at the ICE Village
  • 19h45 Award Ceremony of the International Competition at the ICE Village followed by a giant FIREWORKS at the ICE Village
  • 20h Exhibition closure followed by evening meal
  • 21h30 Radio Tutti feat Barilla Sisters SHOW, followed by a SPECIAL DJ evening with la P’te fumée & Sagagnass Sound System
  • 23h/1h Shuttle buses to Pelvoux and Freissinières

SUNDAY 20th January

  • 7/8h Welcoming participant, check DVA at the entrance of the shuttles & departure for the workshops
  • 14h Return shuttles to ICE Village
  • 16h Exhibition closure, end of ICE 2018...

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ICE 2019’s conclusion


ICE 2018’s conclusion


ICE 2017’s conclusion