An awesome couloir that takes you from France into Switzerland.

Statistics

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Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

Medium Exposure (E2)As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Description

It is fairly straightforward to access this couloir: Simply take the Chavenette chairlift from the Fornet bowl and once at the top take the short hike up to the right side that gives views down into the Vallée de la Manche.

There are often many people standing at the saddle preparing to ski down the itinerary into the valley below.

However, once here, you will continue to climb up to the left to reach the beginning of the couloir. The couloir is large and south facing and there is often a large cornice at the top, be careful not to stand on or close to the cornice as it could very easily break off.

To enter, you must come to the left of the cornice and pass underneath - move quickly.

Once inside enjoy a 300m descent into the wide valley which eventually leads you down to the Grand Paradis where you can return to Avoriaz via a couple of lifts. It is best to attempt this route in the morning only due to its south facing aspect.