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Lightning strike & Ripple ridge

Long tour on the Ripple ridge and down the Bowl

Ski Touring Difficult

14 km
1.3 km
1.3 km
6-7 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.3 km
Lightning strike & Ripple ridge Map

Ripple ridge is long to reach, with bootpack to reach summit and all along ridgeline. Incredible view and challenging route with climbing skills required. Once up on the ridge, a rope and crampons would have been usefull, so bring them with you if you have some. Both downhill descente where excellent, with good terrain and snow. Start this tour early, as it took us around 9h with the route finding on the way down the ridge and the comeback from the bowl to the parking lot. Alternative way back is down the valley, following the highway, so you save the hike back up on the ridge.



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

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


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Cliffs
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins