Bellachat

Chamonix

One of the best descents off Brévent, with cold conditions needed.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
4.3 km
Ascent
43 m
Descent
1.2 km
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
48˚
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Description

From the summit of Brévent, duck under the ropes and head immediately left (south) as for the ENSA couloir. Ski past the entrance to ENSA and traverse along the back of the ridge. Ski and sidestep your way westwards along the whole length of this ridgeline until arriving at a prominent flat area above the refuge. Pick a line down past the refuge, skiing down beautiful and open 35 degree slopes that are south-east facing. Trending slightly skier's left, ski down through the trees (gets a bit tight and involves some 'combat' skiing) until reaching the Balcon Sud trail. Follow this back to the bottom of the Plan Praz gondola.

Difficulty

Difficult

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

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

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.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, December

Features

  • Trees

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