Calif

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand

Long and varied

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.1 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
958 m
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
49˚
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Start at the top of Col de Balme and follow the red piste to the far skier's right and keep traversing until under the cliffs. Follow the cliff line during the descent. The top section next to the piste is long and flowing in good conditions but quickly gets bumpy after a few days without snow. As you return to the blue piste that loops back to the chairlift, continue straight down. Here attention is needed as there are cliffs and drops. Unadvisable in foggy conditions or low visibility. When the cliff band stops moves to the right, continue on the fall line and aim for a natural gully. Arrive at the bottom section. Be aware of rocks under the surface of the snow. Return to the La Balme Telecabine.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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