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E.N.S.A. Couloir



Steep and serious terrain reached easily from the Brevent cable car, in a nutshell what Chamonix steep skiing is about.

Freeride Skiing Severe

2.8 km
14 m
1.4 km
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
2.5 km
E.N.S.A. Couloir Map

A super classic. After leaving the piste off the Brevent summit locate the obvious brêche at the start of the couloir. There is a small steep step just before entrance. Once through the initial steep section, sometimes requiring a abseil/rappel (35m), ski the superb couloir which offers a great introduction to Chamonix steep skiing. As you descend the couloir the angle kicks back and it widens offering great freeride terrain after a spicy start. Ski to the valley floor before following the walkers trail back to the Planpraz telecabin. Be aware of avalanche risk in the couloir and all the way down the route. The sunny aspect means you need to choose your timing wisely.



Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between December and April


  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Rope

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