FATMAP by Strava

Gondola's forest line

L’Essert – Abondance

Portes du Soleil

A tree line under the gondolas where trees are the main risk, especially with poor snow cover.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

838 m
1 m
245 m
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.4 km
Gondola's forest line Map

There are not many ways to access this area, the only one being the "L'essert" gondolas, from where you will have to follow the red slope "Retour Village". This slope is often closed due the lack of snow so in most of the cases you will be already off piste as soon as you go below the gondolas. Navigation could not be easier as you just follow the gondolas line to the trees. The line is at around 1300 meters so snow cover can be weak and the base thin as well. The line is on the east side so the area is often soft but avalanches won't be a problem here. The run finishes on the blue slope "Retour Village" that will bring you down to the bottom of the ski resort where you take the Gondolas again.



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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and February


  • Trees
  • Cliffs

Similar routes nearby