L'Ecuelle's expedition line

Portes du Soleil

A long and remote line with an isolated mountain feel.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
1.9 km
Ascent
36 m
Descent
642 m
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
45˚
L'Ecuelle's expedition line Map

Firstly ski down the old disused lift line of the Ecuelle chair. This is marked here as the end of the line of "Corne BackSide Junction". Next a hike is needed for about 40 minutes to 1 hour. The line itself is really steep at the entrance and needs some good steep skiing skills as this area is totally isolated in the mountains. There can be some rocks about if there is low snow cover or patches of grass. The line gets well protected from the sun but altitude is pretty low, so make sure there's enough snow before heading in. Avalanche risk is considerable into the highest section of the line but possibly more commonly is a lack of snow in the lower section. The line finishes on the "Back Side Line" which leads back to "L'Essert" gondola after a long way back. A half day is recommended for this line.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

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

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

February, March

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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