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L'essert north face

L’Essert – Abondance

Portes du Soleil

A really steep line where only a totally autonomous skier is able to go.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

1.4 km
16 m
656 m
Low Point
1 km
High Point
1.7 km
L'essert north face Map

This is an easily accessible line as it is only 5 minutes walk from "Grand Fremoux" ski lift on the right. The line is really steep at the entrance, above 50 degrees and really isolated into the forest where snow cover can be thin happen due to the low altitude around 1650 meters. The line is a north facing, keeping the snow, however a good weather window is needed as line is very isolated into the trees. Avalanche risk is pretty high due to the steepness and even more in case of heavy snowfall. Rain can make it frozen as well. Any mistake brings you into the trees. It is easier lower down where steepness is less. The line finishes on the off piste line "Back side line" which leads back to the village and "L'essert" gondola.



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

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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