The Magic Forest

Chamonix

Grands Montets

Les Grands Montets

A fun mini-adventure through the forest, with some steep drop-offs, this is particularly good in powder and windy bad vis days.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
759 m
Ascent
10 m
Descent
274 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
32˚
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Description

From the top of the Retour Pendant chairlift, ski down the Arolles piste then turn right onto the Chamois piste. After c.50 metres, drop off this left and ski through nicely spaced trees to a jeep track. There are numerous variations and options for routes, which all reach the same track. Turn left and traverse back to the foot of the Retour Pendant chairlift via some short sections of poling and side stepping. Don't be tempted to carry on downhill past the jeep track or you will end up in very tight trees and there are no more lifts to take back up! You can spend a whole day lapping this run on different lines if the mountain is stormbound above!

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

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Trees

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