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Corne's back side expedition

L’Essert – Abondance

Portes du Soleil

A full ski tour around bringing to some long skins walk and into a really steep line.

Ski Touring Extreme

5.2 km
21 m
986 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
969 m
High Point
1.9 km
Corne's back side expedition Map

This is a ski tour who will required a full day depends of your speed, but the blue slope "Retour Village" will be the best to save some time. Into the lower section turn on the right to follow a small road. Our aim is to take as much speed to void some extra skins work, we will be alongside a road further bringing us to the end of a valley. Area is quiet as only few houses are there, as soon as the road is finished we will follow up the little river what will bring into a long way up, basically we are going to skins up into a gully. Different options of lines are available, remember the summit will be steep what make avalanche risk really high, and even dangerous as this area is wild. Face is well exposed to the sun and this will need so good weather check as the snow can be wet quickly, there is different options of lines, from steep skiing or some more gentle skiing. Once the steep part passed few trees will be on the way where the river will be guiding alongside the road bringing us back to the bottom of the "L'essert" gondola. Weather windows must be good and autonomous skills highly required. Way done might need as well some good pushing or skins back so take a full day for this trip.



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.


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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