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Hermine's expedition

L’Essert – Abondance

Portes du Soleil

A long skiing expedition to do in case of good snow condition as the back part might suffered of lack of snow.

Ski Touring Extreme

4.4 km
266 m
805 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
976 m
High Point
1.7 km
Hermine's expedition Map

From "La combe" ski lift we will go to climb into the gully in front of us, this requited some time as the gully is quiet steep, skins will be appreciated. Avalanches risk are well present here so weather checked is really important. Hiking might take about 30-40 minutes until the top, line is optional as many possibilities are available into this part of the mountain. We will be more or less below 1600 meters as the first part is quiet flat, remember face is taking a lot of sun what make unstable. In case of weak base and big dump of snow this can make it unstable as well. Our line will guided by the patch of forest, then we will seeking to arrived alongside the road bringing us back to the bottom of "L'Essert" gondola, this will required some good pushing and some skins use if speed lost. River will be alongside the road so make sure to cross the road as soon as you can to void any further issues. Biggest hazard will be the fact we are passing close many properties what mean fences will be present all along these houses, make sure you trued to stay away from the properties as fences are not easy to be seen. "L'essert" gondolas will be here,where you can get access to the ski resort, half day needed for this tour.



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 February


  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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