Montagne de Sulens

Annecy

A Local classic best done after fresh snow and cool temperatures.

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
9.1 km
Ascent
1 km
Descent
1 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.8 km
Gradient
38˚
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Description

A unique stand alone mountain and the perfect ski summit, popular amongst locals. The panoramas of the Aravis and further afield are superb. There are plenty of options for skiing down and reascending on different aspects if you want a longer day. It is possible to keep the angle below 30 degrees for the most part if there is uncertainty about conditions.

The tour starts at Plan des Berthats where the road to Col de Plan Bois is ploughed to a point where there is usually ample parking. From here ascend through easy angled terrain to the Col de Plan Bois (alternative parking) and a café! Follow the track in a southerly direction until leaving the forest where there are some buildings above you, then zig zag up the track cutting corners if desired before traversing the hillside again to a large flatter area and some buildings. Ascend up the wide, easy angled slopes to the col.

From here, if time and legs allow, ascend the short distance up to the small peak to the south west. Ski west facing slopes until a track in the forest takes you to the ridge line where you can reascend to the small summit and the col below.

From here ascend to the main summit along the wide spectacular photogenic ridge line. The views of Mont Charvin and La Tournette are excellent and it's a great place to eye up future ski tours from a distance!

The skiing is fun on open slopes. The initial descent off the summit is easy angled slopes, then you reach a steeper section, after this it’s this all easier angled slopes until you reach Lecheron. From here ski to the edge of the forest and pick up a short track which leads you back to the main ascent track and back to Col de Plan Bois and the café. Some nice meadow skipping takes you back to the car.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, December

Features

  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins

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