Pointe Alphonse Favre North-West Couloir

Brévent/Flégère

Chamonix

La Poya

A steep and exciting couloir which packs a lot of adventure into a short line.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
8.9 km
Ascent
690 m
Descent
1.8 km
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.8 km
Gradient
48˚
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Description

This is a serious line, with some avalanche danger, some steep turns and a tricky rocky step to negotiate. If conditions and abilities align, it makes for a superb mountain adventure. Follow the Glacier Mort ski tour to the summit of the Pointe Alphonse Favre. Ski due north off the summit for 20 metres and the entrance to this line is on your left, at a small col. Drop over the col into a short 40 degree bowl and ski down this, initially on skier's right and then coming back left until you are perched above a narrow and slightly intimidating couloir. Ski into the couloir and follow it (you won't get lost!) to a rock step halfway down. Downclimb/sideslip/abseil (a 30 metre rope is required if you abseil) this and then enjoy the final section of couloir before the route opens up into a fun slope and takes you into the Bérard valley. Follow the classic Crochues Bérard tour down to Le Buet.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Couloir
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins

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