Catex

Serre Chevalier

Often wind affected, this slope, while short, can provide perfect conditions on its day and takes some time to get tracked out.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
1 km
Ascent
18 m
Descent
381 m
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
41˚
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Description

The width of this slope is what makes it so enjoyable. You could spend a whole day going up and down it and never ski exactly the same line. Although it gets smashed by the wind, if it’s still then this slope can be magic. Getting to it requires a high traverse to the left of the steep section of the Col du Vent piste followed by a short hike (10 metres or so) up to the ridge above and the slope’s entry point. Once there, pick your line. It is mostly obvious from above where you can go but if in doubt, check the slope out from the Eychauda piste below first. There is the odd rock and ridge to break up the slope but route finding is pretty straightforward. Although not as classic as some of the lines in this area, Catex can be a good option once the nearby Neyzets and Montagnolle get tracked out. Or just if you’d like to try something different.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Walk Required

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