FATMAP by Strava

Couloir du Lac

La Grave

Les Deux Alpes and La Grave

A good introduction to couloir skiing

Freeride Skiing Difficult

292 m
0 m
183 m
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.6 km
Couloir du Lac Map

This is a popular freeride skiing route which is generally considered to be difficult. It's remote, it features low exposure (e1) and is typically done between December and April. From a low point of 2.4 km to the maximum altitude of 2.6 km, the route covers 292 m, 0 vertical metres of ascent and 183 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 3.2 and Labande grade 3.


An enjoyable, short couloir which is a good introduction to this kind of skiing. The couloir is accessed from the traverse on the classic Vallons Chancel route - cross a small rock band to find the entrance. It is around 100m long. Watch for windslab on the approach.



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between December and April

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area