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Crêtes des Lauzières

Serre Chevalier

A tree lined ridge, gentle at first then with a long steep pitch. Perfect for those bad weather days.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

2.6 km
6 m
701 m
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.2 km
Crêtes des Lauzières Map

In bad weather or maybe just because you love trees the Crêtes des Lauzières is the place to head in Monêtier. It’s a top quality tree run, fairly gentle and relaxed at the start then transitioning into a steep pitch that just seems to go on and on. The aim here is to really try and stay in the centre of the ridgeline. Go too far right and you end up on an open face that is extremely avalanche prone. Avalanches here often slide right to the slippery slate-like rock the snow is sitting on. Go too far left and the mistake is more obvious – cliffs, although in big snow years there are a couple of sneaky lines to be had here. In terms of route finding, there is a slight bit of side stepping or walking near the start but essentially you can follow signs for the snow-shoeing itinerary. After that, the main difficulty is to traverse the narrow ridge from the first, gentler part of the run to the second, steeper part. It often involves a bit of side slipping and with steep slopes on either side it can be a little intimidating. Take it nice and slowly and you’ll be rewarded by hundreds of metres of tree skiing perfection if you’ve picked it on a day when the conditions are right. As you near the bottom, you can choose almost any line and all will eventually bring you out near the pistes at the bottom of Monêtier. If you get lucky, as well as having a great ride you might see some of the resident roe deer or the odd fox going about their business in this forest a long way from the hustle and bustle of the pisted runs.



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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between December and March


  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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