La Balme Cabin Couloirs

Serre Chevalier

Short and sometimes technical lines splitting the rocks on La Balme’s north face.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
673 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
271 m
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
39˚
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Description

Depending on the snowpack, this line, or more correctly lines, can vary somewhat. You’ll need to check it out from below or on the chairlift ride up as there are a few cliffs that it would probably be a mistake to jump off. These chutes are not as steep as they look from afar and are not long but they can still get the blood pumping. As the name suggests, the entrance is opposite the cabin. To get to the cabin, start at the top of the Vallons or Cucumelle chairlifts, walking south along the ridge for a few minutes at which point you’ll be able to put your skis back on and take as much speed as possible along the same ridge. Once you can’t get any further on your skis, hike the rest on foot as far as the small cabin at the top. Helpfully the ridge nearly always has a nicely groomed cat track in it as it is used by the ski patrol to get from one valley to the next quickly and for avalanche control. This makes the going easier.

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

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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