Old Isolée

Serre Chevalier

If there’s fresh snow and no wind this line and those around it offer long powder runs with no hiking.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
863 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
342 m
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
38˚
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Old Isolée Map

Description

This north facing line more or less follows the track of the old Isolée piste. Head here when there’s been fresh snow with no wind. The area is vast so you can vary your line each time and get fresh tracks for hours. Follow the start of the Isolée black run to the left at the top of the Eychauda button lift. Towards the end of the ridge drop into the north face – the whole face is skiable at this stage. Further down, cross over a track used for piste grooming machine sight seeing tours, then look for the slope to get significantly steeper. If you’re on the right line you will be able to see all the way down it. There will be multiple baby trees on it unless the snowpack is super deep. Take care in this sector as the infamous Rocher de l’Enfer, a giant cliff, lurks. Rejoin the piste on the Rocher de l’Enfer black run below.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Cliffs

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