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Rocher Gauthier (north Couloir)


A great line at the end of a stunning valley

Ski Touring Difficult

11 km
1.2 km
1.2 km
5-6 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.7 km
Rocher Gauthier (north Couloir) Map

This is a fabulous route in a peaceful valley.


From the parking at Plampinet head NNW on the GR 5/57; this is a ski de fond track that doesn’t follow the exact route and twist and turns, so follow it but cut corners where possible. At 1582m turn west on a track leading through the trees, follow this to the Torrent Creuzt. It briefly comes back on the ski de fond track, and then head south into that valley.

There are 2 choices as the valley steepens : stay in the valley floor and head up through a tight gully or cut left and gain height on a more open slope - there isn’t a lot of difference time wise. As you get into the higher part of the valley and out of the trees you will see the north couloir very clearly. Head up and follow it as it bends left. The couloir doesn’t lead to the summit; it is possible but involves descending the other side and climbing a different ridge.


Follow the couloir back down and at the bottom traverse into the valley bottom through the trees and the tight gully seen on the way up. Continue on easier angle terrain though trees back to the ski de fond track. Here you have a choice - cut back through the trees you came up (this route can be tight in places and tricky in poor snow) or stay on the ski de fond track. If you stay on the ski de fond track it goes in loop and you will have to skate or pole up small hill sections. Either way brings you back on the GR5/57 and back to Plampinet.

Note – this route goes over two maps with no overlap –3535OT and 3536 OT - but there's no such worries with our map!



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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Couloir
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins

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