Combe du Bras

Alpe d'Huez

A beautiful, sunny route away from the crowds, but be aware of the avalanche risk.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.2 km
Ascent
35 m
Descent
535 m
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
37˚
Combe du Bras Map

This is a beautiful, sunny off-piste run in a quiet corner of the ski area, at fairly low altitude. The skiing is fun and not too hard, but be aware that the area can be very avalanche prone and has been the scene of some huge avalanches in the past. Check avalanche forecasts and the snowpack very carefully before you commit to the descent, and escape back towards Villard Reculas from the summit of Le Bras if necessary. From the top of the Signal, follow the Souveraine piste until the ridge turns left away from the piste. Follow the ridge easily with some poling and gentle uphills to the radar station on the summit of Le Bras. From here ski directly down the broad SE ridge, heading straight for the village of Huez. Once past the avalanche control plantations on the right, turn rightwards down the fantastic, open south-facing slope, bearing left before the bottom to traverse back to meet the road just above the Televillage gondola station in Huez.

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

Features

  • Walk Required

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