Aiguille Grive North Couloir

Les Arcs

Vanoise Massif

A steep rarely skied line from the top of the Aiguille Grive

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
856 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
434 m
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
45˚
Aiguille Grive North Couloir Map

A steep and serious line from the summit of the Aiguille Grive. The line is rarely skied but offers some good steep and tight couloir skiing when in condition. Take some time to admire the view from the summit. Thanks to its northerly aspect and enclosed nature the snow stays cold and fresh for a while. From the top of the Transarc, Arcabulles or Plagnettes lifts, hike the ridge to the summit of the Aiguille Grive. Beware! The entrance is often corniced. Drop into the couloir which is steep from the start and even more so where it narrows around 150m in from the start. The couloir itself ends in a rock band so make sure you exit skiers right to the second couloir and then down the wide opens slopes to the Renard pistes.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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

  • Walk Required

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