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Aiguille Rouge - Le Grande Col

Les Arcs

Vanoise Massif

An incredible off-piste journey on the wild-side of the Aiguille Rouge

Freeride Skiing Difficult

6.1 km
129 m
1.7 km
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.9 km
Aiguille Rouge - Le Grande Col Map

A great journey through some wild off-piste terrain in a beautiful valley. This is a serious off-piste run for which you should be prepared, experienced, know the conditions and completely autonomous. The skiing is never too difficult but you are far from the safety of the resort. There is often significant avalanche risk here - know the conditions! Those with the skills and experience who are willing to hike the 20-30 mins to the Grand Col will be handsomely rewarded. The line follows the obvious line of the valley, always trending left. If you are tempted to stray skiers right for more turns, make sure you head left at the flat section to pick up the critical passage at around 2200m to which all the routes funnel to. If you miss this you will be stuck above cliffs with no way out. Pick up the forest path that heads down to Planay which crosses a number of avalanche couloirs. Re-join the resort via the blue piste.



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.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Walk Required

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