Back Side of Fond Blanc Bowl

Les Arcs

Vanoise Massif

a fairly exposed and often untracked line

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
453 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
242 m
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
43˚
Back Side of  Fond Blanc Bowl Map

There are many lines in the Fond Blanc bowl, but this one is rarely done due to it not being obvious. There are also many lines to choose on this aspect and can get easily lost. Hike up on the left from the top of Arpette chairlift, this takes you to the Petit Fond Blanc and is the usual starting point to ski the North face toward the bowl. From here you need to hike up left to the highest point, there is a weather station at the top. The face you are going to ski looks down directly above the Snow Park. You want to strap in here, keep the Snow Park on your left and ski about 5 metres towards the bowl, there is a small wooden hut and this is where you turn left onto the face. Its very exposed and can be rocky when there low snow so be careful. Once you have navigated through the rocks you will find your self on a beautiful open face. Its a short run, but one that has everything including the wow factor when you look back up at your line.

Description

There are a few variations of this line, instead of turning left at the hut you can carry on, but its very hard to describe and is easy to loose your way.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

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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