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Banana Couloir

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Vanoise Massif

A steeper alternative to the classic Banana line

Freeride Skiing Severe

1.6 km
2 m
691 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.6 km
Banana Couloir Map

This is a popular freeride skiing route which is generally considered to be severe. It's remote, it features medium exposure (e2) and is typically done between February and March. From a low point of 1.9 km to the maximum altitude of 2.6 km, the route covers 1.6 km, 2 vertical metres of ascent and 691 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 3.2 and Labande grade 4.


For more interest and a steeper skiing than the classic Banana descent, head left towards the couloirs above the Joseray piste. The couloirs are quite steep and shouldn't be underestimated. You can continue to the valley or head left of the line shown back to the Loye chair.



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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between February and March


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