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Canadian Couloir

La Plagne

Vanoise Massif

The easiest of the classics on the true north face.

Freeride Skiing Severe

1.1 km
0 m
539 m
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
3 km
Canadian Couloir Map

Another big north face classic, and the easiest line on the main face, but still a serious and committing proposition. A wild, steep face in a true big mountain environment, with all that goes with that. Start by traversing right off the Bellecôte black piste as soon as it branches off Le Rochu, to hit the ridge a little below the rocky outcrop. Turn the ridge and traverse rightwards into the top of wide couloir. This narrows and steepens (45°), before gradually widening and easing again. At the foot of the couloir bear right to join the exit route described for the Cairn Couloir.



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


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and April


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