Cascade

Charbonnel Group

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

A good introduction to off-piste skiing at high altitude

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.1 km
Ascent
1 m
Descent
545 m
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
38˚
Cascade Map

Enjoy off-piste skiing without straying too far from the lifts. Apart from a short section, the skiing is not very steep and so it is to be avoided in deep snow. The Westerly aspect and high altitude helps keep the snow good for a while after it's snowed. From the lift, descend and then traverse to the left. Continue traversing, aware of the cliff band. Turn right in to the fall line to pass through a break in the rock band. The slope is relatively steep but short lived (beware of avalanche risk in the steeper section). Continue down to rejoin the Pays Desert lift.

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, April, December

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Glacier

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Crampons

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