Col du Granier

Sainte Foy

Tarentaise

All of the joys of Sainte Foy condensed into a single run.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
19 m
Descent
563 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
32˚
Col du Granier Map

Wide-open alpine slopes up top into rolling terrain a few tress and marshmallow-looking pillows, giving way to steeper and tighter trees at the end before a quick rat-run down a path back to the road; Col du Granier is a pretty neat microcosm of the Sainte Foy experience.

Description

Accessed directly via a short traverse to the left from the top of the Marquise lift to the ridge to the east. Continue to traverse around the shoulder to reach the start of the run. The first pitch is wide and has some steep sections. As you reach the first trees, the route flattens out before diving down into the forest proper. Cross the small stream by way of a small concrete sluice and join the same path back La Masure (see Foglietta north face route).

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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