Col Pers, avoiding Gorge

Tignes and Val d'Isère

The Val mega classic avoiding the gorge

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
3.1 km
Ascent
11 m
Descent
748 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.8 km
Gradient
34˚
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Description

This long adventurous journey is a Val d'Isere classic but it should not be under estimated. The environment is serious and well away from the pistes and safety of the resort. You should be properly equipped. This route is an alternative to the classic line which doesn't take the Malpasset gorge. The line is less obvious and route finding is a little more complicated. It is easier to get to the Col Pers from the Montet lift but you can also get there from the Cascade Express. Traverse skiers left keeping as high as possible to reach the legendary Col Pers - your window to a world of fantastic off-piste skiing. From the col follow a line heading generally left to leave the main bowl and traverse over the shoulder in to a shelf which descends parallel to the gorge. It is also possible to head much further left over a small col to join the bowl that leads to the Grand Vallon variant.

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

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Crampons

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