Danaides

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

This alternative line to the Lavancher couloir provides some steep tree skiing but can be dangerous.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
1.5 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
641 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
40˚
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Description

Some would say this route is up there with other Val classics and it definitely provides some some good steeper tree skiing, but in the wrong conditions it can be dangerous and route finding is a bit more involved than the neighboring Lavancher couloir. Start from the left as for Lavancher couloir - being careful at the start skiers right of the avalanche barriers. When you get to the flatter section, turn a short cliff on either on the left (preferable and safer) or on the right where you need to have excellent control to avoid finishing down the steep cliffs on the right. You can ski in the larch trees further skiers right or down the gully to the left, but a couple of hundred metres down the gully you will need to head back right to avoid a small rock face below. There are some ever-green trees that you should stay above. Find your way down to a wide path and head down to the valley and the bus stop.

Difficulty

Severe

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Cliffs

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