Grand Balme Couloir P3

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Vanoise Massif

An amazing couloir reserved for expert skiers only.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
727 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
340 m
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
46˚
Grand Balme Couloir P3 Map

From the top of the cable car follow the Descente black piste or the Grande Motte North Face to the bottom of the Rosolin drag lift. Now continue in the same direction, heading away from the lift and traverse under the Dome de Pramecou. This could be a bootpack or more easily skinned. Once below the Dome de Pramecou ski down tending right in a beautiful North facing bowl which brings you to the bottom of a large amphitheater. Traverse left to the top of the third Couloir. Ski the steep couloir finishing on the piste.

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Glacier
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons

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