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Grand Vallon Variant

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Charbonnel Group

A long ski descent away from the lifts with a lot of space for exploration.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

5.4 km
33 m
1 km
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.9 km
Grand Vallon Variant Map

This is a popular freeride skiing route which is generally considered to be difficult. It's very remote, it features medium exposure (e2) and is typically done between December and April. From a low point of 1.9 km to the maximum altitude of 2.9 km, the route covers 5.4 km, 33 vertical metres of ascent and 1004 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 3.2 and Labande grade 4.


Traverse hard right off the Signal cable car towards the Point du Grand Vallon and get behind the crest as soon as possible to access the north facing slopes before descending to the valley bottom and finally skiing back to Le Fornet.



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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between December and April


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