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North Face of Petite Balme

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Vanoise Massif

The North Face of the rock of Petite Balm

Freeride Skiing Moderate

3.3 km
8 m
753 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.9 km
North Face of Petite Balme Map

This is a popular freeride skiing route which is generally considered to be moderate. It's very remote, it features medium exposure (e2) and is typically done between December and April. From a low point of 2.1 km to the maximum altitude of 2.9 km, the route covers 3.3 km, 8 vertical metres of ascent and 753 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 2.2 and Labande grade 3.


The North Face of the rock of Petite Balme gives rise to a narrow passage and rather rocky to lead on a beautiful slope joining Val Claret



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

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


  • Cliffs
  • Couloir

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