Olympic

3 Valleys

Meribel

Vanoise Massif

Often loaded with snow up there and not skied that much

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
1.3 km
Ascent
1 m
Descent
473 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
43˚
Olympic Map

Head to the top of the Olympic chair lift and head right at the top. All the way along this ridge there are possibilities to ski. Along the ridge bear off almost straight away where you will access a bowl. You are essentially going to be skiing underneath the chair lift that you have just come up. You are visible so make sure you do the line some justice. Its good to check the line out on the way up the chairlift ride. There are tricky parts of the descent where you find small funnels and the odd terrain trap. The arcos bushes are prevalent all the way along this ridge line depending on the amount of snow and time of year. Eventually the run links back onto the Face black run as it flattens and you can access the lift again and go up and do it again!

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

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