Pays Desert

Espace Killy

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Tignes and Val d'Isère

A classic easy off-piste at a mellow gradient

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.6 km
Ascent
10 m
Descent
567 m
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
50˚
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Description

The Pays Desert is a super classic off-piste descent with relatively little difficulty. In late season it almost becomes a piste! The route finding is difficult in bad visibility and due to the gradient (or lack thereof), it it not recommended in deep snow. Traverse South from the Montet lift towards a wide bowl with large rocks. Keep heading south, keeping your altitude to avoid the large rock band. Ski down towards the Reculaz stream and cross it to join the slopes skiers left of the stream and continue down to join the Pays Desert lift.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Glacier

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Crampons

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