Petit Balme Couloir

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

A long complex descent on moderate terrain; a great adventure.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
32 m
Descent
598 m
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
38˚
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Description

From the Double-M piste take a right and head into a wide horizontal bowl. Just after the bowl you arrive at a small col which opens to the west, cross the col and walk north for 50 meters to where you find a narrow couloir next to a rocky point on your left.To reach the couloir keep walking north and stay on the left side as dropping right leads to a dead end. After traversing above a large bowl you will find the start of the couloir. A steep descent follows with a few large boulders scattered along the descent. Continue downward until you meet the Bollin piste.

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

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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