Rocher de la Loze - couloir Nord

3 Valleys

Meribel

What you see is what you get - a classic couloir!

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
1.3 km
Ascent
238 m
Descent
237 m
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
38˚
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Rocher de la Loze - couloir Nord Map

Description

A Courchevel must-do for the couloir connaisseur - this is clearly visible as you come to the top of the Dou des Lanches chairlift (accessed from Meribel by the Love Express chair). North-facing & relatively enclosed, there is often cold snow to be found in here though it does also hold windslab so check with the pisteurs at the top of Chenus if in doubt about conditions.

There are some lower entry points but the route shown is the classic line from the little col at the very top of the couloir.

From the Col de la Loze walk or skin up the right hand ridge towards the top of the Rocher de la Loze - with good snow and a bit of cunning it is possible to skin the whole way, though often it is easier to boot-pack (and there is normally a good track in place a few days after any snowfall). At the first fore-summit the top of the couloir is obvious, heading down and slightly left.

50m down at a sharp ridge/shoulder there is an alternative line down the skier’s right couloir, but this has a narrow step at the bottom which needs a good filling of snow or a fairly big jump to clear

With a good run-out and a high traverse you can link back to the Boulevard de la Loze piste with minimal side-stepping, or alternatively ski the fall-line and work a bit harder on the cross-country track to head back Courchevel side.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Couloir
  • Walk Required

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