Tete du Grand Plan

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

More technical variant of Grand Vallon

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
931 m
Ascent
3 m
Descent
385 m
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
39˚
Tete du Grand Plan Map

Instead of heading straight into the main Grand Vallon route, traverse to the left along the ridge before descending a short pitch to a well-defined saddle. Stay high and cross the saddle to access a treasure-trove of fun "mini-golf" terrain. A variety of short chutes and cliffs drop down to your right back into the main Grand Vallon bowl. The best approach is to tick one off and then scope the next on your traverse back to the Pyramides chair for the next lap. The further round you traverse, the more vertical you unlock, until eventually you reach the end of the ridge with slopes leading directly back to the bottom of the Pyramides chair. With all of these variants, be sure there aren't skiers skiing or traversing below you. If you trigger an avalanche on any of these steepish slopes and there is a group below you, you're likely to ruin their day!

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

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