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Tour du Charvet classic route

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Vanoise Massif

A beautiful first step into the backcountry

Freeride Skiing Difficult

2 km
5 m
580 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.7 km
Tour du Charvet classic route Map

Continue straight into the huge bowl directly in front of you on exiting the Grand Pré chair. The gentle descent is a succession of rolling bowls dropping to the valley floor. The slopes to skier's left are generally a little steeper - less experienced skiers can bear right for the gentlest slopes. The slope does face due south however, so timing is key. On a powder day, the earlier the better, in spring snow mid-morning is the best time, once the sun has softened the surface slightly. Too late in either case and the risk of avalanche and/or going through the spring snow top layer increases exponentially. Once at the valley floor, follow the stream on either bank. Don't dilly-dally here as an avalanche on the steep slopes above the gorge through which you must travel would be catastrophic.


Eventually you join a track on the stream's left bank taking you back to the bottom of the Manchet chair.



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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and April

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