Tour du Charvet classic route

Espace Killy

Tignes and Val d'Isère

A beautiful first step into the backcountry

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2 km
Ascent
5 m
Descent
580 m
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
37˚
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Description

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.

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

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