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Aiguille du fruit - couloir NW

3 Valleys


Vanoise Massif

Very impressive line near Courchevel slopes, in a very alpine face

Ski Touring Severe

15 km
1.3 km
1.3 km
7-8 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.8 km
Aiguille du fruit - couloir NW Map

This is a popular ski touring route which is generally considered to be severe. It's remote, it features medium exposure (e2) and is typically done between December and May. From a low point of 1.8 km to the maximum altitude of 2.8 km, the route covers 15 km, 1283 vertical metres of ascent and 1284 vertical metres of descent. You'll need skins and crampons to complete it safely.


Long way on the slopes, but you will reach this very alpine summit. The couloir has two branches, the left one reaches the highest point. The entry is quite steep (45°) and narrow but then it gets better, except a rock in the middle which can be turned by the right.



Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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 December and May


  • Couloir
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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