Col du Prémou

Albertville

Espace Killy

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Vanoise Massif

Ski this huge descent which starts from the col splitting the two Tarentaise giants - the Grande Motte and the Grande Casse.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
5.1 km
Ascent
252 m
Descent
1.2 km
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
3.5 km
Gradient
46˚
Col du Prémou Map

A hidden gem of a route - not too technically difficult in terms of a ski descent compared to the other routes on the south side of the Grande Motte and Casse but the crux is in the approach which can become lethal in the wrong conditions as you traverse over and below some extremely exposed terrain.

Description

The approach to Col de Prémou involves glacier travel so should not be taken lightly or without the necessary equipment and remember, once you’re at the col, there’s no going back so make sure you’re also of a good technical ability to complete the descent. A short sidestep up from the top of the Grande Motte station followed by a traverse is the quickest way to reach a col that offers access through the top of the cliff band via a short yet steep couloir.

Following the couloir, a skier’s left hand traverse needs to be made once you pass below the cliff band on your left hand side - keep traversing across this crevassed glacier until you reach a steep and often rocky couloir. The couloir ski the couloir to reach the col where you will see this fantastic south facing route drop below you.

A long descent of consistent steepness awaits you from top to bottom in beautiful surroundings. You’re also not limited to dropping into just one section of this wide col, choose where you drop in based on conditions and your ski ability.

Ski all the way down to the valley floor to then pop your skins on and follow the return route back up the valley from Refuge de la Leisse.

Difficulty

Severe

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

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June

Features

  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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