FATMAP by Strava

Col du Saint-Esprit 2

Les Arcs

Vanoise Massif

Tough boot pack, but a good steep run back down.

Ski Touring Severe

2 km
64 m
719 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
3.1 km
Col du Saint-Esprit 2 Map

At the top of the Grand Col chair lift traverse lookers right under the mountain in front of you, called Aiguille de St.Espirit until you reach a large open gully on this face. This is the hike up. In hard snow conditions you may need crampons. Climb this gully sticking to the left hand side and climb all the way to the top.


You then have a stunning, long and steep run back down the way you came up. It stays in the shade in the mornings, so try and get there as early as possible.

Touring gear isn't really needed for this one, but it will be a long boot pack back to the pistes.



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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and March

Equipment required

  • Skins

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area