Pavillon Descents to La Pallud

Chamonix

Skyway Monte Bianco

Great, varied but serious skiing offering steep to very steep options in a mostly forested area; this route is great in bad weather but not always in condition and often threatened by avalanches.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
2.9 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
1 km
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
44˚
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Description

Leaving the Pavillon station traverse around the right side of the building before skiing the small slope to the side of the avalanche barriers. At this point the route splits in three. The right is the most committing and steep, taking a large gully straight down the ridge and to the valley floor. The central option skis the ridge before tending left and then right to take a track through the woods and eventually down on to the valley floor before coming back to the mid station. The left line traverses hard left off the ridge across an open glade to an outcropping of trees. From here descend to the left slightly and find the entrance to a fun couloir and descend to the the valley floor and return, traversing to the right to La Palud.

Difficulty

Severe

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.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, December

Features

  • Trees

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