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Vallee Noire via Combe de la Vierge

Aiguille du Midi


Skyway Monte Bianco

Serious glaciers but great flowing skiing brings you from Italy in to the classic French Vallée Blanche.

Also in Haute-Savoie, France

Freeride Skiing Moderate

2.4 km
1 m
459 m
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
3.4 km
Vallee Noire via Combe de la Vierge Map

A serious run but one with fun, flowing skiing. From the Helbronner, take in the outstanding views before heading down the mellow slopes to the north, passing between the Aiguilles Marbées and Petit Flambeau. Once past the Petit Flambeau, turn left and ski the mellow slope, staying about 200 - 300 metres east of Petit Flambeau's north ridge, down to the large plateau which marks the meeting point with the classic Vallée Blanche route. (The mellow slope is usually least crevassed on the right hand side initially, and then on the left lower down).



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Glacier

Equipment required

  • Rope

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