Montgenèvre to the Suffet Hut

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Montgenevre

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Bardonecchia

Via Lattea

A hybrid day with 2 busy resorts at the beginning and the middle, sandwiched with some very remote and beautiful terrain

Also in Hautes-Alpes, FranceSavoie, France

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
46 km
Ascent
3.1 km
Descent
3.2 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
2.8 km
Gradient
25˚
Montgenèvre to the Suffet Hut Map

There are a myriad of choices of how to link from Montgenèvre through the Vanoise, ending up in a week or so near Courmayeur. The weather will dictate your route, as will your desire to avoid resorts, visit extra summits, avoid or take advantage of odd sections by road. Our route intended to go further NE via Bonneval, avoiding the busiest lift areas altogether, but the weather had other ideas, forcing us to backtrack to the routes, as written here, for the next few days.

Description

Leaving Montgenèvre early gives a silent skin up the deserted pistes. If you wanted to split this day, by staying in Bardonnechia, you could have a much easier couple of days by leaving later, using the ski lifts first thing. You leave the lifts at the Col de l’Alpet at 2442m, heading for the Col des Trois Frères Mineurs at 2586m. It is an easy ski down the Val de l’Opon to the deserted summer hamlet of les Acles, followed by the wooded climb to the Ancien Poste des Acles at 2228m. Slightly complicated undulating terrain the far side takes you into the Bardonnechia lift system, where you follow the pistes all the way in to the town.

Shoulder your skis and walk up the long Rochemolles valley, skinning once high enough. You pass near to the Scarfiotti Hut in a deserted bowl, before more steeply up to the Col d'Étache at 2799m. It is a great ski the far side, down the valley of the same name, with a steep NE facing section at about 2350m, then easier valley and track to the unguarded Suffet Hut at 1700m.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

March, April

Features

  • Alpine
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins