Cirque de Catogne

Chamonix

Balme

Balme (Le Tour)

A wide open face offering good skiing far from the crowds.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.5 km
Ascent
90 m
Descent
524 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
39˚
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Description

Hike from the Tête de Balme to L'Arolette summit. Traverse high round to the W facing slopes. Ski the face into the Jeurs bowl before returning to the lift through the woods. This is beautiful open skiing high up, into fantastic spaced tree skiing lower down. The whole area is well known for avalanches which have caught out experienced freeriders.

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

January, February, March, April, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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