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Croix de Fer Couloir


Steep, very serious and sustained skiing leads you to the village of Trient.

Freeride Skiing Severe

1.8 km
0 m
868 m
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2.2 km
Croix de Fer Couloir Map

These couloirs are serious and only for experienced skiers. This line frequently avalanches in its entirety so, as well as making sure you don't set it off, you'll need to know that it hasn't already gone as otherwise you'll be skiing a lot of unpleasant debris at the bottom. In the right conditions however, it offers excellent skiing. Hike from the Tête de Balme chairlift to L'Arolette summit. Traverse high round under the Croix de Fer to the col. Descend into this steep and exciting couloir and follow it all the way to the valley floor. A wild and adventurous line.



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.


4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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