Croix de Fer Couloir

Chamonix

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

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
1.8 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
868 m
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
39˚
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Description

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.

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

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

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