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Les Hauts Forts: North Face



Portes du Soleil

Bag a summit and enjoy an enormous off-piste face with a variety of lines in close proximity to the resort.

Also in Haute-Savoie, France

Freeride Skiing Severe

3 km
39 m
1 km
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2.3 km
Les Hauts Forts: North Face Map

Follow the itinerary for the Arare couloir, but once on the summit of the Hauts Forts descend via the western ridge that gradually tapers down towards the top of the Nant d'Ankerne (Encornette) couloir. Pass by the entrance of the couloir and ascend the steep slope to the west summit (2,359m). From this point you can ski as far along the ridge to the west as you like before dropping into the face and enjoying an excellent off-piste pitch with a multitude of lines all the way down to the forest. There are often many tracks in the lower half of the face that are easy to follow through the woods to reach the piste down to Prodains.



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.


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between December and March


  • Walk Required

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