Les Hauts Forts: South Face Second Couloir

Morzine

Avoriaz

Portes du Soleil

This steep couloir is a slightly easier descent than its neighbour.

Also in Haute-Savoie, France

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
4.1 km
Ascent
41 m
Descent
1.3 km
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
48˚
Les Hauts Forts: South Face Second Couloir Map

Begin this tour at the bottom of the Vallee de la Manche, there is a regular bus from Morzine to the foot of the snow line. Follow the snow road up through Le Charny, past the Lac de Mines d'Or and continue heading for the Col de Cou. As you exit the forest at 1,506m turn left towards the chalets at Beau Bornon (1,514m). Climb the Lechere coomb and, at 1,720m turn to the north. Cross over a ridge at 1,900m to access the Fornet coomb and ascend the steep couloir that sits below the face and slightly to the right. As you climb you will pass by a cave, keep to the left of it, and then continue up onto the east ridge. Descend by the same route.

Description

This is a slightly easier ski than the left hand couloir, however the same cold conditions and good snow are needed here for freeriding, as the face is warmed constantly throughout the day. If you attempt this route, be sure to head out very early in the morning.

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February

Equipment required

  • Skins

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