Point du Van Couloir

Chamonix

A wild, steep and serious descent for experts only.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

Distance
1.7 km
Ascent
4 m
Descent
896 m
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
49˚
Point du Van Couloir Map

The Van couloirs are all steep, serious and avalanche prone - skiing them requires a great deal of experience. 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 this offers an incredible descent with sections of 50 degree skiing. Hike from the Tête de Balme chairlift to L'Arolette summit. Traverse high round to the col before side stepping up onto the west face of the Pointe du Van. Contour round to the N face and enter the couloir from the shoulder. The initial wide slopes narrow through a short technical rock band. Ski the remainder of the couloir which is tight, narrow and serious. The slopes open in the bottom allowing fast flowing freeride! Traverse back to Trient via the Ski du Fond track.

Difficulty

Extreme

Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

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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