Pointe de bellevue's line

Portes du Soleil

A long hiking line with a technical and steep entrance for experienced skiers only.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
2.3 km
Ascent
188 m
Descent
396 m
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
39˚
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Description

Take the blue piste of "Bellevue" on the French side. From the bottom of the peak 1 hours walking will be needed or about 40 minutes or less skinning, as the arete isn't too steep. Allow more time in deep snow. From the top of this line you go straight down the Swiss side again- the first part of the run is really steep. The entrance is the main issue, being so steep and potentially dangerous in the wrong snowpack. Not uncommonly the whole line slides in one go, so be very careful with your timing. As soon as the steep part is passed it flattens off and you need to keep some speed. There is however nice tree skiing towards the bottom, great after fresh snowfall. You are aiming for the bottom of the Ecotis or Culet lifts, so keep them in sight.

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, March

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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