Pointe de Chésery: Northwest Face

Avoriaz

Portes du Soleil

A great short day hike and ride for intermediate backcountry skiers.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.5 km
Ascent
360 m
Descent
402 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
44˚
Pointe de Chésery: Northwest Face Map

Take the Rochassons chairlift from Plaine Dranse, or the Chaux Fleurie chairlift from Lindarets, to reach the northwest ridge of the Chésery. Climb up the ridge to reach the summit at 2,251m (320m vertical climb). From here you can enjoy an awesome descent on the relatively steep northwest face. There are avalanche canons on this face so be sure to choose a day when conditions are right. If you stay high on the skier's left you can enjoy a variety of lines down the face, however this section is prone to wind slab, so make sure you are well aware of the conditions over the last few weeks. You can easily join back onto the slopes leading down into Plaine Dranse.

Description

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March

Features

  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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