Pointe de Chésery: South Face

Avoriaz

Portes du Soleil

Great short day hike and ride for intermediate backcountry skiers.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
1.4 km
Ascent
2 m
Descent
440 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
31˚
Pointe de Chésery: South Face Map

Take the Rochassons chairlift from Plaine Dranse, or the Chaux Fleurie chairlift from Les Lindarets, to reach the northwest ridge of the Chésery. Climb up the ridge to reach the summit at 2,251m (320m vertical climb). From the summit you can enjoy a fantastic descent down the south face. Continue to bear to the skier's right in a southwest direction until you reach the plateau above the Roc des Barmettes. At this point you will join a natural ramp that gradually narrows and steepens, and eventually brings you on to the blue piste leading from Les Brochaux to Lindarets. There are often many tracks leading down the ramp from skiers riding the off-piste to this point from Mossettes.

Description

You can scope this line and make a good assessment of the conditions on the face from the top of the Brochaux chairlift. There are often full depth avalanches and large glide cracks at the foot of the south face so be sure that you have chosen the correct time of day and are aware of any obstacles to negotiate once you are at the very bottom section.

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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