Tour de Don's crossing

Portes du Soleil

A classic Barbossine line in this part of the mountain where good skills are needed.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
1.5 km
Ascent
119 m
Descent
351 m
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
37˚
Tour de Don's crossing Map

From the top of the Barbossine chairlift follow the red slope "Col de Croix". A really easy way to access to this line (instead of going down the same slope) is to continue straight into the arête, then down it to the col. The walk will take around 30 minutes and there is no distinct start of the line but staying close to the trees makes the line a little be safer. The entrance is steep and there is avalanche risk there. The line faces south-west so exposure to the sun increases the avalanche danger. The area is sometimes preemptively bombed by ski patrol to prevent any huge avalanches but still keep an eye into the forecast, as big snowfall will make this area really unstable. There can also a poor base layer in a bad season. Once you're lower into the face the angle kicks back, from the second trees section onwards. The red slope "L’Epervier" is where the line ends, giving you access back to the Barbossine chairlift or the Petit chatel chairlift.

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

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