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"Y" Couloir

A narrower alternative to The Backside Couloir

Freeride Skiing Difficult

3 km
378 m
398 m
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.9 km
"Y" Couloir Map

This is a popular freeride skiing route which is generally considered to be difficult. It's extremely remote, it features medium exposure (e2) and is typically done between January and March. From a low point of 2.5 km to the maximum altitude of 2.9 km, the route covers 3 km, 378 vertical metres of ascent and 398 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 4.1 and Labande grade 5. You'll need skins to complete it safely.


Expert skiers should try this couloir instead of the backside couloir It's significantly rockier and narrower than Backside Couloir. A ton of fun if you manage to hike all the way back here!



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.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between January and March


  • Couloir
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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