Guidebook

The Best of the Best: Chamonix's Top 10 Freeride Routes

The ultimate ticklist in the ultimate ski destination, this is the what the skiing Mecca of Chamonix is all about.

Description

There is nowhere more legendary in the ski world than Chamonix, and the hype is more than justified; this is a valley which contains the greatest concentration of high quality and easily accessible ski terrain on Earth. The sheer volume of world-class ski routes is such that the trickiest part of planning a trip to Chamonix is figuring out exactly which lines to aim for if you only have a week or so available. This guidebook provides you with an answer by attempting to name the 10 best freeride routes in the valley. We say "attempt" because any list like this, particularly in a town as legendary Chamonix, is likely to provoke heated debate!

The lines described here are not super steep or technical by local standards but in order to ski them all you'll need solid all-round ski mountaineering skills, and a bit of luck with the conditions. If, having worked through them, you want to understand what the Chamonix elite get up to in the mountains, check out this guide to the valley's very hardest lines -

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Vallee Blanche
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Vallee Blanche

Chamonix
2,197 m
31 °
181 m
15.1 km
Perhaps the most famous ski descent in the world? Technically moderate but very serious skiing in an absolutely breathtaking setting.
Moderate
Private
Cosmiques Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Cosmiques Couloir

Chamonix
1,647 m
50 °
253 m
6.4 km
This is a classic extreme skiing line, not only in Chamonix, but across the Alps. 900 meters of sustained and serious terrain between 40-50 degrees; enough to get anyones heart pumping.
Extreme
Private
Pre Du Rocher Right
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pre Du Rocher Right

Chamonix
1,288 m
36 °
15 m
4.6 km
Wild, serious skiing away from the pisted areas in the trees which is often good when visibility is low.
Severe
Private
E.N.S.A Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

E.N.S.A Couloir

Chamonix
1,404 m
47 °
14 m
2.8 km
Steep and serious terrain reached easily from the Brevent cable car, in a nutshell what Chamonix steep skiing is about.
Severe
Private
Canadian Bowl
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Canadian Bowl

Chamonix
760 m
41 °
N
1 m
2.2 km
A classic Grands Montets line; open, varied, great skiing
Difficult
Private
Hotel face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hotel face

Chamonix
482 m
42 °
31 m
1.6 km
“THE" classic freeride face at Brévent which offers numerous different routes of varying difficulty.
Severe
Private
Couloir de la Jeureumaz
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Couloir de la Jeureumaz

Chamonix
688 m
40 °
NW
4 m
1.7 km
A steep couloir through the forest, narrow in places
Severe
Private
Posettes Couloirs
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Posettes Couloirs

Chamonix
893 m
41 °
12 m
3.1 km
Long consistent, but serious couloirs offer amazing skiing.
Severe
Private
Jeurs bowls
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Jeurs bowls

Chamonix
625 m
32 °
N
14 m
2.7 km
This run offers great off piste skiing in relatively gentle undulating terrain.
Difficult
Private
Col du Balme to Trient
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col du Balme to Trient

Chamonix
874 m
47 °
NE
14 m
3.6 km
A real treat with easy access, varied terrain and descent options.
Difficult
Private