Guidebook

The 12 Best Ski Adventures in Belleville and Val Thorens

Big mountain freerides and ski tours in the longest and highest of the legendary 3 Valleys.

Description

A truly huge ski valley which is in turn linked into the World's largest ski area - there is genuinely a lifetime's worth of exploring to be done here, and these dozen lines will get you started on your journey.

There is a bit of everything in here and no matter what your freeride ski level, there should be a run for you. From fun and fast lines to steep, wild couloirs, anyone with the ability to ski off piste at a reasonable level will find something fun to go at in this guidebook. However, all of the routes here go into untamed and uncontrolled mountain terrain, so regardless of your ski level you'll need to be skilled and experienced at making decisions in avalanche terrain. If you're unsure about your ability to do this, hiring a guide might not be a bad idea.

The undoubted highlight in this guidebook is the "Gebroulaz Glacier - Mottaret" run - the ‘Vallée Blanche of the 3 Valleys' as FATMAP local expert Si Christy (https://www.offpisteskiing.com/) describes it. It's a wild run but not an overly technical one and one of the big "ticks" in any skier's career.

Once you've worked through these, ride a chairlift over the ridge into Méribel and get stuck into this lot!

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Béranger from Olympique
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Béranger from Olympique

3 Valleys
707 m
45 °
2 m
3.2 km
A great, mellow run through gentle rolling terrain far from the lifts.
Easy
Private
Bouchet North face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bouchet North face

3 Valleys
580 m
43 °
0 m
1.7 km
Cold snow (almost) guaranteed!
Difficult
Private
Lac du Lou from La Masse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lac du Lou from La Masse

3 Valleys
959 m
36 °
10 m
4.1 km
1000m vertical of off piste right off the lift...
Moderate
Private
Côte Brûlée
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Côte Brûlée

3 Valleys
476 m
39 °
1 m
1.5 km
An obvious and fun line near the lifts.
Moderate
Private
Aiguille de Péclet Face Ouest
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aiguille de Péclet Face Ouest

3 Valleys
1 - 2 hrs
3.6 km
429 m
814 m
59 °
A stunning line sitting right over Val Thorens.
Difficult
Private
Dou des Côtes
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dou des Côtes

3 Valleys
819 m
33 °
10 m
3.4 km
Mellow meadow skiing with an occasionally cheeky middle or exit...
Moderate
Private
St Pères couloirs
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

St Pères couloirs

3 Valleys
1 - 2 hrs
3.0 km
244 m
842 m
54 °
Stunning steep couloir(s) with a short access.
Extreme
Private
Mont Bréquin
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mont Bréquin

3 Valleys
5 - 6 hrs
12.4 km
787 m
2,063 m
44 °
Get away from the masses on the classic Lac du Lou run!
Difficult
Private
Gebroulaz glacier - Mottaret
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gebroulaz glacier - Mottaret

3 Valleys
4 - 5 hrs
15.6 km
413 m
1,826 m
27 °
The Val Thorens classic!
Difficult
Private
Tougnete face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tougnete face

3 Valleys
286 m
41 °
SE
22 m
1.2 km
With only a 5 minute walk you get a steep, challenging and little skied pitch.
Severe
Private
Col de la Fenêtre
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col de la Fenêtre

3 Valleys
3 - 4 hrs
10.2 km
465 m
1,700 m
38 °
A fine tour along the skyline between the Belleville and Encombre valleys.
Moderate
Private
Couloir Parent - Pointe du Borgne
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Couloir Parent - Pointe du Borgne

3 Valleys
1 - 2 hrs
2.5 km
474 m
295 m
55 °
An easy access steep line above Val Thorens.
Extreme
Private