Guidebook

Fantastic Freeriding Around Tignes and Val d'Isère

Discover some of the most epic freeriding that the French Alps has to offer in this guidebook.

Description

After tricky and strenuous climbs set to challenge even the most confident freeriders, thread your way down the mountains, taking in the views, and feeling the thrill of your accomplishments. There are many epic mountain moments to be had in Tignes and Val d'Isère. The sheer amount of freeriding options in this snow-rich spot in the French Alps will keep any good mountaineer out exploring for a whole season.

A couple of our top choice adventures in this guidebook are: Jambe du Chien, a locals’ favourite which will take you along rocky ridges, down steep descents and away from the crowds. The Grande Motte, South Face Intégrale adventure is a detailed guide to help the most experienced freeriders navigate this stunning, but at times potentially treacherous route. Warning: not for the faint-hearted!

Couloir 3500

Couloir 3500

Tignes and Val d'Isère
869 m
52 °
S
228 m
4.6 km
1000 metres of steep spring couloir skiing
Severe
Private
Couloir des Nettes
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Couloir des Nettes

Tignes and Val d'Isère
754 m
43 °
15 m
1.7 km
A fantastic, long and adventurous rope-accessed couloir that leads into the remote Leisse Valley.
Severe
Private
Jambe du Chien
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Jambe du Chien

Tignes and Val d'Isère
273 m
43 °
3 m
0.4 km
A local’s favourite, which sees few descents per season.
Severe
Private
Grande Motte North Face
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Grande Motte North Face

Tignes and Val d'Isère
504 m
46 °
N
9 m
1.5 km
A short off piste run on glaciated terrain.
Severe
Private
North Couloir of the Grande Balme.
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North Couloir of the Grande Balme.

Tignes and Val d'Isère
306 m
45 °
181 m
1.1 km
Ski the stunning couloir and face that brings you straight back into Val Claret
Severe
Private
Tufs Classic
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Tufs Classic

Tignes and Val d'Isère
303 m
34 °
W
0 m
0.8 km
Spectacular steep couloir skiing right off the piste.
Difficult
Private
Grand Vallon 2
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Grand Vallon 2

Tignes and Val d'Isère
630 m
35 °
N
0 m
1.8 km
Easy access off piste run on a large north facing slope often with fantastic cold snow
Difficult
Private
Pramecou North Face
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Pramecou North Face

Tignes and Val d'Isère
279 m
45 °
N
183 m
1.5 km
One of the most spectacular descents in the region
Severe
Private
Café Liégeois
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Café Liégeois

Tignes and Val d'Isère
409 m
42 °
177 m
1.3 km
A fantastic line accessible by a short bootpack from the top of the Grattalu chairlift. The little effort required to hike to this couloir luckily keeps the masses away!
Difficult
Private
Grand Balme Couloir P4
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Grand Balme Couloir P4

Tignes and Val d'Isère
478 m
50 °
126 m
1.2 km
A true classic; P4 should be on the to-do list for all experienced ski mountaineers in the area.
Extreme
Private
La Banane
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La Banane

Tignes and Val d'Isère
694 m
42 °
SE
1 m
1.6 km
The classic, very popular Val d'Isere off-piste. Quickly tracked!
Difficult
Private
Grand Balme Couloir P2
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Grand Balme Couloir P2

Tignes and Val d'Isère
354 m
40 °
E
1 m
0.8 km
A spectacular couloir reserved for expert skiers only.
Severe
Private
Laisinant
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Laisinant

Tignes and Val d'Isère
552 m
37 °
NW
2 m
1.2 km
Wide open skiing with a few fun variations.
Difficult
Private
Mickeys Ears
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Mickeys Ears

Tignes and Val d'Isère
633 m
45 °
NE
57 m
2.0 km
A short hike gives access to two steep and fantastic couloirs and then fun yet committing skiing far from the piste awaits.
Severe
Private
Fornet Forest Gullies
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Fornet Forest Gullies

Tignes and Val d'Isère
172 m
38 °
NW
0 m
0.5 km
Short, steep, easy-access tree lines
Difficult
Private
Super Spatule
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Super Spatule

Tignes and Val d'Isère
544 m
42 °
N
0 m
1.2 km
A super variant to Spatule.
Difficult
Private
Glattier
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Glattier

Tignes and Val d'Isère
385 m
38 °
E
0 m
1.0 km
A gentle valley with spectacular views
Difficult
Private
Glacier language

Glacier language

Tignes and Val d'Isère
929 m
45 °
7 m
4.1 km
The Langue du Glacier is a small off-piste escape from the galley of La Grande Motte
Easy
Private
Fornet Trees
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Fornet Trees

Tignes and Val d'Isère
397 m
37 °
N
11 m
1.3 km
Great tree skiing - good for bad visibility/weather days
Difficult
Private
Lavachet Wall
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Lavachet Wall

Tignes and Val d'Isère
452 m
39 °
NW
4 m
1.5 km
A long traverse leads to steep and wild skiing above Tignes Le Lac
Severe
Private
The slope of Lavachet

The slope of Lavachet

Tignes and Val d'Isère
632 m
39 °
13 m
2.3 km
The slope of Lavachat is a large and beautiful slope relatively pronounced located above the district of Lavachet.
Difficult
Private
Col Pers Classic
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Col Pers Classic

Espace Killy
1,220 m
37 °
S
70 m
7.6 km
A long adventurous journey; a Val d'Isère MEGA Classic!
Difficult
Private
Tour de Charvet
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Tour de Charvet

Tignes and Val d'Isère
541 m
39 °
NE
31 m
2.4 km
Probably the best known off piste run in Val. Great skiing with a few variations for the brave.
Difficult
Private
L'Ouillette North West face
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L'Ouillette North West face

Tignes and Val d'Isère
336 m
37 °
NW
174 m
1.5 km
A possible powder stash long after a storm
Difficult
Private
Spatule
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Spatule

Tignes and Val d'Isère
476 m
40 °
N
0 m
1.4 km
A long and varied run often on good snow.
Difficult
Private
Marmottes
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Marmottes

Tignes and Val d'Isère
655 m
42 °
W
0 m
1.9 km
Enjoyable, beautiful skiing but check the snow conditions before setting out
Severe
Private
Petit Balme Couloir
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Petit Balme Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
598 m
41 °
N
32 m
2.3 km
A long complex descent on moderate terrain; a great adventure.
Difficult
Private
Table
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Table

Tignes and Val d'Isère
590 m
43 °
NE
103 m
1.6 km
Beautiful couloir skiing from the summit of the Bellevarde
Severe
Private
Point Pers North Face
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Point Pers North Face

Espace Killy
426 m
36 °
N
113 m
2.0 km
A fantastic journey for those willing to put in a bit of effort.
Severe
Private
Microwave
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Microwave

Tignes and Val d'Isère
399 m
45 °
NE
58 m
1.8 km
Steep couloir skiing on a northerly aspect offering a great challenge and usually some great snow.
Severe
Private
Tufs fingers
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Tufs fingers

Tignes and Val d'Isère
382 m
47 °
W
17 m
1.2 km
Steep narrow couloirs that are easily accessed and offer fun yet serious skiing.
Severe
Private
Pays Desert
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Pays Desert

Espace Killy
567 m
50 °
SW
10 m
2.6 km
A classic easy off-piste at a mellow gradient
Difficult
Private
Grand Vallon extended

Grand Vallon extended

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1,032 m
44 °
11 m
3.4 km
The Grand Vallon is one of the most famous off-piste of Val D'isere
Moderate
Private
Pyramides Bowl
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Pyramides Bowl

Tignes and Val d'Isère
370 m
36 °
NW
0 m
1.2 km
An easily-accessed bowl to lap straight after snowfall.
Difficult
Private
Familiale
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Familiale

Tignes and Val d'Isère
442 m
34 °
E
14 m
1.9 km
A good off-piste link from Tignes to Val d'Isere although the snow suffers due to the sunny aspect of the slope.
Moderate
Private
Banana Couloir
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Banana Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
691 m
43 °
E
2 m
1.6 km
A steeper alternative to the classic Banana line
Severe
Private
North Face of Borsat extened

North Face of Borsat extened

Tignes and Val d'Isère
724 m
37 °
46 m
3.6 km
The North Face of Borsat is a small wall, very wide and little steep
Easy
Private
Grande Motte, South Face Intégrale
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Grande Motte, South Face Intégrale

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1,230 m
47 °
264 m
3.1 km
An extremely challenging descent where a fall is completely out of the question for almost the entirety of the route
Extreme
Private
Cascade
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Cascade

Espace Killy
545 m
38 °
W
1 m
2.1 km
A good introduction to off-piste skiing at high altitude
Difficult
Private
La Familiale

La Familiale

Tignes and Val d'Isère
904 m
35 °
4 m
3.7 km
La Familiale, as its name suggests, is a very easy off-piste itinerary
Easy
Private
North Face of Petite Balme

North Face of Petite Balme

Tignes and Val d'Isère
753 m
50 °
8 m
3.3 km
The North Face of the rock of Petite Balm
Moderate
Private
Combe de Constantin to le Boisses

Combe de Constantin to le Boisses

Tignes and Val d'Isère
734 m
47 °
17 m
3.1 km
The combe of Constantine is located right next to that of the glattier, between the Tignes Lake and Tignes 1800. Its access is very simple and it has no particular difficulty. Be careful though the stability of the snowpack !!!
Moderate
Private
Lavancher Couloir
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Lavancher Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
453 m
43 °
N
0 m
1.0 km
A popular, easy to access classic couloir - you'll need to get up early to get first tracks here.
Difficult
Private
Vallon de la Sache (Sachette Variant)
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Vallon de la Sache (Sachette Variant)

Tignes and Val d'Isère
647 m
43 °
N
21 m
3.3 km
An even longer variant of a Tignes classic itinerary
Difficult
Private
Combe de Constantin - Return by Shuttle

Combe de Constantin - Return by Shuttle

Tignes and Val d'Isère
613 m
43 °
16 m
2.1 km
http://freeskilly.canalblog.com/pages/combe-de-constantin---retour-en-navette/33460824.html
Moderate
Private
Tignes Wall
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Tignes Wall

Tignes and Val d'Isère
419 m
39 °
N
0 m
1.2 km
Nice off piste run, a great introduction to powder skiing.
Easy
Private
Borsat North Face
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Borsat North Face

Tignes and Val d'Isère
281 m
37 °
N
38 m
0.9 km
A wide open face - the perfect gradient for freeriding
Difficult
Private
Tete du Grand Plan
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Tete du Grand Plan

Tignes and Val d'Isère
385 m
39 °
N
3 m
0.9 km
More technical variant of Grand Vallon
Difficult
Private
Grand Vallon
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Grand Vallon

Tignes and Val d'Isère
600 m
33 °
N
0 m
1.9 km
Easy access off piste run on a large north facing slope often offering fantastic cold snow.
Difficult
Private
Super S
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Super S

Tignes and Val d'Isère
426 m
38 °
W
2 m
0.9 km
Good skiing with easy access, close to the pistes
Difficult
Private
3300 Bowl
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3300 Bowl

Espace Killy
455 m
32 °
SW
19 m
1.6 km
The central line down slightly steeper terrain than the classic "Pays Desert".
Difficult
Private
La Sache
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La Sache

Tignes and Val d'Isère
437 m
38 °
N
11 m
1.6 km
Great skiing in an easily accessed bowl.
Difficult
Private
Borsat West Face
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Borsat West Face

Tignes and Val d'Isère
309 m
43 °
N
100 m
1.1 km
Rewarding skiing for those prepared to hike a little
Severe
Private
Col Pers, avoiding Gorge
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Col Pers, avoiding Gorge

Tignes and Val d'Isère
748 m
34 °
S
11 m
3.1 km
The Val mega classic avoiding the gorge
Difficult
Private
Pisteurs Couloir
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Pisteurs Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
471 m
44 °
N
142 m
1.8 km
Ultra-classic, steep, serious skiing through the Charvet North Face
Severe
Private
The Fridge
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The Fridge

Tignes and Val d'Isère
284 m
43 °
E
110 m
1.7 km
Steep skiing and great snow hiding in plain sight
Severe
Private
Sunshine Bowl

Sunshine Bowl

Tignes and Val d'Isère
361 m
31 °
SW
0 m
1.2 km
A short fun slope great mid morning once the snow has softened.
Moderate
Private
L'Aiguille Percée Bowl

L'Aiguille Percée Bowl

Tignes and Val d'Isère
311 m
31 °
9 m
1.8 km
A fun bowl with easy access from the lifts making it a good area to session.
Easy
Private
Grand Vallon Variant
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Grand Vallon Variant

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1,004 m
37 °
N
33 m
5.4 km
A long ski descent away from the lifts with a lot of space for exploration.
Difficult
Private
Tour de Pramecou
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Tour de Pramecou

Tignes and Val d'Isère
640 m
39 °
N
56 m
2.9 km
A spectacular ski descent on moderate terrain in a wild setting.
Difficult
Private
Cugnai Classic
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Cugnai Classic

Tignes and Val d'Isère
956 m
36 °
W
12 m
4.3 km
A modern classic straight from the lift through beautiful terrain
Difficult
Private
Pramecou (Rope In)
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Pramecou (Rope In)

Tignes and Val d'Isère
303 m
46 °
18 m
1.0 km
The best descent down the north face of the Pramecou, but only for the experienced.
Severe
Private
Couloir Lorenzo
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Couloir Lorenzo

Tignes and Val d'Isère
547 m
44 °
N
11 m
1.1 km
Hidden gem- tough to get right, stunning when you do
Severe
Private
Marmottes Variant
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Marmottes Variant

Tignes and Val d'Isère
612 m
44 °
W
22 m
2.2 km
Fun skiing on some great and varied slopes.
Severe
Private
Antenna
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Antenna

Tignes and Val d'Isère
687 m
49 °
367 m
1.9 km
A hike along the ridge leads to some adventurous skiing down some steep couloirs.
Severe
Private
Tour du Charvet classic route
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Tour du Charvet classic route

Tignes and Val d'Isère
580 m
37 °
S
5 m
2.0 km
A beautiful first step into the backcountry
Difficult
Private
Brevieres Trees
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Brevieres Trees

Tignes and Val d'Isère
198 m
35 °
NE
0 m
0.4 km
Steep, technical tree skiing
Difficult
Private
Grande Balme Couloir P1
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Grande Balme Couloir P1

Tignes and Val d'Isère
603 m
51 °
E
49 m
2.6 km
A spectacular couloir reserved for expert skiers only.
Severe
Private
Danaides
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Danaides

Tignes and Val d'Isère
641 m
40 °
N
0 m
1.5 km
This alternative line to the Lavancher couloir provides some steep tree skiing but can be dangerous.
Severe
Private
Boisses Couloir
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Boisses Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
169 m
53 °
NE
8 m
0.6 km
A fun shortcut above Tignes Les Boisses
Difficult
Private
Grand Balme Couloir P3
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Grand Balme Couloir P3

Tignes and Val d'Isère
340 m
54 °
E
0 m
0.7 km
A spectacular couloir reserved for expert skiers only.
Severe
Private
Chardonnet Couloir
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Chardonnet Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
398 m
41 °
SE
47 m
1.4 km
Excellent and relatively straight forward couloir skiing with only a short hike
Severe
Private