1000 metres of steep spring couloir skiing
Discover some of the most epic freeriding that the French Alps has to offer in this guidebook.
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!
1000 metres of steep spring couloir skiing
A fantastic, long and adventurous rope-accessed couloir that leads into the remote Leisse Valley.
A local’s favourite, which sees few descents per season.
A short off piste run on glaciated terrain.
Ski the stunning couloir and face that brings you straight back into Val Claret
Spectacular steep couloir skiing right off the piste.
Easy access off piste run on a large north facing slope often with fantastic cold snow
One of the most spectacular descents in the region
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!
A true classic; P4 should be on the to-do list for all experienced ski mountaineers in the area.
The classic, very popular Val d'Isere off-piste. Quickly tracked!
A spectacular couloir which is reserved for expert skiers only.
Wide open skiing with a few fun variations.
A short hike gives access to two steep and fantastic couloirs and then fun yet committing skiing far from the piste awaits.
Short, steep, easy-access tree lines
A super variant to Spatule.
A gentle valley with spectacular views
The Langue du Glacier is a small off-piste escape from the galley of La Grande Motte
Great tree skiing - good for bad visibility/weather days
A long traverse leads to steep and wild skiing above Tignes Le Lac
The slope of Lavachat is a large and beautiful slope relatively pronounced located above the district of Lavachet.
A long adventurous journey; a Val d'Isère MEGA Classic!
Probably the best known off piste run in Val. Great skiing with a few variations for the brave.
A possible powder stash long after a storm
A long and varied run often on good snow.
Enjoyable, beautiful skiing but check the snow conditions before setting out
A long complex descent on moderate terrain; a great adventure.
Beautiful couloir skiing from the summit of the Bellevarde
A fantastic journey for those willing to put in a bit of effort.
Steep couloir skiing on a northerly aspect offering a great challenge and usually some great snow.
Steep narrow couloirs that are easily accessed and offer fun yet serious skiing.
A classic easy off-piste at a mellow gradient
The Grand Vallon is one of the most famous off-piste of Val D'isere
An easily-accessed bowl to lap straight after snowfall.
A good off-piste link from Tignes to Val d'Isere although the snow suffers due to the sunny aspect of the slope.
A steeper alternative to the classic Banana line
The North Face of Borsat is a small wall, very wide and little steep
An extremely challenging descent where a fall is completely out of the question for almost the entirety of the route
A good introduction to off-piste skiing at high altitude
La Familiale, as its name suggests, is a very easy off-piste itinerary
The North Face of the rock of Petite Balm
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 !!!
A popular, easy to access classic couloir - you'll need to get up early to get first tracks here.
An even longer variant of a Tignes classic itinerary
Nice off piste run, a great introduction to powder skiing.
A wide open face - the perfect gradient for freeriding
More technical variant of Grand Vallon
Easy access off piste run on a large north facing slope often offering fantastic cold snow.
Good skiing with easy access, close to the pistes
The central line down slightly steeper terrain than the classic "Pays Desert".
Great skiing in an easily accessed bowl.
Rewarding skiing for those prepared to hike a little
The Val mega classic avoiding the gorge
Ultra-classic, steep, serious skiing through the Charvet North Face
Steep skiing and great snow hiding in plain sight
A short fun slope great mid morning once the snow has softened.
A fun bowl with easy access from the lifts making it a good area to session.
A long ski descent away from the lifts with a lot of space for exploration.
A spectacular ski descent on moderate terrain in a wild setting.
A modern classic straight from the lift through beautiful terrain
The best descent down the north face of the Pramecou, but only for the experienced.
Hidden gem- tough to get right, stunning when you do
Fun skiing on some great and varied slopes.
A hike along the ridge leads to some adventurous skiing down some steep couloirs.
A beautiful first step into the backcountry
Steep, technical tree skiing
A spectacular couloir reserved for expert skiers only.
This alternative line to the Lavancher couloir provides some steep tree skiing but can be dangerous.
A fun shortcut above Tignes Les Boisses
An amazing couloir reserved for expert skiers only.
Excellent and relatively straight forward couloir skiing with only a short hike