Guidebook

The Best of the Best : Freeride the Grands Montets

The 10 finest ski descents at perhaps the greatest off-piste ski hill in the World!

Description

Grands Montets is widely considered to be one of - if not the - best freeride ski area on the planet. There aren't many skiers out there who'd disagree that it at least deserves a spot on the podium!

The "GM" (as the Chamonix locals refer to it) has something for every freerider, but there's no question that it's best suited to advanced skiers; the terrain here is generally steep and uncompromising, which is just the way Chamoniards like it. There's every type of run available at GM, from tight trees lines through to huge, open bowls which are just begging to be skied at high speed.

We've listed 10 lines here but as you'll soon realise, these represent only a small glimpse into the possibilities at this most famous of ski areas. And that's before we even start discussing the Grands Montets cable car itself which - when it's been rebuilt after a fire destroyed it - will once again whisk skiers up to over 3200 metres, and yet another lifetime's worth of classic ski runs.

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

Lavancher

Chamonix
675 m
35 °
NW
0 m
1.9 km
A great alternative to the main bowl lines with fantastic skiing and reliable powder.
Difficult
Private
Rochers Rouge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rochers Rouge

Chamonix
510 m
35 °
NW
0 m
1.0 km
Lots of possible lines offering good variations to the main Lavancher bowl lines with many interesting bumps and rolls.
Difficult
Private
The Magic Forest
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Magic Forest

Chamonix
274 m
32 °
NW
10 m
0.8 km
A fun mini-adventure through the forest, with some steep drop-offs, this is particularly good in powder and windy bad vis days.
Difficult
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
Italian Bowl
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Italian Bowl

Chamonix
459 m
38 °
NW
2 m
1.3 km
Another classic Grands Montets line, accessing a hidden bowl below steep cliffs
Difficult
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
Derby
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Derby

Chamonix
344 m
34 °
NW
0 m
0.7 km
A good run on wide open slopes
Difficult
Private
Fillot
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Fillot

Chamonix
443 m
33 °
NW
0 m
1.1 km
Slyly crosses the ridge from the Bochard to find fine slopes on skier's right of the Lavancher bowl
Difficult
Private
Plan Joran Ridge 1
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Plan Joran Ridge 1

Chamonix
195 m
35 °
N
0 m
0.6 km
A nice run slope with sparse trees
Moderate
Private
Lognan Cables
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lognan Cables

Chamonix
577 m
44 °
NW
0 m
1.1 km
Challenging skiing down the steep scrubby shoulder beneath the Lognan telepherique cables
Severe
Private