Guidebook

Epic Lines Opposite Mont Blanc : Ski Brévent-Flégère

If you want to know where the Chamonix locals head on a powder day, this is your answer!

Description

The huge and legendary lines of the Aiguille du Midi grab the headlines, but Brévent-Flégère can - in the right conditions - match the legendary Midi run for run. There are even some Chamoniards who will tell you that - on its day - Brévent-Flégère might just be the best freeride area in the World. That's big talk of course, but where would Chamonix skiing be without a bit of hyperbole?

There are 10 routes described here, the majority being long, steep and serious; the ENSA couloir and Bellachat being perhaps the longest, steepest and most serious of all. Even the shorter, easier lines in here all feel huge simply because skiing them puts you directly opposite the Chamonix Aiguilles and the utterly legendary peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif, including the king of the Alps itself.

Getting these lines in good condition is a rare treat because Brévent-Flégère faces south and the snow quickly gets cooked in the sun, but if you get your timing right, these lines will match anything that can be found in the Chamonix valley - and that's saying something!

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

Crochues Bowl

Chamonix
350 m
25 °
E
7 m
0.9 km
The bowl offers unlimited descent options in flowy terrain.
Difficult
Private
Lachenal bowl
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Lachenal bowl

Chamonix
199 m
34 °
SE
1 m
0.7 km
Long fall-line skiing straight off the lift.
Difficult
Private
Lanchers couloir
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Lanchers couloir

Chamonix
475 m
36 °
SE
0 m
0.9 km
A great extension from the Lachenal bowl that leads to the valley floor.
Difficult
Private
Bellachat
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bellachat

Chamonix
1,211 m
48 °
43 m
4.3 km
One of the best descents off Brévent, with cold conditions needed.
Difficult
Private
E.N.S.A Couloir
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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
Bellin Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bellin Couloir

Chamonix
1,007 m
45 °
0 m
1.6 km
Steep and serious skiing under the very impressive Brévent cliff face.
Severe
Private
Hotel face
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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 Allais
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Couloir Allais

Chamonix
633 m
43 °
S
0 m
1.1 km
Although shorter than the other Brevent couloirs the Allias offers a wider canvas pefect for opening up.
Severe
Private
Bozon Couloir
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Bozon Couloir

Chamonix
343 m
39 °
S
0 m
0.6 km
Good skiing awaits in this classic couloir which holds snow well until late in the day due to its westerly aspect
Severe
Private
Col du Brevent
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Col du Brevent

Chamonix
216 m
38 °
S
0 m
0.4 km
A big couloir taking you back to the resort, well worth the extra work needed to hike.
Difficult
Private