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!

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Skiing perfect powder in the middle slope.

Traversing above the refuge.

From the Brévent cable car it's quite a long traverse and side-step, but no skins are needed.

Pulling the ropes after the short abseil at the start of the line.

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Looking down the narrow first section of the line.

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Enjoying the more open lower section of the line.

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Soaking in the beautiful scenery in the upper section of the route.

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Taking a few layers off midway down. The route faces south so you heat up quickly on warm days!

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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 bowl offers unlimited descent options in flowy terrain.

Lanchers couloir

A great extension from the Lachenal bowl that leads to the valley floor.


One of the best descents off Brévent, with cold conditions needed.

E.N.S.A. Couloir

Steep and serious terrain reached easily from the Brevent cable car, in a nutshell what Chamonix steep skiing is about.

Bellin Couloir

Steep and serious skiing under the very impressive Brévent cliff face.

Hotel face

“THE" classic freeride face at Brévent which offers numerous different routes of varying difficulty.

Couloir Allais

Although shorter than the other Brevent couloirs the Allias offers a wider canvas pefect for opening up.

Bozon Couloir

Good skiing awaits in this classic couloir which holds snow well until late in the day due to its westerly aspect

Col du Brevent

A big couloir taking you back to the resort, well worth the extra work needed to hike.