Guidebook

The King of the 4 Vallées : Mont Fort's Biggest Lines

The highest point in the 4 Vallées is home to some of the best - and most famous - ski lines in the Alps!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Switzerland's biggest ski area, the 4 Vallées, has something for just about every skier, from cruisy pistes to steep and extreme freeride lines. The jewel in the 4 Vallées impressive crown is Mont Fort - the highest point in the area and a contender for the most beautiful place in Switzerland. That's a big claim but when you've taken in the huge views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and just about everything in between, you'll be hard pushed to disagree!

The views are spectacular from Mont Fort and so is the skiing - the variety of lines accessed from the peak is extraordinary and all of them are challenging. Even descending the standard itinerary route (marked as the Mont Fort piste but actually bearing minimal resemblance to a piste) down the mountain's west face is a career highlight for many skiers and will, unless you're lucky enough to ski it immediately after snowfall, put your mogul skills to the test.

The most famous line off Mont Fort is arguably "Mont Fort - Backside", a long and incredibly scenic adventure through some wild terrain which takes you down to the Siviez dam and on again to Siviez village itself. For those who want even more adventure from the trip to Siviez, the "Jacob's Ladder" variant, which also takes you onto the Glacier du Mont Fort, is excellent. If that's still not enough, then the "Phantom Couloir" and "Mont Fort North Face" lines are amongst the most extreme in the 4 Vallées.

The final series of lines in here take you to the legendary Bec de Rosses - the location for the Freeride World Tour's annual culmination, and one of the best known extreme faces in the Alps.

Suffice to say that your first trip up Mont Fort will not be your last!

Mont-Fort - South Face - Le Chable
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Mont-Fort - South Face - Le Chable

Verbier
1,387 m
40 °
S
120 m
4.6 km
South Face of Mont Fort travelling past the legendary Bec des Rosses
Severe
Private
Bec des Rosses - Access
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Bec des Rosses - Access

Verbier
21 m
40 °
E
274 m
0.8 km
The route up to the Bec des Rosses.
Severe
Private
Bec des Rosses - Dog Leg
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Bec des Rosses - Dog Leg

Verbier
454 m
48 °
0 m
0.6 km
The classic, most natural line from the summit of the Bec des Rosses
Extreme
Private
Bec des Rosses - East Face
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Bec des Rosses - East Face

Verbier
329 m
44 °
NE
0 m
0.5 km
The 'easiest' route down the legendary Bec des Rosses
Severe
Private
Mont Fort - Backside
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Mont Fort - Backside

Verbier
1,591 m
50 °
58 m
8.5 km
THE Verbier classic taking a journey a long way from the ski area. Serious skiing in a serious environment.
Severe
Private
Mont Fort - Glacier du Petit Mont-Fort
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Mont Fort - Glacier du Petit Mont-Fort

Verbier
427 m
39 °
S
8 m
1.5 km
A nice run down the gentle slopes of the glacier to join the exit of the classic 'Backside'
Difficult
Private
Mont Fort - Grands Plans
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Mont Fort - Grands Plans

Verbier
326 m
49 °
E
19 m
1.8 km
A variant down the Glacier du Petit Mont Fort away from the main Backside crowds for a bit longer
Difficult
Private
Mont-Fort - Phantom Couloir
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Mont-Fort - Phantom Couloir

Verbier
296 m
48 °
E
13 m
1.1 km
An excellent but very serious, steep and exposed couloir
Extreme
Private
Mont Fort - Jacobs Ladder
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Mont Fort - Jacobs Ladder

Verbier
853 m
42 °
E
82 m
2.9 km
A short climb gives access to a beautiful open bowl
Severe
Private
Mont-Fort - North Face
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Mont-Fort - North Face

Verbier
287 m
41 °
N
4 m
0.7 km
Gnarly with a capital G. Perhaps second only to the Bec des Rosses for extreme lines.
Extreme
Private