Guidebook

The Ski Touring Hidden Gems of the Haute Savoie

The Haute Savoie is home to some of the best (and best known) ski areas in the World, but there are still some lesser known gems out there...

Description

Given that it is home to the highest mountain in the Alps, a vast array of lifts and mountain huts and some charming alpine villages, the Haute Savoie is an understandably popular destination for skiers. The price paid for so much accessible and high quality skiing is that routes can often be busy, and finding solitude is not always straightforward.

That's where these routes come in; they are easy to find and nestled in amongst much better known neighbours. There's no guarantee that they'll be empty, but they should at least provide slightly more peace and serenity than the more famous lines of the Haute Savoie. They also offer exceptional skiing and fabulous high mountain views.

There are 7 lines in this guidebook so particularly motivated ski mountaineers might aim to do them all in a week!

Pointe de Merdassier West-Northwest Face

Pointe de Merdassier West-Northwest Face

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand
4.2 km
A scenic tour which comes into condition quickly and therefore makes for a good early season objective.
Private
Trou de la Mouche - Grand Crêt to Paccaly Traverse

Trou de la Mouche - Grand Crêt to Paccaly Traverse

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand
7.1 km
An accessible but highly rewarding Aravis classic
Private
Mont de Grange, Petit Pertuis Couloir

Mont de Grange, Petit Pertuis Couloir

Portes du Soleil
5.3 km
An excellent couloir on a prominent and quiet peak - what more can you ask for?!?!
Private
Tête de la Sallaz - Couloir de la Salletaz

Tête de la Sallaz - Couloir de la Salletaz

Bonneville
5.0 km
An easy ski tour to a perfectly positioned peak, followed by a steep and exciting descent. Ski touring doesn't get much better!
Private
Monts Jovet West Couloir

Monts Jovet West Couloir

Bonneville
8.8 km
A truly brilliant ski descent which you are unlikely to share.
Private
Pointe Alphonse Favre West Couloir

Pointe Alphonse Favre West Couloir

Chamonix
0.4 km
A brilliant freeride line with some steep-ish, technical skiing followed by a wide open, rippable slope.
Private
Couloir Pissoir

Couloir Pissoir

Chamonix
11.3 km
A big adventure through some huge terrain
Private