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
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Pointe de Merdassier West-Northwest Face

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand
4.2 km845 m844 m47°
A scenic tour which comes into condition quickly and therefore makes for a good early season objective.
Difficult
Private
Trou de la Mouche - Grand Crêt to Paccaly Traverse
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Trou de la Mouche - Grand Crêt to Paccaly Traverse

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand
7.1 km1,077 m1,069 m43°
An accessible but highly rewarding Aravis classic
Difficult
Private
Mont de Grange, Petit Pertuis Couloir
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Mont de Grange, Petit Pertuis Couloir

Portes du Soleil
5.3 km870 m870 m44°
An excellent couloir on a prominent and quiet peak - what more can you ask for?!?!
Severe
Private
Tête de la Sallaz - Couloir de la Salletaz
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Tête de la Sallaz - Couloir de la Salletaz

5.0 km472 m746 m40°
An easy ski tour to a perfectly positioned peak, followed by a steep and exciting descent. Ski touring doesn't get much better!
Difficult
Private
Monts Jovet West Couloir
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Monts Jovet West Couloir

8.8 km705 m1,216 m50°
A truly brilliant ski descent which you are unlikely to share.
Severe
Private
Pointe Alphonse Favre West Couloir
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Pointe Alphonse Favre West Couloir

Chamonix
0.4 km0 m290 m46°
A brilliant freeride line with some steep-ish, technical skiing followed by a wide open, rippable slope.
Difficult
Private
Couloir Pissoir
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Couloir Pissoir

Chamonix
11.3 km1,108 m1,972 m46°
A big adventure through some huge terrain
Severe
Private