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5 Must-Do Classic Freeride Routes in the Alps

Five incredible locations and classic lines in the Alps that every freerider (or off- piste dreamer) must do at least once!

Description

Ski season is officially upon us, and we’re pretty pleased about it. And while we love a leisurely afternoon ski followed by a warming vin chaud (in a hot tub, perhaps?), we also love the heady thrill that comes with taking things off-piste, literally.

Get the lowdown on the best off-piste and freeriding spots in the Alps and, of course, where to stay when you’re there.

And remember, always take the necessary safety precautions - the right gear and a guide if you're new to the area.

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Gentianes - Stairway to Heaven
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gentianes - Stairway to Heaven

Verbier
496 m
44 °
N
131 m
2.1 km
A Verbier Mega-Classic that rewards those prepared to do a little boot packing
Difficult
Private
Grand Envers
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Grand Envers

Chamonix
1,584 m
43 °
19 m
5.2 km
A mega classic that links steep sustained pitches before finishing in the requin hut exits couloirs. Incredidble but very serious skiing.
Severe
Private
Tsanteleina South Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tsanteleina South Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
6 - 7 hrs
9.7 km
1,648 m
1,648 m
48 °
Taking in the classic peak of Tsanteleina, this line should be on the bucket list for all keen ski tourers in the region.
Severe
Private
Col du Rateau
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Col du Rateau

3 Valleys
5 - 6 hrs
13.9 km
624 m
1,402 m
39 °
A classic mellow ski tour through great scenery.
Easy
Private