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Chamonix's Ultimate Steep Skiing Ticklist

5 of the meanest lines in the world's craziest ski town.

Description

A list for heroes to aim for and mortals to dream of, skiing one of these lines would be a lifetime goal for most steep skiers. Getting the perfect combination of acclimatisation, partners, and conditions required to ski any of these lines is tricky, and only the truly elite have ticked all 5.

Each of these lines is a major undertaking, so wait until you are confident in your ability and the snow conditions before contemplating any of them. If the stars do align and you are able to descend one of these lines, expect big exposure, huge views, and a real sense of adventure.

Chamonix is considered the Mecca of steep skiing, and these lines are amongst the most famous and revered of all. Good luck!

Mallory
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mallory

Chamonix
1,204 m
57 °
N
0 m
1.6 km
Maybe the most coveted line in the Chamonix valley representing the pinnacle in steep and committing skiing, all with a perfect view of the town of Chamonix.
Extreme
Private
Gervasutti Couloir, Tacul
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Gervasutti Couloir, Tacul

Chamonix
2 - 3 hrs
3.9 km
629 m
981 m
51 °
One of Chamonix's most famous and sought after steep descents; sustained and an immaculate ski line.
Extreme
Private
Aiguille Verte, Couturier Couloir
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aiguille Verte, Couturier Couloir

Chamonix
4 - 5 hrs
5.1 km
1,119 m
1,382 m
58 °
The king line of the Argentiere Basin
Extreme
Private
Frendo Spur
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Frendo Spur

Chamonix
1,255 m
56 °
2 m
1.4 km
This highly sought after mountaineering line is perhaps the most aesthetic ski line on the North Face of the Midi.
Extreme
Private
Whymper Couloir Ski
The best Adventures on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Whymper Couloir Ski

Chamonix
4 - 5 hrs
3.4 km
1,442 m
17 m
54 °
An iconic, sought after and serious line on one of the greatest peaks in the Alps.
Extreme
Private