Guidebook

Fresh Freeriding Lines in the Grand Massif

Find fresh powder and plenty of thrills with this huge collection of exciting freeride adventures.

Fionnuala Kavanagh

Description

The Grand Massif is located in the Haute- Savoie region, bang in the centre of the Alps. With 80% north-facing slopes and the almighty Mont Blanc as a backdrop, the snow conditions are usually excellent and the panoramas are always spectacular.

Encompassing 5 resorts, the Grand Massif is a ski area of epic proportions and offers incredible off-piste options, with wide-open powder fields, backcountry bowls and very long descents. With so much on offer, our collection of freeride lines for the Grand Massif is also big. If you want a fun bumpy ride and the chance of an audience, try Under Gron Chair. For great powder, moguls, and a steep couloir, go for Vernant Central.

Sources
https://www.grand-massif.com/en/your-destination/ski-area/our-ski-areas/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/resort-guides/france/flaine/

Off Marmotttes
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Off Marmotttes

Grand Massif
177 m
36 °
0 m
0.8 km
A steep short pitch with a flat-ish path to get out.
Moderate
Private
Aujon off piste run
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Aujon off piste run

Grand Massif
177 m
26 °
1 m
0.7 km
Easy and gentle off piste which is usually very quiet
Moderate
Private
Vernant Right
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Vernant Right

Grand Massif
335 m
31 °
2 m
1.1 km
Open face - great powder or moguls then more gentle terrain.
Moderate
Private
Vernant Left
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Vernant Left

Grand Massif
358 m
41 °
6 m
1.0 km
An open face with great powder or moguls then into a steep couloir.
Difficult
Private
Gron Off Piste
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Gron Off Piste

Grand Massif
192 m
34 °
0 m
0.5 km
A longer open face which in good snow conditions can be fantastic.
Difficult
Private
Under Gron chair
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Under Gron chair

Grand Massif
78 m
24 °
0 m
0.3 km
If you like an audience this is for you! A varied run with lots of fun bumps and lumps.
Moderate
Private
Airon Bowl - exit right
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Airon Bowl - exit right

Grand Massif
177 m
34 °
0 m
0.5 km
A great open bowl
Difficult
Private
Airon Bowl - exit left
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Airon Bowl - exit left

Grand Massif
291 m
38 °
1 m
1.0 km
An open bowl that is prone to slide but has a long run in good conditions.
Difficult
Private
Hike to top of Veret when drag closed
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Hike to top of Veret when drag closed

Grand Massif
355 m
37 °
133 m
1.9 km
A great run which is relatively easily accessed even when the lift is not open.
Difficult
Private
Grand Patieres - off piste access
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Grand Patieres - off piste access

Grand Massif
402 m
42 °
2 m
1.5 km
A steep-ish couloir opens up to great pitch.
Difficult
Private
Open face - Past trees & turn right from top of Gron
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Open face - Past trees & turn right from top of Gron

Grand Massif
125 m
33 °
0 m
0.3 km
This is a short but fun open run. The first bit is fairly steep then it gets shallower and more open.
Moderate
Private
Off side of Corbalanches
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Off side of Corbalanches

Grand Massif
225 m
31 °
0 m
0.7 km
Tight through the trees then opens up to steep short-ish pitch
Difficult
Private
Vernant Central
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Vernant Central

Grand Massif
294 m
39 °
1 m
0.7 km
An open pitch with great powder or moguls into a steeper couloir and then open ground.
Difficult
Private
Gers Bowl
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Gers Bowl

Grand Massif
635 m
38 °
13 m
2.1 km
A long off piste run with great variety and a long difficult drag to get back out
Severe
Private
From top of Vernant & Grands Vans chairs
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From top of Vernant & Grands Vans chairs

Grand Massif
247 m
34 °
0 m
1.3 km
Along a ridge and then an open face.
Difficult
Private
Off side of Marvel
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Off side of Marvel

Grand Massif
379 m
25 °
9 m
1.7 km
A long run which is mainly gentle with a couple of trickier parts
Easy
Private
Tete du Saix - Samoens side
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Tete du Saix - Samoens side

Grand Massif
154 m
35 °
N
13 m
0.7 km
An open face – with a 5 minute hike out
Moderate
Private
Skiers left of Perce Neige
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Skiers left of Perce Neige

Grand Massif
118 m
39 °
0 m
0.3 km
Short and steep with varied terrain
Difficult
Private
Under the Sairon chair

Under the Sairon chair

Grand Massif
267 m
27 °
0 m
1.2 km
Long, fun easy to medium difficulty gradient run with lots of natural terrain to play on.
Moderate
Private
Through trees at top of Gron
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Through trees at top of Gron

Grand Massif
128 m
31 °
0 m
0.2 km
This is a great tree run with tight trees and is steep at the top.
Difficult
Private
Off corner on way to Gron
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Off corner on way to Gron

Grand Massif
120 m
30 °
0 m
0.3 km
Short but fun and varied with very easy access.
Moderate
Private