Guidebook

The Top 10 Ski Lines at the Legendary Helbronner

Known locally as the "Pleasure Dome", Helbronner is a truly wild place to ski, reserved for the most skilled and adventurous skiers out there.

Description

Helbronner might just be the most adventurous freeride venue in the World - the terrain is huge and the area is bathed in sun all day long. This combination makes the skiing truly incredible, but also potentially dangerous because hot sun and 2000 vertical metres of 30 - 40 degree terrain is a scary combination. If you're going to ski here, pick your days and times carefully!

If the stars align and these lines are in good, safe condition, any of them will provide a truly unforgettable ski experience. You'll need luck, judgement, skill and experience to get any of these lines done, and you'd need to add patience to that list if you want to ski them all!

A good way to work through these would be to combine doing so with skiing the finest freeride lines in Chamonix. By doing this you can pick which side of the Mont Blanc Massif to ski on each day depending on conditions and weather. If you're wondering what the best lines in Chamonix are, here is your answer!

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South Face of the Tour Ronde and descent of the Brenva Glacier
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South Face of the Tour Ronde and descent of the Brenva Glacier

Chamonix
2 - 3 hrs
6.9 km
308 m
2,486 m
54 °
A wild and committing descent. When conditions are good, this is as good as adventurous ski touring gets!
Severe
Private
Col D'Entreves
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Col D'Entreves

Chamonix
0 - 1 hrs
2.7 km
9 m
1,094 m
47 °
SE
A wild setting sets the tone for an incredible descent, steep and committing.
Severe
Private
Aiguille D'Entreves
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Aiguille D'Entreves

Chamonix
733 m
43 °
312 m
2.7 km
A short hike leads to this serious but incredible run. Steep up high and open in the lower it simply begs you open up full throttle.
Severe
Private
Toula Glacier
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Toula Glacier

Chamonix
1,231 m
47 °
4 m
3.6 km
A serious but truly exceptional, long and varied ski descent in breathtaking terrain.
Difficult
Private
Helbronner Cables
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Helbronner Cables

Chamonix
1,045 m
45 °
E
0 m
2.0 km
Easily accessible, very serious yet excellent steep skiing below the cables on the Helbronner front face.
Severe
Private
Marbrées Direct
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Marbrées Direct

Chamonix
0 - 1 hrs
1.4 km
119 m
501 m
62 °
A steeper but more elegant variation to the classic Marbrée descent
Severe
Private
Marbree Couloir
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Marbree Couloir

Chamonix
1 - 2 hrs
6.2 km
96 m
1,997 m
47 °
Probably the most spectacular descent on the Hellbronner, this line goes through some huge terrain and features steep freeriding.
Severe
Private
South Face of the Dent du Géant
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South Face of the Dent du Géant

Chamonix
1 - 2 hrs
2.8 km
511 m
964 m
54 °
A huge and exposed face beneath one of the most iconic 4000ers.
Extreme
Private
Aiguille du Rôchefort South Face
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Aiguille du Rôchefort South Face

Chamonix
2 - 3 hrs
3.4 km
528 m
1,481 m
57 °
A stunning and rarely descended line starting from 4000 meters on one of the most famous ridgelines of the Alps.
Extreme
Private
Pavillon Woods
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Pavillon Woods

Chamonix
765 m
35 °
0 m
2.5 km
An excellent off piste run with a long season. Skiable with poor visibility too
Difficult
Private