Analysing terrain data
The Vallon d'Arby is a beautiful wild valley well away from the crowds.
It is shown on the piste map as an itinerary but is still definitely off-piste skiing through a remote area.
The itinerary run is never too steep or difficult and serves as an enjoyable introduction to off-piste skiing.
Make sure you check that the La Tzoumaz lifts are running if you want to return back to the Verbier lift system.
Starting near the bottom of the Lac des Vaux 1 chair lift, leave the piste on the left hand side to join a path.
WARNING: If the path is closed off you should NOT continue.
The access to the Col des Mines is dangerous and should only be taken when it has been secured and officially opened.
Continue down the path to join a small bowl which is often moguled.
At the bottom of the bowl, join and follow the famous path under the north face of the Mont Rogneux to the Col des Mines.
Take care on the path as it traverses above cliffs.
Warning: the traverse under the North face of the Mont Rogneux is avalanche prone. Alternatively, from the track across to the Col des Mines, leave the track and ski the fall line under the Mont Rogneux.
At the small flattening, take the straightest line down and in to the steeper terrain.
Exit by following the valley to a small bridge.
Cross the bridge and follow the path to the road, which you follow to join the ski area of La Tzoumaz.