A Val Thorens mega-classic and a must do for anyone visiting the Belleville valley.

Statistics

57

m

1,205

m

32

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

This is a great long run off piste from one of the highest points of Val Thorens down to its lowest lift. From the Cime de Caron cable car take the Col de L'Audzin red piste for about 600m - after a big right hand bend and long flat section turn left just before the piste drops over a small col.

From here follow a series of small depressions into the main Lou valley - lots of variations are possible here but early in the season stick to the gullies as it is rocky underneath! A first flatter section leads to short steepening, this soon opens out and leads to an obvious flat-bottomed valley - boarders may wish to deploy poles before taking a run-up at this.

Once over the flats trend right down a series of gentle slopes until a long traverse takes you round above the right bank of the Lac du Lou.

At the far end cross the lake just before the mouth; in spring this is a popular spot for a waterslide for those not afraid of getting wet!.

Once over the lake and past the refuge follow the obvious road/track for a few hundred metres.

When the Plan de L'Eau lift is visible you can drop off the track and pick a line through the lumps and bumps straight to the lift.