A steep N facing S shaped couloir


Analysing terrain data









The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of the skier falling.

Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.

Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


Slightly shorter than other couloirs in this area but still a serious, and steep line with an adventurous, committing approach.

At the bottom of the couloir you can join the Col de la Mouche to continue off-piste or join the Chassoure itinerary.

From the Mont Gele lift station, follow the North East ridge first on the south/east side, then on the north side and ridge proper.

Descend / traverse slightly on the North side and then do a short 50m boot pack back up to the top of the ridge near the summit of the Pointe de Chassoure.

From here follow a snow covered ledge and then the North East ridge where you will find the entrance to the couloir, a little before the Banana couloir.

Ski the couloir and continue down to Tortin via one of the other routes.