Steep north facing couloirs from Mont Gele towards the Lac des Vaux


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.


The Mont Gele couloirs are Verbier classics and whilst they may be easily accessible they should not be underestimated.

Good and sure snow conditions are required.

The couloirs descending towards the lake are the least steep of the North facing couloirs.

Leave the lift station and turn left to traverse across under the summit of Mont Gele.

Reach the ridge and descend the ridge until you reach the start of the couloirs.

There are two options ski direct in the main couloir or a gentle descending traverse to the left.

Join the groomed road the joins the Attelas and Chassoure lift stations.