A steep Verbier classic 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.


A serious, committing and steep line - a definite Verbier classic providing some of the best steep skiing along with a healthy dose of adventure getting to the start of the couloir.

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 which you descend until around 2790m.

Descend to the left to find the entrance to the couloir.

Ski the couloir and continue down to Tortin.