A gorgeous, gentle introduction to backcountry skiing, the route to Le Monal is a lovely journey back in time through stunning scenery.

Statistics

148

m

1,128

m

52

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Easy

Description

From the top of the Aiguille chair, continue straight into the wide open south-facing bowl.

Because of the southern aspect, the snow transforms well in the spring.

On the gentle ride down, skiers pass a small alpine lake, and a small hamlet called Le Clou.

Continuing down the valley until you reach Le Monal, a stunning little 18th-century farming hamlet, skiers then bear right along a small path- Chemin de l'Echaillon- back through the forest to rejoin the ski area of Sainte Foy. The long, sometimes quite flat route is not well-suited to snowboarders, although in good snow conditions a steeper, shorter, trickier route wiggles its way between rocky outcrops, accessed by hiking the ridge to the south-west from the start.

Route finding varies depending on snow conditions so the route should only be undertaken with someone who knows the way.