North face

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Savoie, France, Europe
Route Type:
Off piste ski route
Time Required:
Half a day
Off piste ski route

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North face
Created On: Jan 10, 2004
Last Edited On: Jan 10, 2004


From Sainte Foy Tarentaise take the road to the ski resort (Bon Conseil, park).
Take the chair lifts of Grand Plan, Arpettaz and de l'Aiguille : you reach the crest near the Col de l'Aiguille between the Rocks of Pierre d'Arbine and Pointe de Foglietta.

Route Description

Walk in NE direction near the ridge, mostly by carriing the skis (mountaineering skis not necessairy). You reach easily first the Foglietta Cross and then the summit (1 to 1,5 hours from the chairlift top). The views over the Mont Blanc Massive in the north and the Mont Pourri in the south are fantastic.

The descent begins 20 meters before the summit : the direction of the first slopes (gradient 35%) in the shade of the north face is evident. Most of the time, the snow conditions are fantastic and unforgettable.
Follow approximatively the direction of the mountain pasture Les Savonnes visible 1000 m lower.
In the middle of the north face, you have to pass a narrow gully : prudence(gradient 40%)
Take the slopes beneath on the right.
At Les Savonnes (1908 m) cross the bridge of the river Mercuel, follow the snowy (icy) path above the river to the (typical) hamlet Le Crot.
Follow the road to Plan du Pré and La Masure.

From here, you must return to Bon Conseil by taxi : call Gérard Arnaud
on +33 4 79 41 05 73, or +33 6 07 38 24 09, or Ortiz on +33 4 79 06 93 57 or +33 6 14 46

Time of the descent from Pointe de Foglietta to La Masure : 2 hours (1700 m descent)

Essential Gear

Free ride skis recommended

Some parts of the route are not covered by cell phones ! be prudent.

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