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Photo of Pic Coma d'Or with SW face descent Photo of Refuge Adele Planchard to Pont d'Arsine car park Photo of Argentiere glacier - Col du Passon - Tour glacier
  • Pic Coma d'Or with SW face descent

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Porté-Puymorens, Languedoc-Roussillon (France)
    Distance
    9.43mi
    Elevation +
    3304f
    TrailRank
    57| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Pic Coma d'Or with SW face descent Photo of Pic Coma d'Or with SW face descent Photo of Pic Coma d'Or with SW face descent

    Round trip from the Col de Puymorens carpark. Going up the normal route, there is often little snow once you pass the col. However, the views from the top are spectacular and there is often more snow on the SW face. From...

    Ruta muy bonita, especialmente la segunda parte. Esperando las primeras nevadas para descender con esquís.
    F. Iniesta
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  • near La Bérarde, Région Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    8.55mi
    Elevation +
    269f
    TrailRank
    44| Rating 4.0
    Photo of Refuge Adele Planchard to Pont d'Arsine car park Photo of Refuge Adele Planchard to Pont d'Arsine car park Photo of Refuge Adele Planchard to Pont d'Arsine car park

    From the Refuge Adele Planchard, skiing directly down to the Glacier de la Plate des Agneaux, and on down to the Refuge de l'Alpe de Villar d'Arêne - you need to skin up about 100 vertical metres. From there skin for ano...

    Lloc espectacular amb un ambient de montanya autentic. Llàstima que la neu edtava molt dura i feia malt temps.
    Jonipelut
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  • near Le Montenvers, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    7.39mi
    Elevation +
    2159f
    TrailRank
    44| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Argentiere glacier - Col du Passon - Tour glacier Photo of Argentiere glacier - Col du Passon - Tour glacier Photo of Argentiere glacier - Col du Passon - Tour glacier

    Lovely tour. Easy couloir to boot pack at the top and lovely easy angled slopes to ski down on the glacier. However - this GPS line does not take the best descent. It works when there is plenty of snow, although it is s...

    Great route 😊. There was plenty of snow, so it was very easy to ski down Le Tour glacier. Ascent to col du Passon was i...
    Puntchok
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  • Pedrons-La Mina 07-01-2014

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    near L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre, Midi-Pyrénées (France)
    Distance
    6.87mi
    Elevation +
    3629f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo of Pedrons-La Mina 07-01-2014 Photo of Pedrons-La Mina 07-01-2014 Photo of Pedrons-La Mina 07-01-2014

    Ski tour from the N22 in France, close to the Andorra border, up the west ridge of Pic dels Pedrons 2715m, down the south face of Pedrons, across the Estany dels Pedrons valley, up the the west side of Pic de la Mina to ...

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  • near L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre, Midi-Pyrénées (France)
    Distance
    8.11mi
    Elevation +
    3865f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo of Pic de Nérassol from l'Hospitalet-près-Andorra Photo of Pic de Nérassol from l'Hospitalet-près-Andorra Photo of Pic de Nérassol from l'Hospitalet-près-Andorra

    A gorgeous tour, highly recommended! Start from the bridge on the main road at the top of l'Hospitalet-près-Andorra. It is best to park on the other side of the road by the hotel. Skin up past the hydro pipe and turn lef...

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  • near Le Montenvers, Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    4.07mi
    Elevation +
    915f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo of Haute Route 2012 1/7 (Grands Montets - Ref. Argentière) Photo of Haute Route 2012 1/7 (Grands Montets - Ref. Argentière) Photo of Haute Route 2012 1/7 (Grands Montets - Ref. Argentière)

    Very easy 1st day route. It may serve to familiarize you with the safety standards in Glacier, adjust your material, get used to skiing with the heavy backpack, learn the proper techniques for progression both on glacier...

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  • near Wildenstein, Grand-Est (France)
    Distance
    12.68mi
    Elevation +
    2323f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Hohneck and Rainkoft from Pont de Blanchemer (La Bresse) Photo of Hohneck and Rainkoft from Pont de Blanchemer (La Bresse) Photo of Hohneck and Rainkoft from Pont de Blanchemer (La Bresse)

    1. Start from the parking located on the side of the road D3d (pont de Blanchemer) 2. Take the closed road towards the Lac de Blanchamer and at the first intersection go left. 3. Cross the sky resort of La Bresse and a...

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  • Cambre d'Aze via Gran Canal

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    near Eyne, Languedoc-Roussillon (France)
    Distance
    6.39mi
    Elevation +
    3051f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Cambre d'Aze via Gran Canal Photo of Cambre d'Aze via Gran Canal Photo of Cambre d'Aze via Gran Canal

    Up and down the Gran Canal of Cambre d'Aze from the Eyne ski station. Straightforward once you've found your way along the various pistes. Apparently the canal is often icy and you might want to climb it with crampons an...

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  • Bourg-D'oueil to Mont Né

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    near Bourg-d'Oueil, Midi-Pyrénées (France)
    Distance
    4.59mi
    Elevation +
    2615f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Bourg-D'oueil to Mont Né Photo of Bourg-D'oueil to Mont Né Photo of Bourg-D'oueil to Mont Né

    An easy tour from the Bourg-D'oueil ski resort (near Bagnères de Luchon) up Mont Né 2147m, via the Port de Pierrefite 1855. Lower down our descent line went through some steep ground with tightly spaced trees, it would b...

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  • near Le Tour, Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    15.21mi
    Elevation +
    3619f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Haute Route 2012 2/7 (Ref. Argentière - Champex) Photo of Haute Route 2012 2/7 (Ref. Argentière - Champex) Photo of Haute Route 2012 2/7 (Ref. Argentière - Champex)

    This may be the most difficult stage of all the Haute Route both for its profile and being the first real stage of the route. You have to leave early for 2 reasons: 1/usually there are some other groups travelling on the...

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  • near Le Pied du Col, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France)
    Distance
    9.03mi
    Elevation +
    5919f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of La Grande Ruine from Refuge de l'Alpe to Refuge Adele Planchard Photo of La Grande Ruine from Refuge de l'Alpe to Refuge Adele Planchard Photo of La Grande Ruine from Refuge de l'Alpe to Refuge Adele Planchard

    La Grande Ruine from Refuge de l'Alpe to Refuge Adele Planchard via Glacier de la Plate des Agneaux and Col des Neiges. Big day out in spectacular mountain country. Highly recommended! Needs a party confident with alpine...

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  • Estats-Montcalm skitour

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    near Marc, Région Midi-Pyrénées (France)
    Distance
    12.75mi
    Elevation +
    6647f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Estats-Montcalm skitour Photo of Estats-Montcalm skitour Photo of Estats-Montcalm skitour

    Pic d'Estats (highest peak in the Eastern Pyrenees) is a magnificent ski peak. If you are lucky enough to have snow to the car park, you have a 2000 metre descent, most of it superb ski country. The views from the summit...

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  • Ski tour: Cap de la Cometa del Forn

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    near L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre, Midi-Pyrénées (France)
    Distance
    6.98mi
    Elevation +
    4012f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Ski tour: Cap de la Cometa del Forn Photo of Ski tour: Cap de la Cometa del Forn Photo of Ski tour: Cap de la Cometa del Forn

    Lovely circular ski tour with magnificent views. Start from the car park bend in the N-20 to Andorra, above the Tunel de Puymorens and below the Andorra - Col de Puymorens junction. Ski down to the river, walk up the riv...

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  • Les Augudes ..

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    near Gouaux-de-Larboust, Occitanie (France)
    Distance
    5.32mi
    Elevation +
    2326f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Les Augudes .. Photo of Les Augudes .. Photo of Les Augudes ..

    Great hike up to the top lift at Peyragudes.. with snowboard.. Such a shame with all the problems going on ..station is still shut.Not sure when will open. But a few like my self enjoy the sunshine and empty slopes. S...

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  • Peyragudes station---pic Pene Nere

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    near Peyragudes, Occitanie (France)
    Distance
    5.17mi
    Elevation +
    2156f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Peyragudes station---pic Pene Nere Photo of Peyragudes station---pic Pene Nere Photo of Peyragudes station---pic Pene Nere

    Sunshine day ..for a hike with snowboard to the top lift and little rise to Pene Nere. leaving from the main car park at Peyragudes..basicaly follow the piste up or follow the chair lift..arrive at the small bar and i t...

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  • Col du Lac Cornu - Combe de la Balme - Le Buet

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    near Les Praz-de-Chamonix, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    9.14mi
    Elevation +
    3409f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Col du Lac Cornu - Combe de la Balme - Le Buet Photo of Col du Lac Cornu - Combe de la Balme - Le Buet Photo of Col du Lac Cornu - Combe de la Balme - Le Buet

    A magical mystery tour, taking you over long distances, with each valley offering new views. Twice as much descent as ascent! It is fairly straightforward, except for the final drop down into the Combe de la Balme. It is...

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  • near Porté-Puymorens, Région Languedoc-Roussillon (France)
    Distance
    10.12mi
    Elevation +
    4364f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Grand Canal on Puig Pedros from Col de Puymorens Photo of Grand Canal on Puig Pedros from Col de Puymorens Photo of Grand Canal on Puig Pedros from Col de Puymorens

    A fun tour from the parking on Col de Puymorens. Skin up the Coma d'en Garcia valley, over the portella at the end of the valley. Ski down into the Jasse de Pedros - exactly where you go depends on the snow cover. Skin /...

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  • Vallon du Fontenil to Breche du Vallon

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    near Le Lauzet, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France)
    Distance
    7.32mi
    Elevation +
    4370f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Vallon du Fontenil to Breche du Vallon Photo of Vallon du Fontenil to Breche du Vallon Photo of Vallon du Fontenil to Breche du Vallon

    Popular and highly recommended tour up the Vallon du Fontenil to Breche du Vallon. Starts from Les Bossardes, the snow line stays close to the car park well into spring. Easy climb up through trees, then up two successiv...

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  • Two Cols Tour, Chamonix

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    near Le Montenvers, Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    11.58mi
    Elevation +
    3107f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Two Cols Tour, Chamonix Photo of Two Cols Tour, Chamonix Photo of Two Cols Tour, Chamonix

    From the Grand Montets top lift station, ski down and cross the Argentière glacier. Skin up the Chardonnet glacier to Col de Chardonnet 3323m and descend the other side. Traverse round and bootpack up to the Fenệtre du T...

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  • Pointe Alphonse Favre & Mort Glacier

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    near Les Tines, Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    7.28mi
    Elevation +
    1900f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Pointe Alphonse Favre & Mort Glacier Photo of Pointe Alphonse Favre & Mort Glacier Photo of Pointe Alphonse Favre & Mort Glacier

    A beautiful ski tour in the Aigulles Rouges, above Chamonix. Starts from the Flégère lift system (from the top of the Index tow). Involves ascending two couloirs - could be skinned but easier to boot pack with crampons. ...

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  • La Bérade to (nearly) Breche de la Somme

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    near La Bérarde, Région Rhône-Alpes (France)
    Distance
    7.73mi
    Elevation +
    4262f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of La Bérade to (nearly) Breche de la Somme Photo of La Bérade to (nearly) Breche de la Somme Photo of La Bérade to (nearly) Breche de la Somme

    From the village of La Bérade to (nearly) Breche de la Somme and back. The breche would be easy to reach but we turned back early due to crusty snow. The landscape is beautiful and the ski line interesting and varied, bu...

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  • near Le Lauzet, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France)
    Distance
    4.28mi
    Elevation +
    2470f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Vallon de Fontenil towards Crête de Roche Bernard Photo of Vallon de Fontenil towards Crête de Roche Bernard Photo of Vallon de Fontenil towards Crête de Roche Bernard

    Easy tour up the Vallon de Fontenil towards Crête de Roche Bernard. It could be made more challenging by going higher in various directions, but we had a day of poor visibility and high avalanche risk and wanted a safe c...

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  • Dent d'Orlu NE face

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    near Orlu, Région Midi-Pyrénées (France)
    Distance
    5.24mi
    Elevation +
    2877f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Dent d'Orlu NE face Photo of Dent d'Orlu NE face Photo of Dent d'Orlu NE face

    Wonderful tour up a peak better known for rock-climbing that for ski-touring. We got it at just the right moment, with snow all the way to the road. Cross the river via log bridge to access the forest. When climbing up/a...

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  • Peyragudes...snowshoe/snowboard

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    near Peyragudes, Occitanie (France)
    Distance
    4.61mi
    Elevation +
    2188f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Peyragudes...snowshoe/snowboard Photo of Peyragudes...snowshoe/snowboard Photo of Peyragudes...snowshoe/snowboard

    Decided to hike to top station with snowshoes...good going for first few hundred metrs , on new snow..after that heavy hard going as deep fresh snow..and wind with having board on back..watching the skiers with skins mak...

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