Alpe Huez Les Cheminees De Mascle

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One of the more extreme routes the "Chimneys" have become much more accessible, and skied, since the Marmottes 3 DMC cable car was installed in 2004. The route consists of two couloirs, both clearly visible from the main ski area. Looking down the mountain the left hand couloir, which is the most easily accessed, is the steeper of the two with short sections around 50°

Cheminees Mascle

The Chimneys

This couloir can be access by turning right out of the cable car top station and climbing over a fence.

chimneys left couloir

Left Chimney

The right chimney is found by turning left out of the cable car station and climbing a short slope.

right couloir

Right Chimney

The couloirs are west facing, very slightly angled to the south. However they are quite deep, especially the left couloir and only see the sun in the afternoon. There is a risk of ice, or worse, frozen tracks, early in the day and a fall would be practically impossible to stop. Although the couloirs are relatively straight with a benign run out you would probably hit the sidewalls on the way down or be taken over rocks. There is also a risk of slab avalanche especially where there has been new snow and predominantly westerly winds over the previous days. The best time is in the spring, either on power or with transformed spring snow. In early winter there is often not sufficient snow cover over the rocks, especially in the left couloir.

skier in the Chimneys

Bad Roo in the left Chimney

Helmet camera descent


Mountain RangeGrandes Rousses
SummitPic du Lac Blanc
Altitude3323 meters
MapsIGN TOP 25 3335 ET Le Bourg d'Oisans - l'Alpe d'Huez
GPS WaypointN 45.1141°, E 06.1202° (3050 meters)
GPS RouteGoogle-Earth:
Grade[1]Danger: 3, Climb: n/a, Ski: 5.1/4.3
Comments41° over 250 meters
SnowboardersThere is a short walk to return to Marmottes II station
EquipmentHelmet, possibly a short rope and ice-axe
Guide Booksl'Alpe d'Huez Off Piste - Francis GINET and Fabrice VILLARET, Vamos


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