Ski Touring: Pic de la Belle Etoile south couloir from Rivier - 2,718 m. (8,918 ft)

Wed, 3 April 2013


Minimum altitude: 1,276 meters

Slope Aspect: South

Trip Reports

Vertical Climbed: 1,460 meters (4,790 feet)

Rating: 3.3


Classic spring ski tour with a sustained slope at the end.

From the village take the GR549 to the north (Pays Tour des Lac des Sept Laux). At pt 1639m continue to the north to climb a first couloir that finishes on a flat valley. Climb a large SE facing slope that finishes in a flat bowl (Grand Clot). The South couloir is evident. The couloir is fairly steep, you will probably need ski crampons or even to climb the last meters on foot. You reach a col. From here the summit is a few meters to the east. Generally leave skis at the col. Descend by the same route. In the spring a descent around 10-11am is usually good, depending on weather.

Comments on route: Couloir S: 40°sur 100m

Access: Grenoble > 5km before Bourg d'Oisans take the col du Glandon road to Rivier d'Allemont. Using the parking places in the village.

Equipment: Crampons

Country: France Area: Belledonne Trailhead: Rivier

Other routes

Couloir SW

Description: Descend directly from the summit to the SE to find a small, narrow couloir that is slightly steeper than the classic route - 40-45° over 100m
Rating: 4.2/E2
Orientation: South-West
Vertical: 1460

Les Ilettes, West Face

Description: On the same ridge line as the Belle Etoile but transforms much later than the S due to its aspect. From the Grand Clôt climb to the left of the last summit of the bowl.
Rating: 4.1/E1
Orientation: West
Vertical: 1450

Loop by the col de la Vache

Description: From the summit of the Belle étoile descend the east face to the the eponymous lac then climb ESE for 400 meters to the col de la Vache.
Rating: 3.1/E1
Orientation: Various
Vertical: 1850

Col du Vouteret Loop

Description: From the summit of the Belle étoile descend the north face to 2400. Climb to the col de Vouteret and possible the Dent du Pra. Descend from the col to the fond de belle étoile.
Rating: 3.3/E2
Orientation: Various
Vertical: 1650


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