Val Cenis Off Piste

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Val Cenis offers some excellent off-piste. There is tree level skiing and wider open slopes between 2800 and 2150 meters. There are also some excellent ski tours accessible from the village.

The Solert

From the top of the Solert drag (2565m) in the Lanslevillard sector the off piste is found between the Solert drag and the Arcelle run. It is a good introduction to off piste skiing. It is north facing so keeps its snow with slopes between 20 to 30 degrees. Watch out for cliff bands to the right looking down the mountain.

Combes de l'Arcelle

This sector offers three tree lined valleys with gentle slopes of around 25 degrees and 600 meters of vertical. They can be reached from the Arcelle itinerary at around 2350 meters by traversing right off the piste and following the contour 100 meters above the chalets de l'Arcelle. The first route is just below the chalets de l'Arcelle to the right of the Arcelle run. It is best when there is a lot of snow, continue down through a skiable forest to rejoin the Arcelle run on a left hand bend. The next valley is found by traversing further across above the chalets, the route crosses the valley that descends from the Signal du Grand Mont Cenis. It is a wide cut through the forest but better later in the winter when there is a lot of snow as there is a lot of brushwood. Just after this cutting you find the third valley just after a stand of trees, the path is clear and swings right to rejoin a track that takes you back to the resort.

Couloirs de la Met

Accessed from the top of the Met chair then the Met red run. The three couloirs are off to the right. The first couloir is around 30 degrees slope. The second couloir zig-zags between rock bands and is around 45 degrees. The final couloir is not as steep, around 35 degrees but there are cliff bands.

Combes des Arcellins

Couloir de la Tomba

A very steep couloir best attempted in spring snow condition. From the Met run climb around 100 meters to the summit of the Ouillon des Arcellins then ski the north face. Slope of around 40 degrees over 260 meters.

Crete des Arcellins

Follow the ridge north-westwards from the summit of the Ouillon des Arcellins to the Arcellins chair. Around a 35 degree slope.

Combes des Arcellins

These are four wide tree lined valleys and reputed as the best off – piste skiing in Val Cenis. Maximum slope steepness is 30 degrees. From the top of the Arcellins II chair, take the Berche run to the north-east. The valleys can be seen off to the left between the Arcellins and Berche chair. They all end on the Escargot piste and offer 250 meters of vertical.

The Tomba

Found to the left of the Tomba chair and run looking down the mountain. At the top of the Tomba lift traverse to the west. The slope is quite steep at first but offer fantastic open skiing on north facing down to the runs below. It is also possible to ski to the right of the Tomba drag.

Snow Shoe Tours

It is possible to climb to the refuge de Vallonbrun on snow shoes or touring skis. Take the Grattais forest trail 5km north east of Lanslevillard.

Ski Touring

There are some fantastic ski touring possibilities on the mountains surrounding Val Cenis

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