Col du Montets
When there's no fresh snow left on the slopes near the lifts then head for Col du Montets. Although the approach takes 40-50 minutes, the view and isolation make the effort worthwhile.
Val d’Isère is the ideal village to be based in since, unlike nearby Tignes, it has retained some of its characteristic feel and it has a great nightlife, too. To get there from Italy, drive through the Mt. Blanc tunnel and follow the signs, via Megève, to Albertville. Continue to Moutier, then drive up the Isère valley to Bourg St. Maurice and then Val d’Isère.
From Fornet take the lifts to Col de L’Iseran, then the chairlift to des Cascades and then the skilift des Montets.
At the top of the skilift carry your skis or use climbing skins to ascend rightwards onto the Ouille Noire, 3229 m.
Descend from here onto the other, east facing side and traverse up the Montet glacier northwards. Alternate traverses with descents until the plateau is reached beneath the Col du Montet, 2900m.
Put your climbing skins back on and ascend the slope which steepens significantly towards the end (35-40°). A rope may be useful for added security. At the col there are two options:
1) the classic itinerary, which traverses rightwards (east) for a few hundred meters and then descends onto the glacier Sources de l’Isère
2) the steeper alternative, which descends directly into the valley. This leads to the Prariond refuge.
Relatively easy decent. Like Col Pers, if there isn't enough snow in the Gorges du Malpasse, then the re-entry to Val d’Isere becomes problematic.
For general information contact the Val d’Isère Tourist Office:
For information about hotels and appartments contact Val Hotel, the official booking center:
For detailed information about the snow conditions contact the Off-piste Ski School ALPINE EXPERIENCE. The office is open daily from 17- 20.
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