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Vallon de la Sache

By: Pietro Barigazzi
Area: French Alps, Group: Val d Isere, Country: France

This is a classic and justifiably popular descent. Eventhough it is close to the lifts it feels isolated and the snow is often excellent.


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 Tignes Le Lac take the chairlift Palafour, then the chairlift Aiguille Percèe.


At the top of the lift there are two options:

1) walk up the slope in front of the lift to the summit (20m), then traverse leftwards (NE) to the top of the valley. Ski down to the first trees (at roughly 2000m) and then traverse rightwards to the black piste Sache which leads to Tignes les Brevieres.

Beware: do not be tempted by the inviting gully, as this continues straight down through the trees and finishes above a waterfall!

2) traverse leftwards immediately behind the Mountain Rescue hut. This may be difficult if rocks or grass show through the snow cover. Once the crest has been reached, either ski down the first gully (40° initially, then easier and wider), or continue traversing and descend one of the other, steeper gullies. All of these gullies lead to the main itinerary further below.


Steep initially (40 °), then easier on the wide slopes below


For general information contact the Val d’Isère Tourist Office:
Tel. 0033(0)479060660
Fax 0033(0)479060456
internet: www.val-disere.com
e-mail: info@val-disere.com

For information about hotels and appartments contact Val Hotel, the official booking center:
Tel. 0033(0)479061890
Fax 0033(0)479061188
e-mail: valhotel@val-disere.com

For detailed information about the snow conditions contact the Off-piste Ski School ALPINE EXPERIENCE. The office is open daily from 17- 20.
Tel. 0033(0)479062881
Fax 0033(0)479061527

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