Col De La Fenetre (2245m) Les Contamines
Some Off Piste Skiing At Les Contamines Can Be Enjoyed Before the Tour
The Col de la Fenetre is a fine short ski journey but is only really half a day so can be well combined with other good off piste skiing from the lifts of Les Contamines or, for fit teams, another of the classic short tours in the area, like the Rochers des Enclaves.
The Initial Traverse From The Resort of Les Contamines
This is a steep traverse from near the top of the Buche Croissee chair lift. Quite steep terrain here and known to both avalanche and 'creep' heavily giving some serious issues to negotiate or avoid by approaching from much lower down. Equally often this is a fine and fairly simple if steep traverse with many existing tracks sometimes giving an icy 'rattle' across!
The Col de la Fenetre, 2245m Gives Great Views of The Mont Blanc Massif
The traversing approach to the col leads in to steep skinning and several kick turns. There is usually a steep and narrow passage through a shallow rock couloir which is often worth booting up briefly carrying skis.
Steep Skiing For a Short Pitch On The East Side of The Col
The Entrance to the descent couloir on the East side of the col is quite steep but not very long and gives access to the fine balcony below which can be traversed right under the Tete de la Cicle. In very good conditions here a more direct route can be taken down through the steep forest below.
Fine Skiing Leads Down to The Chalets De Balme & Roman Road
Good skiing down varied valleys below the joining point with the Col de la Cicle route gives enjoyable terrain down to the main upper Contamines Valley. The descent of this is usually well tracked and care should be taken with snow shoers in ascent and often icy conditions lower down. Crampons may be needed to safely negotiate this final section of track.