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Aiguille de Peclet

If the runs in Courchevel are beneath you: make a day of it by skiing across to Val Thorens and exploring the off-piste below the Aiguille de Peclet. Your first port of call should be the St Peres Couloirs; reach them by taking the Moraine and Col chair, then get ready for a traverse and hike across the Glacier de Chaviere.

The Col chair leads to more good stuff, too; go right instead of left to reach the Col de Pierre Lory. This is on a glacier, so you won’t experience any problems with the snow but traverse to the left and on the north-facing slopes make it surprisingly steep. Climb another 40 minutes to the Epaule de Buchet for something a bit more challenging. While you are up there – it’s nudging 3,600-metres – check out the North Face.

Higher up the Aiguille de Peclet, the descent starts with a 50-degree slope; a pisted black is seldom more than 25, so a misplaced edge can be fatal. This is one off-piste adventure you should take a guide on – and make sure he packs a rope.

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