December - April
Departure:Crest - Champoluc
Difference in level:1044 m.
How to get there
Verrès highway exit. Take the Val d’Ayas and continue through Brusson to Champoluc. Take the cable car to Crest.
You’ll often find powder on this long tour. You’ll also get frequent views of the towns in the surrounding isolated valleys.
Description of the route
From the village of Crest (1,979 m) follow the road on the right of the valley to the town of Cuneaz. Continue in this direction to the bridge followed by the village of Plan Long (2,176 m).
Keep to the right of the impressive rocky ramparts overhead and then continue along the valley to lake Perrin. Turn East and climb the valley to the characteristic hill. Turn back to the left and, removing your skis, climb the ridge that leads to the top of Gran Cima.
If there’s not a lot of snow, you can get to the same point by following the valley floor along the stream.