Black ski runs – The must


If you’re looking for thrills and technical tracks on French stations you will find something you enjoy


The Luc Alphand slopes of Serre-Chevalier (Hautes-Alpes)

Serre-Chevalier, France

This is a beautiful black track that has the particularity to meander between the alpine chalets and larch forest.

In the famous passage Brew, very steep, you’ll need a very good technique. And the final stage is quite pronounced.

Part 2000 m

Reaches 1350 m

Length: 1990 m

Elevation: 650 m

Average percentage difference of the track: 20%

It is advisable to perform at the morning opening.



Sarenne L ‘Alpe – d’Huez (Savoy)

With its 16 km, is the longest ski slope in Europe.

It offers a wide variety of landscapes, rocks and glaciers over the broken trees.

Sunny all day, so it is passable eight nights a year, night skiing, in the light of the moon and headlights.

Summit: 3300 m

Arrival: 1500 m

Length: 16,000 m

Altitude: 1830 m

Average percentage of slope: 12%


The “Face de Bellevarde” in Val d’Isère (Savoie)

Located on the Bellevarde massif, it is accessible by a cable car with back in the heart of the resort.

The attack is dizzying, very steep and then were off on a mound approximately forty meters, followed by tight corners and a wall, called the “Great Wall” of 50 °.

The highlight of the trail is the “Columbine” S-turns with frozen: it’s like a bobsleigh track! Then you have to deal with “Bosse Cathiard” with a jump of 50 m, ouff … is the arrival …

You just made one of the most difficult black runs in the world, very technical.

Departure: 2807 m

Arrival: 1848 m

Length: 2988 m

Elevation: 959 m

Average height difference: 32.1%


The “Green” track Houches (Haute-Savoie)

(“green” it has the name !!)

A real black run. Certified by FIS, the best skiers of the World Cup are arriving in two minutes …

The introduction ends with a rapid schuss.

Item: 1871 m

Arrival: 1000 m

Length: 3343 m

Elevation: 871 m

Average incline 34%

Two big jumps, respectively, 60 and 70 m high and its north face snow ice can be very difficult.

Today, many tourists the practice, however, a good skiing level is necessary because there are many passages where the slope reaches a percentage greater than 50%.

the “Emile Allais” ski run to  Megève (Haute-Savoie)

In 2001 it was officially reopened, but more like a traditional track, it has become a place for experienced skiers.

Subject: 1871 meters

Arrival: 1059 m

Length: 3135 meters

Elevation: 812 meters

Pending the average: 23.7%

And also…

In Val d’Isère

“OK” black run that begins at the top of Funival of 2815m to 1000m descent.

In Alpe d’Huez

the track of the “Tunnel”

Black run that begins at the summit of Pic Blanc, 3333m 700m.

The “Swiss Wall” in Avoriaz

Black run that begins at the top of Chavanette chairlift 400m descent 2217m.

The black of “The Greuvettaz” in Contamines – Montjoie

Black run that begins at the top of the third 690m to 2300m downhill chairlift.

The track “The corridors of the Saulire” in Courchevel

Black run that begins at the top of the Saulire cable car to 2738m 900m descent.

The “launched kilometer track” in Arc 2000

Trail closed to the public, open enrollment and supervised by professionals. It starts with the top of the gondola Varet 2800-800.

Less known but equally impressive

In the Puy-de-Dôme : The track “The Columbine” in Super Besse

The Vosges : The track “Gaby Curien” in La Bresse


The track “The Wall of Edgar” La Clusaz

The track “Jean Vuarnet” in Morzine-Avoriaz

The track of the “Cascade” in Flaine

In Savoie:

The “John White” piste in Courchevel

The track “Leo Lacroix” at Menuires

The “Mont de la Guerre” track in La Plagne

La Cime Caron track in Val Thorens

Skiing Combe du Vallon, Mauduit and Roc de Fer in Meribel

The “Glacier” track in Tignes

and little known and little used: the two small black of Aillons-Margeriaz 1000, with a short slope of 70% and 80%!

In Isère:

The “Devil” track in Les 2 Alpes

The Olympic men “Casserousse” in Chamrousse

In the Hautes-Alpes:

The track “Pousterle” in Les Orres

The “Chabrières” track in Vars

In the Alpes Maritimes:

The track “Mélèzes” Auron

The “Giant” track at Isola 2000

And in the Pyrenees:

the Hount Estrete to Superbagnères:

The Ayre Grand Tourmalet

The Freychet in Guzet

Noire de l’Ours at Artouste